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20 Days/20 Nights

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By Julie Mullins · August 31st, 2005 · Shake It
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Moving Art Dance Company is back for its second season at the 20 Days/20 Nights Festival
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Moving Art Dance Company is back for its second season at the 20 Days/20 Nights Festival



Ready to experience some diversity in Cincinnati? This fall's dance lineup seems a good place to start.

Enjoy the Arts' annual 20 DAYS/20 NIGHTS festival assembles area talent from a wide range of disciplines. Dance-wise, the fun starts with MOVING ART DANCE COMPANY's second season fund-raiser/kick-off party Modern Elements Sept. 30 at Mr. Pitiful's. The event will feature a body paint fashion show and a new sample performance excerpt from company dancers. Attention, those with an exhibitionistic streak: audience members will be invited to participate. (If you need another reason to go, note that this occurs on September's "Final Friday.") Moving Art returns to College Hill Town Hall during the first two weekends of November to present its season opener, Habitual Insanity. With choreography by the Moving Art's founding artistic director, Colleen McCarty, the new work for three dancers promises creative partnering, lifting and bodies in sculptural forms -- accompanied by three "non-traditional" percussionists. For those seeking deeper intellectual meaning, the title references an Einstein quote that insanity means repeating the same activity over and over, while expecting different results.

On Oct. 8, in conjunction with the First Friday Artwalk at the Essex Studios in Walnut Hills and the 20/20 Festival, look for the Tribal Fusion event, featuring MYSTERIOUS WAYS, a Middletown-based ensemble offering an intoxicating blend of Middle Eastern and World dances with a modern urban style.

Ready to experience some diversity in Cincinnati? This fall's dance lineup seems a good place to start.

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Enjoy the Arts' annual 20 DAYS/20 NIGHTS festival assembles area talent from a wide range of disciplines. Dance-wise, the fun starts with MOVING ART DANCE COMPANY's second season fund-raiser/kick-off party Modern Elements Sept. 30 at Mr. Pitiful's. The event will feature a body paint fashion show and a new sample performance excerpt from company dancers. Attention, those with an exhibitionistic streak: audience members will be invited to participate. (If you need another reason to go, note that this occurs on September's "Final Friday.") Moving Art returns to College Hill Town Hall during the first two weekends of November to present its season opener, Habitual Insanity. With choreography by the Moving Art's founding artistic director, Colleen McCarty, the new work for three dancers promises creative partnering, lifting and bodies in sculptural forms -- accompanied by three "non-traditional" percussionists. For those seeking deeper intellectual meaning, the title references an Einstein quote that insanity means repeating the same activity over and over, while expecting different results. ...

On Oct. 8, in conjunction with the First Friday Artwalk at the Essex Studios in Walnut Hills and the 20/20 Festival, look for the Tribal Fusion event, featuring MYSTERIOUS WAYS, a Middletown-based ensemble offering an intoxicating blend of Middle Eastern and World dances with a modern urban style. The dancers are all said to double as musicians, adding a layer of connection to the music and each other. The visiting troupe will be performing in local African drum and dance ensemble BI-OKOTO's Essex studio space. ...

20/20 also means it's time once again for CINCINNATI BALLET's annual Everything That Moves Festival on Oct. 3. While the official lineup had not been confirmed at press time, expect presenting dance organizations to run the gamut: ballet, ballroom, belly dancing -- even students from the School for Creative and Performing Arts and UC's College-Conservatory of Music. As a side interest, some intricate ballet costumes will be on display. Any idea how many yards of tulle it takes to construct a tutu? Not sure exactly, but perhaps someone at the Ballet will know the answer. ...

On Sept. 23-25, dance fans will be able to take in top-notch modern and classical dance performances over the weekend: CONTEMPORARY DANCE THEATER brings the energetic and socially conscious Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE back to the Aronoff's Jarson-Kaplan Theater, this time to perform Come Ye, Grace and Dance for Peace. Well known for its exciting melding of African and modern dance styles with kinetic storytelling, the New York-based, 20-year-old ensemble will hold a master class and talk at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center on Sept. 24. ...

The same weekend classic theater, music and dance blend with CINCINNATI BALLET's lavish rendition of Midsummer Night's Dream. Featuring original choreography by Artistic Director Victoria Morgan, this show represents the only full-length work the Ballet has produced "from scratch" during Morgan's tenure. Sets and costumes, described as "playful and cartoon-like," were designed by the late celebrated Broadway designer David Guthrie. The added consulting expertise of Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati's D. Lynn Meyers as dramaturg and Regina Cerimele-Mechley as fight choreographer should lend extra depth and texture to the production. Keep an eye out for two talented new dancers making their first appearances with the company: Akua Parker, formerly with Dance Theater of Harlem, and Joseph Gatti, graduate of London's Royal Ballet School and recent gold medal winner at the prestigious New York International Ballet Competition. ...

Brimming with diverse talent, the upcoming dance scene is bound to please seasoned dance aficionados and casual fans alike.



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