Category Archives: Dance

KAPLAN NEW WORKS IN THE PARK Runs Sept. 23-26

CB_Kaplan New Works 2021KAPLAN NEW WORKS IN THE PARK
Cincinnati Ballet
Sept. 23-26
Seasongood Pavilion [Eden Park]

Choreography by Jennifer Archibald

We open with The Kaplan New Works Series with a new twist — outdoors at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park. Kaplan New Works in the Park will be a ‘breath of fresh air,’ featuring groundbreaking choreography in a welcoming community space. This ambitious program will include world premieres from DANCEFIX phenom Heather Britt and three company dancers, Melissa Gelfin De-Poli, Daniel Baldwin, and Taylor Carrasco, as well as the return of Resident Choreographer Jennifer Archibald’s Sit. Thanks to strong sponsorship, this program will be free to the community, but guests are encouraged contribute what they wish.

9/14/21 Covid-19 Policy
Note: Always verify the latest policy changes before attendance.

  • Thu-Fri, Sept. 23-24 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Sept. 25 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, Sept. 26 at 1pm & 6:30pm

Official page |

Leave a comment

Filed under Dance, On Stage

NKU Virtual Dance Concert Features New Works by Guest Artists

NKU_Dance 21 logoHIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts will be streaming Dance ’21, a dance concert highlighting new works by guest artists, faculty, and students. Eleven dynamic dances will add up to an evening of concert pieces that highlight various genres of dance. The production will be available to watch for free at the Dance ’21 website. The production is directed by the artistic team of Teresa VanDenend Sorge, Dee Anne Bryll and Sylvia Chervus.

  • What: Dance ’21
  • When: Available now through June 30
  • Where: Online at nku.edu/dance21
  • Admission: Free to watch

Jenny Fitzpatrick is the Founder and Artistic Director of Blackbird Dance Theatre in Lexington, Kentucky. She has also worked as a dance professional, taught at the Burbank School of Ballet and choreographed/directed for the National Enrichment Teacher’s Association. She is a performer, choreographer, director, writer, producer and costume designer.

Jay Goodlett majored in dance, drama, and musical theatre before training at the School of American Ballet for several years. By the age of 18, Mr. Goodlett joined the Cincinnati Ballet and rose quickly through the ranks to Senior Soloist by 2002. He has performed in numerous classical full-length ballets and Neo-classical works and also has worked with many ground-breaking contemporary choreographers, performing internationally. He now works at SCPA in Cincinnati, teaches various classes at Lachey Arts, and choreographs for multiple universities and institutions throughout the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Area.

Jessica Harris hails from Neptune, New Jersey, where she has trained in all styles of dance for over 20 years. Harris has performed on several television shows including ABC’s hit show “The Apprentice”, “Good Morning America”, CBS Sports, and ESPN. She is currently a guest artist for the contemporary company Exhale Dance Tribe and can be found teaching a variety of dance classes at Planet Dance in Cincinnati.

A native of Cincinnati and and faculty member of African Dance Forms at NKU, Jeaunita Ìfẹ́wándé Château Weathersby Olówè is a professional dancer, choreographer, teaching artist and athlete for the past 30 years in African, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Ballroom, Latin dances and Zumba®. She’s performed, taught and toured throughout the US, Canada, Africa, Asia since 1994 and performed for the US/NATO military in Europe and Mediterranean. Jeaunita was one of the seven talented artists that traveled to perform in Europe during 2003-2005 for the United States and United Nations Armed Forces military families. She is a certified Zumba® fitness instructor and AFAA Group Fitness instructor.

Andrea Tutt, a graduate of one of Canada’s leading Theatre Conservatories, has been performing professionally and teaching theatre and dance for over 15 years. She has taught acting, dance and movement studies in many established training facilities, including Ontario Ballet School in Toronto, Canada, Toi Whakaari – New Zealand’s National Drama School, New Zealand School of Dance, University of Minnesota’s BFA/Guthrie Theatre Acting program and most recently in the theatre/music theatre departments at NKU, Miami, Xavier and CCM at UC.

Teresa VanDenend Sorge is the developer and Founding Director of Koresh Kids Dance, which serves nearly 500 Philadelphia public school children each week. For nearly a decade she was a full-time lecturer at Muhlenberg College in the Department of Theatre and Dance and remains a part-time lecturer at Sydney Kimmel Medical School in Philadelphia. Teresa holds a BA in Dance Education and Dance Performance/Choreography from Hope College in Holland, Michigan and a Masters of Education in Dance degree from Temple University. She is also adjunct faculty at NKU teaching Modern Dance and Dance History.

Creating dance with Covid restrictions required the team to think outside of the box and develop creative solutions for building dances. The entire process was in compliance with the Norse Nine Guidelines with safety at the forefront of the process.

To learn more about the School of the Arts on-demand performances, visit its website.

About NKU Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 15,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students’ names. For more information, visit nku.edu.

###NKU###

Leave a comment

Filed under Dance, Events, Online Performance, Press Releases

BOLD MOVES PLUS Runs June 16-20

CB_Bold Moves PlusBOLD MOVES PLUS
Cincinnati Ballet
June 16-20
Aronoff Center P&G Hall [Downtown]

This mixed-rep program is being re-imagined with the health and safety of our dancers and patrons top of mind.

  • Wed-Thu, June 16-17 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, June 18 at 8pm
  • Sat, June 19 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, June 20 at 1pm & 6:30pm

Official page |

1 Comment

Filed under Dance

Dancer Auditions Announced for CHILDREN OF EDEN at Innovatheatre

INNOV_logoThe Production Staff for INNOVAtheatre’s CHILDREN OF EDEN are looking for 8-10 dancers who will be featured in two musical numbers for the show.

Dancers will only be required to appear in “The Naming” & “Return of the Animals.” The Director is looking to do something outside the box for these two numbers instead of the traditional kids in animal costumes.

Different styles of dance will be used. Dance experience preferred but not required. Please plan to attend the audition beginning at 7pm. If this time conflicts with your schedule PLEASE contact us and we will do our best to accommodate seeing you. Rehearsals will be minimal until we get close to Tech Week.

Dance auditions will take place June 7 from 7-9pm at Sorg Opera House in Middletown.

Performance dates are July 9-18

Please contact us at AUDITIONS@INNOVAtheatre.com with any questions or concerns. Please use the SignUp Genius link below to Sign up.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e4badad29a2fa7-featured

Leave a comment

Filed under Auditions, Dance

Mutual Dance Theatre (Formerly MamLuft&Co. Dance) to Perform Live in |S|P|A|C|E|, April 16 – May 1, 2021

CINCINNATI, OHIO — Mutual Dance Theatre, Cincinnati’s resident Modern Dance company formerly known as MamLuft&Co. Dance, makes its premiere under its new name. This COVID-conscious event will take place live at the organization’s new home in Hartwell (8222 Monon Ave, 45216).

MDT_Evans

Steven P. Evans, choreographer and Company Director. Photography by Jeanne Mam-Luft.

MūDa choreographer Steven P. Evans and the company jump off of pandemic-induced conditions to explore what it means to feel deserving of a claim to space.

The Modern Dance performance will be like none other, taking place in a unique, studio setting featuring a long, translucent, plastic curtain that defines areas, but also hides and reveals.

Evans, a highly talented Cincinnati-native who worked with well-known Modern Dance choreographers in New York City before returning to Cincinnati, likens the dance performance to a journal entry. Through it, he and the Company process some of the conditions we find ourselves in during the COVID-19 pandemic and how metaphorical masking and distancing had been the norm for many prior to it, such as LGBTQ+ persons attempting to blend-in.

Evans struggled in his youth with severe depression as he attempted to hide his sexual identity. A revelation came to him during COVID-19 that masking was all too familiar to him, and from masking comes separation and misunderstandings. And, from social distancing comes isolation and the familiar loss of critical human connection.

Evans writes:
“So many people attempt to retreat from their spaces: hiding behind what they can…they don’t — like I didn’t — think they even deserved space for themselves…Each dancer in this work represents various aspects of self-camouflage, and each is cloaked in misinterpretations.”

MDT_Space1

Promotional image for |S|P|A|C|E|, choreographed by Steven P. Evans in collaboration with the Mutual Dance Theatre performers.

When audiences enter the performance space, they are immediately transported into a unique theater experience. They will share space with an enormous plastic curtain — reminiscent of biohazards in films, but also familiar as plastic dividers that have been erected by businesses to protect their workers from the virus. This curtain divides the area and changes during the performance. Audience members can vaguely see what is happening on the other side of the curtain, but given the lack of clarity, masks worn by all, and socially-distanced pod seating, each person immediately feels separation and thus palpably enters into Evans’ world.

The plastic curtain works as a player in this work in multiple ways: it is an intentional homage to COVID-19, it blurs views, it reveals, and it delineates space as very personal or very impersonal.

Location
The performance will take place in a large studio at Mutual Arts Center, the organization’s new home in Hartwell, quickly accessible from I-75 and other local routes by just a 15 minute drive from most parts of the city. Parking on-site is free and ADA-accessible. The organization is fundraising for renovations to fully complete the transformation of the space into a performance studio theater.

Performers
In this performance, Mutual Dance Theatre (formerly MamLuft&Co. Dance) introduces several new performers previously unseen by Cincinnati audiences: Hannah Neff, Rowan Salem, Jacob Shade, Jasmine Snellen, and Emma Raney (guest artist); in addition to Hannah Williamson and Claire Dieringer who return from previous seasons. Click here for photos.

Performances are Fridays at 8pm & Saturdays at 3pm & 8pm.

Tickets are $60-$125 depending on the size of your pod and are available online at https://www.mutualdance.org/archive/space/

COVID-19 Considerations
Seats will be sold in distanced “pods” wherein a household can share a cluster of 4-5 seats and will be spaced safely from other “pods.” Masks will be worn by all persons: performers, audience members, and front-of-house. COVID-19 screening will take place upon entry, with temperature checks, a masks-required-at-all-times explanation/reminder, and questions regarding symptoms and exposure. More information can be found at mutualdance.org/space#covid.

Access
Mutual Dance Theatre was founded to create more access to Modern Dance. We believe that all income levels should have the pleasure of attending live performances. Free admission will be provided to persons of low-income.  Patrons are encouraged to contact the organization at 513.494.6526 or hello@mutualarts.org for assistance.

###

Leave a comment

Filed under Dance, Events, Press Releases