GroundWorks Spring Season Preview | West Side Leader

By Kathleen Folkerth, West Side Leader March 23, 2017 Downtown Akron - Artistic Director David Shimotakahara said GroundWorks DanceTheater’s upcoming performances on March 31 and April 1 at 7:30 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Hall will reflect what he senses is the mood in the country after a tumultuous time in our social and political climate. The

GroundWorks In-School Workshops | Spring 2017

One of our core values as a company is to help empower creativity through movement. Using movement concepts as a springboard, it's our hope to inspire confidence and potential new creative insights for students. We recently had the wonderful opportunities to conduct Movement Study workshops with K-12 students from Cleveland Montessori, Adlai Stevenson School and

GroundWorks Spring Season Preview | The Plain Dealer

By Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer March 14, 2017 CLEVELAND, Ohio - The muses could not have been kinder to GroundWorks DanceTheater than they were going into the 2017 Spring Dance Series. Not only did the group's three-part program this week at the Breen Center for the Performing Arts coalesce around a theme of connections.

Scene Magazine’s Best of Cleveland 2017 Nominations

Spring is landing, and so is Scene Magazine's Best of Cleveland 2017. Creative expression is our passion - whether through live music collaborations (Violins of Hope & Carmina Burana) to artist residencies and educational outreach. We explore the nuances of the human experience and embody the pulse and movement of life through unique and

Spring Creative Notes | “Drafting Foresight” by Guest Artist Gina Gibney

What kind of memories do we create after we’ve had meaningful conversations? What becomes of those pivotal discussions? Are our memories the direct result of that significant interaction? How do we mark those moments in time? These questions and more are explored in Guest Artist Gina Gibney’s new work, “Drafting Foresight,” which will make its

Spring Creative Notes | “Against Night” by David Shimotakahara

“We find ourselves in a time of transition and unpredictable change,” says GWDT Executive Artistic Director David Shimotakahara. Shimotakahara’s world-premiere work, titled “Against Night,” for GroundWorks’ 2017 Spring Series explores change, transitions and connectivity and how we traverse these elements. These themes were a starting point in the creative process, he says.  “For some reason

Spring Creative Notes | GroundWorks Reprises “Remora”

We are proud to reprise Salt Lake City-based choreographer Eric Handman’s highly-anticipated work “Remora” during our 2017 Spring Dance Series. Handman’s “Remora,” a critically-acclaimed “substantial and intensely physical work” first created with GroundWorks in 2015, is rooted in its physicality, the demands of its execution, its complexities and its nuances of timing. Together, these elements

GroundWorks Spring 2017 Preview

The timeless (and timely) themes of connectivity, changeability and transition will be explored in GroundWorks DanceTheater’s upcoming 2017 Spring Dance Series, featuring world premiere works by GWDT Artistic Director David Shimotakahara and Gina Gibney of Gibney Dance, as well as the highly-anticipated reprise of “Remora” by award-winning choreographer Eric Handman. “We find ourselves in a

Annika Sheaff to Debut CPAC Fellowship Short Films

To say Annika Sheaff has been busy since maternity leave would be quite the understatement. Twelve weeks ago she became the proud mother of August Sheaff Rinderknecht -- 6 lbs, 9 oz, 21” long and cute as a button with a full head of hair. She also recently returned to GroundWorks after a six-month leave

Thank You for an Extraordinary 2016

For GroundWorks, 2016 was a year filled with extraordinary creative opportunities including three live music collaborations within the production and presentation of an amazing range of groundbreaking work. From the creation of “Shadowbox” as part of the Violins of Hope Project with the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage to our spectacular production of Carmina Burana

Support GroundWorks on #GivingTuesday

At GroundWorks DanceTheater, we believe in the importance of reaching the next generation by empowering them creatively through movement. Our workshops, led by GWDT company artists, provide a unique opportunity for students of all grade levels to explore the creative process of dance through physical experience. We have had the pleasure of working with diverse

Dancer ChoreoLab Showcase – Stephanie Terasaki

  For an artist, the experience of initiating his or her own creative ideas and working through their own processes is valuable, regardless of whether or not they feel compelled to continue to choreograph. In GroundWorks’ first-ever Dancer ChoreoLab Showcase, to take place on November 10, company dancers will present new and exciting work. “One

Dancer ChoreoLab Showcase – Michael Marquez

GroundWorks’ first-ever Dancer ChoreoLab Showcase will feature new work created and developed by company dancers. The November 10 event will be an exciting opportunity for our artists to express their individual styles and for audiences to see another side of them. “The experience of initiating their own creative ideas and experimenting with and working through

Dancer ChoreoLab Showcase – Felise Bagley

There is so much that happens in the studio that can only be understood by doing. On Thursday, November 10, GroundWorks DanceTheater will present its first-ever Dancer ChoreoLab Showcase, an informal showing of new work created and developed by GWDT’s dancers. “Fundamental to the GroundWorks creative DNA, our artists are constantly involved with helping to

Dancer ChoreoLab Showcase

On Thursday, November 10th GroundWorks will present an informal showing of new work created and developed by company members Felise Bagley, Michael Marquez and Stephanie Terasaki. GroundWorks artistic director David Shimotakahara believes it is important for dancers to have opportunities to choreograph. “The experience of initiating their own creative ideas and experimenting with and

Now Announcing Company Auditions

We are seeking experienced male and female dancers versatile in ballet, contemporary and modern techniques. Please join us at one of our upcoming auditions! Offering Annual Contract with Benefits CHICAGO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2016 • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Lou Conte Dance Studio at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 1147 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607

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A Study in Movement | GWDT @ Willson School

With GroundWorks’ ongoing effort to empower creativity through movement, we recently had a wonderful opportunity to conduct Movement Study workshops with 4th, 5th and 6th graders at Willson School. Mark Otloski, GroundWorks' Education Director, along with company dancers Lauren Garson and Stephanie Terasaki, engaged students in fun, inspiring and collaborative studies in movement and expression. The workshops

Welcome, Yvette Hanzel – GWDT’s Director of Development

We are excited to introduce Yvette Hanzel -- GWDT's new Director of Development. In this role, Hanzel will oversee the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising – including grant solicitation, major gifts, annual campaign, fundraising events and in-kind resources. “I’m truly honored, and feel a genuine rapport with both David Shimotakahara and General Manager

Fall Dance Series @ Allen Theater | Thank You!

We were thrilled to open our Fall Dance Series at the Allen Theater at Playhouse Square this past weekend. The program featured two world premieres -- "Chromatic" by our own David Shimotakahara, "Part Way" by Guest Artist Robyn Mineko Williams, and a reprisal of Beth Corning's "At Once There Was a House," first staged by

Inside Look | A Dancer’s Life: Stephanie Terasaki

When Stephanie Terasaki walks into a dance studio, the world is full of possibilities. The 22-year-old California native, who joined GroundWorks in June (taking the place of GWDT’s Annika Sheaff while she is on maternity leave), has particularly enjoyed the company’s creative process – learning new pieces, challenging herself with different kinds of movement, working

Fall Creative Notes | David Shimotakahara to Debut New Work Inspired by American Composer Conlon Nancarrow

While researching music for his new work for GWDT’s Fall Dance Series, Artistic Director David Shimotakahara came across Conlon Nancarrow’s work by accident. Immediately taken by the American composer’s idiosyncratic qualities and unique sound, Shimotakahara knew he found his inspiration. “Within its complexities, [Nancarrow’s] music maintains a sense of humor and, for me, a kind

Inside Look | Beth Corning Rehearsal

"Aren't they just marvelous?" Beth Corning asked, referring to our dancers during a recent rehearsal for "At Once There Was a House," her groundbreaking work which will enjoy a reprisal during our Fall Dance Series (the piece first debuted at GroundWorks DanceTheater in 2004). “It’s not about learning a script. It’s about creating each individual dancers

Fall Creative Notes | Beth Corning Reprises GWDT Original Work “At Once There Was a House”

Renowned choreographer Beth Corning returns to GroundWorks to reprise her groundbreaking work, “At Once There Was a House,” which first debuted at GWDT more than a decade ago. We are thrilled to have Beth back for our Fall Dance Series and look forward to sharing her again with our audiences. “GroundWorks has evolved in so

Inside Look | Robyn Mineko Williams Rehearsal

Here is an Inside Look into recent rehearsals with Guest Artist Robyn Mineko Williams, who will debut a new work during our Fall Dance Series at the Allen Theatre on October 14 & 15 and Akron Public Library on November 18 & 19. The untitled piece will explore the idea of perseverance and will be set to

Fall Creative Notes | GroundWorks Welcomes Guest Artist Robyn Mineko Williams

We are pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with award-winning Chicago choreographer Robyn Mineko Williams, particularly during this period of growth and recognition of her work. Williams’ creative residency will culminate in the world premiere of a new piece, debuting in October and kicking off GroundWorks’ Fall Dance Series. “I love that [Robyn’s] new

Summer Workshops, Classes and More

To accompany our summer performances at Heinz Poll and Arts in August, GroundWorks company members will also be hosting a number of events. See below for the full list of upcoming opportunities to get more involved with GroundWorks DanceTheater. Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival August 1, 3, and 5, 4:00pm – 5:00pm at the Balch

Unforgettable | GroundWorks to Present a Glorious Rendition of Carmina Burana

It’s been said that Carl Orff’s purpose in his immensely popular Carmina Burana was “total theater” where music, words and movement work together to create an overwhelming effect. We are thrilled to share an unforgettable experience in our new adaptation of Orff’s timeless masterpiece at GroundWorks’ 14th annual Summer Concert Series beginning on July 15

Inside Look | GroundWorks Previews Guest Artist Adam Barruch’s New Piece

It was an intimate afternoon of dance and lively discussion on Friday as we presented an inside look into award-winning New York choreographer Adam Barruch’s new work, “Hex,” which will debut at GroundWorks’ 14th annual Summer Concert Series beginning on July 15 at the Alma Theater in Cain Park. Guests enjoyed an up-close showing of the dynamic

Job Opening | Development Director

Our team is excited to announce that we will be adding an integral role come this Fall. Please see the Job Opening posted below: GroundWorks DanceTheater | Director of Development (part-time) Position Description The Director of Development creates and oversees the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising, which includes grant solicitation, major gifts, annual campaign,

Inspiral Motion | Lisa Lansing

Lisa Lansing, a Gyrotonics Specialized Master Trainer (impressively only one out of 50 in the entire world!) and a GroundWorks DanceTheater partner, supporter and advocate, has been working weekly with the GroundWorks’ company dancers through the Gyrotonic Expansion System to increase each dancers range of motion, build strength and sustain their fluidity. We recently sat

Summer Creative Notes | Guest Artist Adam Barruch Explores Mysticism in Debut Work

We are thrilled to welcome award-winning New York choreographer Adam Barruch as Guest Artist for our much-anticipated Summer Dance Series. Barruch’s world premiere work, tentatively titled “Hex,” will explore themes including mysticism, magic and creation. Adam recently shared what makes this collaboration unique and why the subject matter is thought provoking. “The piece is centered

Creative Notes | A Carmina burana for Our Shared, Modern Life

Coming off of a wonderful Spring Season and record-breaking It Takes Two Benefit, it’s exciting to share what we’ve been up to in the way of making new dance! Today we’re sharing notes from a recent conversation with Executive Artistic Director, David Shimotakahara. He and the dancers are in the midst of the creative process

It Takes Two 2016 | That’s a Wrap!

This year's benefit took things to the next level and we are so appreciative to everyone who made this year possible! A big thank you goes out to: Our presenting sponsor, University Hospitals Our venue host sponsor, the Cleveland Museum of Art In-kind sponsor, Microsoft The evening's co-chairs, Denise San Antonio Zeman & Lev Gonick

David Shimotakahara to Choreograph New Work for Cleveland Playhouse’s Centennial Season

We're thrilled to announce that our own David Shimotakahara will play an integral role in the development of a new work for The Cleveland Playhouse, The Good Peaches. The new work will premiere as part of CPH's celebratory 100th season and will feature a powerhouse artistic staff of Shimotakahara, Director Laura Kepley (CPH Artistic Director),

It Takes Two 2016 | Take a Peek Behind the Curtain!

Our dancers are hard at work, getting ready for It Takes Two 2016! Get a taste of what you can expect through our first batch of behind-the-scenes videos below & make sure you have your tickets for the evening of Saturday, April 2nd! Margaret Richards Frankel Ian Friedman Heidi Gartland Brian Marita Kristen Morris August

Winter Creative Notes // An INsider Glimpse into the Musical Composition of Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera

With our 2016 March performances right around the corner, we’re excited to give a behind-the-scenes look into the musical components of Ghost Opera - GroundWorks’ dramatic work choreographed by Artistic Director David Shimotakahara, set to Tan Dun’s musical composition. The piece originally premiered during GroundWorks’ 2014 season and is being beautifully reprised during the 2016

GroundWorks at Hathaway Brown

GroundWorks was privileged to be invited by Jenny Burnett and Falon Baltzell from the Hathaway Brown Performing Arts Department to be the artists in residence at the school for a week last Nov. 30 to Dec. 4. The program is sponsored by the HB Patron of the Performing Arts Endowment Fund, making possible creative exchanges

GroundWorks DanceTheater Artist Annika Sheaff Awarded CPAC Creative Workforce Fellowship

  Photo Credit: Haley Jane Samuelson We are proud to announce that our own Annika Sheaff has been awarded a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship by the Community Partnership for Arts & Culture! We recently sat down with her to learn more about this wonderful recognition. Annika, what does receiving this fellowship mean to you? "It's a huge

Thank You for a Great Year!

2015 has been a great year for GroundWorks DanceTheater. We are privileged to work alongside so many amazing artists, and our wonderful staff. We want to take a minute to reflect on the year and some of the accomplishments our organization is most proud of, and to thank you our supportive community for all you

Fall Series Preview: Thoughts from Dance Critic, Steve Sucato

Dance Critic, Steve Sucato, has published his preview of our Fall Series, debuting Friday. Read the excerpt below, which deals with our Violins of Hope inspired, world-premiere work, Shadowbox: "Violins of Hope is a project begun by [Amnon] Weinstein in 1996 in which he has been locating and restoring violins that were played by Jews in the camps

Uncovered and Elevated | Violins of Hope Collaboration To Debut October 16th

On October 16th and 17th we will be debuting our Fall Series! As part of this series we will perform an original piece inspired by the exhibit, Violins of Hope. These violins survived the Holocaust and represent the never-ending hope of the Jewish people and their culture during that time as well as in the

Job Opening | GroundWorks seeks Wardrobe Coordinator

GroundWorks DanceTheater is looking for a Wardrobe Coordinator to assist with costume management through the upcoming 2015-16 season, beginning immediately. Hourly rate paid commensurate with experience. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Costume washing/drying, ironing/pressing Minimum hand sewing for repairs Transportation of costumes Organizing the storage of costumes Must have own transportation. Must be available days or

Fall Creative Notes | Kate Weare Returns for Second Creative Residency!

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Kate Weare, 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, 2011 Mellon Foundation Awardee, 2009 Princess Grace Award-Winner and our current Creative Resident to hear her perspective on working with GroundWorks DanceTheater for her second commissioned work with the company. “This second commission is radically different from the first time I

Summer Series 2015 | Rave Reviews for Cain Park Performances

GroundWorks DanceTheater kicked-off their 12th annual Summer Series at Cain Park’s Alma Theater to high-capacity audiences and rave reviews. Over the course of the weekend GroundWorks performed two works, House Broken and Boom Boom from their repertory revered as audience favorites, while also presenting the world premier of new work Remora, choreographed by Eric Michael

Summer Creative Notes | New Eric Handman Piece Premieres Tonight!

In advance of tonight's performance at Cain Park, we sat down with Guest Artist Eric Handman to talk about how the final weeks of rehearsals have gone. "David [Shimotakahara] asked me earlier this week if the piece emerged as I imagined it. I think my response of 'I hope not!' caught us both by surprise,"

Dance Intensive | University of Akron

This past month GroundWorks DanceTheater partnered with The University of Akron’s Dance Institute to offer 15-25 intermediate to advanced students the opportunity to work with GroundWorks’ Artistic Director David Shimotakahara and learn from professional company artists. Now in it’s tenth year of participation in this program, GroundWorks offered a series of workshops focusing on various

Gibney Dance | Call for Dancers

Our friends at Gibney Dance are currently holding auditions for 52-week multiple-year dancer contracts. They are seeking extraordinary dancers with strong professional experience who are ready for a broad-based position that will allow them to continue to grow as artists while making an impact in the local and global community. In addition to actively

Summer Residency | GroundWorks Returns to Cleveland State University’s Summer Dance Program

Next week GroundWorks will again be participating in the CSU Summer Dance Workshop Series. Since being invited to become the Professional Dance Company in Residence at CSU in 2012, each summer this fulfilling program has enabled GroundWorks to connect with many other dancers – ranging from high school students to professionals to seniors, spanning the dance community in Northeast

Spring Creative Notes | Eric Handman Joins Us for Creative Residency!

Our latest Creative Resident, Eric Handman, recently spoke to us about his introduction to GroundWorks DanceTheater as well as what it’s been like to work with David & the company. “I met David at the American College Dance Association’s Western Conference in 2014 out in Arizona. He was an adjudicator and saw a quartet that

It Takes Two 2015 – Recap

GroundWorks DanceTheater held their annual fundraising gala – It Takes Two - on Saturday, April 25th, 2015 at the Global Center for Health Innovation. The sell-out event featured a star-studded line up of Cleveland-based celebrity dancers: • Jack Bialosky, Jr. (Bialosky + Partners) • Lee Fisher (CEOs for Cities) • Deb Janik (Greater Cleveland Partnership)

GroundWorks DanceTheater Artist Felise Bagley Wins Cleveland Arts Prize Mid-Career Award

GroundWorks DanceTheater artist Felise Bagley has been awarded the prestigious Cleveland Arts Prize Mid-Career Award, recognizing her contributions to advancing the artistry of dance & community that surrounds it in Northeast Ohio. “This award, to me, is exemplary of the way that Northeast Ohio has embraced me since I arrived in 1997,” says Bagley. “I

Notes from the Frontier | Creative Development Progresses on House of Sparrows

As promised, we will continue to share notes on our creative process to give you a peak behind the curtain & right into the way we think about creativity at GroundWorks DanceTheater. This series of posts focuses on our new work – The House of Sparrows – due to debut as part of EJ Thomas

Announcing Company Auditions!

GroundWorks DanceTheater Seeks Versatile Male and Female Dancers (Proficient in Ballet, Contemporary and Modern Techniques) Company Auditions: Chicago Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015 Time: 4:00p - 6:00p Location: Lou Conte Dance Studio at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, 1147 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607 Company Auditions: New York Date: Monday, March 30, 2015 Time: 2:00p - 4:00p Location: Gina

Notes from the Frontier: A Discussion with Aeolus Quartet’s Greg Luce

“All performances, in some way, inhabit memories of someone or something else,” says Greg Luce, Violinist & member of Aeolus Quartet. “In some ways it’s easier to be removed [from the time in history that you are referencing in your work] – there’s a certain purity that comes with distance from that person or thing.

GroundWorks DanceTheater to Premiere Two New Works as Part of Spring Series at St. Ignatius’ Breen Center for Performing Arts

CLEVELAND, OH (January 29, 2015) – GroundWorks DanceTheater will host the Cleveland premiere of two new works as part of the company’s 6th-annual Spring concert series at the Breen Center for the Performing Arts on March 20th & 21st, 2015. These performances will comprise three works including House of Sparrows, Untitled and Current Frame. The

Notes from the Frontier: Approaching Collaborative Creation with Composer Steven Snowden

“I was raised in the Missouri Ozarks. [When it comes to matters of North & South,] I felt like an outsider with familiarity of both perspectives. That juxtaposition of legacy & progress,” says House of Sparrows composer Steven Snowden when you ask him why approaching the topic of the Civil War in his work interested

GroundWorks DanceTheater Seeks Versatile Male Dancer

GroundWorks DanceTheater seeks a versatile male dancer proficient in ballet, contemporary and modern techniques. TO APPLY: Please send a brief video/work sample, headshot and resume via email to: or mail to: GroundWorks DanceTheater P.O. Box 18191 Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 Send video links to: GroundWorks is an acclaimed contemporary company based in Cleveland Ohio,

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from GroundWorks DanceTheater! From the GWDT Artists: David Shimotakahara, Amy Miller, Felise Bagley, Noelle Cotler, Damien Highfield, Troy Macklin, Annika Sheaff. From the GWDT Board of Directors: Marie Calabrese, Janet Curry, Samantha Basford Damoulakis, Cyndy Dunn, Lev Gonick, Jennifer Highfield, Dave Lieberth, Kathryn Karipides, Joy Roller, Mary Lou Stricklin, Max Thomas, Jonathan Wehner,

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from GroundWorks DanceTheater! We thank our community for your support throughout 2014. From the GWDT Artists: David Shimotakahara, Amy Miller, Felise Bagley, Noelle Cotler, Damien Highfield, Troy Macklin, Annika Sheaff. From the GWDT Board of Directors: Marie Calabrese, Janet Curry, Samantha Basford Damoulakis, Cyndy Dunn, Lev Gonick, Jennifer Highfield, Dave Lieberth, Kathryn Karipides,

Up Next: Robert Moses Creative Collaboration

It's clear to hear him talk about his life that Robert Moses has always been artistically curious. "When I was very small, about 6 years old, my mother noticed something. She got me a small organ that had 16 keys...but I didn't stick with that. Later on, she signed me up for classes at Temple University.

Action/Reaction: Poetry in Motion

When asked what inspires him about being a part of GroundWorks’ Action/Reaction endeavor, Poet & John Carroll University (JCU) Professor Philip Metres isn’t short on enthusiasm: “I’ve always found creative collaborations to be generative and exciting, taking me to new creative places, and challenging me to translate the gifts of other art forms into poetic

Preview: John Carroll Students React to Latest GroundWorks Performance

We recently visited Philip Metres class at John Carroll University & left feeling very grateful. This collaboration gets to the core of why we conduct Action/Reaction programs as part of the GroundWorks DanceTheater mission. The responses to our latest Allen Theatre performance, issued in the students' own poetry, were incredible. We were able to capture

Allen Theatre Photo Essay

On Friday, October 24th & Saturday, October 25th, we performed the works of three of dance world’s finest choreographers at PlayhouseSquare Allen Theatre. These performances comprised the world premiere of German choreographer Johannes Wieland’s wait. now. go now., CoDa by Philadelphia choreographer, Ronen Koresh and Always, an homage to the music of Patsy Cline, created

Action/Reaction: Poetry in Motion

When asked what inspires him about being a part of GroundWorks’ Action/Reaction endeavor, Poet & John Carroll University (JCU) Professor Philip Metres isn’t short on enthusiasm: “I’ve always found creative collaborations to be generative and exciting, taking me to new creative places, and challenging me to translate the gifts of other art forms into poetic


We were delighted to hear that Cleveland was getting our very own event - a weeklong conference, no less - centered around Young Professionals (YPs) & how they can better connect with our city. Cleveland YP Week took place last week at venues across Greater Cleveland & comprised panels, social hours & even opportunities to

Engage! Cleveland – CLE’s Arts & Culture Scene – Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Engage! Cleveland is hosting #cleYPweek October 6-12! And Beth Rutkowski, the Business Manager for GroundWorks DanceTheater is speaking on a panel about the arts and culture scene in Cleveland on Wednesday, October 8th for free! At-A-Glance Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Address: SPACES Gallery, 2220 Superior Viaduct, Cleveland, OH 44113 Parking: St. Malachi Center, 2416 Superior Viaduct, Cleveland,

GroundWorks INsider: Getting the Story Behind Always with Amy Miller, Associate Artistic Director (GroundWorks/Gibney Dance)

The best partnerships produce work that is timeless and perpetually relevant. Fitting then, in the case of Groundworks’ upcoming collaborative endeavor with New York-based Gibney Dance, the title of the piece should be Always. The work was born out of a collaboration with Choreographer Gina Gibney in 2004. “Gina was one of the first guest choreographers

Review: Ghost Opera

Plain Dealer  The persistence of the standard concert program model, which in its rudimentary form could be described as "overture, concerto and symphony," suggests that its viability has not diminished over the course of nearly two centuries, however familiar it has become. How invigorating it is, however, when that format is ingeniously subverted in a

New work by Rosie Hererra highlights GroundWorks DanceTheater’s richly satisfying Winter Series program

Reviewed by Steve Sucato Winter may have had Northeast Ohio in its icy grip, but Miami-based choreographer Rosie Hererra’s world premiere work “House Broken” did its best to warm things up at Cleveland’s Breen Center for the Performing Arts with a laugh-out-loud dark comedy filled with sight gags and prop humor and tinged with the

GroundWorks DanceTheater to Premiere new Rosie Herrera Work

In its 15th season Cleveland’s GroundWorks DanceTheater continues to make its mark as a quality dance troupe with its finger on the pulse of cutting-edge American contemporary dance. The five-member troupe’s latest program at Cleveland’s Breen Center for Performing Arts continues its string of new works by up-and-coming choreographers with a world premiere by Miami-based

GroundWorks DanceTheater to Perform New Work at Akron-Summit County Public Library March 29

GroundWorks DanceTheater to Perform New Work at Akron-Summit County Public Library March 29 Program Features “House Broken“ by Miami-based Guest Artist Rosie Herrera   Rosie Herrera is “the Pina Bausch of South Beach” – The New York Times   CLEVELAND (March 7, 2014) – GroundWorks DanceTheater will feature the Akron premiere of “House Broken” by

GroundWorks Exchange

Saturday, February 28 It's Your Move will be capturing moves at the Big Love Festival in Akron Big Love Fest is a celebration of our Akron community. We gather to celebrate our culture, art, and music. As well as our businesses and organizations. Bring your light and energy to Big Love! Big Love is an

GroundWorks DanceTheater to Perform World Premiere at Breen Center Feb. 28 & March 1 New Commissioned Work by Miami-Based Guest Choreographer Rosie Herrera

“GroundWorks DanceTheater is one of the area’s best dance companies.” – Cool CLEVELAND (December 18, 2013) – GroundWorks DanceTheater will feature the world premiere of “House Broken” by Miami-based guest choreographer Rosie Herrera at the Breen Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on February 28 and March 1, 2014. The innovative and

GroundWorks on the MOVE

GroundWorks Executive Artistic Director David Shimotakahara, General Manager Beth Rutkowski, and Trustee Tamera Brown, discuss GroundWorks vision at 16 and moving forward - "being a caretaker and curator of, and catalyst for curiosity." INTRODUCTION About GroundWorks Founded in 1998, GroundWorks is a ballet-based contemporary dance company whose activities include fully-produced performances of new

GroundWorks DanceTheater forges powerful impressions out of abstractions

  Artistic abstraction, whether in painting, music or dance, necessitates the development of its own organizing principles. At the opening concerts of its fall season Friday at the Allen Theatre, GroundWorks DanceTheater presented three works that trafficked in a meta-language of abstract narrative, each with its own solution to the puzzle of meaning.   Two

Amazing Fall Season Opening at the Allen

GroundWorks Fall Series at the Allen Theatre was widely attended by dance enthusiast of Greater Cleveland.Performance attendees from Cleveland State University and the Rainie Institute  also came to support the beautiful works of Noa Zuk, David Shimotakahara, and Kate Weare. The programmed open with an Allen Theatre debut of  New York City guest choreographer Kate Weare's work, Inamorata and

GroundWorks Elects New Board President, Officers Denise San Antonio Zeman takes the reins from 10-year leader Jack Katzenmeyer

CLEVELAND (October 14, 2013) – GroundWorks DanceTheater has elected Denise San Antonio Zeman as new board president effective Tuesday, October 8, 2013.  She succeeds Jack Katzenmeyer, who held the position since 2003 and has been a dedicated board member since 2002.   Other new officers include:  Cynthia Dunn, Vice President, President & CEO of Judson

PREVIEW- GroundWorks DanceTheater to premiere two new works at the Allen Theatre

Shows will be performed October 25 & 26, 2013 Fall Performance Series Presented by CSU Department of Theatre and Dance The Fall Series for GroundWorks Dance Theater will begin at the Allen Theatre inPlayhouseSquare when the company will premiere new works by Israeli guest choreographer Noa Zuk and GroundWorks Artistic Director David Shimotakahara. the two evenings will both