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Dance: CDT ZviDance

By Julie Mullins · January 25th, 2010 · CityBeat Recommends

If hot topics such as marriage and the courtship rituals of seeking a lover set to music by Stravinsky and Nick Cave sound appealing, you won’t want to miss New York City-based ZviDance’s first-ever local performances.

Contemporary Dance Theater’s Executive and Artistic Director Jefferson James explains that ZviDance had been on her “short list” of desired companies to present for some years. And thanks to a $50,000 grant from the NEA Arts Recovery and Recruitment (R&R) program CDT received, it became possible. The funds enabled the nonprofit to reinstate a couple of series to its season that had been canceled.

“I’m delighted to bring them,” James says. “I think the program they’re doing is an exciting program for Cincinnati.”

There’s a local connection too: New York City native, Cincinnati-based choreographer Diane Germaine once taught ZviDance’s Artistic Director Zvi Gotheiner in his homeland of Israel. Germaine is also complimentary of his work, specifically “Les Noces,” an explosive relationship romp with benches, to be performed here alongside “Personals.” Perhaps the most compelling reason to catch ZviDance is the company’s go-for-broke approach to a heady blend of lush lyricism with raw athleticism. Speaking of his goals as an artist, Gotheiner has said, “I strive to be alert, fearless and compassionate.”

$17-$27. 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater. Get tickets, details and find nearby bars and restaurants here.



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