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Akron Beacon Journal – 2017 Summer Series Preview

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Enjoy the gift of free dance as Heinz Poll Festival returns to parks (preview)

By Kerry Clawson, Akron Beacon Journal

AKRON — The free, high-quality Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival is a one-of-a-kind gift that the Akron community will be enjoying for the 44th straight year, says festival director Jane Startzman.

The four-week festival, offered in Akron parks and Glendale

Akron Beacon Journal – 2017 Spring Series Review

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Stage Notes: GroundWorks DanceTheater comes to Akron, New World Performance Laboratory’s ‘Devil’s Milk Trilogy’

By Kerry Clawson
Beacon Journal arts writer

GroundWorks DanceTheater brings its spring program to E.J. Thomas Hall this weekend with three dances that all deal with connection and change in some way.

The dances, by Artistic Director David Shimotakahara, New

Akron Beacon Journal Previews Final Fall Series Performances!

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GroundWorks DanceTheater to Offer Varied Program for Varied Appetites

By Kerry Clawson

When GroundWorks DanceTheater’s David Shimotakahara puts together a program, he wants audiences to go away well-fed.

“It’s like having a full-course meal, that they leave really satisfied and rewarded in the experience,” said the Artistic Director, whose company is presenting its 2016

Akron Beacon Journal – GroundWorks’ ‘Carmina Burana’ epic at Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival

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Akron Beacon Journal – GroundWorks’ ‘Carmina Burana’ epic at Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival

By Kerry Clawson, Akron Beacon Journal

Carmina Burana is such a huge, weighty dance, it feels epic.

As it should. The dance, performed by GroundWorks DanceTheater at Glendale Cemetery last weekend, is artistic director David Shimotakahara’s new adaptation of the massive scenic cantata

Akron Beacon Journal – Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival reaches more deeply into neighborhoods

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Akron Beacon Journal – Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival reaches more deeply into neighborhoods

By Kerry Clawson, Akron Beacon Journal

Last year, more than 11,000 people attended free dance performances at the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival in Akron’s parks.

Ten years after the city launched the festival to preserve the free, outdoor dance tradition begun in

Akron Beacon Journal – GroundWorks at UA

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Akron Beacon Journal – GroundWorks at UA

By Kerry Clawson, Akron Beacon Journal

This weekend, GroundWorks DanceTheater will reprise its Ghost Opera, set to Tan Dun’s 1994 dramatic musical composition, at two performances at E.J. Thomas Hall at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The program also will feature the world premiere of a yet-to-be-named dance by

Akron Beacon Journal – Stage Notes: Piece of Violins of Hope comes to Akron

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Akron Beacon Journal – Stage notes: Piece of Violins of Hope comes to Akron

By Kerry Clawson, Akron Beacon Journal

GroundWorks DanceTheater will bring a piece of the Violins of Hope Cleveland project to Akron this weekend with its performance of the dance Shadowbox at the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

The Cleveland dance company was commissioned by

Beacon Journal – Stage Notes (Review)

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Beacon Journal – Stage Notes (Review)

By Kerry ClawsonBeacon Journal

“Last week was a busy one for this arts critic, who took in fine performances of modern dance company GroundWorks DanceTheater in Akron…

“Included in GroundWorks’ inaugural series at the University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall last Thursday and Friday was the sexy, menacing

Akron Beacon Journal – Stage notes: GroundWorks brings Akron premieres to library (Preview)

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Akron Beacon Journal – Stage notes: GroundWorks brings Akron premieres to library (Preview)

By Kerry Clawson, Akron Beacon Journal

GroundWorks DanceTheatre will offer Akron premieres of two dances with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High St.

One of them is After Chorus, commissioned from Israeli guest

Akron Beacon Journal – ‘Rite of Spring’ still stirs passions 100 years later (Preview)

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Akron Beacon Journal – ‘Rite of Spring’ still stirs passions 100 years later (Preview)

By Kerry Clawson, Akron Beacon Journal

Forty fifth-graders twisted and curved their bodies around in a cluster on their lunchroom floor around dance educator Mark Otloski as he instructed, “Imagine yourself to be a seed in the dirt. I want you