VTDance / WHAT’S GOING ON | Nov 3 + 4, 2017
The first concert of Contemporary Dance Theater’s 45th Season will be the presentation of VTDance, a young company from Washington DC, in their dance tribute to Marvin Gaye entitled What’s Going On: Life, Love and Social Justice. This work features the choreography of Vincent Thomas, Artistic Director of VTDance, Sylvia Soumah, and Ralph Glenmore. Originally produced by Dance Place in Washington DC, the work brings together connections between Dance Place’s Carla Perlo, who went to the University of Cincinnati, Sylvia Soumah, who grew up in Cincinnati, and Jefferson James of Contemporary Dance Theater. This residency offers CDT a delightful opportunity to share this work and the work of these amazing artists.
What’s Going On is an interesting and organic collaboration of three choreographers and a combination of three different styles of dance: modern, jazz, and West African dance. The music of Marvin Gaye evokes the 60’s and 70’s, the social unrest and war fatigue, as well as the social dances and melancholy introspection of that time. But there is some solace in the end of the work with images of people coming together.
Vincent Thomas, What’s Going On has been named a 2017 Best of Baltimore winner by editors for “Best Dance Performance” and will be featured in the August issue of Baltimore magazine. Vincent will also be receiving the Pola Nirenska Award for Excellence in Dance on November 18th administered by Washington Performing Arts.
What’s Going On is a National Performance Network (NPN)Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Dance Place (Washington, DC) in Partnership with RestonCenterStage and NPN. The presentation and touring of this work, and VTDance, is supported by the National Performance Network, a Contemporary Dance Theater partner.
Meet VTDance at a reception following Friday evening’s performance at the Aronoff. FREE
Dancers, don’t miss these incredible opportunities to take and Open Community Masterclass with VTDance at Contemporary Dance Theater’s studios in College Hill!
Masterclass: Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 10:30am-12:00pm. $15 in advance payable here, or $19-20 at-the-door.
Lecture/Demonstrations & Outreach
Aronoff Center for the Arts, Jarson-Kaplan Theater
650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 | (513) 621-ARTS
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