Saturday night, Kristen, Philip, and I found ourselves heading downtown to catch CDT’s Area Choreographer’s Fest at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theatre. None of us knew what to expect: Kristen had never seen modern dance before, I had seen very little, and Philip, the brother of a modern dancer himself, had seen some but not frequently and not in the past few years.
All in all, the night was positively spectacular. CDT presented six new works split into two halves - four pieces in the first half, two in the second. Each piece seemed carefully selected, exquisitely curated to create a truly enjoyable night of modern dance, one that I would see again if the fest didn’t last for only two nights.
I appreciated the diversity in the festival throughout these pieces - there were new works, old ones re-tooled, narrative pieces, and others more open-ended. There was a historical piece, a contemporary ‘business-edged’ number, and a very cool and easy ensemble piece that was what was a cross between hip hop and middle eastern dance influences. There was live music onstage, opera, and comedy! The choreographers and dancers truly explored a multitude of stories, feelings, moments, and movements that made my heart flutter - the reason anyone and everyone should visit the arts at any time.
This kind of showcase proves what the Contemporary Dance Theatre is capable of, and how important this kind of presence is in Cincinnati. I am grateful for the opportunity to live in a city that holds an institution dedicated to bringing in work of this caliber, and hope the CDT finds ways to continue producing work like this in the future.
Hats off to you, CDT!
Presenting works by the 2016 ACF Choreographers:
Anna Brown Massey, Paige Cunningham Caldarella, Diane Germaine, Lindsey Gruber, Holly Handman-Lopez, Judith Mikita
On the Verge
Eleven years in
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Executive Director: Amanda Lopez-Kurtz
Artistic Director: Jefferson James
Technical Director: Larry Csernik