Area Choreographers Festival: May 3 & 4, 2013
May 3 & 4, 2013 8:30pm
Aronoff Center for the Arts
Contemporary Dance Theater’s Area Choreographers Festival is an important celebration of choreographers and dancers with regional ties to Southwest Ohio.
Comprised of juried selections of contemporary dance, it is an eclectic palette. Dance writer Kathy Valin writes that the festival is an “essential link to area’s abundance of talent and its ongoing expression.”
Come and experience a diverse variety of dance from the area while supporting local artists!
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ALEXANDRA BRANNON, born of two international choreographers and making her Cincinnati choreographic debut, Ms. Brannon will premiere her new work, “F – Strife,” which addresses how the strains of life changes can affect a mother and father’s relationship.
KENT DE SPAIN, an internationally-recognized performer, teacher, filmmaker, and writer will perform with Sally Doughty (arriving from the United Kingdom) in “Intervention for Two.” The piece uses a computer program (“Max/MSP”) that triggers dialogue and music sampled from classic films, creating a strange and nostalgic world in which two figures are caught.
Leslie Dworkin, an independent dance artist and teacher who has performed and choreographed internationally and throughout the United States, will offer her ensemble work “Rise…on the road to Compostela.” Dworkin’s piece is a kind of pilgrimmage toward a state of greater clarity and balance.
TRICIA GELMINI, A Yellow Springs artist and CDT festival favorite, features Cincinnati dancers in the premiere of an ensemble work “Light Creaks in My Bones,” a journey from the cold and long shadows of winter into a reawakening from spring.
Susan Honer, a Virginia native who co-founded Distance Dances (a long-distance and multi-media performance collective) and a Company Member and Assistant Choreographer in MamLuft&Co. Dance, has re-set a work originally commissioned by ML&Co. in 2011. “in the folds of open water” explores the fluidity of identity and features current and former company members of ML&Co.
Ka-Ron Brown Lehman, former Artistic Director for the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Dance Department, who has won multiple awards (such as the NAACP Educator and Choreographer of the Year Award), will premiere “Within the Garden.” Lehman’s cast includes Cincinnati Ballet performers Dawn Kelly Moore, Abigail Maruna Morwood, and Joshua Bodden, as well as Dolores Lagdameo (former dancer with Creative Outlet Dance Theater of Brooklyn) and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music graduate, Asia Renea Harrison.
Louise Taft Semple Foundation
Cincinnati Arts Association / Greater Cincinnati Foundation Rental Subsidy
The Contemporary Dance Theater Guest Artist Series is sponsored by THE OTTO M. BUDIG FAMILY FOUNDATION and is supported by the thousands of people who give generously to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. Generous support from the Louise Taft Semple Foundation also makes the Guest Artist Series possible. Support also comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Contemporary Dance Theater is also supported by The Ohio Arts Council, a state agency that supports public programs in the arts.