In this one-man show, Kevin Brown, a lanky young man with a
punk-style shaved head and a long blonde forelock a la Rihanna, throws
himself into what is billed as “the internal violence and drama that
occur when one questions stereotyping, impatience, gender complexities,
the nature of living sacrifice and the value of one’s artistry.”
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, today Cincinnati’s premiere presenter of a diversity of
Jeanne MamLuft is a
brainy director and accomplished choreographer (and filmmaker), and
it shows. Latitude, at the Hanke 1 performance space on Main
Street, gives MamLuft & Co. Dance the latitude, or room for
maneuver, if you will, to present modern dance in a fresh way.
With imaginative but
rudimentary costumes and minimal sets and props, the ensemble cast of
The Sweet, Burning Yonder, directed by Michael Burnham,
brought John Ray’s often poetic, streaming language to vivid life
in its opening performance.
For many Cincinnati area audiences, dance means classical ballet — annual Nutcracker performances or perhaps Swan Lake. But Mario de la Nuez and Meridith Benson, co-artistic
directors of de la Dance Company, are trying to change all that with
performance evenings like DanceCincinnati2011.
I had just paid a thrifty $1.60 at the Coffee Emporium, and for that I got a paper cup of plain coffee and use of the restroom. Billed as a politically charged and extremely dark comedy, The Beasts seemed like something I could enjoy as well as review: one-man show, post-apocalyptic horror, and puppetry — what’s not to like? I couldn’t wait.