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New Works (Review)

Cincinnati Ballet's season opener offers crowd-pleasing, modern-leaning good time

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Dance is never better than when paired with live music. Starting its season, Cincinnati Ballet's 'New Works' opening-night Thursday marked the sole performance featuring live musical accompaniment from popular local artists for three of five local choreographers' works (plus one cool Italian native).   

It Takes a Village...

Cincinnati Ballet taps local talent for its season opener

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Current times call for convergence: of collaborations, of community, especially local community. For the first time, Cincinnati Ballet's annual repertory showcase 'New Works' focuses on homegrown talent to provide fresh choreography and music. We're encouraged to buy local, so why not tap in-town talent?   

Fall Arts Preview: Dance

Companies adapt to economy, hold their feet to the fire

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Even with President Obama's "stimulus" plan and package, there's still much to be desired in terms of arts funding. But there's some good news as well: The Contemporary Dance Theater has landed a respectable sum from the NEA Arts Recovery and Recruitment grant program. Meanwhile, Cincinnati Ballet gears up for a stellar and diversified season.  

Duo Returns for Gala of International Dance Stars

Kellye A. Saunders and Matthew Prescott are together again

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Between them, they have worked with some of the most significant modern choreographers on the dance scene today and have performed in top-ranked companies. One is a former dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem and the other grew up on a ranch two miles east of Boise, Idaho.  

Muscle Memories

Cincinnati Ballet celebrates 45 years with its audience-picked Greatest Hits

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2009
From the glut of reality shows and the Peoples’ Choice Awards to blogging and Twittering, now more than ever audience members feel entitled to voice their opinions.   

Truth and Legends

Cincinnati Ballet presents a faithful re-creation of Twyla Tharp's 'Sinatra Suite'

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Following last season's 'Baker's Dozen,' Cincinnati Ballet again presents a piece choreographed by Twyla Tharp and restaged by veteran Tharp company member Shelley Washington. This time it's 'Sinatra Suite' from 1984, a series of four duets and a solo set to well-known Sinatra standards. The program also features new works from the Ballet's Associate Artistic Director Devon Carney and New York City-based choreographer Jessica Lang alongside Balanchine's 'Tarantella.'  

Sole Survivors

Eight visions with a local connection merge on stage

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Small Streams-2, the newest offering from Cincinnati Choreographers’ Collective this weekend at Contemporary Dance Theater’s College Hill Dance Hall, features the diverse work of eight highly regarded choreographers in two full-length evening performances.  

Body of Work

Maureen Fleming explores archetypes and universal questions through movement

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Transcendent, spellbinding and dreamlike could all describe Maureen Fleming’s solo performances. But none would precisely capture one’s response to experiencing her work. Though presented as part of Contemporary Dance Theater’s Guest Artist series, Fleming’s mesmerizing choreography offers a world apart from general expectations of dance.  

The Occidental Tourist

Divine Performing Arts tour offers a fascinating home away from home

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 17, 2008
As the world grows smaller in the wake of global media, China is hot. The recent Olympic Games in Beijing underscored the country's emerging presence on the world stage. Locally, the Cincinnati Art Museum's current exhibition, 'China Design Now,' showcases contemporary design work, from architecture and fashion to pop (sub)culture, graphic design and more. And now the world tour of Divine Performing Arts brings some of the country's ancient artistic forms (dance, music and elaborate set visuals) to Music Hall on Dec. 23.  

Variety Shows

After nearly four decades of dance, Philadanco still promises a fresh mix of material

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Philadanco's Founder and Executive Artistic Director Joan Myers Brown has a big, warm, sunny-sounding voice. She speaks to me from a Boston tour stop, where her modern dance company is booked for a three-night run. Mobile phone to mobile phone, we chat.  

Brave New World

Expect the unexpected at Cincinnati's "New Works"

0 Comments · Thursday, September 25, 2008
One aspect of contemporary dance I appreciate is that, for the most part, you can never really be certain of what you're going to see. This notion also becomes a reason why too many people avoid it: They don't know what to expect; perhaps they fear they won't get it.   

Fall Arts Preview: Dance

Local scene still movin' and ready for another fruitful season

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Any somberness I feel about summer coming to a close is alleviated by the onset of the fall dance season. From contemporary to ballet and their hybrids, there's much to look forward to. Contempor  

Tribal Belly Dance class offers an exotic world of coordination, connection and community

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Editor's note: This is the second installment of a three-part series highlighting dance classes offered around town.  

Jacoby & Pronk 'do their own thing' at the Gala of International Dance Stars

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Whatever the style, dance -- like life -- constantly calls for changes and shifts. As summer shifts into the dog days, it's already August and time for the season's splashiest dance treat  

Dance: Close Encounters

Aspiring dancers tackle the Tango, Argentine-style

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Editor's note: This is the first installment of a three-part series highlighting dance-class offerings around town. You might expect a dance class -- especially one that includes a partner --