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 Miami-based guest choreographer Rosie Herrera at the Akron-Summit County Public Library at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014.  The innovative and award-winning company will also perform “LUNA” (2013) by GroundWorks Artistic Director David Shimotakahara and “For the Life of Me” (2008) by GroundWorks Artistic Associate Amy Miller.


Tickets, $25 for preferred seating, $20 for general admission and for $10 students, can be purchased at or 216-751-0088.  The Akron-Summit County Public Library is located at 60 S High Street in Akron.


A recipient of the 2013 Princess Grace Award for Choreography, Rosie Herrera has garnered critical acclaim for her captivating and beautifully surreal work.  She has collaborated on productions with The South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center, the New World School of the Arts, Six Floor Ensemble Zoetic Stage, and with theater artist Rudi Goblen, among others.  For more information, visit


GroundWorks world premiere of “House Broken” was commissioned with the generous support of Chuck and Charlotte Fowler to the GroundWorks NewWorks Fund.  The Fund was initiated in June 2011 to support the commissioning, creation and production of new work made in collaboration with GroundWorks DanceTheater.  (“House Broken” contains some content not suitable for children.)


Praised by The Plain Dealer for its “compelling imagery,” Shimotakahara’s “LUNA” was created in collaboration with composer Peter V. Swendsen, Assistant Professor of Computer Music and Digital Arts at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.  Swendsen has worked previously with GroundWorks Artistic Associate Amy Miller on a number of projects for GroundWorks, including “Valence” and “Running To Earth.”  His compositions and research are focused on soundscape composition, interdisciplinary performance practice, and interactive technologies.


Set to music by various artists, Miller’s “For the Life of Me” is a walk on the light side of youth and friendship for five dancers and a smile.  Miller was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for her choreography and currently lives in New York, where she was recently appointed Associate Artistic Director with the Gina Gibney Dance Company.  “For the Life of Me” premiered at Cleveland Public Theatre’s Gordon Square in March, 2008.


Now in its 15th season, GroundWorks is dedicated to the development and presentation of new choreography and collaborations.  The five-member company performs new works by Shimotakahara and Artistic Associate Amy Miller, as well as commissioned work by nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographers including Ronen Koresh, Dianne McIntyre, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Jill Sigman, Gina Gibney, David Parker and others.


GroundWorks DanceTheater’s performances are made possible with funding from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, The Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, The Murphy Foundation, The Kulas Foundation, The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation, Cleveland City Dance, Individual Contributors, and Members of the GroundWorks Board of Trustees.


GroundWorks Dance Theater, 13125 Shaker Square, Suite 102, Cleveland, OH 44120

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