0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2014
As Contemporary Dance Theater celebrates
the close of its 41st anniversary season with the Area Choreographers
Festival this weekend at the Aronoff, it also bids farewell to founder,
artistic and executive director Jefferson James.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Zvi Gotheiner's modern dance company
appears this weekend for the second time in Cincinnati as part of ZviDance/Dabke,
presented by Contemporary Dance Theater.
by Kathy Valin
Posted In: Dance
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Examination of unrequited love debuts this weekend at College Hill Town Hall
Performance and Time Arts
(PTA), a project of Contemporary Dance Theater, is the longest-running
performance art showcase in the city, but until this weekend it has never been
host to a single production. One Way Road on a Two Way Street, an original
multi-act examination by an all-female cast of unrequited love and its
ramifications, debuts Friday and Saturday at the College Hill Town Hall.
Producer, flugelist (yes, someone who plays the flugelhorn), dancer and
choreographer Shakira Rae Adams reveals that the theme is derived from personal
experience. “A certain woman has sparked this creation — someone very close to my
heart,” she says.
Acts include spoken word, dance, live and
recorded music, visual media and theater. A post-performance reception offers
pastry treats from Oliver’s Desserts.
Adams, born in Findlay, Ohio, is an outgoing
personality with a contagious smile who describes herself as an
“outside-the-box nerd.” Her life so far has included pre-med and nursing
studies, work as a doula (a person trained to assist in childbirth) and a trip
to West Africa, from which she brought back the African dance techniques she
uses to teach her own choreography. Oh, and she also designed and teaches a
class on the dissection of the human body for kids 5-14.
“I found dance through jazz dance, and it’s help
me keep my sanity,” Adams says. “I think music and science and dance all go
together. Anyhow, it’s worked for me. I hope One Way Road on a Two Way Street
inspires people to be more honest and open with their emotions, not to be
locked down like the society we live in.”
WAY ROAD ON A TWO WAY STREET takes
place at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Contemporary Dance Theater Studios at
College Hill Town Hall. More info: http://cdt-dance.org/1502pta
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Pilobolus Dance Theatre has never been a
typical dance company. From its origins at Dartmouth College in 1971,
its nonconformity and evolution are in its DNA and have enabled the
company to flourish where it will — much like the sun-loving fungus
after which it’s named.
by Jac Kern
It’s no secret
that Northside is the city’s premiere taco destination. The neighborhood welcomes its third taco
joint Friday with the grand opening of Barrio Tequileria. This latest addition
comes from the folks behind popular food truck Taco Azul and will specialize in
authentic Mexican/L.A.-style street food, tequila and mezcal. Doors open Friday
at 5 p.m. and they’ll be serving up tacos and drinks until 2 a.m. Check them
out on Facebook.
installment of Macy’s Art Sampler Weekend takes place Saturday. Enjoy free art
activities and performances all day in venues across Greater Cincinnati,
including: tours and music at the Contemporary Arts Center, Hip-Hop, spoken
word and crafts at the Taft Museum of Art, belly-dancing, toe-shoe performances
and Kung-Fu at the Cincinnati Ballet and an Amazing Arts Race from ArtsWave
Young Professionals. The sampler send with a Sock-Hop in Washington Park
featuring Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati's Marvelous Wonderettes. Look up the full
schedule by event, venue or category here.
Theater celebrates 40 years of bringing modern dance to Cincinnati with the
FORTY40Gala Saturday. The evening includes music and dance performances,
retrospective displays and videos, a silent auction, complementary drinks and
hors d’oeuvres, all in the historic Emery Theatre. Go here
to read our interview with CDT’s founder, Artistic Director and CEO, Jefferson James.
Have you been
waiting for the opportunity to let you inner Maverick shine? Well, grab your
aviators, zip up that jumpsuit and fly on out to SkateTown USA’s Top Gun-themed “Roller SK80s” party
Saturday. Whether you’re a regular rollergirl or you haven’t skated since the
actual ‘80s, there will be enough fun to go around with music, a photobooth and
an all-you-can-drink bar (dangerous much?). Admission is just $10, which
includes skate rental and drinks, and proceeds benefit Disabled
American Veterans. The party runs 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. and word is there will
be a shuttle to a hotel after-party. Go here
for details, directions and tips on
finding some prime ‘80s garb.
Museum Center wraps up its Passport to the World series with this weekend’s
Asian Culture Fest. Visitors will travel across China, India, Japan, Korea,
Taiwan, Vietnam and Nepal via cultural displays, hands-on workshops, music and dance
performances, an authentic Asian marketplace and much more. The fest runs
Saturday-Sunday. Find a full event schedule here.For more stuff to
do this weekend, check out our
To Do page or full
calendar and Rick Pender’s Stage Door
for weekend theater offerings.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 10, 2013
When someone falls in love with dance,
it’s often a lifetime experience. It’s been that way for Jefferson
James, founder, artistic director and CEO of Contemporary Dance Theater, today Cincinnati’s premiere presenter of a diversity of
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Do you know when you go to a dance
concert — or any formal performance — and they ask you to turn off your
phones? Well, that won’t be happening when ZviDance performs Zoom
at the Aronoff Center this weekend
by Jac Kern
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celebrating your dad,
the end of slavery, a local pork product or just a welcome break from
work, there are tons of events in store this weekend. Buckle up!
As always, the Midpoint
Indie Summer Series is a superb way to kick things off. Tonight The Seedy
Seeds, Wymond Miles and Belle Histoire take over Fountain Square starting at 7
p.m. Grab a beer, something to eat
and if you haven’t already secured your MPMF wristbands, be sure to purchase
those tonight as well. Early bird tickets save you $10 — and they’re almost sold out! You
can also buy tickets and check out the full Indie Summer schedule and initial
MPMF band announcements here.
Barbeque may be the
widely-recognized seasonal meat dish of choice, but locals know better — Cincy
celebrates goetta with multiple festivals each summer. The first of which,
MainStrasse Village “Original” Goettafest,
begins tonight in Covington. Enjoy live music, vendors, booze and all the
goetta dogs, burgers, reubens, chili and pizza your heart desires (or fears)
though Sunday night.
If sampling pork dishes
isn’t your thing, why not sample the best of local and regional dancers?
Contemporary Dance Theater presents its annual Area Choreographers Festival
Friday and Saturday at the Aronoff Center. The program features six
performances from established companies and up-and-coming choreographers. Find
ticket information and a full lineup here.
Many associate the
end of slavery in the United States with Emancipation Proclamation, issued by
Abraham Lincoln on Sept. 22, 1862 (and went into effect Jan. 1, 1863), but just
a small fraction of slaves actually benefited from this order. On
June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger and federal troops arrived at
Galveston, Tex., it is said, to enforce the abolition of slaves there. This
date represents a true end of slavery, called Juneteenth, and is recognized by
41 states. Celebrate this weekend at Eden Park with cultural music and dancing,
performances, traditional storytelling, ethnic food and vendors Saturday and
Sunday. This year marks the 25th annual Juneteenth Festival in Cincinnati, predicted to be one of the
largest local celebrations yet.
From a historical holiday to a fictional one, Bloomsday is
also celebrated this weekend. In James Joyce’s classic epic Ulysses, Leopold Bloom embarked on his
Dublin journey on June 16, 1904. Though purely a literary creation, June 16 has
become a day to honor Irish heritage and culture (you don’t have to wait until
March!). The Irish Heritage Center
presents an evening full of traditional Irish songs, readings,
performances and more Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $10.
The Cincinnati Opera
opened its 2012 season this week, and celebrates with Pride Night Saturday. Experience the
tragic passion of Pagliacci and the humorous charm of Gianni Schicchi
in a classical doubleheader, followed by a circus-themed bash at Music Hall.
Enjoy a talent-packed performance, support the LGBT community and party it up in one night? Yeah, it’s
by Jac Kern
Posted In: Drinking
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Nothside Tavern's birthday, LEGO Fest, Robert Moses' Kin performance and more
Stop by the hipster haven that is Northside Tavern this weekend as it celebrates 10 years as a neighborhood bar and live music staple. NST's 10th Birthday Bash runs 6:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday with treats from Take the Cake both nights. Tonight, there's music from You, You're Awesome, Ohio Knife and Lydia Burrell. Saturday features music from Wussy and The Tigerlilies, the first band to rock the Tavern's stage a decade ago. As always, no cover. HB, NST!Independent Spirit Award-nominated film In The Family opens at The Esquire tonight. Writer, director and star Patrick Wang will be in town for the premiere weekend, and will host a Q&A after this weekend's screenings. Check out the 8 p.m. screenings Friday and Saturday and the 1 p.m. show Sunday to meet and chat with the star. Read our review here.San Francisco dance company Robert Moses' Kin performs in town this week with Contemporary Dance Theater's Guest Artist Series. Faith and Fable was inspired by choreographer/artistic director Robert Moses' children – fairy tales, in particular. Moses reexamined moral tales and translated them into a multi-genre dance piece for all ages. Performances are tonight at Saturday at the Aronoff Center. Go here to read our interview with Moses.
LEGOs are one of those iconic toys that kids still think are cool and adults still secretly want to play with. This weekend's LEGO's KidsFest may be marketed toward youngsters, but LEGO fans of any age can be entertained for hours at this construction block convention. At the fest, you'll find a LEGO model museum (clearly not built by kids), a master builder academy, activity area, challenge zone and much more. Saturday's sessions have sold out, but there's still tickets available for tonight (4-8:30 p.m.) and Sunday (9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 3-7:30 p.m.) All sessions feature the same fun exhibits and activities. Find ticket information and event details here.Saturday morning, Park + Vine hosts a Grow Your Own Garden Class. Greensleeves Farm's Gretchen Vaughn will dish the dirt on growing vegetables and herbs at home with a hands-on demonstration on sowing and transplanting seeds. After the class, you'll take home a starter kit with seeds, soil and a plant. The class limited to 15 people, so RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org. The workshop is $15 and runs from 10 a.m.-noon.The Newport Aquarium welcomes Mighty Mike, a 14-foot, 800-pound American Alligator this Saturday. Mike is the largest gator in the U.S. outside of Florida. The new Gator Alley exhibit will feature many species of alligators and crocodiles from around the globe. The aquarium is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Find admission and other details here. Purchase your tickets in advance to save time at the door.For more theater, visual arts and music events this weekend, check out our To Do, Music and Arts coverage.
Modern Dance show Fable and Faith is aimed at both adults and kids
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Fairy tales, however fantastical, are more
than mere fluff. Try mining them for more meaning and mixing them with
modern dance. This seems like the most natural thing in the world for
internationally recognized choreographer/artistic director Robert Moses.