“Wohali,” the newest work by Exhale Dance
Tribe’s artistic directors Missy Lay Zimmer and Andrew Hubbard, is also
a Cherokee word for eagle, and the culmination so far of the pair’s
ongoing collaboration with New Zealand’s Okareka Dance Company.
Cincinnati audiences will see three illuminating pieces that return to company roots: Duet X 2 and Shared Distance — both small, intimate works from 1982 performed in silence — and Continuous Replay, an early solo concept from Zane.
Aside from those who become marketable
marquee stars, it’s not all that common for dancers to find a
sustainable living in their art form. Or long-term romance. Or family.
It’s a hard-knock life, being a dancer.
Cincinnati Ballet’s extravagant production of Washington Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre’s Alice (in Wonderland)
hits the Aronoff stage again this weekend, two years after the
Cincinnati premiere, with live music from the Cincinnati Symphony
Orchestra conducted by Cincinnati Ballet Music Director Carmon DeLeone.
This weekend, 14 Tribe dancers (along
with Hubbard, who will solo) will perform at the Aronoff’s Jarson-Kaplan
Theater in a mixed bill revisiting a selection of characteristic
vignettes from the past 10 years of evening-length productions.
Coming off a successful fall touring
season with performances in Chicago and Roanoke, Va., the eight modern
dancers of MamLuft&Co. Dance take the Aronoff stage this weekend for
the company’s first mixed repertory concert.
The years-long path that brought five
boys studying at the Ramana Maharishi Academy for the Blind Academy in
Bangalore, India, to the University of Cincinnati for a performance
Saturday is an amazing one.
As Contemporary Dance Theater celebrates
the close of its 41st anniversary season with the Area Choreographers
Festival this weekend at the Aronoff, it also bids farewell to founder,
artistic and executive director Jefferson James.