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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

GroundWorks Fall 2017 Preview

GroundWorks DanceTheater returns to its roots during its 2017 Fall Dance Series featuring two world premiere works by Founding Artistic Director David Shimotakahara and founding company member Amy Miller, as well as the reprisal of an audience favorite paying homage to one of jazz’s greats. Featured Guest Artist Amy Miller, a founding member of GroundWorks,

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

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

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),

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

Preview: John Carroll Students React to Latest GroundWorks Performance

We recently visited Philip Metres class at John Carroll University & left feeling very grateful. This collaboration gets to the core of why we conduct Action/Reaction programs as part of the GroundWorks DanceTheater mission. The responses to our latest Allen Theatre performance, issued in the students' own poetry, were incredible. We were able to capture