Pones Shares Stories of Cincinnati Immigrants through Performance

CFF_PlaceSetting promoCINCINNATI, OH– Pones is known for using unconventional methods to tackle difficult social themes. You may recall the company’s 2014 award-winning Fringe Festival production Traffick which addressed the topic of human trafficking by stripping the audience of traditional theatre etiquette and delivering highly-evocative creative pieces in a dark church. For its tenth Fringe Festival production, Pones addresses the current political climate by sharing stories of fellow Cincinnatians to help build understanding and bridge divides in PLACE/SETTING.

Food – it connects us all. But, where is your seat at the table?

Performers from Pones, visual artist Pam Kravetz, and documentarian, Ian Forsgen invite you to sit down, share a meal and discover stories of local immigrants around our table.

This fast-paced piece changes from family dinner to art gallery, cooking show to dance. PLACE/SETTING breaks down barriers, diffuses stereotypes, cultivates empathy and challenges us to explore ideas of belonging and home. In February and March, Pones hosted four workshops with 14 immigrants from around the world, who now call Cincinnati home. Led by the artistic team and community organizer, Dan Joyner, these workshops involved story harvesting, deep learning, and, of course, the sharing of food.

Audience members will play a role in the show, as they sit at a Judy Chicago-inspired table, set with ceramic pieces created by 12 local ceramicists, including Didem Mert, Melissa Molasses, Carla Lamb,and Katie Swartz. In typical Pones fashion, we are not solely creating a dance show. Spoken word artist, Jyreika Guest will be joining the cast from Chicago; local musician Ian Gullet has composed an original piece using recorded language from around the globe; and the show involves 3 actors, 9 dancers, 4 choreographers, 1 playwright, and a documentary video. Each course is another story that prompts conversation, leaving the audience with a callto-action to start dialogue on social issues currently alive in the city.


  • Thursday, June 1st 7-8:00pm
  • Saturday, June 3rd 3-4:00pm
  • Tuesday, June 6th 9-10:00pm
  • Thursday, June 8th 7-8:00pm
  • Saturday, June 10th 8:30-9:30pm

Show length: 60 minutes

WHERE: 1201 Main Street, Cincinnati, Ohio

TICKETS: For passes visit http://www.cincyfringe.com/tickets/. Individual show tickets go on sale in May.

Pones provides artistic opportunities for community growth by creating engaging new ways for audiences to experience dance. Founded in 2008, Pones has collaborated with over 200 artists and 100 art and service organizations.The company creates site-specific performances through a fusion of movement and dance with other art forms. Pones performers use their bodies to speak their minds and use their signature pedestrian-inspired movement to spark collaboration, connection, and community.
Pones believes that art creates powerful change. www.ponesinc.com


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  1. Pingback: CFF17: PLACE/SETTING | Behind the Curtain Cincinnati

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