When someone falls in love with dance, it’s often a lifetime experience. It’s been that way for Jefferson James, founder, artistic director and CEO of Contemporary Dance Theater (CDT), today Cincinnati’s premiere presenter of a diversity of contemporary dance regularly appearing at downtown’s Aronoff Center.
Over the years, thanks to James, CDT has evolved from a now-defunct shoestring performing company (from which dancers like Peggy Lyman, who blossomed into a Graham soloist, graduated) into a lauded nonprofit based in College Hill’s elegant and spacious Old Town Hall.
Saturday, friends and supporters of CDT will celebrate CDT’s 40th season with a FORTY40 Gala at the historic Emery Theatre in Over-the-Rhine.
The fundraiser offers guests food, beverages, dancing and mixing and mingling on the Emery’s stage to global Jazz-Pop fusion from pianist Billy Larkin. Of course, there’s a requisite City Proclamation, silent auction and retrospective displays of photos, programs and costumes, plus video presentations looking back on CDT’s rich history.
Contemporary Dance Theater’s FORTY40 Gala takes place 7-10 p.m. Saturday at The Emery Theatre. Tickets are $40 and available at cdt-dance.org.