Just as modern dance is ever evolving, so too is Contemporary Dance Theater’s signature annual showcase for top area talent. CDT's program, formerly known as Choreographers Without Companies, has not only changed its name but also its requirements for choreographers submitting works for adjudication. No longer do they need to be free agents (i.e. without companies) — now it's fine for them to have company affiliations. So a new name seemed in order: Area Choreographers Festival. Six eclectic works from as many choreographers bring a wide variety of styles to the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan stage this weekend.
What hasn’t changed: The show always draws the best and brightest choreographers and dancers from the city, the region and beyond. But those who come from elsewhere have strong area ties. Case in point: Shawn Womack, who directed her eponymous Cincinnati-based company from 1984-1999 before joining the faculty of Iowa’s Grinnell College. Watch for a male duet from The Greene/Medcalf Movement Project, choreographed by Terrence Greene, a former soloist with Dayton Contemporary Dance Theater. Also on the program are works from MamLuft&Co. Dance’s Colleen Byrne, as well as Pones, Inc. —both fresh off Cincy Fringe Festival performances — and well-respected returning choreographers/performers Judith Mikita and Jeri Gatch. Change is good — this lineup promises to deliver a hot show that’s not to be missed.
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