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.
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.
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.
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.
Virginia Woolf's sweeping novel, 'Orlando,' has been referred to as the longest love letter in history. It's also the inspiration behind Jan Street Dance Theatre's 'Bibliography of Love,' a multi-faceted exploration of gender transformations of the past and present — of the Bloomsbury Group and of the quintet of performers.
In true democratic fashion, Cincinnati Ballet season subscribers were invited to cast votes for their favorite works the Ballet has performed. This weekend, the Ballet concludes its 45th season with its Greatest Hits, a powerhouse, if mixed, assortment of dance delights taken from the most-requested audience picks. The show will be at the Aronoff Center May 8 and 9.
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.'
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, 'Sinatra Suite.' The program is presented Friday-Saturday at the Aronoff Center.