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Onstage: Peter Pan

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Staying with the same company for 40 years these days is a rarity. But Cincinnati Ballet Music Director Carmon DeLeone is an exceptional fellow, not to mention a cool, down-to-earth guy. Even he can hardly believe this season marks his 40-year anniversary with the organization. The Ballet’s Aronoff Center production of the all-ages favorite Peter Pan features DeLeone’s own Pulitzer Prize-nominated score; first composed in 1994, it’s gone on to be presented in Atlanta, London and beyond. The adaptation of the classic children's tale is presented by the ballet Friday-Sunday at the Aronoff.  

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.  

Dance: Cincinnati Ballet's The Nutcracker

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 16, 2008
When you see dancing mice, Sugar Plum fairies, a flying sleigh bed and a host of international dolls springing to life, you know it’s Nutcracker time. Once again, the delightfully extravagant production returns to the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall (after decades in Music Hall, it switched venues last year.) The lavish sets, elaborate costumes and uplifting choreography might not be new, but it’s an absolute treat for all ages to experience the many magical worlds they create. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 27.   

Onstage: Divine Performing Arts

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Interest in Chinese culture is burgeoning, and the world tour of Divine Performing Arts (DPA) brings some of the country’s ancient artistic forms — such as dance, music and elaborate set visuals — to eager audiences. The New York-based group comes to Music Hall Dec. 23 for a single performance. 7:30 p.m.  

Dance: CCM Fall Dance Concert

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 2, 2008
This weekend in the campus’ own Patricia Corbett Theater, we can look forward to CCM’s Fall Dance Concert featuring a four-work program that could have been christened “Ballet with a Twist.” This term’s production offers a pair of romantic classical ballet works restaged by CCM faculty alongside an untitled contemporary ballet piece from Assistant Professor of Dance Michael Tevlin, set to Dvorak’s Piano Trio Opus 19. Visiting guest artist Hannah Baumgarten of Miami, Fla.’s Dance Now! Ensemble has choreographed the bill’s most modern piece, “Invisible Cities—the sacred cult of beauty.” The music? Nine Inch Nails and Doumé Castanet. The twist? It’s sultry, jazzy moves on pointe. $10; $5 non-UC students; free for UC students. Through Sunday.  

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.  

Dance: Phildanco

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Philadanco, also known formally as Philadelphia Dance Company, stands out as one of the country’s top primarily African-American modern dance ensembles. This weekend, Contemporary Dance Theater brings Philadanco’s powerhouse performers to the Aronoff Center for a pair of shows. Being a repertory company — one that performs works by various choreographers rather than by a single namesake leader — has enabled Philadanco’s Founder and Executive Artistic Director Joan Myers Brown to work with some of the best in the business. They are often compared with Alvin Ailey’s legendary company because they use some of the same choreographers. 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.  

Dance: Dracula

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 28, 2008
It’s the perfect weekend for the world premiere of Cincinnati Ballet Associate Artistic Director Devon Carney’s Dracula at the Aronoff Center. The production is based on the famed Bram Stoker novel that Carney mentions has never been out of print since its original 1887 publication. Literary works form the narrative basis for ballets frequently enough, but because the book is largely comprised of letters and journal entries, it presents extra challenges. Still, Carney says he leapt at this opportunity to choreograph his first full-length ballet.Replete with brand-new costumes created by the Ballet’s in-house studio and adapted sets originally from BalletMet in Columbus, the ballet promises to be visually lavish in its sweeping gothic drama and technically demanding — even thrilling — choreography. $21-$73. Additional performances 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday.  

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.   

Heather Britt

[cool moves]

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Dance multi-hyphenate Heather Britt has a full plate this fall: a new full-time professorship in Northern Kentucky University’s Department of Theater and Dance, where she’s teaching Jazz; choreographing student productions; and run ning the school’s new outreach endeavor, the Dance for Fitness Troupe.