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GroundWorks Spring Season Preview | The Plain Dealer

By Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer March 14, 2017 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.

Spring Creative Notes | “Against Night” by David Shimotakahara

“We find ourselves in a time of transition and unpredictable change,” says GWDT Executive Artistic Director David Shimotakahara. Shimotakahara’s world-premiere work, titled “Against Night,” for GroundWorks’ 2017 Spring Series explores change, transitions and connectivity and how we traverse these elements. These themes were a starting point in the creative process, he says.  “For some reason

Spring Creative Notes | GroundWorks Reprises “Remora”

We are proud to reprise Salt Lake City-based choreographer Eric Handman’s highly-anticipated work “Remora” during our 2017 Spring Dance Series. Handman’s “Remora,” a critically-acclaimed “substantial and intensely physical work” first created with GroundWorks in 2015, is rooted in its physicality, the demands of its execution, its complexities and its nuances of timing. Together, these elements

GroundWorks Spring 2017 Preview

The timeless (and timely) themes of connectivity, changeability and transition will be explored in GroundWorks DanceTheater’s upcoming 2017 Spring Dance Series, featuring world premiere works by GWDT Artistic Director David Shimotakahara and Gina Gibney of Gibney Dance, as well as the highly-anticipated reprise of “Remora” by award-winning choreographer Eric Handman. “We find ourselves in a

Thank You for an Extraordinary 2016

For GroundWorks, 2016 was a year filled with extraordinary creative opportunities including three live music collaborations within the production and presentation of an amazing range of groundbreaking work. From the creation of “Shadowbox” as part of the Violins of Hope Project with the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage to our spectacular production of Carmina Burana

Support GroundWorks on #GivingTuesday

At GroundWorks DanceTheater, we believe in the importance of reaching the next generation by empowering them creatively through movement. Our workshops, led by GWDT company artists, provide a unique opportunity for students of all grade levels to explore the creative process of dance through physical experience. We have had the pleasure of working with diverse

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 | 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

Summer Creative Notes | Guest Artist Adam Barruch Explores Mysticism in Debut Work

We are thrilled to welcome award-winning New York choreographer Adam Barruch as Guest Artist for our much-anticipated Summer Dance Series. Barruch’s world premiere work, tentatively titled “Hex,” will explore themes including mysticism, magic and creation. Adam recently shared what makes this collaboration unique and why the subject matter is thought provoking. “The piece is centered

It Takes Two 2016 | That’s a Wrap!

This year's benefit took things to the next level and we are so appreciative to everyone who made this year possible! A big thank you goes out to: Our presenting sponsor, University Hospitals Our venue host sponsor, the Cleveland Museum of Art In-kind sponsor, Microsoft The evening's co-chairs, Denise San Antonio Zeman & Lev Gonick

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),

Fall Series Preview: Thoughts from Dance Critic, Steve Sucato

Dance Critic, Steve Sucato, has published his preview of our Fall Series, debuting Friday. Read the excerpt below, which deals with our Violins of Hope inspired, world-premiere work, Shadowbox: "Violins of Hope is a project begun by [Amnon] Weinstein in 1996 in which he has been locating and restoring violins that were played by Jews in the camps

Spring Creative Notes | Eric Handman Joins Us for Creative Residency!

Our latest Creative Resident, Eric Handman, recently spoke to us about his introduction to GroundWorks DanceTheater as well as what it’s been like to work with David & the company. “I met David at the American College Dance Association’s Western Conference in 2014 out in Arizona. He was an adjudicator and saw a quartet that

Notes from the Frontier | Creative Development Progresses on House of Sparrows

As promised, we will continue to share notes on our creative process to give you a peak behind the curtain & right into the way we think about creativity at GroundWorks DanceTheater. This series of posts focuses on our new work – The House of Sparrows – due to debut as part of EJ Thomas

Notes from the Frontier: A Discussion with Aeolus Quartet’s Greg Luce

“All performances, in some way, inhabit memories of someone or something else,” says Greg Luce, Violinist & member of Aeolus Quartet. “In some ways it’s easier to be removed [from the time in history that you are referencing in your work] – there’s a certain purity that comes with distance from that person or thing.