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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?   

Dance: Cincinnati Ballet's New Works

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2009
For the first time, Cincinnati Ballet’s annual repertory showcase New Works focuses on homegrown talent to provide fresh choreography and music. Four of the five works on the bill come from local choreographers and are set to local music. An opening night fundraiser performance brings bonuses: musical acts Jake Speed & The Freddies, Over the Rhine and Peter Adams will perform live to accompany the dancers. Through Sept. 20 at the Aronoff's Jarson Kaplan Studio.  

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.  

Onstage: Carmen

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Bizet’s sultry Carmen ranks among the most popular, well-known operas for good reasons. Hummable, memorable melodies? Yes. Exotic historical setting? Check. Temperamental, brazen temptress? Indeed. Few operatic characters are as dangerously sensual as the brassy, sassy Spanish gypsy Carmen. Cincinnati Ballet dancers will join the production to add a little spice. And the winner of Opera Idol will be announced. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; 3 p.m. Sunday. At Music Hall.  

Art: Tribute to Merce Cunningham at the Carl Solway Gallery

0 Comments · Thursday, June 11, 2009
There’s much to say about legendary modern dancer/choreographer Merce Cunningham, but above all, he’s a well-rounded, thoroughly modern guy. The Carl Solway Gallery is hosting A Tribute to Merce Cunningham in His 90th Year, a smallish but worthy assembly of Cunningham’s drawings, photos of the artist and in-depth documentaries shown on flat screens. The exhibit is on view through Aug. 15.  

Modern Love

Carl Solway Gallery displays a likable tribute to Merce Cunningham's modern artistic vision

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2009
There's much to say about legendary modern dancer/choreographer Merce Cunningham, but above all he's a well-rounded, thoroughly modern guy. Carl Solway Gallery is hosting 'A Tribute to Merce Cunningham in His 90th Year,' a smallish but worthy assembly of Cunningham's drawings, photos of the artist and in-depth documentaries shown on flat screens.   

Dance: Choreographers Without Companies

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Previously, early June meant possible concern that the recent Cincy Fringe Festival might overshadow (if not overlap, as in the past) Contemporary Dance Theater's always-anticipated annual "Choreographers Without Companies," a selective showcase of top new dance works. But this year the program features busy artists who also performed in popular Fringe shows. 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday at the Aronoff Center.  

Review: Bibliography of Love

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I didn't expect to say this, but the primary reason to see jan street dance theatre's 'Bibliography of Love' isn't the dancing but the spoken word. Three men and two women present innumerable vignettes on the topics of love, gender and relationships, blending a few present-day scenarios into their historical love letter and poetry recitations.  

Review: The 4 Food Groups

0 Comments · Saturday, May 30, 2009
The performance piece in four short acts serves up a bawdy farce, spiked with moments of sharp wit and teasing sexuality. While the commonalities between sex and food are well-known (and sometimes well-worn), the players of Pones Inc. find fresh and fun ways to explore sex, food, interpersonal relationships and more.  

Preview: The 4 Food Groups

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2009
With a dinner party of four people, four food groups and four scenes of true stories relating to sexuality, the performance possibilities intrigue. Are they couples or friends or something else?