Performance Calendar

These listings update the printed edition of the Newsletter Calendar of Events published in Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.


September 14-24Cervilio Miguel Amador & Melissa Gelfin

The annual series returns to the Aronoff Center’s intimate Jarson-Kaplan Theater this fall

Celebrating its 13th year, The Kaplan New Work Series opens Cincinnati Ballet’s groundbreaking 2017-2018 Season September 14-24 at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater. The series offers an up-close experience with a variety of exciting world premieres by today’s most innovative choreographers. This year’s program includes special guest Travis Wall, best known for his work on the hit TV show, So You Think You Can Dance, and brand new works from Heather Britt, Penny Saunders, and Johanna Bernstein Wilt. A solo piece choreographed by Victoria Morgan will also receive its regional premiere, danced to “Black Coffee” by k.d. Lang.
Call 513.621.5282, visit or visit the Cincinnati Ballet Box Office at 1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45212

Xclaim Dance Company

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Xclaim Dance Company
Columbus, OH
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Xclaim Dance Company along with the talented artists Iron City Circus, deliver an evening of adventure! Finding muse in the words of the incomparable Dr. Seuss, this cirque-styled spectacle is a journey through the curious and courageous mind of a young girl as she applies the ever-relevant life lessons of classic Seuss literature with the extraordinary events & characters she encounters. A thrill to delight audiences of all ages! Columbus Dance Theater Friday 8pm / Saturday 4&8pm / Sunday 4pm.

Verb Ballets

September 22, 2017 7:00PM verb 1

Verb Ballets
Shaker Heights, Verb Ballets’ Studio
Ballet Up-Close, 216-397-3757
The Ballet Up-Close series was launched to give patrons the opportunity to break the boundaries of the stage and see performance just mere feet in front of them in studio. Stay afterwards to meet the dancers.


Saturday, September 23, 2017 – 7:30pmonu catapult

Freed Center: Biggs Theatre
Freed Center for the Performing Arts
525 South Main Street
Ada, OH  45810
Box office: 419-772-1900
Catapult is, technically, a shadow dance company. What it really is: a theatrical art form that is an amazingly imaginative combination of dance, story-telling, and sculpture.  Founded in 2009, by Adam Battlestein (choreographer, Creative Director and Master Teaching Artist for Pilobolus Dance Theatre for 19 years), Catapult catapulted to fame on Season 8 of America’s Got Talent, earning their way to the finals of the NBC-TV hit show.

Catapult is all about the human body and its ability to transform. The talented Catapult dancers work behind a screen to create seemingly impossible dancing shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us. You won’t believe your eyes as you watch these incredible dancers become a mountain, a full size elephant, a helicopter, a house with a window and people inside the window. You will never figure out how they do it, and you won’t know what they will make next – you will be surprised and delighted again and again. Audiences of all ages love what appear to be effortless transformations and applaud over and over as more and more unbelievable images appear.

Catapult’s “Magic Shadows” show is packed with hundreds of shape transformations, and it is full of humor, emotion, and engaging stories. There are 8 fully realized stories told through music and shadows and 6 short shadow dance videos which play between the live dances – brief moments of poetry or humor which perfectly cleanse the palate and prepare the audience for their next shadow journey. Audiences leave this show dazed and happy, and they will never look at their own shadow the same way again!
$20 – Adults
$10 – Seniors
$5 – Students/Children

Complexions Contemporary Ballet

September 28, 2017 at 7:00 pmws Testament_Duet by Dwight Rhoden WSU

Complexions Contemporary Ballet
Dayton, OH
“One of the most sought after choreographers of the day.” — New York Times
“[Complexions makes it] sensationally, jaw-droppingly clear that we live in the age of the super dancer, at a time when technical virtuosity is being redefined as an expressive state.”— Dance Magazine
Dwight Rhoden returns to Dayton where he began his highly acclaimed dance career with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.  Combining technical precision, power and passion, Complexions Contemporary Ballet transcends tradition in a groundbreaking mix of styles ranging from ballet to hip hop. Led by former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater virtuosos and So You Think You Can Dance alums Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, the company is sure to dazzle and thrill with Rhoden’s fiercely kinetic choreography, daredevil dancing by the company, and a hip soundtrack of pop, rock and classical anthems from Bach to Bowie.
For tickets:
Ticket Center Stage
More information at

“Making Space” – Columbus Modern Dance Company Fall Performance

Friday, September 29, 2017  8:00 pm.

“Making Space” – Columbus Modern Dance Company Fall Performance
Join the Columbus Modern Dance Company for a dynamic performance of our newest repertoire. Set in a unique local venue, this concert will include the company premiere of “Elles Parlent” by Ellen Vierse, a Chicago-based dance artist. Also, this evening will be our audience’s first chance to view solo work “Night Bloom” by Robert Poe of Saint Louis’s Big Muddy Dance Company. In advance of an October 20th collaboration at the Cultural Arts Center’s “Sight of Music” Gallery, the audience will get a sneak peak into our new works based on the visualization of music.

WAKE: Performances of Mourning and Remembrance

September 30, 2017 7:00pm

WAKE: Performances of Mourning and Remembrance
Cincinnati, OH
WAKE is a collection of short performances that give expression to the complexity of mourning. In this show, area choreographers, actors, and performance artists offer unique meditations on death, loss, and the celebration of loved ones to create a communal site for mourning and remembrance. All proceeds will go towards the creation of the Artists’ Emergency Relief Fund.
Works by Janelle Bonfour-Mikes, Michelle Bump Morano, Diane Germaine, Judith Mikita, Susan Moser, Kodee Van Nort, Allyson West
Contemporary Dance Theater Studios
at the College Hill Town Hall
1805 Larch Avenue, Cincinnati OH
Tickets: $15 Suggested* Ticket, or Pay-what-you-can


Presented by Wexner Center for the Arts and The Ohio State University Department of Art Living Culture Initiative

Saturday, September 30  8:00 PMFarmhouse Whorehouse_bocanegra_1_1200x675
Sunday, October 1  2:00 PM

Presented by Wexner Center for the Arts and The Ohio State University Department of Art Living Culture Initiative
An Artist Lecture by Suzanne Bocanegra
Starring Lili Taylor
$19 members
$22 general public
$10 students
Farmhouse/Whorehouse is the third in a series by visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra of an inventive hybrid form of performance: part artist lecture, part memoir, and part cultural essay. Farmhouse/Whorehouse looks into the lives of Bocanegra’s grandparents on their small farm in La Grange, Texas, which was located across the road from the infamous Chicken Ranch, better known as “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”, later immortalized by ZZ Top’s song “La Grange” as well as the subject of a hit Broadway production.


Koresh Dance Company

October 1, 2017 at 3:00 pmkoreshfull-company3-chairs_14541619073_o

Presented by DANCECleveland in Collaboration with The University of Akron’s Dance Program
E.J. Thomas Hall
Koresh Dance Company was founded in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer and artistic director Ronen (Roni) Koresh. The Philadelphia based company is known for its engaging performances and superb dancers. The company performs critically acclaimed works and has been hailed internationally, touring to destinations including Spain, Turkey, Israel, South Korea, Mexico, and Guatemala. Over the years, Roni Koresh has developed a vast repertoire of work that ranges from explosive and passionate to intimate and restrained. The company also presents works by guest choreographers including Ohad Naharin, Robert Battle, Donald Byrd, Itzik Galili, and Paul Selwyn Norton among others. The driving energy and innovative movement of Koresh Dance Company will awe audience this fall as their technically gifted dancers exude the essence of Israeli inspired dance at its finest.
For tickets call 330-972-7570 or visit

Rosas A Love Supreme

Tuesday, October 3  8:00 PM

A Love Supreme
Davidson Theater at Riffe Center
$23.50 members
$26.50 general public
$16.50 students
Leading Belgian dance artist Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker collaborates with Catalan dancer and choreographer Salva Sanchis for this dance quartet by her Rosas company set to the iconic John Coltrane jazz composition A Love Supreme from 1965. Coltrane’s album became legendary because of its balanced interplay between improvisation and structure and for its questing sense of spirituality.  This enduring jazz masterpiece blends meticulous form and raw energy and succeeds through its powerful blend of the styles expressed by the four musicians: John Coltrane on tenor sax, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones.

GroundWorks DanceTheater

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GroundWorks DanceTheater
Cleveland and Akron
Title of work performed:, (216) 751-0088,
GroundWorks DanceTheater returns to its roots during its 2017 Fall Dance Series featuring two world premiere works by Founding Artistic Director David Shimotakahara and founding company member Amy Miller, as well as the reprisal of an audience favorite paying homage to one of jazz’s greats.

Featured Guest Artist Amy Miller, a founding member of GroundWorks, will present her 12th original piece for the company. Past works include Way Leads to Way (2013), Current Frame (2012), and Running to Earth (2011) and Valence (2009), a collaboration with Oberlin College Professor & Composer Peter Swendsen. Miller currently serves as Associate Artistic Director & Senior Company Director at Gibney Dance in New York.

Artistic Director David Shimotakahara will debut his 40th new work for the company, referencing the American Gothic genre as well as imagery and narrative from traditional American folk culture.

GroundWorks is also delighted to bring back one of the company’s signature works, Brubeck – Artistic Director David Shimotakahara’s tribute to the music of American jazz legend Dave Brubeck. An audience favorite, Brubeck explores the complex rhythms and tonalities of such classics as Blue Rondo a la Turk, Square Dance and Take Five as well as the lush melodies of Dave Brubeck’s brilliant collaborator Paul Desmond.

Performances will take place on the following dates & times:
October 13 & 14 at 7:30 pm – Allen Theater at Playhouse Square, 1407 Euclid Ave., Cleveland 44115
October 27 & 28 at 7:30 pm – Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High St., Akron 44326
Ticket information can be found at or by calling 216.751.0088.

Sight of Music: Collaborative Evening of Poetry & Dance

Friday, October 20, 2017; 7:00 pm

Sight of Music: Collaborative Evening of Poetry & Dance
Columbus Cultural Arts Center
This Fall, the Columbus Cultural Arts Center presents a large exhibition of contemporary works by Ohio artists, in a challenge set forth by guest curator, local poet and writer, Steve Abbott. Set among the visual artwork of the same impetus, the dance works will explore all dimensions of music. Five local choreographers’ interpretation of this theme will come to fruition as you hear the music with your eyes. Between pieces, witness live poetry written based on the gallery’s works that surround you.

B.R.E.A.D! A festival of arts and community

Saturday October 21, 2017 12-9:00pm BREAD2016-2684

Historic Dublin OH

Activities will include community booths, traditional music and dance, hands-on artmaking, international cuisine, bread vendors, food trucks, a global marketplace and more. The festival is free of charge and is being developed by a diverse group of community members to preserve cultural authenticity. The festival, presented by Dublin Arts Council, embraces the B.R.E.A.D! acronym: Bake, Reconnect, Educate, make Art & celebrate Diversity.

The Dublin Arts Council in partnership with OhioDance offer celebratory multicultural dance performed for the festive occasion. Each group will provide instruction of authentic dance and music of their Culture with audience participation.

Dance groups presenting are: Traditional Chinese dance will be performed by members of The Ohio State University, Chinese Traditional Han Clothing Club; Traditional Japanese dance will be performed by Kazuko Chibana Volkmar, Grand Master of The Aharen Honryu Keisen Wa No Kai Okinawan Dance School; Richens/Timm Irish Dancers; Salsamante Dance Academy;

Thiossane West African Dance Institute; and Kaustavi Sarkar and Troupe, performing Odissi, an Indian classical dance form from eastern India.

Bands performing are: Hiuchi Taikko, Japanese; The Ark Band, Carribbean; Aziza/Tony West, West African; Ladies of Longford, Ireland; Ken & Mary Turbo Accordions Express, Germany; Lation de Dublin, New Orleans; Sammy DeLeon, Cuba

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Canton Ballet

Fri., October 21, & Sat., Oct. 22, 2017canton2011 Dracula with Zach

Canton Ballet
Dracula…the Ballet Returns to Haunt the Palace Stage
Held at the Canton Palace Theatre 7:30 p.m.
Guest artist Damien Highfield of Groundworks Dance Theatre will perform the role of Dracula.  Canton Ballet’s artistic and executive director is Cassandra Crowley.

Parallel Connections

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Parallel Connections
BalletMet and The Ohio State University Department of Dance in association with Wexner Center for the Arts
Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St, Columbus, OH 43210
Works by Ohad Naharin, James Kudelka, William Forsythe and Merce Cunningham.

Parallel Connections

Three Columbus organizations committed to dance unite for Parallel Connections. Join BalletMet, The Ohio State University Department of Dance and the Wexner Center for the Arts as they come together for three performances only. Parallel Connections is presented with support from The Ohio State University’s College of Arts and Sciences and Arts Initiative.

Senior Dress Rehearsal
Fri, Oct 20, 11 a.m.
For tickets, call BalletMet at (614) 586-8665
$24 for seniors (ages 55+) and K–12 student groups

Evening Performances
Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m.
Tickets $51, $60, $73 for Wexner Center members and BalletMet subscribers
$61, $75, $93 for the general public
$15 for students (limited availability)

***Student tickets must be purchased as a group through Ballet Met 614-586-8665 or as rush line tickets one hour prior to performances. Limited availability on student tickets.

Photo Caption: Dancers from BalletMet and Ohio State’s Department of Dance in the Wexner Center galleries. Photo: Jennifer Zmuda

SeaBus Dance Company

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SeaBus Dance Company
“Just as a loom is utilized in the weaving together of fabric, our dance project, Loom, is a container for gathering dancers from distal communities to a converging and weaving of ideas, movement, and narrative. SeaBus is a cross-continental improvisational dance company of Seattle & Columbus dancers. 15 dance artists, will come together for a tour of Columbus dance venues: Oct. 27, Art of Yoga: 8pm performance, Oct. 28 MadLab Theater: 8pm performance, Oct. 29 Flux and Flow: 6pm performance.”

The Dancing Wheels Company

November 2-3, 2017

The Dancing Wheels Company
presents a dance concert at Breen Center for the Performing Arts at St. Ignatius High School (2008 W 30th St, Cleveland, OH 44113).  Student Matinee performances areThursday & Friday, November 2 & 3 in the mornings and a public matinee performance is Sunday, November 5th in the afternoon. for more info.

Contemporary Dance Theater’s 45th Guest Artist Season Presents VTDance

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Contemporary Dance Theater’s 45th Guest Artist Season
Presents VTDance
“What’s Going On: Life, Love and Social Justice” for information. For tickets Aronoff Center Ticket Office (513) 621-ARTS (2787) or on-line to
VTDance, a young company from Washington DC, in their dance tribute to Marvin Gaye entitled “What’s Going On: Life, Love and Social Justice”. This work features the choreography of Vincent Thomas, Artistic Director of VTDance, Sylvia Soumah and Ralph Glenmore.  “What’s Going On?” is an interesting and organic collaboration of three choreographers and a combination of three different styles of dance, modern, jazz and West African dance.  The music of Marvin Gaye evokes the 60’s and 70’s, the social unrest and war fatigue, as well as the social dances and melancholy introspection of that time, but there is some solace in the end of the work with images of people coming together.

Hixon Dance

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Hixon Dance
Columbus, OH
Tenth Anniversary Retrospective
Hixon Dance celebrates ten years of dance-making in this evening performance. The program features choreography by director Sarah Hixon from the past decade, and includes many favorites by both critics and audiences alike. Live music and a new original sculpture by Chicago artist Hannah Barco will also be highlights of the program. Performances on Friday and Saturday November 3 & 4th at 8pm at the McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening Street, Worthington, OH. Tickets available online at

New Vision Dance Co. Presents “Come Together”

November 4, 2017 at 3:00 & 7:00 pm new vision performance

New Vision Dance Co.
Presents “Come Together”
New Albany
New Vision Dance Co. led by Artistic Director Melissa Gould
Where: McCoy CPA 100 E Dublin Granville Rd, New Albany, OH 43054 ***LARGE FREE PARKING LOT ONSITE***
Tickets will be available through CAPA or Ticketmaster.
$12 for students and seniors with ID.
$20 for adults
$40 for VIP which includes show ticket and gala entry after 7 pm show.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, New Vision pays tribute to The Fab Four with a brand new stage spectacular inspired by the music of The Beatles. New Vision Dance Co. will make their debut at the breathtaking McCoy Center for the Performing Arts this fall. This upbeat program includes new and colorful works of art in motion by Artistic Director Melissa Gould as well as premiere works by company members.

BalletMet Front Row

November 9-19, 2017blletmet Front Row

Front Row
World Premieres by Edwaard Liang, Ma Cong and Andrea Schermoly

Front Row

Front Row will feature three never-before-seen works by three boundary-pushing choreographers inside our Performance Space, a 225-seat theater that places dancers and viewers together.

Paul Taylor Dance Company Presented by DANCECleveland and Playhouse Square, Cleveland

November 11, 2017 at 7:30pmpaul taylor

Paul Taylor Dance Company
Presented by DANCECleveland and Playhouse Square, Cleveland
Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square
The classic modern dance favorite, Paul Taylor Dance Company returns to Cleveland to perform some of the company’s most beloved favorites! Choreographer Paul Taylor is the last living member of the pantheon that created America’s indigenous art of modern dance. At an age when most artists’ best work is behind them, Mr. Taylor continues to win public and critical acclaim for the vibrancy, relevance and power of his creations. Paul Taylor’s dances are renowned for their movement invention, athleticism, cultural commentary, and intricate musicality. Best known for his ability to capture musicality in motion, for many people it is impossible to hear certain orchestral works and not think of his dances. He has set works to an eclectic mix that includes scores from both classical and modern composers.
For tickets call 216-241-6000 or visit


Sunday, Nov 12,  7 PM

BOOMERANG presents Repercussion with Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier at Oberlin College.

University of Akron Dance Company Fall Concert

November 16 – 18, 2017 | 7:30 PM
November 19, 2017 | 2:00 PM

University of Akron Dance Company Fall Concert
The University of Akron Paul A. Daum Theatre, Akron
Presented at Paul A. Daum Theatre on The University of Akron campus are original works by dance faculty and guest artist Alice Klock. For additional information, visit

Performance and Time Arts

November 17-18, 2017, 8:00 PM

Performance and Time Arts
Phone Number: 513-591-1222
Location: Contemporary Dance Theater, 1805 Larch Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45224
Who: produced and directed by Diana L. Ford and will include a diverse blend of music, dance, poetry, theater, and multimedia by local performers and artists.
A project of Contemporary Dance Theater, Performance and Time Arts (PTA) is Cincinnati’s longest-running performance art series showcasing new work in dance, music, theater, spoken-word and multi-media. Both seasoned and emerging artists are given the opportunity to share innovative work and experiments with Cincinnati audiences. This show will be produced and directed by Diana L. Ford, assisted by Isabelle Provosty, and will include a diverse blend of music, dance, poetry, theater, and multimedia by local performers and artists.

Oberlin Dance Company: Retirement Concert of Nusha Martynuk and Carter McAdams

Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2 of 2017; 8:00 PM

Oberlin Dance Company: Retirement Concert of Nusha Martynuk and Carter McAdams
Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
Works by Carter McAdams and Nusha Martynuk, and improvised performance pieces.
Oberlin Dance Company, the final concert of Nusha Martynuk and Carter McAdams, celebrates three decades of teaching at Oberlin.
The concert showcases student performers in both choreographed and improvised works: Martynuk’s Who Choose to Carry and McAdams’ Night Clumsy share the stage with Improvisational Perfomance students.  The concert features a duet created and
performed by Martynuk and McAdams.  Produced with support from the Oberlin College Professor Research Fund.  Warner Center Main Space / Tickets at CTS

Wexner Center Artist Residency Award, World Premiere Bebe Miller Company

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Wexner Center Artist Residency Award, World Premiere
Bebe Miller Company
Dancing in the Making Room
Performance Space
Thurs-Saturday @ 8:00 Sunday @ 2:00
$19 members, $22 general public
$10 students
Nationally acclaimed Columbus-based choreographer Bebe Miller will premiere her latest work Dancing in the Making Room which was developed with the support of a creative residency at the Wex.  Bebe Miller Company’s Dancing in The Making Room is a suite of works and accompanying events focused on the dance-making process, created during a yearlong dialogue between Miller and choreographer Susan Rethorst. Stemming from Miller’s recent work in experimental theater and inspired by Gertrude Stein, Toni Morrison, and David Foster Wallace, writers who capture diverse relevancies through their structure of language, Miller’s works explore the syntax of movement and how we absorb its meaning.

THE ART OF MOTION University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music, Dance Department

Nov. 30 – Dec. 3, 2017ccmRoger piece 2

University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music, Dance Department
Patricia Corbett Theater, Cincinnati
Jiang Qi and Deirdre Carberry, co-directors, Alexandria Black, conductor of Café MoMus for Shaker Loops
A concert of mixed repertoire
featuring the enchanting “The Little Mermaid” choreographed by guest artist and Missouri Ballet
Theatre director Adam Sage with music by Léo Delibes and Antonín Dvoràk. The concert also
showcases “Paquita” (Act II) with music by Ludwig Minkus, restaged by Deirdre Carberry. Additional
highlights include the world premiere of “Shaker Loops”, choreographed by André Megerdichian and featuring music by John Adams performed by CCM’s Café MoMus ensemble. This premiere will also include an illuminated collaboration with DAAP faculty member Henry Hildebrandt.
Contact Information:
Telephone: 513-556-4183

Ohio State Dance Faculty Concert

Thursday, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Ohio State Dance Faculty Concert
Barnett Theatre, Sullivant Hall, 1813 N. High Street, Columbus
Ohio State Dance presents an eclectic concert of works including art installations and multi-media works by Ann Sofie Clemmensen, David Covey, Crystal Michelle Perkins, Susan Van Pelt Petry, Daniel Roberts, Mitchell Rose and Edward Taketa. The pieces will showcase performances by BFA and MFA dance students.
Seating is limited. Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.
General admission tickets are $15 and may be purchased by calling the Ohio State theatre ticket office at (614) 292-2295 or at Ohio State faculty, staff, students, and Alumni Association members; senior citizens; non-Ohio State students; children; and military veterans may purchase tickets for $10.