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The Body Speaks: Movement (Review)

1 Comments · Saturday, June 4, 2011
The 2011 Fringe’s presentation of The Body Speaks: Movement, choreographed and directed by Kim Popa and Lindsey Jones of Pones Inc is a small gem. Presented in seven overlapping vignettes, each one inspired by one of seven photos by Sean Dean, this short work (45 minutes) is entirely self-contained, creating its own language and making a statement with it. It should be on your list of shows not to miss.  

Rip in the Atmosphere (Review)

1 Comments · Saturday, June 4, 2011
In many ways the dancers in Rip in the Atmosphere (by Psophonia Dance Company from Houston) put on a good show. They are fit and committed to the movement they perform. Unfortunately, the whole endeavor seems more a display of those qualities than a solid presentation of choreographic merit, with a few exceptions.  

The Body Speaks (Scripted) (Review)

1 Comments · Thursday, June 2, 2011
At the opening performance of Cincinnati-based Performance Gallery’s entry into the 2011 Fringe mélange I was sometimes puzzled at the direction the show was taking. But my attention rarely wandered far from the 14 very competent actors onstage who appeared in situations ranging from the absurd to the tongue-in-cheek. Creative credits are too many to list, including scripting, directing, conceptualization and development.  

Dance: Third Friday Movement and Music Jam

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Seems like the modern dance scene has always been a strong (if sometimes underground) and steady force in Cincinnati. A new facet in its ongoing evolution has recently opened up for creative types to express themselves. And thanks to the co-sponsorship of MamLuft & Co. Dance and longtime modern dance presenter Contemporary Dance Theater, it is all free! In this case, freedom's just another word for the Third Fridays Movement and Music Jam, debuting Friday at 6:30-8 p.m.  

Everything Old Is New Again in OTR

New Main Street shop Another Part of the Forest stocks hard to find vinyl ... and much more

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Like many of the new businesses along Over-the-Rhine's Main Street, it's basically a neighborhood thing. It has a stellar lineage, and it's new and old at the same time. It's Another Part of the Forest, the used record store/Siamese twin of Iris BookCafe, with which it shares a leafy rear courtyard. The store takes its place alongside Everybody's Records, Mole's Record Exchange and Shake It Records as a local purveyor specializing in used vinyl, featuring some 8,000 LPs on display (with some 15,000 more titles in stock).  

Dance: Choreographers Without Companies

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 8, 2010
The French Apache tango; one Appalachian family's migration from Kentucky to Hamilton; musical chairs, telephone and tag; a woman’s broken heart; a soloist pitted again nine other dancers ... these are just a few of the choreographic ideas tossed around during this weekend's "Choreographers Without Companies," presented by Contemporary Dance Theater at the Aronoff's Jarson-Kaplan Theatre.  

The End Is Near

1 Comments · Friday, June 4, 2010
CCM grad Casey Scott Leach offers a 45-minute set that combines a scripted stream of consciousness and rap. He rages, role-plays, reflects, observes, judges, moves offstage with an ax to chop at a log and flirts. He falls to the floor repeatedly, from which he sometimes awakes as if from a dream. Also onstage is Ben Leach, who drums and plays the banjo to accompany the poet's journey.  


1 Comments · Thursday, June 3, 2010
Director Michael Burke of paperStrangers performance group uses a cast of six and two life-sized puppet dolls in this intense, befeathered, modern-flavored restaging of the 2,400-year-old Greek drama by Euripides in which a vengeful woman horribly murders her own children. Burke says his curiosity regarding Medea's nature, usually caricatured as heartless and evil, drove him to create his adaptation.   


Duveneck 2: June 2, 4, 5, 8 and 11

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Director Michael Burke was drawn to the Greek dramatist Euripides' 431 B.C. examination of passion, love and vengeance by the dichotomy it embodies: We feel Medea's justified rage at Jason, but to get revenge by the horrific killing of their children?  

The End Is Near

Below Zero: June 3, 4, 7, 10 and 12

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Think the cafe poetry scene inspired by the spoken-word poetry and alternative Hip Hop of Saul Williams, West Coast popping-and-locking, T. S. Eliot, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Bukowski, Nas, Wu-Tang Clan and others of their ilk.