Behind the Scenes with Everett

Go behind the scenes with Everett to learn more about the theatre and dance group from Rhode Island, performing November 2 & 3, 2012 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts


Contemporary Dance Theater is proud to open its 2012-2013 40th Anniversary Season with Everett, from Providence, Rhode Island.

Everett is a cross-disciplinary, cross-generational, and cross-cultural ensemble of dance and theater artists creating, performing, teaching, and engaging a diverse community through the arts. Guiding Everett’s mission is a deep belief in collaboration, experimentation, and the artist’s role in creating a just, equitable, and joyous future. Our Company, Stage, and School work in concert to build and support this vision.

Everett’s Company was founded in 1986 and quickly gained national recognition for its theme-based concert works. These original works use dance, theater, and video to explore themes ranging from science to family. Works include: The Smiling Lady (2010), Home Movies (2004), Somewhere in the Dream (1999), Body of Work (1996), The Science Project (1992), Pandora Restaurant (1990), and Flight (1989). The Company has toured nationally performing at Dance Theater Workshop, New York; Spoleto Dance Festival, South Carolina; and Walker Arts Center, Minnesota; among others.

About Brain Storm

Everett will be performing BRAIN STORM at the Aronoff Center for the Arts on November 2 and 3, 2012.

Everett’s critically acclaimed Company takes audiences on a journey into the universe’s most complex structure – the human brain, in all its complexity and beauty. Using current neuroscience research and personal narrative as fuel, BRAIN STORM tells the tale of the brain and how it makes us human. BRAIN STORM seamlessly blends choreography, storytelling, factual information, humor, and video projection to create a multimedia dance/theater experience that informs, entertains, and provokes thought.

 BRAIN STORM is informed by interviews with leading brain scientists, as well as a two-year residency at New Hampshire’s Crotched Mountain School, a facility for brain injury rehabilitation and education. The piece examines new developments in brain research, and the imminent neurological revolution – which includes the ability to map the spectrum of human emotions, beliefs, and tendencies. BRAIN STORM explores this new terrain.

BRAIN STORM was created through a multi-year artist residency produced by ARTVENTURES New England at the Crotched Mountain Specialty Hospital and School (www.crotchedmountain.org) in Greenfield, NH. Crotched Mountain (Donald Shumway, CEO) is one of the country’s leading brain injury and neurological disorder rehabilitation and treatment institutions.


Images from Brain Storm

Explore Brain Storm’s fascinating subject matter in videos from Everett



Can’t get enough?

CLICK HERE > Visit Everett’s website at www.everettri.org
CLICK HERE > Brain Café: A place where the dialogue about  the intersection of neuroscience, medicine, and the arts occurs    
CLICK HERE > The Providence Phoenix: “Everett whips up a stunning brainstorm”

…they reach into a vast realm of thoughts, perceptions, delusions, and clarifications on yet another oft-debated topic. After autism, personal reminiscences, labor issues, and the laws of science, the Everett creators have turned their attention to the human brain: its inner workings, its mysteries, its deviations, its magic.
CLICK HERE > Providence Monthly: “Dance Science at Everett: A heady conversation with the creators of a show about the human brain”

Can ballet teach you about the brain? Can modern dance make you more tolerant of disorders? Can hip hop help you learn about the hippocampus? Find out, as Everett presents Brain Storm


Free Meet-the-Artists Q&A Reception

Following Friday evening’s performance, continue the experience that is Brain Storm by joining Everett for a free reception.

Your Chance to Dance

Meet the artists from Everett and take a class from them! More information here.

Saturday, November 3, 2012
Intermediate and Advanced Dancers
$15 cash, $16 credit cards
Contemporary Dance Theater
1805 Larch Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45224 

Click here for more information about the masterclass



 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. The Crossett Family Fund also supports Contemporary Dance Theater.

The presentations of “Brain Storm” by Everett is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contemporary Dance Theater is an NPN Partner of the National Performance Network (NPN). The Everett project is made possible in part by support from the National Performance Network Performance Residency Program. Major contributions include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information: www.npnweb.org.

The presentation of Everett was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Brain Storm was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust. Production residency for this work was supported by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional funding was provided by the MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Support was also provided by the National Endowment for the arts.

This project was made possible through major funding by Lincoln Financial Foundation, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Hoffman Family Fund, and individual donors. 

ARTVENTURES New England (AVNE, David R White, Director, drw.artventures@gmail.com) is a New Hampshire/New England-wide producing and research-in-practice platform for artists and their public creative process as active partners in local rural/rust-belt cultural and civic development. As a broker and incubator, AVNE works to bring particular constituencies together with outstanding and empathetic creators who draw upon ideas and talents applicable to the needs and aspirations articulated by local or regional arts organizations, colleges and universities, schools and/or social and health and welfare agencies. 

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding provided in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the RI General Assembly, a grant for the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders.

Special thanks to: The Brown Institute for Brain Science (BIBS), Brown University and Bob Jungels.