Cleveland Public Theatre
Professional Theatre

Show Description:
Each year Cleveland Public Theatre welcomes the opportunity to showcase Northeast Ohio’s contemporary dance companies as they premiere new work and revive celebrated performances. Six dance companies take the stage in this acclaimed annual series.

Week 1 (Double Bill):
April 2 - April 4

"Compulsion to Move: ZUGZWANG"

This eclectic group of movers will share a variety of new dances using metaphor and humor to explore the dynamic contrast between “moving” and “allowing.” Described as “zany” and “endearing” by The Plain Dealer, MorrisonDance will “move” you through the dilemma of ZUGZWANG: The compulsion to move.

The Movement Project
"All together now…"

In their new work, All together now, The Movement Project explores concepts of weight and risk through the use of props and active bodies in space. Suspended, facing the unknown, and propelled through space, dancers investigate an oversized world of “Cat’s Cradle” that challenges the physical limits of the human body. This highly collaborative work features multiple Cleveland artists and their crafts in set design, lighting design, sound composition, videography, photography and dance composition.

Week 2 (Double Bill):
April 9 - April 11

Ohio Dance Theatre
"Blood Stripe"

Ohio Dance Theatre will present the premiere of Blood Stripe, inspired by the story of an OIF/OEF Marine and his family and in honor of veterans suffering from PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Also on the program, Construct is a densely layered solo work partly inspired by Susan Sontag’s monograph “Illness as Metaphor.”

Cleveland Dance Exchange (CDX)
"Top 10"

Ten Cleveland choreographers. Ten original dance works. Ten Billboard Hot 100 hits. Which hits? You choose. Audience members will vote to determine which songs will be played each night. 1960s? 1980s? 2000s? You decide.

Week 3:
April 16 - April 18

Verb Ballets
"Verb Ballets Spring Series"

Verb Ballets’ performance at DanceWorks ’15 will feature two tales of desire and desperation. Back by popular demand, Carmen: The Story of Passion reinterprets the timeless tale through choreography by Associate Director, Richard Dickinson. A second work, Laura’s Women, speaks to the experiences of women caught in a world of poverty and loneliness—inspired by the music and life of blues singer, Laura Nyro.

Week 4:
April 23 - April 25

Inlet Dance Theatre
"Four Elements"

Inlet Dance Theatre premieres Four Elements in its entirety, a work the company has been building for the last three years. Four Elements is inspired by best-selling business author Laurie Beth Jones’ book, “The Four Elements of Success,” which looks at the four elements as personality profiles. Four Elements was collaboratively created by the Inlet dancers, Executive/Artistic Director Bill Wade, composer Jeremy Allen, and lighting designer Trad Burns. In addition to Four Elements, Inlet will premiere work collaboratively created with Mihaela Kavdanska, one of the international artists involved in The Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion International Artist Exchange.
Week 5:
May 1 - May 3

"The Neighbor’s Grief is Greener"
Created and Performed by The Visual Theatre of Emanuella Amichai

In partnership with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, CPT presents The Visual Theatre of Emanuella Amichai, on tour from Israel. “The Neighbor’s Grief is Greener” is a macabre visual performance that takes place in the sterile and static setting of an archetypal suburban kitchen, inspired by 1950s era music, television and consumer culture. The production merges physical theatre and contemporary dance with striking theatrical design that has wowed audiences and critics around the world.
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April 2 - May 3


WEEKS 1-4:
7:30pm Thursdays
7:30pm Fridays
7:30pm Saturdays

7:30pm Friday
7:30pm Saturday
3pm Sundays

$12-$28 General Admission

(216) 631-2727
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Cleveland Public Theatre
6415 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44102

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