PRESS RELEASE: Performance and Time Arts: poetry, dance, and music, March 14 & 15


For more information, contact
(513) 800-0CDT (0238)

For the press: cdt-dance.org/press
For the public: cdt-dance.org/1403pta


Above: EMILY SCOTT (with Rebecca Sparks Vargas, background), courtesy of MamLuft&Co. Dance


A project of Contemporary Dance Theater, Performance and Time Arts (PTA) is Cincinnati’s longest-running performance art series showcasing new work in dance, music, theater, spoken-word and multi-media.

Featured artists for March 14 & 15, 2014 performance:
  • Poetry by LISA AMPLEMAN
  • Music by TURKAR GASIMZADA, performed by NAVE GRAHAM (flute) and BRIAN SORENSON (guitar)
  • Music by SARAH HUTCHINGS, performed by ALEXANDRA KASSOUF (soprano)
  • “Unperformance” by F. KEITH WAHLE
  EVENT: Music, poetry, and dance at Performance and Time Arts
  VENUE: Contemporary Dance Theater
College Hill Town Hall, 1805 Larch Avenue, Cincinnati 45221
  DATES: Friday and Saturday, March 14-15, 2014, 8pm
  TICKETS: At the door: $15 adults, $12 students or seniors / In advance: $12 adults, $8 students or seniors
  MORE INFO: Visit cdt-dance.org/pta



February 28, 2014

Performance and Time Arts Returns to College Hill Town Hall, March 14-15

CINCINNATI — Performance and Time Arts, one of Cincinnati’s most experimental and “out on the edge” performance series will return to the College Hill Town Hall, 1805 Larch Avenue, at 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 14-15.

Artists will include poet Lisa Ampleman; modern dance artists Ginger Castle, Tricia Gelmini, and Emily Scott; composers Turkar Gasimzada, and Sarah Hutchings, and poet/performance artists F. Keith Wahle, who will present an experiment in “unperformance.”

Admission at the door is $15.00 for the general public, and $12 for students and seniors with ID. Through Thursday, March 13, 2014, advance tickets are available at a discounted rate for $12.00 and $8.00 at cdt-dance.org/pta. Call (513) 800-0238 for more information.

During its eighteen-year history, Performance and Time Arts (also known as “PTA”) has sought to present the work of artists from a wide variety of disciplines, always with an avant garde, experimental, or contemporary orientation. The aim is to give audiences a wide range of experiences in arts that might otherwise be unfamiliar to them, and also to give artists exposure to audiences that they might not otherwise reach.

Poet Lisa Ampleman, who received her PhD from the University of Cincinnati, and currently teaches at Xavier University, will read poem from her book Full Cry (NFSPS Press, 2013).

Dance artist Ginger Castle returned to the stage after several years absence in the April 2013 p.t.a. show. She was scheduled to perform for p.t.a. again in October, but had to drop out of that show after an automobile accident. She will be making her delayed return to the p.t.a. stage for the March show.

Dancer and choreographer Tricia Gelmini, from Yellow Springs OH has been a long-time favorite with Cincinnati audiences through her appearances in p.t.a., Contemporary Dance Theater’s Area Choreographers concerts, and other performance events.

Emily Scott, from Fort Thomas KY, is a fourth-year member of MamLuft&Co. Dance, who has also performed for p.t.a. and the Area Choreographers concerts. She will be creating an original solo for herself, inspired, in part by her grandmother.

Turkar Gasimzada, from the Azerbaijan Republic, is a doctoral candidate in composition at U.C.’s College Conservatory of  Music. His work “9 rubia” is a composition based on the traditional Persian poetic form, which consists of an AABA quatrain. The highly theatrical work will be performed by Nave Graham (flute) and Brian Sorenson (guitar).

Composer Sarah Hutchings, who received her doctorate from CCM, currently lives in western New York, and teaches at Houghton College. Her song cycle, “Evening Star,” uses text by Lisa Ampleman, and will be performed by Alexandra Kassouf (soprano).

Poet and performance artist F. Keith Wahle, who has also organized the March 14-15 show, will perform a new work entitled “Now It Begins,” which he describes as an “unperformance,” a theatrical work that eats its own tail.

This weekend should prove to be an adventure of new and surprising experiences for both the artists and audiences. For more information or advance ticket sales, consult the Contemporary Dance Theater web site at cdt-dance.org/pta.


Sarah Hutchings

Above: SARAH HUTCHINGS, Composer

Turkar Gasimzada



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