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
We went to see GroundWorks DanceTheater last Saturday. The program started with a dance that was new to us, All I Do. Premiered in 2011, All I Do is the 2nd dance David Parker has choreographed on GroundWorks. Like his Annie Redux (2007), All I Do deconstructs a musical, Singing In the Rain, and delights
GroundWorks DanceTheater to Premiere New Work at Cain Park June 12-14 Program also features dances by David Parker and Lynne Taylor-Corbett “Marked by an amazing cohesion of style, spirit and attention to detail.” – Arts In Ohio CLEVELAND (May 7, 2014) – Returning to Cain Park’s Alma Theater for its 12th annual summer series
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
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 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
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.com 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 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
DOWNTOWN AKRON — GroundWorks DanceTheater will feature two new works — one by GroundWorks Artistic Director David Shimotakahara and another from Israeli guest choreographer Noa Zuk — Nov. 22-23 at 8 p.m. at the Akron-Summit County Main Library, 60 S. Main St. The company also will perform Kate Weare’s 2013 commissioned work “Inamorata.” One of
Don't Miss a Special Showing of New Work in Progress by Miami-based Choreographer Rosie Herrera Friday, November 15 at 6:00 pm CSU Arts Campus Middough Building 5th Floor, Dance Studio 1901 E. 13th Street FREE - reservations are required, call 216-751-0088 A recipient of the 2013 Princess Grace Award for
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
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
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
Congratulations to Tabitha! Our first Move of the Week Winner for October. Tabitha is currently in college taking her first Modern dance class. React to to Tabitha's move Send Your Move!
GroundWorks DanceTheater to Premiere Two New Works at the Allen Theatre October 25 & 26 Fall Performance Series Presented by CSU Department of Theatre and Dance CLEVELAND (September 20, 2013) – GroundWorks DanceTheater will kick off its fall performance series at the Allen Theatre in PlayhouseSquare with the world premiere of new works by
Choreographic works by Noa Zuk, Artistic Director-David Shimotakahara, and Kate Weare will take the stage this Fall.
Program: After Chorus (World Premiere) – a new work by Israeli guest choreographer and Batsheva Dance Company veteran Noa Zuk, with original music and sound by Ohad Fishof. Emergent (World Premiere) – a new work by Artistic Director David Shimotakahara. Inamorata – by Kate Weare, featuring vibrant duets, trios and ensembles set to an array of music, from folk
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At the Heinz Poll Dance Festival and elsewhere, GroundWorks DanceTheater can always be counted on for performances that are a mix of the intelligent, whimsical, entertaining and personal. Saturday evening was no exception as the troupe performed three extended, diverse works at Glendale Cemetery. The most entertaining part of the program was the spirited My Hummingbird
Friday, August 16 at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, August 17 at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, August 18 at 2:00 p.m. Cain Park - Alma Theater 14591 Superior Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 Cain Park Tickets Don’t miss the world premiere of a new work " Way Leads to Way" by Artistic Associate Amy Miller. The program also
GroundWorks Dancer BLOG spot: Annika Sheaff on her experience with the Creative Residency of Noa Zuk & Ohad Fishof
For me, working with Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof was incredible. When I was 16 I attended a performance by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. They were performing a work by Ohad Naharin called Minus 16. At the time, I was trying to decide if I wanted to be a professional dancer or go into another
GroundWorks Insider: Artistic Associate, Amy Miller’s new work set to premiere for the summer season
The creative concept of the Miller work entitled, "Way Leads to Way" was inspired by the main springs of a clock that when wound manually, tighten. A tightly wound clock stores and releases a kinetic energy which paralells the disparate path of our our everyday lives. The new work's creative concepts also include a lighting design
A Master class series participants discussing his experience with the Gaga Movement Language.
Dancers in rehearsal with Noa Zuk. The work is set to premiere at the Allen Theatre this Fall.
Dancers in rehearsal with Noa Zuk. The work is set to premiere at the Allen Theatre this Fall.
The company in rehearsal with resident choreographer, Noa Zuk.
CLICK 'GroundWorks Noa Zuk Rehearsal clip4 ' to view Noa Zuk work-in-progress video GroundWorks DanceTheater will be showcasing the Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof work- in-progress July 12 at 5:00 pm at CSU Arts Campus, Middough Building Main Dance Studio, 5th floor, 1901 E. 13th Street . This work will premiere in our Fall Season
"A seamless blend of classical and modern ideas that embrace artistic freshness." – The Plain Dealer CLEVELAND (June 27, 2013) – GroundWorks DanceTheater announces its 2013 summer and fall performance schedule, which features world premieres by guest choreographer Noa Zuk, GroundWorks Artistic Director David Shimotakahara and GroundWorks Artistic Associate Amy Miller. Tickets for fall performances
Performance: Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof in "Double Vision" Sunday, July 7 at 2:00 p.m. CSU Arts Campus, Middough Building Box Studio, 1901 E. 13th Street Free, reservations required by calling 216-751-0088 Work-in-progress Special Showing of new work being created for GroundWorks DanceTheater Friday, July 12 at 5:00 p.m. CSU Arts Campus, Middough Building Main Dance Studio, 5th floor,
bravo…Bravo…BRAVO!!! This was the standing ovation reaction of the crowd to Saturday night’s performance of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” at EJ Thomas Hall as the Akron Symphony Orchestra and GroundWorks Dance Theater performed together. Unlike the violent riots that took place 100 years ago at the Paris premiere, the hall was filled with exuberant
Although Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring is now recognized as one of the most important musical scores of the 20th century, the story of its premiere in May of 1913 is now a legend. And the question of whether or not it was Stravinsky’s music or Nijinsky’s choreography that caused the near-riot reaction from the
What a difference a century can make. A large number of the Parisians who attended the premiere of “The Rite of Spring” in May 1913 sneered and jeered at the earthy ballet with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky and music by Igor Stravinsky. No riot ensued Saturday at Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall, where the Akron
GroundWorks DanceTheater Presents Dance Classes with Resident Choreographer Noa Zuk Dancer Class: The Gaga Movement Language June 17, 19, 24, 26 and July 1 at 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cleveland City Dance Studios 13108 Shaker Square $15 per class; $50 for all five classes Call 216-751-0088 to register and pay by credit card Cash or check accepted
A sincere thank you to all participants and attendees of our 2013 Benefit. Here's a photo gallery of the event to browse through and share the fun and night's memories. [AFG_gallery id='1']
Groundworks promo video for the Rite of Spring performance (April 13) which describes the overall experience.
GroundWorks promo video for the Rite of Spring performance (April 13) describing the music chosen for the work.
GroundWorks community-based promo video for the Rite of Spring performance on April 13.
“Rite of Spring” premiered at the E.J. Thomas Hall April 13 in collaboration with the Akron Symphony and a selected ensemble of student dancers within Northeast Ohio. Photos by Mark Horning. > View all related "Rite of Spring" works.
The Akron Symphony, in collaboration with GroundWorks Dance Theater, will join forces on Saturday, April 13, 2013 to present Rite of Spring, the first full-scale production of an Akron Symphony Classics Series concert. Rite of Spring is the first true partnership between the Akron Symphony and GroundWorks Dance Theater. More than 100 musicians and 23
PREVIEW – Akron Symphony & GroundWorks’s Rite of Spring — a conversation with choreographer David Shimotakahara
There are lots of ways of celebrating the centennial of Igor Stravinsky’s revolutionary ballet score, The Rite of Spring. The Joffrey Ballet’s reconstruction of the original Ballets Russes production will be a highlight of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Blossom season this summer. Cleveland’s Verb Ballets is undertaking a new version with an overdubbed performance of the original two-piano
PREVIEW – Airings: Choreographer David Shimotakahara talks about the community approach to his new ‘Rite of Spring’ production
This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of ballet and classical music’s most beloved and controversial masterworks, The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du printemps). Both Igor Stravinsky’s brilliant and avant-garde score and Vaslav Nijinsky‘s modern ballet choreography redefined music and dance at the outset of the 20th-century. In the process The Rite, and
PREVIEW – Right, it’s “The Rite of Spring” for Akron Symphony Orchestra and GroundWorks DanceTheater
When Akron Symphony Orchestra (a Knight Arts grantee), approached GroundWorks DanceTheater (also a Knight Arts grantee), things started clicking. ASO wanted to perform Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” while adding a visual element to its aural connection through dance. Maestro Christopher Wilkins met up with David Shimotakahara, artistic director of GroundWorks, and asked him
It's hard to imagine that the dance premieres in Northeast Ohio on Saturday, April 13, and Thursday, April 18, in 2013 will come close to duplicating the ruckus that occurred on Thursday, May 29, 1913, at Paris' Theatre des Champs-Elysees. On that evening nearly a century ago, an audience of elites and bohemians reacted to
“Luna” by David Shimotakahara in performance at the Breen Center for the Arts in Cleveland. Photos by Mark Horning.
GroundWorks DanceTheater, a Knight Arts grantee, always brings something new and intense not only when in performance but to contemporary dance itself. If you’ve ever attended a dance concert and after a while you say something like “That’s great, but can they do something different?” because of limited dance vocabulary and vision, you’ll know what
GroundWorks DanceTheater will return to the Akron-Summit County Public Library Friday for the Akron premieres of Kate Weare’s Inamorata and artistic director David Shimotakahara’s LUNA. The library auditorium was so booked, the modern dance company was able to schedule just one performance, for 7:30 p.m. Friday, instead of its usual two nights. The appearance by
Performance Will Feature Two Akron Premieres and the Heralded “Brubeck” GroundWorks DanceTheater will feature the Akron premieres of two new works at the Akron-Summit County Public Library for one performance only at 7:30 p.m. on March 22. The company performs “Inamorata,” a newly commissioned work by guest choreographer Kate Weare, and “LUNA” by GroundWorks Artistic
A world of contemporary dance passes before your eyes at most performances by GroundWorks DanceTheater. The results may be abstract or narrative-driven, dance for dance’s sake, or something completely off the charts. For its first program of 2013, GroundWorks explores many facets of its adventurous art at the Breen Center for the Performing Arts, offering
Life can be a juggling act, as Kate Weare knows more than ever these days. In addition to activity as a rising choreographer and artistic director of a New York contemporary dance company, Kate Weare Dance, she’s the busy mother of 5-month-old Lily, who travels with her mother to out-of-town performances and dance projects. “She
GroundWorks DanceTheater in rehearsal with guest choreographer Kate Weare and her rehearsal director Doug Gillespie from Kate Weare Company. GroundWorks dancers Annika Sheaff, Felise Bagley and Gary Lenington working on sections from newly commissioned work titled "Inamorata"
GroundWorks DanceTheater, led by David Shimotakahara, is a Cleveland-based contemporary dance company that is brimming with creative energy. The company breaks new ground every year with two new works commissioned from outside choreographers in addition to new works created by Shimotakahara and Amy Miller. The company carries the authoritative air of a group of dedicated, like-minded artists
Performances Will Feature Two World Premieres and the Heralded “Brubeck” CLEVELAND (January 14, 2013) – GroundWorks DanceTheater will feature the world premiere of two new works at the Breen Center for Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on February 15 and 16. The company performs newly commissioned work by guest choreographer Kate Weare and “LUNA” by
GroundWorks DanceTheater returns to the Akron-Summit County Public Library this weekend for a performance of the Akron premiere of My Hummingbird at the High Line, a commissioned work by guest choreographer Doug Elkins. Elkins, who recently brought his irreverent, beloved Fraulein Maria through Cleveland for a second time, is renowned for blending ballet and modern dance movement with
This is the 14th season of GROUNDWORKS, the Cleveland area small dance company which has proven to be a local treasure since its inception. In its short history the company has commissioned 19 premieres by nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographers, as well as 26 new works by its founder and Artistic Director, David Shimotakahara, and 8
So, what’s new with GroundWorks DanceTheater? You name it. A new residency at Cleveland State University. A new dancer. A new work. All of these elements played key roles in the Cleveland company’s debut – another milestone – Friday at the Allen Theatre in PlayhouseSquare. It’s no wonder the dancers were in such invigorating form.
Ask David Shimotakahara something about dance or other artistic subjects and you notice he hardly takes a breath between soft-spoken thoughts. It’s no wonder the artistic director of GroundWorks DanceTheater is in a loquacious mood these days. Shimotakahara and his Cleveland modern-dance company are revving up for a 15th season packed with activities and developments.
GroundWorks DanceTheater rehearses with guest choreographer Doug Elkins
GroundWorks DanceTheater rehearses with guest choreographer Doug Elkins.
GroundWorks DanceTheater rehearses with guest choreographer Doug Elkins.
GroundWorks DanceTheater performs at the opening of the new MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art building in Cleveland, Ohio. 10/6/12
Excerpts from all original work created for GroundWorks DanceTheater for 2012.
2012 Summer Dance Intensive
With the ever increasing popularity of reality television shows like SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and DANCING WITH THE STARS, the interest in dance is expanding. Local evidence was the large enthusiastic audience at Doug Elkin’s ‘FRÄULEIN MARIA, recently presented by DanceCleveland at the Hanna Theatre and the sold-out Cain Park run of the GroundWorks
GroundWorks DanceTheater presented a weekend of firsts Friday and Saturday at Glendale Cemetery with a program building up to the world premieres of CurrentFrame by Amy Miller and Brubeck by David Shimotakahara at the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival. In Current Frame, created by artistic associate Amy Miller, Katie Wells Taylor and Gary Lenington performed
The road winding through Glendale Cemetery in Akron leads to a vast meadow, where people young and old gather to celebrate life. It was in this bucolic setting that GroundWorks DanceTheater shared its distinctive brand of artistry over the weekend as part of the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival. The Cleveland dance company is led
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Innovative program to promote artistic collaborations in Northeast Ohio supporting the world premiere by Philadelphia-based Ronen Koresh Breen Center for the Performing Arts 2008 W. 30th St., Cleveland (Ohio City) February 3 & 4, 2012, 7:30 pm Akron-Summit County Public Library 60 S. High Street, Akron (Downtown) February 24 & 25, 2012, 7:30 pm Cleveland, Ohio (January
WORLD PREMIERE BY RONEN KORESH, Philadelphia-based Koresh Dance Company. Two Performance Series in Cleveland and Akron. Breen Center for the Performing Arts 2008 W. 30th St., Cleveland (Ohio City) February 3 & 4, 2012, 7:30 pm Akron/Summit Co. Public Library 60 S. High Street, Akron (Downtown) February 24 & 25, 2012, 7:30 pm Cleveland, Ohio (January
GroundWorks DanceTheater in Hindsight - Choreography by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, an homage to Chrissie Hynde, Dancers: Felise Bagley, Sarah Perrett, Katie Taylor, Damien Highfield, Gary Lenington Music: Chrissie Hynde Lighting: Dennis Dugan Costumes: Victoria Mearini
GroundWorks DanceTheater in Running to Earth Choreography: Amy Miller Music: Peter Swendsen Dancers: Felise Bagley, Sarah Perrett, Katie Taylor, Damien Highfield, Gary Lenington Lighting: Dennis Dugan Costumes: Victoria Mearini,
GroundWorks DanceTheater in Flag Choreography: David Shimotakahara Music: David Bird Dancers: Felise Bagley, Sarah Perrett, Katie Taylor, Damien Highfield, Gary Lenington Lighting: Dennis Dugan Costumes: Kristine Davies
Dance is often inspired by the music that merges with the physical imagery. This is certainly true of the pieces GroundWorks DanceTheater performed Friday in the Alma Theater at Cain Park. Each of the dances is seamlessly wed to the sounds produced by the composers, singers and instrumentalists on the recordings chosen by choreographers Lynne
PREVIEW – New York choreographer pays tribute to Akron rock icon in new piece for GroundWorks DanceTheater
Lynne Taylor-Corbett was creating "Unpublished Dialogues," her work about Virginia Woolf, for GroundWorks DanceTheater three years ago in Akron when the company's artistic director, David Shimotakara, told her she had to see a great new local restaurant. Dining with the admired New York choreographer at VegiTerrannean, Shimotakahara mentioned that the restaurant was owned by Chrissie
GroundWorks DanceTheater in Just Yesterday by Dianne McIntyre and Olu Dara. A wall of gilded pipes from Trinity Cathedral’s 18th century–style great organ rose above dancer Sarah Perrett as she moved along a diagonal corridor of light as if walking a tightrope. Three other dancers joined her on the portable stage, briskly walking to collide into one
GroundWorks Dance Theater doesn’t merely explore the way dancers move. It also considers how choreographers think and feel about the world. The Cleveland modern-dance company is looking at its art from three distinctive perspectives this weekend at Trinity Cathedral. The program includes the Cleveland premieres of Jill Sigman’s “Split Stitch” and Amy Miller and David Shimotakahara’s
A generous array of life lessons can be glimpsed in “Just Yesterday,” the new Dianne McIntyre work that GroundWorks DanceTheater introduced over the weekend at the Breen Center for the Performing Arts. The Cleveland choreographer crafted this endearing and potent piece after interviewing the GroundWorks dancers about their families. A sort of memory dance, “Just
What: The Cleveland modern dance company performs works by Dianne McIntyre, Zvi Gotheiner and artistic director David Shimotakahara. When: 8 p.m. Jan. 22 and Jan. 23. Where: Breen Center for the Performing Arts at St. Ignatius High School,1911 West 30th St., Cleveland. Tickets: $15, seniors and students; $22, others. 216-961-2560. For more than three decades, Dianne McIntyre and Olu
DanceTheater is drawing on personal histories to make choreography called 'Just Yesterday' Creating a brand new piece with choreographer Dianne McIntyre, dancers with GroundWorks DanceTheater have been reaching deep into their personal histories. Just Yesterday, which has its genesis in stories passed down to the dancers by their parents or grandparents, will receive its premiere
What: The Cleveland company performs works by artistic director David Shimotakahara, artistic associate Amy Miller and Alex Ketley. Where: Cain Park's Alma Theater, Lee and Superior rds., Cleveland Heights. Tickets: $21 and $23. Call 216-371-3000. To sing the blues is one thing. To dance them is another. And what a smorgasbord of novel and affecting movement GroundWorks Dancetheater
Less is sometimes more, indeed. In the wonderfully intimate and strangely proportioned West End Theater (i.e. thirty-foot domed ceilings and decorative arches overlooking a mere 84 seats and a semi-circular dance floor the size of my back pocket), the Cleveland-based company presented a charming and sometimes clever New York début—think classically-influenced movement set to contemporary