Press Release: Contemporary Dance Theater announces its 40th Anniversary 2012-2013 Guest Artist Series with launch of new website

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Contemporary Dance Theater, a nationally recognized presenter of contemporary dance, celebrates its 40th season in Cincinnati with an exciting array of contemporary dance artists from New York, Providence, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Connecticut, and places in between.

Audiences may learn more about the companies, and watch preview videos, at Contemporary Dance Theater’s newly re-designed website at cdt-dance.org. The all-new site is designed to immerse the viewer in rich visuals, reflective of the theatrical experience CDT presents in its Guest Artist Series. The website will continue to grow, including a new section to be launched later this summer, which will provide audiences with a rich introductory experience to each Guest Artist, as well as a section celebrating the history of Contemporary Dance Theater that will grow larger with new additions throughout the season.

Contemporary Dance Theater extends an invitation to share its 40th year of dance and celebrate the amazing creativity of the artists, brought to inspire and entertain Cincinnati.

As part of its celebration of its 40th Anniversary, Contemporary Dance Theater will also be launching (later this year) its 40/40 Campaign, a campaign to celebrate its past and ensure its future by raising $40,000. Future, past, and current supporters of Contemporary Dance Theater are asked to save the date of Saturday, April 13, 2013, when Contemporary Dance Theater will return to The Emery Theatre.

Venue and Ticketing

The Contemporary Dance Theater Guest Artist Series takes place at the Jarson-Kaplan Theater at the Aronoff Center for the Arts (650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202), where season subscriptions will be available September 4 and single tickets will be available October 1. Tickets are also available via cincinnatiarts.org and (513) 621-ARTS (2787). More information about Contemporary Dance Theater and its season is available at cdt-dance.org.

Everett from Providence, Rhode Island on November 2 & 3, 2012, 8:30 pm

Everett (formerly Everett Dance Theater) from Providence RI, is a unique and innovative dance theatre company. Their work blends dance, video, music, slide projection, and theater in tackling fascinating subjects. Their latest work Brain Storm resulted from years of research and development (their preferred method of creation),during which Everett worked with neuroscientists and people living with brain injuries and mental health issues.

The Village Voice of New York has described the experience of their work as one that allows audiences to “understand the transformative nature of art.” An audience member of Brain Storm wrote, “As in any great performance, Brain Storm touched my heart and challenged my mind.”

Contemporary Dance Theater invites audiences to become a part of the storm by experiencing this evening of vibrant images, sound, movement, and drama designed to immerse the brain.

ZviDance of New York, New York on February 1 & 2, 2013, 8:30 pm

ZviDance is a lush, fullbodied company of athletic and lyrical dancers, led by the Israeli-born Zvi Gotheiner. Having received critical praise and prestigious grants, ZviDance performs a home season in NewYork (including site-specific work), and has toured across America, as well as abroad in Germany, Poland, Russia, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Japan.

ZviDance’s new work Zoom asks the audience to use their cell phones during the performance (these texts and tweets will be projected onto the scrim and form a backdrop for the work), which also utilizes original music, dance, video projection, and real-time internet interactions to explore the evolving landscape of virtual communities.

Contemporary Dance Theater invites audiences to become a part of ZviDance’s intriguing and exquisite evening of world-class contemporary dance.

PHILADANCO of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 22 & 23, 2013, 8:30 pm

PHILADANCO is Philadelphia’s premier modern dance company, created in 1970 to address the lack of opportunities for minority dancers in the Delaware Valley. In the 42 years since then, PHILADANCO has advanced from a community-based company to an internationally-renowned institution.

On the heels of their 40th Anniversary, PHILADANCO takes a trip down memory lane and also performs a new work, “Wake Up,” by prominent hip hop choreographer Rennie Harris.

Fans, both old and new, are invited to join the dancers on a tour through those groundbreaking years that shaped them into the spectacular and electrifying company they are today.

Area Choreographers Festival, Artists with Regional Ties on May 3 & 4, 2013, 8:30 pm

Area Choreographers Festival is the only performance in the Guest Artist Series that is produced and commissioned by Contemporary Dance Theater. It 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.” Audiences are invited to come and experience a diverse variety of dance from the area while supporting local artists!

Pilobolus of Washington Depot, Connecticut on June 14 & 15, 2013, 8:30 pm

Pilobolus is back after performing to soldout crowds in Cincinnati last season. Their artistry, singularity, and physical prowess were so intriguing and enjoyed by Cincinnati,that Contemporary Dance Theater just had to bring them back again. The dance troupe is no stranger to sold-out crowds, having performed over 5000 times in 64 different countries. The Grammy-nominated Pilobolus has been seen in OK Go’s video for “All’s Not Lost,” on Conan O’Brien, the 2007 Academy Awards, and Oprah, to name a few.

NYC Newsday writes, “Pilobolus is a mind-blowing troupe of wildly creative and physically daring dancers…Audiences should expect the unexpected with Pilobolus.”

The company will present repertory work—characterized by its physicality and humor—that will make its premiere in Cincinnati.


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. 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 presentations of “Brain Storm” by Everett and “Wake Up” by PHILADANCO are 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 and ZviDance projects are 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 PHILADANCO project is partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by The Heinz Endowments; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and The Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.




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Contemporary Dance Theater presents Everett, a dance theatre group from Providence, Rhode Island, at the Aronoff Center for the Arts on November 2 & 3, 2012. Visit cdt-dance.org/season for more information. Photo by Everett.
Contemporary Dance Theater presents ZviDance, a contemporary dance company from New York, New York, directed by the Israeli-born Zvi Gotheimer. ZviDance performs at the Aronoff Center for the Arts on February 1 & 2, 2013. Visit cdt-dance.org/season for more information. Photo by Franziska Strauss.  
Contemporary Dance Theater presents PHILADANCO, Philadelphia’s premier modern dance company. PHILADANCO appears at the Aronoff Center for the Arts with both repertory favorites, and a new work by hip hop choreographer, Rennie Harris, at the Aronoff Center for the Arts on March 22 & 23, 2013. Visit cdt-dance.org/season for more information. Photo by Lois Greenfield.  
Contemporary Dance Theater presents the Area Choreographers Festival, a juried concert feature dancers and choreographers with regional ties. At the Aronoff Center, May 3 & 4, 2013. Visit cdt-dance.org/season for more information. Pictured here: dancers Jacquelyn Corcoran and Ashley Goos in choreography by Diane Germaine; photograph by John Burgess.  
Contemporary Dance Theater presents Pilobolus, a world-renowned dance troupe featured on television and stages across the globe. At the Aronoff Center, June 14 & 15, 2013. Visit cdt-dance.org/season for more information. Photo by John Kane.  

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