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Cleveland Plain Dealer – 2017 Summer Series Preview

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GroundWorks DanceTheater staging new work steeped in sports passion at Summer Series (preview)

By Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A new work of dance is a terrible thing to waste. Especially when it’s a good one.

Hence the program GroundWorks DanceTheater has in store July 14-16 at Cain Park. Stocked with both new work and recent pieces brought back

Cleveland Plain Dealer – 2017 Spring Series Preview

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GroundWorks DanceTheater artfully stumbles onto cohesive Spring Dance Series

By Zach Lewis

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.

The Plain Dealer – GroundWorks DanceTheater adds new ‘Shadowbox’ work to ‘Violins of Hope’ project (Preview)

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GroundWorks DanceTheater adds new ‘Shadowbox’ work to ‘Violins of Hope’ project

By Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio – “Violins of Hope” isn’t strictly a musical project.

Beyond the concerts, beyond the exhibition, beyond the films, Cleveland’s GroundWorks DanceTheater this week is contributing a related work of dance.

Titled “Shadowbox,” the new piece by GroundWorks director

The Plain Dealer – GroundWorks DanceTheater strikes rich vein yielding to art form’s roots (Preview)

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GroundWorks DanceTheater strikes rich vein yielding to art form’s roots

By Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Plots. Messages. Morals. All extraneous to choreographer Eric Michael Handman.

To him, the current guest of GroundWorks DanceTheater, dance alone is dramatic enough. No need for external influences. In creating a new work on the company for

The Plain Dealer – Groundworks DanceTheater alights on a winner with Civil War dance ‘House of Sparrows’ (review)

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Groundworks DanceTheater alights on a winner with Civil War dance ‘House of Sparrows’ (review)

By Mark Satola, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland premiere of a new ballet by Groundworks DanceTheater director David Shimotakahara was the centerpiece of a dynamic program Friday night at the Breen Center on Cleveland’s near west side.

“House of Sparrows” brought

The Plain Dealer – GroundWorks DanceTheater teams with composer, string quartet on work inspired by Civil War

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GroundWorks DanceTheater teams with composer, string quartet on work inspired by Civil War

By Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The dance itself wasn’t the issue. Neither were the music, costume concept or stage design.

No, what gave director David Shimotakahara pause in crafting “House of Sparrows” for GroundWorks DanceTheater was the subject matter.

Grounded

The Plain Dealer – ChamberFest Cleveland 2014 concludes with fascinating ‘Ghost Opera’ and lively ‘Last Round’ (review)

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The Plain Dealer – ChamberFest Cleveland 2014 concludes with fascinating ‘Ghost Opera’ and lively ‘Last Round’ (review)

By Mark Satola, The 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

The Plain Dealer – Groundworks DanceTheater evening expands notions of what dance, staging can be (review)

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The Plain Dealer – Groundworks DanceTheater evening expands notions of what dance, staging can be (review)

By Mark Satola, The Plain Dealer

Groundworks DanceTheater launched its new season Friday night at the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square with an ambitious program that featured the world premiere of German choreographer Johannes Wieland’s “wait. now. go now,”

The Plain Dealer – GroundWorks DanceTheater targets cultural misconceptions with new work on ‘Winter Series’ program (preview)

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The Plain Dealer – GroundWorks DanceTheater targets cultural misconceptions with new work on ‘Winter Series’ program (preview)

By Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer

Playful gestures abound in Amy Miller’s “For the Life of Me,” one of three works being presented by GroundWorks Dance Theater on its “Winter Series” concerts this weekend.

Surprise and shock are

The Plain Dealer – GroundWorks Dance Theatre plans highly musical ‘Summer Series’ at Cain Park

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The Plain Dealer – GroundWorks Dance Theatre plans highly musical ‘Summer Series’ at Cain Park

By Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer

Music is always on his mind. Lately, though, it’s been the foremost topic.

In planning his group’s “Summer Series,” GroundWorks Dance Theatre founder David Shimotakahara took all of his inspiration from music, building