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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

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

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

Resident Artists: Noa Zuk & Ohad Fishof- Work-In-Progress set to premiere this Fall

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

GroundWorks Dance Theater Announces 2013 Summer & Fall Performances 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

Resident Artists: Noa Zuk & Ohad Fishof Calendar of Events

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,

REVIEW-Akron Symphony and GroundWorks combine for a truly spectacular performance

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

Resident Choreographer- Noa Zuk

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

PREVIEW – Akron Symphony, Groundworks join forces for 100th anniversary production

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

PREVIEW – GroundWorks DanceTheater brings new works to Akron stage

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

PREVIEW – GroundWorks brings two Akron premieres to library

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

PRESS RELEASE – GroundWorks Performs at the Akron-Summit County Public Library March 22

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

REVIEW – GroundWorks goes the stylistic distance in Breen program

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

PREVIEW – Choreographer Kate Weare wants her work to reflect our rivers of emotion

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 – Rehearsal with Kate Weare

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"

INTERVIEW – David Shimotakahara Brings GroundWorks DanceTheater to NYC

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

PRESS RELEASE – GroundWorks DanceTheater Performs at Breen Center February 15 and 16

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

PREVIEW – GroundWorks to perform at Akron library

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

PREVIEW – GroundWorks DanceTheater revs up for action-packed season

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.

REVIEW – Sold-out GROUNDWORKS program varied and interesting at Cain Park

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

REVIEW – GroundWorks breezes through rhythmic intracies of “Brubeck” premiere

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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PRESS RELEASE – GroundWorks “NewWorks Fund” Presenting its Second Commissioned Work

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

PRESS RELEASE – GroundWorks DanceTheater Announces 2012 Winter Concert Series

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

Hindsight (excerpts) – GroundWorks DanceTheater

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

Running to Earth (excerpt) – GroundWorks DanceTheater

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,

Flag (excerpts) – GroundWorks DanceTheater

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

REVIEW – GroundWorks DanceTheater moves vibrantly to the music at Cain Park

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

PREVIEW – GroundWorks DanceTheater excels in diverse repertoire at Trinity Cathedral

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

REVIEW – GroundWorks DanceTheater premieres captivating “Just Yesterday”

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

PREVIEW – GroundWorks DanceTheater’s ‘Just Yesterday’ is based on dancers’ family stories

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

REVIEW – GroundWorks Dancetheater scales the bluesy heights

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

REVIEW – Guest Blogger Chris Atamian reviews GroundWorks

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