Area Choreographers Festival | Jun 8 + 9, 2018

Area Choreographers Festival
FRIDAY, June 8, 2018 8:00pm
SATURDAY, June 9, 2018 8:00pm
Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati, Ohio


Area choreographers have been chosen for the June 8 & 9 concerts: Theresa Bautista, Leslie Dworkin, Jeri Gatch, Ashley Goos, Jon Lawson, and Hannah Williamson

Contemporary Dance Theater’s 2017-18 Season will conclude with its presentation of the Area Choreographers Festival on June 8 and 9, 2018.  Choreographers chosen to present work in this year’s concerts are Theresa Bautista, Leslie Dworkin, Jeri Gatch, Ashley Goos, Jon Lawson, and Hannah Williamson.  For a press release for ACF, click here.

The works these choreographers are presenting include a variety of subjects from relativity, human trafficking, nature & environment, and change and how we deal with change; in other words, the very things we all deal with and ponder every day.

Theresa Bautista, from Louisville, is creating a work with dancers from Cincinnati and Louisville, and the subject matter is a serious one about human trafficking.  To help make it accessible to all audiences, Theresa’s approach is a stylized exploration of modern day enslavement rather than portraying gritty details.

Leslie Dworkin’s piece was inspired by the work of minimalist artist Lee Ufan. Dworkin’s latest quartet is a tribute to the realms of nature and humanity, and the ways in which they both coexist and collide. In a departure from recent, more theatrical and character-driven works, Dworkin’s new quartet harkens a return to her attention to meticulous movement detail, and her unique musical sensibility.  This new work builds a landscape rich in the power of movement, silence, and flow; it is an attempt to do what Ufan describes as “to nudge something that already exists. . .into being. . .so that the world shows up more vividly.” 

Jeri Deckard Gatch’s new work “Waiting” takes place in a waiting room and explores how people come in and out of our lives.  It is a snapshot of how we enjoy teachers, friends and family and how we integrate what they offer to us.  A larger chorus augments a core cast of 3.

“Distortion”, by Ashley Goos, asks these questions: what effects do we have on one another, and how can we connect?  Ashley used some of the space-time laws of relationships to provide material for the development of this work.

Jon Lawson recently moved back to the area and his work explores the differences that time makes on people, their attitudes and their ability and willingness to adapt. 

 “White Shores”, by Hannah Williamson, concerns how experiences, good and bad, change and shape one’s life.  These experiences and their effects also affect others, as we exist in communities.

The Area Choreographers Festival supports local artists and provides audiences a diverse variety of incredible dance, all of it new to Cincinnati!  Don’t miss this opportunity to support the dancers and choreographers working in our hometown.

Q&A after each show

Bring your questions and comments to the choreographers of Area Choreographers Festival after each show, and hear their responses.  Find out more about how each piece was created.  FREE

Open Masterclasses


Dancers, don’t miss these incredible opportunities to take an open community masterclass with an ACF choreographer Theresa Bautista at Contemporary Dance Theater’s studios in College Hill

Open Community Masterclass: Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 10:30am-12:00pm. $15 in advance payable here, or $19 or $20 at the door.

Lecture/Demonstrations & Outreach


3-Show Subscription
Buying a pass for the season saves you the most money!
$90 Orchestra & Balcony I
$78 Balcony II & Box Seats
$78 Seniors, any seats
$63.75 Students, any seats
Single Tickets
$34 Orchestra & Balcony I
$29 Balcony II & Box Seats
$29 Seniors, any seats
$24 Students, any seats
Aronoff Center for the Arts, Jarson-Kaplan Theater
650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202  |  (513) 621-ARTS 

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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 CampaignSupport 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.