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CCM’s Fall Dance Concert Spotlights New Choreography

Through a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the College-Conservatory of Music Dance Division presents Twyla Tharp’s ballet

Rehearsal photography courtesy of Rene Micheo.

CINCINNATI, OH – The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Ballet Ensemble is excited to present its Fall Dance Concert December 2-4. The concert features new and innovative programming, including Twyla Tharp’s THE STORY TELLER, which recently made its North American premier, along with a newly premiered dance choreographed by CCM’s Shellie Cash and other works.

Through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, CCM’s Dance Division presents THE STORY TELLER staged by guest artist Benjamin Bowman with music by Kiyoung Kim. THE STORY TELLER originally premiered in 1997 with The Australian Ballet and had its North American premier earlier this year with the Nashville Ballet. The ballet chronicles the life of one character through movements of four dancers and this cutting-edge performance promises to impress with its seamless expression and athleticism.

The program will also include “Siete Canciones Populares Españolas” (“Seven Spanish Folksongs”) choreographed by Dance Division Head Shellie Cash to music composed by Manuel de Falla for tenor and piano. The work had its world-premier in October of this year at CCM’s Sueños de España (Dreams of Spain) concert.

Additionally the concert will showcase Paquita (Act II) with music by Ludwig Minkus, restaged by CCM Professor Jiang Qi. Jiang will also restage Danish choreographer August Bournonville’s Flower Festival in Genzano pas de deux to music originally by Matthias Strebinger and adapted by Holger Simon Pauli.

Students and audiences alike will have the opportunity on Tuesday, Nov. 29, to meet the guest artist, Benjamin Bowman, at 9:30 a.m. in CCM’s Baur Room. This event is free and open to the public.

About Benjamin Bowman
Benjamin G. Bowman began his studies in dance after serendipitously being offered a chance to study ballet at the North Carolina School of the Arts as part of a pilot outreach program in the Winston-Salem public schools. After moving to Kansas City, Missouri, Bowman was fortunate in studying with world-class instructors such as Todd Bolender, Una Kai, Jonathan Watts, Diana Adams and Eckhard Heidrich. He undertook further studies as a summer scholarship student at both the School of American Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet School, and both institutions eventually awarded him scholarships as a full-time student.

Bowman’s professional career began with the Kansas City Ballet where he performed works by such choreographers as Bolender, Balanchine, Christiansen, William Dollar and Alvin Ailey. He then spent five years with the Fort Worth Ballet as a principal dancer before joining New York City Ballet (NYCB) in 1993. During his tenure with NYCB he performed in a diverse repertoire of existing works by Balanchine, Martens and Robbins as well as being involved in the creation of new works by Robbins, Martens and other notables. In 2000 Bowman was invited to join Twyla Tharp Dance and toured extensively for the next two years. With Twyla Tharp Dance he was privileged to originate the role of James in the hit Broadway show Movin’ Out. Bowman has worked on-stage as both a dancer and actor, performing works by Kathy Posin, Nilas Martens and John Selya and in the re-imagined “Garden of Earthly Delights” by Martha Clarke.

As a director and choreographer, he has most recently set Twyla Tharp’s Surfer at the River Styx with Company C Contemporary Ballet in Walnut Creek, California, Tharp’s The Storyteller with the Nashville Ballet, and co-choreographed the critically acclaimed Indoor Fireworks set to the music of Elvis Costello with Company C founder Charles Anderson.

Bowman currently resides in New York City.

Tickets & Parking Information
Tickets to the Fall Dance Concert are $15 general admission, $10 non-UC students, and free for UC students. Parking is available in the CCM Garage (at the base of Corry Boulevard off of Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. For complete ticket and parking information, visit or call the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183.


University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Fall Dance Concert
Jiang Qi, director

Performance Dates:
Friday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 4, 3 p.m.

Patricia Corbett Theater, College-Conservatory of Music
University of Cincinnati

$15 general admission
$10 non-UC students
UC students FREE

This project has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.

The Dance Division gratefully acknowledges the support of The Corbett Endowment at CCM.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a calendar of events or to view CCM’s 2011-2012 Mainstage Performance brochure visit our website at

Be embraced. Be mesmerized. Be delighted. Be a part of CCM!


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Know Theatre of Cincinnati to screen MISS REPRESENTATION

Documentary film aims to end sexism in the media and empower women

Know Theatre of Cincinnati is pleased to announce the Cincinnati screening of the documentary film MISS REPRESENTATION on December 7, 2011 at 7pm. Tickets for this special event are $10 and can be purchased at or by calling the box office at 513.300.5669 (KNOW).

Following its premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, the documentary feature film MISS REPRESENTATION (a Girls’ Club Entertainment production) has been widely screened during the summer and fall at schools, universities, corporations, government, institutions, community organizations and film festivals. The film was premiered on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) on October 20, 2011.

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, MISS REPRESENTATION exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.

MISS REPRESENTATION includes stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics like Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Jackson Katz, Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem. The film offers startling facts and statistics that will leave audiences shaken and armed with a new perspective.

“I first saw the trailer on the internet and was drawn in by it immediately,” says Eric Vosmeier, Producing Artistic Director of Know Theatre. “This film addresses topics that are not often thought about and even more rarely discussed. We love these kinds of projects at Know Theatre and we’re honored to present the first Cincinnati screening of the film. I believe it is important to challenge these kinds of ingrained conventions and to start talking about making changes to the status quo.”

About Girls’ Club Entertainment
Girls’ Club Entertainment was founded by Jennifer Siebel Newsom – actress, filmmaker, and former First Lady of San Francisco. It was formed as an umbrella entertainment company to develop and produce independent films with strong social, political, and cultural significance focused primarily on empowering women.

Our mission is to create evocative and explosive live entertainment.
Our vision is a world awakened to its collective possibility.
We value a playful artistic community where artists can collaborate and grow.

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AVENUE Q runs Nov. 25-Dec. 4

Presented by Cincinnati Actor’s Studio and Academy
Nov. 25-Dec. 4

This zany, adult-themed spoof on Sesame Street revolves around the main character, Princeton, who has just graduated from college with a B.A. in English. He moves into an apartment in New York City in the only neighborhood he can afford, on Avenue Q. Oddly enough, in this neighborhood the superintendent is actor Gary Coleman. There, Princeton and his neighbors cope with the struggles of real life, learning that you cannot necessarily count on things turning out as you would like.

  • Fri-Sun, Nov. 25-27 at 7:30pm
  • Fri-Sun, Dec. 2-4 at 7:30pm

FaceBook event with cast list |

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BLACK NATIVITY runs Dec. 16-17

BLACK NATIVITY: A Gospel Celebration
Presented by Cincinnati Black Theatre Company
Dec. 16-17
Forest Park

From the poetry of Langston Hughes, this musical is a legendary Christmas event, the black community’s Christmas gift to the world. It is without a doubt a theatrical wonderment. A joyous company of singers, actors, dancers and musicians deliver its powerful message of joy, hope, victory and love.

  • Fri, Dec. 15 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Dec. 15 at 2pm & 7:30pm

Official page with online ticketing | FaceBook event | Goldstar discount |

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Kayla Pecchioni, Spenser Smith and Monica Tenhover in Commonwealth Theatre Company's A CHRISTMAS SURVIVAL GUIDE.

Presented by Commonwealth Theatre Company
Dec. 15-22
Highland Heights 

This hilarious Christmas show takes a knowing look at our favorite time of the year. With the help of the Christmas Survival Guide the characters just may make it through the foibles of the Christmas season in one piece. Come enjoy this humorous and heartfelt show that is sure to put you in a holly-jolly mood. Includes dinner served 90 minutes before curtain.

  • Thu-Sat, Dec. 15-17 at 8pm
  • Sun, Dec. 18 at 6:30pm
  • Mon-Thu, Dec. 19-22 at 8pm
    Fri-Sun, Dec. 16-18 are SOLD OUT.

Official page | Online ticketing | FaceBook event |

Media coverage: Enquirer article |

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