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Hot Moves, Fresh Directions

Local dance scene offers eclectic, high-energy productions

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Summer is winding down just as the dance season is heating up! This fall brings a host of delights from longtime companies as well as new directions for the local dance scene. Kicking off Cincinnati Ballet’s season with a bang once again is the eagerly anticipated annual Kaplan New Works Series Sept. 8-18 at the Mickey Jarson Kaplan Performance Studio.  

Dance: Gala of International Dance Stars

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Looking to see red-hot dance this summer? Thanks to arts innovation movement: aim cincinnati, you don’t need to wait for the fall season to get your dance fix, whether you like ballet, contemporary, aerial or even tap dance. It’s time for aim cincinnati’s (formerly known as ballet tech cincinnati) annual Gala of International Dance Stars showcase production at the Aronoff Center.  

Onstage: Dance Under the Stars

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Summertime is full of outdoor activities to enjoy (at least when the heat index isn’t in overdrive), but if you’re after something different to do, why not check out some cool dance this weekend … under the stars? Dance Under the Stars boasts the talents of several area companies coming together for a pair of evening outdoor dance concerts Friday and Saturday in Oakley Park.  

Music in Motion

Concert:Nova reinterprets scores for modern dance

1 Comments · Wednesday, July 6, 2011
This is not the chamber music of yesteryear. It’s hard to imagine a more artfully fun-filled summer evening of collaboration than what Concert:Nova has orchestrated for its season four finale on July 6. Audiences will get to delight in an original dance performance set to live, world-class chamber music in an unexpected space: outside in the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Alice Bimel Courtyard, where sculptures round out the art-filled atmosphere.  

Onstage: CDT's Area Choreographers Festival

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Just as modern dance is ever evolving, so too is Contemporary Dance Theater’s signature annual showcase for top area talent. CDT's program, formerly known as Choreographers Without Companies, has not only changed its name but also its requirements for choreographers submitting works for adjudication. No longer do they need to be free agents (i.e. without companies) — now it’s fine for them to have company affiliations. So a new name seemed in order: Area Choreographers Festival.  

Recurrence Plot (Review)

1 Comments · Sunday, June 5, 2011
Contemporary dance can be mysterious. It’s perhaps both a blessing and a hurdle of the form. One reason why audiences sometimes find modern dance challenging is because they’re afraid they won’t “get it.” By nature, it’s an abstract form, so sometimes just sitting back and letting what you see and feel wash over you works best.  

I Love You (We're Fucked) (Review)

1 Comments · Saturday, June 4, 2011
hat makes revealing personal anecdotes compelling? Perhaps it’s peeling back the layers of detail to get at the heart of emotions — if not situations — we can all identify with, with what’s human. By revealing plenty and walking cheerfully to comfort’s edge with TMI (too much information), the stand-up comedian/storyteller/singer-songwriter Kevin J. Thornton pretty much kept the audience in the palm of his hand during his sold-out opening performance of I Love You (We’re Fucked) on June 3.  

White Girl (Review)

1 Comments · Friday, June 3, 2011
Issues of race and gender aren’t unfamiliar themes, but finding new ways to address these subjects isn’t always easy. Solo performer Maythinee Washington from Las Vegas brings forth a curious and rather introverted movement and pantomime-based performance piece with White Girl (presented at ArtWorks, 20 E. Central Parkway).  

Onstage: The Seldoms

0 Comments · Thursday, May 19, 2011
When it comes to contemporary dance, New York City marks the obvious hot spot, but Chicago holds its own with many worthy emerging companies. Enter Chicago-based modern dance ensemble, The Seldoms. Founded in 2001, the rising star company delivers big, bold, full-bodied moves and, according to Time Out Chicago, a "whistle-clean aesthetic." Thanks to presenter Contemporary Dance Theater (CDT), you can catch The Seldoms performing their evening-length work here in Cincinnati.  

Perfect Pairings

Collaborating couples key to Cincinnati Ballet’s newest production

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Cross-pollinating arts audiences is paramount in today's economically uncertain times. Case in point: Cincinnati Ballet and storied Cincinnati band Over the Rhine (both beloved cultural icons locally and beyond) will share the stage this weekend at the Aronoff Center for three performances designed to draw fans of each.