Sunday, November 6th, 2016 12:00 PM
CLEVELAND, Ohio - It had to be DanceCleveland. For BodyTraffic, the next act in this year's lineup, no other presenter would have made sense.
The two groups have at least one key element in common, you see. Like DanceCleveland, Los Angeles-based BodyTraffic re-animated contemporary dance in its hometown, helping other companies take root where at one point the art form had been on the verge of withering or never more › blossoming at all.
"We're so pleased that we in part paved the way for world-class dance here," said BodyTraffic co-founder Lillian Rose Barbeito. "The type of dance we wanted to do just didn't exist [in L.A.]. But there was such a desire for it, and the community kind of rallied behind us."
What: DanceCleveland presents BodyTraffic.
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.
Where: Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square, Cleveland.
Tickets: $25-$65. Go to dancecleveland.org or call 216-241-6000.
If all goes well, they'll get a similar response from Cleveland Saturday night at Playhouse Square, when the 9-year-old company makes its Ohio debut.
The odds at least are in their favor. Instead of treating the occasion like "just another city," Barbeito said the seven members of BodyTraffic intend to involve viewers, to pierce that fourth wall and engage with patrons.
"We actually interact with the audience," Barbeito said. "We want to get to know the people of Cleveland. We enjoy connecting with all people."
The same principle applies to their taste in choreography. Founded by Barbeito with fellow dancer Tina Finkelman Berkett - the two met and struck up a friendship in a ballet class - BodyTraffic represents a melding of sensibilities.
Where Barbeito sees herself as the physical, athletic type, her partner, she said, embodies elegance and refinement. Hence their willingness to address any subject and hire dance-makers all over the stylistic spectrum.
"She's Beverly Hills and I'm Venice Beach," Barbeito joked. "We just always want the next project to be challenging. The dancers always want the next project to be something new."
Diversity will certainly be the name of the game Saturday. Over the course of the program, the company will take up a mostly gestural work as well as pieces rooted in break-dancing, ballet and jazz.
Up first is the gestural work, a 2012 piece by Barak Marshall that seeks to portray the dancers not as artists but as real people. Its title? Take a breath: "And At Midnight, the Green Bride Floated Through the Village Square."
Next comes "Once Again, Before You Go," by Victor Quijada. Here, everything stems from the single image of being pulled and thrust by imaginary rubber-bands. "The dancers appear to be motivated by an unseen force," Barbeito explained.
Finally, "O2Joy." In contrast to its intense predecessors, this 2012 work by Richard Siegal is a lighthearted celebration of American jazz. Still, it's not a walk in the park. Not for the dancers, anyway. For them, Barbeito said, it's a display of "sophisticated musicality."
Which leads back to DanceCleveland, to a second point the presenter and BodyTraffic have in common. Between Saturday's program and the presenter's inclusion of BodyTraffic this year, these are two groups clearly open to anything.
Indeed, Barbeito said, "We scour the world, looking for distinct voices."
The Plain Dealer
RELATED COMPANY: BODYTRAFFIC
Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 12:00 PM
AKRON, Ohio - Give those dancers a raise. In addition to intricate choreography, the artists in the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company also have to master speech. As in acting.
Yes, "Analogy/Dora: Tramontane," the work they're bringing to Akron this week, the first, evening-length installment of a planned trilogy, requires the first guests on a new DanceCleveland series not only to move but also to deliver lines. To be actors as more › well as physical performers.
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
What: "Analogy/Dora: Tramontane"
When: 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.
Where: E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St., Akron.
Tickets: $25-$55. Go to dancecleveland.org or call 330-972-7570.
"It's a very different thing," said longtime company member and Cleveland native Antonio Brown. "He [director Bill T. Jones] loves language and words. It's another opportunity for him to test us as dancers."
At least he's got good cause. On his company's first appearance on DanceCleveland in six years, it's bringing along a work based on the remarkable life of Jones' now 95-year-old mother-in-law, Dora Amelan, a Jewish nurse who not only survived but also worked underground during World War II.
Where other choreographers might have used such a story as the backbone of an entirely abstract creation, Jones took a literal approach, asking his nine dancers to voice lines from dialogue with Amelan, all while physically re-enacting portions of her tales. At every point, Brown said, there are dancers representing both Jones and Amelan.
"It just keeps shifting around," Brown explained. "It always fluctuates. It's very much a dance theater piece."
Neither are the words and dancing the only elements. Like many other works of theater, "Analogy/Dora: Tramontane" also relies heavily on lighting, Brown said, and on a set, which in this case consists of movable pieces Brown said are designed to evoke military barracks.
On top of that, "Analogy/Dora" boasts an original soundtrack, a score by New York-based composer Nick Hallett based on German art songs, World War II music, pop songs from the 50s and 60s, and contemporary club music.
"It connects to your heart in a way that a lot of story-telling doesn't," Brown said. "People have been moved by all that this show goes through."
And "Analogy/Dora" is just the beginning. The second installment of the trilogy, "Analogy/Lance," based on the struggles of Jones' nephew with drugs and other addictions, saw its premiere last summer, and could appear in Northeast Ohio later. The third and final portion, meanwhile, remains under construction.
For now, though, the first installment should more than suffice. Certainly, for the dancers, the task ahead is both greater than and unlike anything else, and for the audience, the evening will be totally out of the ordinary.
"It's a very difficult thing, but it's something we're all becoming more familiar with," Brown said. "With this story in particular, I think people are going to enjoy the whole production. It's not a normal, typical dance show."
The Plain Dealer
RELATED COMPANY: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company
Monday, August 15th, 2016 12:00 PM
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company returns to Northeast Ohio October 9 at The University of Akron's E.J. Thomas Hall for Matinee Performance of "Analogy/Dora: Tramontane"
"Jones is not a choreographer in the sense that he just makes dances. He likes to tackle unlikely theatrical themes in
unconventional ways…" - Hilary Ostlere, The Financial Times
"'Analogy/Dora: Tramontane,' the extraordinary dance-theater piece…"
–Robert Johnson, NJArts.net, on Analogy/Dora: Tramontane
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company returns to Northeast Ohio October 9
at The University of Akron's E.J. Thomas Hall for Matinee Performance of "Analogy/Dora: Tramontane"
Performing the powerful dance-theater work based on the life more › of Dora Amelan, a young Jewish woman during World War II.
CLEVELAND (August 15, 2016) –Hailed by The New York Times as "illustrative and formally abstract" Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company return to northeast Ohio to perform a mixed repertoire matinee performance including their Ohio debut of Analogy/Dora: Tramontane on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 3:00 pm at The University of Akron's E.J. Thomas Hall. The performance is presented by DANCECleveland in collaboration with The University of Akron's Dance Program and continues their 11 year partnership.
Tickets, starting at $25, are available at www.DANCECleveland.org or by calling 330-972-7570. Until October 7, tickets can also be purchased in person at The Akron Civic Theatre box office, located at 182 S. Main Street, Akron, OH 44308. Groups of five or more can call DANCECleveland at 216-991-9000 for more information about discounted group tickets.
The Akron performance at E.J. Thomas Hall will feature, Analogy/Dora: Tramontane, a remarkable work that blends theater and dance together on stage for an extraordinarily powerful and touching performance. Through modern choreography, Bill T. Jones tells the story of his 95 year-old mother-in-law, Dora Amelan, a young Jewish nurse who strived to save lives during World War II and gives a unique perspective on the subjects of struggle, perseverance and the power within ourselves. Featuring live music, spoken word and raw emotion, the performance is a special tribute to Dora, who inspired the work through her memories of life during and after World War II. The choreography chronicles her early life in Belgium, her mother's death as the Germans were marching into Belgium and her experiences working at an underground Jewish organization in Vichy France's internment camps, Gurs & Rivesaltes.
Original music for the piece is composed by Nick Hallett as well as a soundscape that combines German Romantic Lieder, songs from both world wars, the 50s and 60s classic pop music and the club music from the 80s and 90s. DANCECleveland is also thrilled to welcome back company member and dancer, Antonio Brown, who is a graduate of The Cleveland School of the Arts and will be returning to perform the work with the company of nine dancers.
The performance will be surrounded by an array of educational outreach events including artist-run master classes, a residency program for The University of Akron dance students, pre-performance lectures and post-performance Q&A sessions, designed to provide community access to the world renowned dance companies DANCECleveland brings to Northeast Ohio.
Recognized as a leader in the national ecosystem of modern dance, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company has performed throughout the world with a wide array of exquisite and powerful repertory. Now in its 33rd year, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company was born out of an 11-year collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane (1948–1988). The Company has performed in over 200 cities worldwide in 40 countries. Winner of two Tony Awards and recipient of a MacArthur "genius" Award, Jones has continually expanded the possibilities of dance and is considered one of the most innovative choreographers in the dance-theater world. The Company has received numerous awards, including New York Dance and Performance Awards ("Bessie") for Chapel/Chapter at Harlem Stage (2006), The Table Project (2001), D-Man in the Waters (1989 and 2001), musical scoring and costume design for Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin/The Promised Land (1990) and for the groundbreaking Joyce Theater season (1986). The Company was nominated for the 1999 Laurence Olivier Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Dance and Best New Dance Production" for We Set Out Early... Visibility was Poor.
For more information on Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, visit:
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Funding for this performance is provided by:
Mary S. & David C. Corbin Foundation
DANCECleveland, a Cleveland, Ohio based non-profit, is one of a handful of presenters in the nation that is dedicated solely to the presentation of modern and contemporary dance. The centerpiece of the organization's programming is its annual performance series. The performances are surrounded by an array of educational outreach events including artist-run master classes, residency programs, student matinees, pre-performance lectures and post-performance Q&A sessions, designed both to break artistic boundaries and provide community access to the dance aesthetic and dance luminaries that DANCECleveland brings to Northeast Ohio.
DANCECleveland's 2016-2017 Season is generously supported by:
Char & Chuck Fowler Family Foundation The George Gund Foundation
George W. Codrington Foundation
Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 12:00 PM
Listen to Pam Young on Sound of Applause talking about the 2016-2017 Season! more ›
Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 12:00 PM
DANCECleveland is Hiring!
Development Assistant and Administrative Coordinator
Reports to: Executive Director
Status:Part Time (Monday-Friday) 30 hours per week at the DANCECleveland offices located at historical Shaker Square and during weekend performances, approximately 5-9 times per year, at culturally centered location such as Playhouse Square-Cleveland and E.J. Thomas Hall-Akron. Exempt.
Description: The Development Assistant and Administrative Coordinator is an integral
member of the DANCECleveland staff. This person directly manages functions that more › serve the efficient running of an office and DANCECleveland programming activities.
Administrative Duties: This person is responsible for managing and executing initiatives that contribute to the functioning of the office. As the lead person for the office administrative functions, this person will answer and screen telephone calls, maintain files, ticketing functions, mailings, project management and services for equipment and maintenance. As an organization that continually updates procedures to streamline its operations, this person will contribute ideas for organizing, evaluating and implementing all operational procedures for the organization.
Development Assistant: This person will usually be the first point of contact to our patrons and Board and will be responsible for executing the requisite patron services. In this capacity this person will coordinate and execute the organization's annual fund activities, be responsible for all donor acknowledgement correspondence, organize and maintain the donor data base and other information management resources.
Ticketing: DANCECleveland holds a Playhouse Square ticketing computer in its offices. This person will be trained on this equipment and duties will include coordinating all aspects of ticketing operations for subscribers and group ticket purchasers. In this capacity, this person will contribute to decisions about ticket pricing, coordinate all activities leading up to the launch of the ticket sales, manage the subscription ordering process, ticketing and ticket mailings.
Required Qualifications and Core Competencies:
The desired candidate will be a results-oriented individual, highly organized and possessing strong customer service skills. It is imperative that candidates possess strong computer skills and have a comfort level with learning and working with a variety of computer systems. The DANCECleveland staff operate as a team and as such, the desired candidate will need to be comfortable in a team work environment.
Qualifications must include:
• Bachelor's Degree
• a minimum of two years of administrative support experience
• excessively organized
• strong computer skills in MS Word and Excel
• Ability to exercise good judgment, discretion and professionalism
• Dance experience or appreciation of dance preferred
• Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
Compensation: commensurate with experience (salaried)
Application: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to: email@example.com
Or by mail to: DANCECleveland
13110 Shaker Square, suite 106
Cleveland, Ohio 44120
No phone calls, please
Application deadline: August 15 or until filled.
Background, Mission and Vision
DANCECleveland's mission is to bring the passion and verve of contemporary and modern dance to the hearts and minds of northeast Ohioans. Our organization accomplishes this through the following:
• an annual presentation of a performance series showcasing nationally and internationally renowned choreographers and companies;
• To enhance the concert going experience with a series of programs and informational sessions which are designed to build a greater understanding of contemporary dance and the works being presented;
• The presentation of educational programming that makes the dance luminaries we bring into our community more accessible to students and the general public.
DANCECleveland has a 61-year history of making modern dance an integral part of our community's varied cultural offerings. As the only organization in Greater Cleveland whose sole mission is to present the best national and international dance companies, our concert series contributes to the cultural landscape as well as build audiences for dance.
Learn more about DANCECleveland by visiting our website at