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March 09, 2019

DANCECleveland Announces 2019-20 Season Featuring Six Remarkable Dance Companies and American Dance Festival in Cleveland Summer Dance Festival

Subscriptions on Sale March 9 for the 2019-2020 DANCECleveland Season


CLEVELAND (March 09, 2019) –DANCECleveland will launch its 64th season, with six dance companies that celebrate the visionaries of modern dance, from the past, present and future. The season will feature the third annual ADF in CLE summer dance festival in collaboration with the iconic American Dance Festival, the Ohio debuts of three remarkable dance companies-including two international dance companies and the return of three audience favorites. The 2019-2020 season will speak to audience members through a varied vocabulary of dance movement styles ranging from modern and contemporary to ballet and even hip-hop infused movement!

The season will begin with ADF in CLE, a fun-filled festival of dance July 27- August 10 in collaboration with American Dance Festival from Durham, NC. This year’s festival will feature two performances and a full array of free community dance classes on the National Dance Day. The festival will kick off with BalletX in the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square on July 27 at 7:30 pm. The presentation will be part of the National Day of Dance with a full range of community events during the day for audience members to take part in. Closing the festival, will be Cuba’s premiere modern dance company, Malpaso who will perform in the Allen Theatre on August 10at 7:30 pm. All performances will be surrounded by engagement activities for audience members of all ages to enjoy before and after the shows in collaboration with Playhouse Square, Cleveland State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance.

The season will continue on October 12, at 7:30 pm at the University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall with the northeast Ohio audience favorite, Parsons Dance as they perform a mixed –repertoire filled evening of dance, including the visual illusion of “Caught”. Making their Ohio debut, RUBBERBANDance Group from Canada will perform in the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square November 9 at 7:30 pm. In February, French/Algerian company, Cie Herve Koubi will make their Ohio debut with one awe inspiring performance February 15, 2020 at 7:30 pm in the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square. Then, New York based, Stephen Petronio Dance will mark their first performance in northeast Ohio with an evening of work honoring the great Merce Cunningham, as well as some of Petronio’s newest works on March 14, 2020 at 7:30 pm in the Ohio Theatre.

Pam Young, Executive Director of DANCECleveland, reflects on the series;

“This season we are excited to honor the roots of modern dance and engage in the centennial celebration of what would have been the great Merce Cunningham’s 100th birthday by providing our audiences the opportunity to see his choreography on some of the best modern dance companies of today. We are also looking to the future of the art form by showcasing new choreographic works that push the boundaries of what is considered modern dance. When modern dance was first created its movement style was a stark contrast from traditional dance forms, but today modern dance is continually changing and is a movement style that encompasses everything from ballet, to hip hop and everything in-between. We are thrilled to share the versatility of the art form on our upcoming season.”

The Details: ADF in CLE summer festival will feature a celebration of dance performances, classes and events from July 27 – August 10. DANCECleveland is once again proud to partner with American Dance Festival, one of the oldest and most renowned dance festivals in the country to bring the festival to Cleveland again. More information about ADF in CLE can be found at

  • Summer Dance Workshop: July 23-26 at Cleveland State University’s dance studios, for ages 13-28 with ADF faculty, Laura Cox , Oscar (Aquaboogy) Vazquez, Ronald K. Brown, will feature classes in hip-hop, modern, African, contemporary and creative process.
  • National Day of Dance: Saturday, July 27, Free Mega Barre under the chandelier on E. 14thStreet, Free Community Dance Classes, Dance Demonstrations, Silent Disco on US Bank/Star Plaza,
  • Student Dance Showcase, a curated dance showcase of local dance schools, Saturday July 27 in the Allen Theatre, Playhouse Square,
  • BalletX, Saturday, July 27, 7:30 p.m., Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square,
  • Malpaso (Cuba), Saturday, August 10, 7:30 p.m., Allen Theatre, Playhouse Square

The season will continue in October 2019 through March 2020 with four adventurous dance companies.

  • Parsons Dance, Saturday, October 12, 7:30 p.m., at The University of Akron’s EJ Thomas Hall, in collaboration with The University of Akron’s Dance Program,
  • RUBBERBANDance Group (Canada), Saturday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m, Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square, in collaboration with Tri-C Performing Arts.
  • Cie Herve Koubi, (France) Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 7:30 p.m, Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square, in collaboration with Tri-C Performing Arts.
  • Stephen Petronio Dance, Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 7:30 p.m., Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square, presented in collaboration with Playhouse Square

BalletX is kicking off ADF in CLE 2019 and celebrating the National Dance Day on Saturday, July 27. The darling of the Vail International Dance Festival and their own hometown of Philly, BalletX challenges the boundaries of ballet. BalletX will make their Cleveland debut in an evening of works by some of the most exciting choreographers creating work today. Founded in 2005, the company has been applauded for their athleticism, emotion, and grace while challenging the boundaries of classical ballet. Having toured to prestigious venues around the world, we are excited to welcome them to Cleveland. DANCECleveland previously presented BalletX in Akron in 2013.

"[BalletX] dancers are among America’s best." - The New York Times

Cuba’s premiere contemporary dance company, Malpaso will bring the heat of Cuba to close the festival August 10th. After cheering crowds in 2016 & 2017, their return performance will feature choreography that will honor the roots of modern dance as well as new head-turning choreographers of today. Since its establishment in 2012, Malpaso has already become one of the most sought after Cuban dance companies with a growing international profile. The company will perform and evening of three works including, Face the Torrent, a new work by NYC-based choreographer Sonya Tayeh which was created in part during the Company’s 2017 residency in Cleveland.

While in northeast Ohio, the company will participate in our Body of Work: Dialogues on Dance Series with a lecture and performance of “Fielding Sixes”, a work by Merce Cunningham-with music by John Cage- as part of the international ‘Merce Cunningham Centennial Celebration’. As ‘one of the great iconoclasts in 20th-centure art” (NY Times) who would have turned 100 in 2019, DANCECleveland is pleased to be joining in the international celebration with these showings. Subscribers to DANCECleveland’s 2019-2020 season will have the first opportunity to attend these up close events.

“Malpaso's aim is to bring 'Cuban contemporary dance into the 21st century.' Clearly, they have already arrived." - Adrienne Totino, Pittsburgh Examiner

Parsons Dance will perform at The University of Akron’s EJ Thomas Hall in an evening of mixed repertory works that will include the visual illusion of audience favorite “Caught”. This family-friendly performance will showcase the uplifting dance company’s stunning dancers and effortless movement, making everyone, young and old, fall for dance. David Parsons, who was a principal dancer in the Paul Taylor Dance Co. from 1978 to 1987, founded the company in 1987 with the determination to present dance that was simply wonderful to watch. DANCECleveland has presented the company in each decade since that time. Parsons Dance has toured on six continents and has been seen on PBS, Bravo, A&E and the Discovery Channel. DANCECleveland last presented Parsons Dance Company in 2015.

“The beauty of this company is the well-executed and thought-out designs, with each work of art overflowing with creativity and excitement." –Jennifer Luxton, The Sundial, California State

Founded in 2002 by Victor Quijada, RUBBERBANDance Group (RBDG) is recognized worldwide for its innovation, its significant contribution in dance, and for its role in the development of a new style inspired by breakdancing, classical ballet, and dance theatre. A one-of-a-kind troupe, RBDG deconstructs the principles of urban dance and mixes style to create their own unique spin. The November performance of Vic’s Mix at Playhouse Square will mark the company’s Ohio debut and give audience members the chance to experience this highly acclaimed company’s greatest works. With both humorous and serious moments, Vic’s Mix is a kind of “best of” spanning the immense creative territory explored by Quijada, extracting jewels from the choreographer’s repertoire. Since their beginning, the company’s work quickly won over audiences and critics: in its first end-of-season review, the Montreal daily Le Devoir included the company in its pick of the five best dance productions of the year and has since gone on to perform all over the world to rave reviews.

“Quijada’s choreography blurs hard edges of breaking with contemporary sensibility, boasting delectably clever partnering and buoyant musicality”- Time Out Chicago

Performing “What the Day Owes To the Night”, the all-male French company made up of 12 dancers, Cie Herve Koubi, will make their Ohio debut in a performance that is sure to awe audiences with acrobatic flips, stunning spins and elusive creativity that have brought audience members on their feet by the end of the show all across the world. The performance combines capoeira, martial arts, hip hop, and contemporary dance and combines the movement with visual depictions of the Eastern world by European artists—and Islamic architecture. Inspired by his father’s deathbed revelation that Koubi’s family originated in Algeria, rather than in France as Koubi had believed, the piece explores Koubi’s newfound roots and depicts a journey home. Mixing contemporary dance with gestural movement, hip-hop and acrobatics, Cie Herve Koubi fuses Algerian and Burkina Faso dancers for the high energy piece titled, What the Day Owes To the Night which he created in 2013.

“Stunning fusion of acrobatics, gymnastics, b-boying, modern dance and ballet.” – The Washington Post

Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, Stephen Petronio Dance is widely regarded as one of the leading dance-makers of his generation. New music, visual art, and fashion collide in his dances, producing powerfully modern landscapes for the senses. He has built a body of work with some of the most talented and provocative artists in the world. Founded in 1984, Stephen Petronio Company has performed in 40 countries throughout the world, including numerous New York City engagements and 24 seasons at The Joyce Theater. The Cleveland performance will feature an evening of mixed repertoire including Bloodlines, a project of Petronio’s Company to honor and curate a lineage of American postmodern dance masters. Distinguished for creating original languages that embody the highest level of artistic excellence displayed through extreme physical and conceptual rigor, these artists have had a profound impact on Petronio’s own artistic path. These works will be part of the company’s March performance and will mark the company’s Ohio debut.

“There’s a visceral thrill to Stephen Petronio’s choreography that is unlike anything offered by other contemporary dancers”- New York Times

SUBSCRIPTIONS: Season subscriptions packages, starting at $115, are on sale March 9, 2019 at Call 216-991-9000 or visit to purchase season tickets or request a brochure. Single tickets will go on sale May 1, 2019.

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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 is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund DANCECleveland with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.



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