LEWISTON — The Bates Dance Festival marks its 35th anniversary season with spectacular public events from July 7 through Aug. 5, including a special gala program and site-specific multimedia performances at a downtown mill building.

Among the acclaimed artists to perform or present work at the festival are Christal Brown and Inspirit, David Dorfman Dance, Juniper and Stephan Koplowitz, as well as performers in the 35th Anniversary Gala — including Bebe Miller, Doug Varone, Larry Keigwin, Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig.

The 2017 season is also the 30th and last for director Laura Faure.

The festival will propel a cycle of creative development and innovation as it trains new dancers and makers, introduces emerging artists and presents returning performers who have experienced significant artistic growth through the festival.

Event lineup: Festival events take place at Bates College, Lewiston, except as noted. Schaeffer Theatre is located at 329 College St. and Alumni Gymnasium at 130 Central Ave. Off-campus in downtown Lewiston, the Gendron Franco Center is at 46 Cedar St. and the Bates Mill Complex at 130 Mill St.

Dance Photo Exhibit by Arthur Fink, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily July 1 through Aug; 6 at Fireplace Lounge, Commons, 136 Central Ave.; free.

DanceNow featuring new works by New England dance makers Lida Winfield and Betsy Miller/Matthew Cumbie at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 7 at Scaeffer Theater; $12-$20.

DanceNow, featuring a deep dive into the legacy of Muhammad Ali by Vermont company Christal Brown and INSPIRIT at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at Shaeffer Theatre; $12-$20.

Show & Tell: David Dorfman Dance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, at Schaeffer Theatre; free.

David Dorfman Dance, the kinetic poem “Aroundtown” examines varied, unique and sometimes divided notions of love at 7:30 pm. Thursday, July 13, at Shaeffer Theatre. Talkback with the artists follows the concert; $12-$25.

Pre-performance lecture: Inside Dance with dance writer Debra Cash at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at Schaeffer Theatre; $12-$25.

Tuesday, July 18, Schaeffer Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Free

Show & Tell: zoe | junipera at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, at Schaeffer Theatre; free.

Performance: zoe | juniper at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22, at Schaeffer Theatre; $12-$25. Pre-performance lecture: Inside Dance with dance writer Debra Cash at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at Schaeffer Theatre; $12-$25.

The Musicians’ Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 24, at Gendron Franco Center, 46 Cedar St.; $8-$16. Concert will feature composers and multi-instrumentalists playing original and improvised music from around the world.

Making “Mill Town”: A Collaborator’s Conversation at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, at Museum L-A Gallery; free. Stephan Koplowitz and other members of the “Mill Town” creative team discuss the site-specific performance installation taking place Aug. 3-4.

35th Anniversary Gala at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 28, at Schaeffer Theatre; $20-$35. An evening featuring some of America’s most beloved dance artists.

35th Anniversary Gala at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at Schaeffer Theatre. An evening featuring some of America’s most beloved dance artists. Followed by a special celebration honoring director Laura Faure.

“Mill Town” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at Bates Mill Complex; $12-$25. A site-specific, multimedia promenade around and through the Bates Mill Complex featuring dance, music, video and installations.

Pre-performance lecture: Inside Dance with dance writer Debra Cash, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug 4, at Bates Mill Complex; $12-$15.

Young Choreographers is set for 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at Schaeffer Theatre. This informal adjudicated showing presents more than 20 new works by talented festival students.

Festival Finale at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at Alumni Gymnasium; $6 at the door. Participants will perform new works by David Dorfman, Danny Buraczeski, Claudia Lavista and Omar Carrum, Tania Isaac and Shakia Johnson; also, a production by our Youth Arts Program participants.

For more information, visit batesdancefestival.org, call 786-6161 or email [email protected].