Fresh water Cleveland | January 16, 2014
cedar lake ballet debut
World class dance will grace the Ohio Theatre stage for two performances on January 25 and 26, when the hot New York City-based dance company Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet comes to town, presented by DANCECleveland.
"This groundbreaking contemporary company will be making its Ohio debut," shares Pam Young, DANCECleveland executive director. "This extremely talented dance company works with some of the best and brightest European dance makers whose work is rarely seen in the United States."
Cedar Lake has become a premier company in New York thanks to its roster of technically strong dancers, movement styles ranging from ballet to modern to hip-hop, and renowned work by A-list choreographers. The New York Times calls the company "possibly the country's most innovative ballet troupe."
DANCECleveland has wanted to bring the company to Cleveland for nearly four years but their worldwide touring made securing a date impossible -- until now. The three pieces that the company will perform at the Ohio Theatre will showcase an immense range of contemporary movement from three world-renowned dance makers: Jiri Kylian, Crystal Pite and Andonis Foniadakis, and will highlight the talents of this remarkable company of 16 dancers.
Tickets start at $20 for the 8 p.m. Saturday performances and the 3 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets can be purchased online here. Audiences should be cautioned there is partial nudity in the Saturday evening performance, but not in the matinee.
Prior to both performances company members will conduct master classes. Also, a teen contemporary ballet master class for ages 12-18 will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 24 in the Green Rehearsal Hall in PlayhouseSquare, while a pre-professional master class will be held from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on January 25 at Cleveland State University's Middough Building on the fifth floor. Participants are asked to register in advance by calling 216-991-9000.
"The world has fallen in love with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet -- and now it is Cleveland's turn," Young concludes.