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Fall Creative Notes | David Shimotakahara

Artistic Director David Shimotakahara’s new work for GroundWorks 2017 Fall Dance Series explores themes connected to the most primal of human concerns – love, joy, fear, loss, shame, separation, redemption. Using the American Gothic movement as a jumping off point for Salt to Sea, his 40th work for the company, Shimotakahara weaves together stories of

Inamorata Reprise

We are thrilled to bring the critically-acclaimed work Inamorata back to the stage as part of our Summer Dance Series at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights and Heinz Poll in Akron. Choreographed by NYC-based artist Kate Weare, Founder & Director of Kate Weare Company and re-staged by Doug Gillespie, Dancer and Assistant Director of Kate

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 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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),

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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