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GroundWorks Spring Season Preview | West Side Leader

By Kathleen Folkerth, West Side Leader March 23, 2017 Downtown Akron - Artistic Director David Shimotakahara said GroundWorks DanceTheater’s upcoming performances on March 31 and April 1 at 7:30 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Hall will reflect what he senses is the mood in the country after a tumultuous time in our social and political climate. The

GroundWorks In-School Workshops | Spring 2017

One of our core values as a company is to help empower creativity through movement. Using movement concepts as a springboard, it's our hope to inspire confidence and potential new creative insights for students. We recently had the wonderful opportunities to conduct Movement Study workshops with K-12 students from Cleveland Montessori, Adlai Stevenson School and

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.

Scene Magazine’s Best of Cleveland 2017 Nominations

Spring is landing, and so is Scene Magazine's Best of Cleveland 2017. Creative expression is our passion - whether through live music collaborations (Violins of Hope & Carmina Burana) to artist residencies and educational outreach. We explore the nuances of the human experience and embody the pulse and movement of life through unique and

Spring Creative Notes | “Drafting Foresight” by Guest Artist Gina Gibney

What kind of memories do we create after we’ve had meaningful conversations? What becomes of those pivotal discussions? Are our memories the direct result of that significant interaction? How do we mark those moments in time? These questions and more are explored in Guest Artist Gina Gibney’s new work, “Drafting Foresight,” which will make its

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

Dancer ChoreoLab Showcase – Stephanie Terasaki

  For an artist, the experience of initiating his or her own creative ideas and working through their own processes is valuable, regardless of whether or not they feel compelled to continue to choreograph. In GroundWorks’ first-ever Dancer ChoreoLab Showcase, to take place on November 10, company dancers will present new and exciting work. “One

Dancer ChoreoLab Showcase – Michael Marquez

GroundWorks’ first-ever Dancer ChoreoLab Showcase will feature new work created and developed by company dancers. The November 10 event will be an exciting opportunity for our artists to express their individual styles and for audiences to see another side of them. “The experience of initiating their own creative ideas and experimenting with and working through

Dancer ChoreoLab Showcase – Felise Bagley

There is so much that happens in the studio that can only be understood by doing. On Thursday, November 10, GroundWorks DanceTheater will present its first-ever Dancer ChoreoLab Showcase, an informal showing of new work created and developed by GWDT’s dancers. “Fundamental to the GroundWorks creative DNA, our artists are constantly involved with helping to

A Study in Movement | GWDT @ Willson School

With GroundWorks’ ongoing effort to empower creativity through movement, we recently had a wonderful opportunity to conduct Movement Study workshops with 4th, 5th and 6th graders at Willson School. Mark Otloski, GroundWorks' Education Director, along with company dancers Lauren Garson and Stephanie Terasaki, engaged students in fun, inspiring and collaborative studies in movement and expression. The workshops

Welcome, Yvette Hanzel – GWDT’s Director of Development

We are excited to introduce Yvette Hanzel -- GWDT's new Director of Development. In this role, Hanzel will oversee the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising – including grant solicitation, major gifts, annual campaign, fundraising events and in-kind resources. “I’m truly honored, and feel a genuine rapport with both David Shimotakahara and General Manager

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

Inside Look | A Dancer’s Life: Stephanie Terasaki

When Stephanie Terasaki walks into a dance studio, the world is full of possibilities. The 22-year-old California native, who joined GroundWorks in June (taking the place of GWDT’s Annika Sheaff while she is on maternity leave), has particularly enjoyed the company’s creative process – learning new pieces, challenging herself with different kinds of movement, working

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

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

Inside Look | Robyn Mineko Williams Rehearsal

Here is an Inside Look into recent rehearsals with Guest Artist Robyn Mineko Williams, who will debut a new work during our Fall Dance Series at the Allen Theatre on October 14 & 15 and Akron Public Library on November 18 & 19. The untitled piece will explore the idea of perseverance and will be set to

Inside Look | GroundWorks Previews Guest Artist Adam Barruch’s New Piece

It was an intimate afternoon of dance and lively discussion on Friday as we presented an inside look into award-winning New York choreographer Adam Barruch’s new work, “Hex,” which will debut at GroundWorks’ 14th annual Summer Concert Series beginning on July 15 at the Alma Theater in Cain Park. Guests enjoyed an up-close showing of the dynamic

Inspiral Motion | Lisa Lansing

Lisa Lansing, a Gyrotonics Specialized Master Trainer (impressively only one out of 50 in the entire world!) and a GroundWorks DanceTheater partner, supporter and advocate, has been working weekly with the GroundWorks’ company dancers through the Gyrotonic Expansion System to increase each dancers range of motion, build strength and sustain their fluidity. We recently sat

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