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 begin at 8:00 p.m. Also on the program will be Kate Weare’s 2013 commissioned work “Inamorata”.

Shimotakahara created his newest work “Emergent” in honor of Jack Katzenmeyer (GroundWorks Board Chair since 2004) in thanks for his vital service and hard work in regards to the development and growth of the company.

The inspiration for “Emergent” came to David while looking at the theories concerning the behavior and evolution of complex systems and how these systems complement patterns in human behavior in regards to how we interact with each other on a social level. The work involves four dancers and is set to eclectic mix of recorded music that combines acoustic instruments, voice and computer processing.

The Cleveland State University Department of Theatre and Dance which continues its partnership with GroundWorks will be presenting the show. GroundWorks is the professional dance company in residence at CSU.

Tickets, starting at $20, are now on sale. Call 866-546-1353 or visit Student tickets are available for $10; tickets are free for CSU students with a valid ID.

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In June and July of this year, Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof (her creative partner) traveled from Israel to Cleveland to collaborate with GroundWorks on a new work titled “After Chorus”. The piece is Zuk’s choreography set to original music and sound by Fishof.

Noa Zuk has been a performer with the Batsheva Dance Company of Israel from 2000 to 2009 where she began choreographing her own work. She also teaches Ohad Naharin’s Gaga movement language which is a discipline for strengthening the body while adding flexibility, stamina and agility while at the same time boosting the senses and imagination. For more information, visit

Ohad Fishof is also a teacher of Naharin’s Gaga movement language as well as an artist and musician who works with sound, dance, video, performance and installation. He is a longtime contributor Batsheva Dance Company. Ohad began his career as a musician with the Israeli art-pop band Nosei Hamigbaat. Currently, Fishof is a teacher at the Hamidrasha Art College and the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Tel Aviv.

Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof are presented in part with a grant from the Jewish Federation’s Cleveland-Israel Arts Connection.

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. The Akron/Summit Co. Public Library concerts are generously supported by the GAR Foundation, Akron Community Foundation and the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation and the Knight Foundation.

 by Mark Horning