Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 12:00 PM
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company to Present New Work Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Abraham Lincoln
The local premiere of a bold new work by Bill T. Jones, will take the stage at the Ohio Theatre in PlayhouseSquare on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 at 8 p.m. Fondly Do We Hope . . . Fervently Do We Pray, an ambitious dance theatre piece presented by DANCECleveland and Cuyahoga Community College, celebrates the life and legacy of American's 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, through the eyes of Jones. Tickets more ›
can be purchased at 216-241-6000 or playhousesquare.com.
Among the cast of dancers in the production is a Cleveland native, Antonio Brown, who began his dance training at the Cleveland School of the Arts. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he joined the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in 2007.
Fondly Do We Hope . . . Fervently Do We Pray was commissioned by and premiered at the Ravinia Festival, in Highland Park, Ill., in September. Jones says he wanted to reconcile the adoring view of Lincoln he held as a young boy growing up during the civil rights struggle with that of a mid-life artist who "has very few heroes."
"I would like to share the vision with audiences and then remove it in order to expose that great distance between what is and what could have been," Jones says.
The ambitious evening-length work, with an original score that draws from European and American concert and folk traditions, uses dance, dramatic recitation and video.
The highly honored Jones is a 2007 Tony Award winner for his choreography for Spring Awakening. The recipient of a 2007 Obie Award, he is also a MacArthur "Genius" Award recipient and was named one of American's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures by the Dance Heritage Coalition.
The Harlem-based Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company was founded after 11 years of collaboration between Jones and Arnie Zane (1948-1988). It emerged onto the international scene in 1983. Since then the 10-member company has performed worldwide in over 200 cities in 30 countries. Today, the company is recognized as one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the modern dance world.
For more information about the company, as well as a Bill T. Jones interview with Bill Moyers about the new work, go to www.billtjones.org
"Jones has made his mark with dances that rankle and push, ask questions, and often get to the very heart of who we are as human beings." Boston Globe
"Jones dancers continue to rank among the finest anywhere." Washington Post
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
Co-presented by Cuyahoga Community College and DANCECleveland
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.
Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square
1501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
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Doug Elkins and Friends Brings Fräulein Maria to Hanna Theatre Nov. 20-21: Wink-filled dance ode to Sound of Music filled with laughs, surprises: Five local dancers cast in show
Doug Elkins and Friends will perform Fräulein Maria, a downtown New York City take on the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The Sound of Music, in two cabaret-style performances at the Hanna Theatre in PlayhouseSquare, Friday, November 20, and Saturday, November 21, presented by DANCECleveland.
Tickets for the performances, starting at $15, can be purchased online at playhousesquare.org or call 216-241-6000. For group tickets, call 216-991-9000.
In addition to the cast more › from New York, five professional dancers from Northeast Ohio will dance in The Lonely Goatherd hip-hop segment. Local dancers selected by Elkins during a Cleveland audition include: Kelly Michael Brunk from Groundworks Dance Theater; Ellen Ressler Hoffman who has danced with Cleveland's Repertory Project (now Verb Ballets) and Footpath Dance Company; Amy Miller, Groundworks Dance Theater; Rebecca Nicklos, from MegLouise Dance and MorrisonDance; and Marie Zvosec, who danced with Ohio Dance Theatre.
Elkins, a Bessie Award-winning choreographer, is lauded for combining diverse dance styles in works that offer hilarious comment on contemporary culture. Fräulein Maria is fast becoming a cult classic on the New York City dance scene where it has played to rave reviews at Joe's Pub at the New York Public Theatre.
Elkins' deconstruction of the Sound of Music is a decidedly grownup revue of this classic musical. References to José Limon and Paul Taylor rub elbows with breaking and Balanchine, and the incorporation of a host of club moves, vaudeville gags and syncopated rhythms make for a truly original take on everyone's favorite musical.
"Each dance is a jewel of choreographic invention and comic subtlety," says The New Yorker.
Elkins' fluid and musical style won him great acclaim in the 1990s when his company had regular seasons in New York and danced around the world, frequently in France, where he became known for his work with young break dancers as well as his melding of pop culture and high art. DANCECleveland presented Elkins' company in Cleveland in 1999 and 2001. Today, that company no longer exists, but Fräulein Maria will include a cast of stellar dance "friends" not to mention Elkins himself, and an Ohioan making his professional debut, Devin Buchanan from Columbus.