Columbus Dance Theatre Announces its 17th Season: Passion and Compassion
Celebrating its 17th Season, Columbus Dance Theatre embarks on another thrilling year with performances featured in venues throughout the Greater Columbus community. “CDT created quite a presence throughout the city last Season, and we will continue to offer outstanding performances to the greater Columbus community in multiple venues next Season,” says CDT Artistic Director Tim Veach. CDT will hold performances at Otterbein’s Fritsche Theatre for Matchgirl, at CDT’s own Fisher Theatre for Dancers Making Dances, A-Z, and the Columbus Dances Fellowship Concert, and will offer a return of last Season’s sold-out Claudel as well as the world premiere of Tim Veach’s: anne: diary in dance and at the historic Lincoln Theatre. “We have grown into a major venue for dance and art making for the city. We continue to emphasize new work and dynamic partnerships with artists of a range of disciplines.”
CDT has grown into an arts institution for the city and beyond. “Because of our emphasis on live music performance and because of our collaborative spirit our audience continues to grow and diversify. Lovers of music, theatre, dance, and the visual arts all find their way to CDT. It is so exciting.”
CDT has much to celebrate in its 17th year including live orchestral music forthe entirety of the production of the 15th anniversary of its signature ballet Matchgirl. “Last year we collaborated with Ohio Wesleyan University for Act II of the ballet with the choir of OWU coming in to sing the Rutter Magnificat which comprises the music of Act II of the ballet. This year we will also have a full orchestra to play for Act I of the ballet the music of which is comprised of various selections by Aaron Copland,”says Veach. The emphasis on live music will continue with a new commissioned score by Charles Wetherbee performed by the Carpe Diem String Quartet for anne: diary in danceand the return of the Quartet for Claudel which will be re-mounted at the Lincoln Theatre in February. “We complete sold-out Claudel in our home space last Season. We have decided to bring this exciting production to a larger venue next year.”
The connection with live music will be reinforced throughout the Season with musician Bradley Sowash joining CDT once again for A-Z, a clever program where the audience helps to create the dance. “People love A-Z,”says Veach. “The audience votes on which of 26 dance phrases, A-Z, they like best and then chooses their favorite piece of music played and composed by Bradley, and then I create the dance right in front of people based on the winning phrases of music. It is a gas.”
One of the most exciting aspects of the Season will be free public concert at the Columbus Commons stage in September. With support from the Greater Columbus Arts Council CDT will present its production of Rock Out as a free live dance and music event for the city. CDT will be joined by Carpe Diem String Quartet for the production, Philadelphia based rock musician Andrew Lipke and rock band Get the Led Out. “This is going to be an incredible event for the City. Our production of Rock Out two Seasons ago was a major hit. Being able to bring Rock Out to the Columbus Commons stage as a concert free to the public joined by these incredible musicians is incredible. I can’t thank GCAC enough for their support.”
Single and Season Tickets are now available and can be purchased by calling: (614) 849-0227 or by going on-line to www.columbusdancetheatre.com.
CDT Season Ticket Prices:
Adult Season Ticket: $120
Senior Season Ticket Price: $100
Student Season Ticket Price: $60
Passion and Compassion
Rock Out! September 20 Columbus Commons Stage 8:00 p.m. –Free
CDT will rock the city with high energy dance and the sounds of live string quartet and guest musicians Andrew Lipke and Get the Led Out in ROCK OUT! See the Company and these world class musicians push the limits of movement and music in this one of a kind rock and roll show where classical dancers and musicians dive into the world of classic rock. “Two years ago I created an evening of new dance to many classic rock charts including: White Room, Welcome to the Jungle, Great Gig in the Sky, Freebird, After the Goldrush, and many others.” These classic rock tunes are arranged for string quartet, guitar, piano and vocals to create a new kinetic view of these rock classics.
The original music of Andrew Lipke is also be featured on the program. Lipke performs along with the Carpe Diem String Quartet adding guitar, piano and vocals to this high energy event. An added piece of excitement will be the performance of Get the Led Out as part of the evening with a culminating dance, rock, and strings convergence at the end of the night all choreographed by Tim Veach.
Dancers Making DancesOctober 10-11 Fisher Theatre, Friday at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Individual Tickets: $30 Adults $25 Seniors $15 Students
This exciting program that gives voice to the diverse talents of our Company dancers. Dancers Making Dances is a program of all new works for the Company created by the Company. The evening offers Company members a chance to choreograph new works for each other. “We have an incredibly talented group of dance artists in this Company, each with unique views of dance and dance making. I am so excited about this great opportunity for our dancers to get to share their personal choreographic view with our audience,”says Veach.
MatchgirlDecember 12-13 Otterbein University’s Fritsche Theatre Individual Tickets: $30 Adults $25 Seniors $15 Students
Columbus Dance Theatre’s beloved holiday classic Matchgirl returns for its fifteenth anniversary year –a highlight of the Columbus Holiday Season!
This timeless tale written by Hans Christian Andersen was created as CDT’s annual family ballet more than a decade ago by CDT Artistic Director Tim Veach. It continues to move Columbus audiences with its poignant message of forgiveness, hope, and joy. CDT will partner with W.A.R.M. as part of the production. CDT will accept non-perishable food at all performances to be donated to the Food Bank. As well, CDT will donate 300 tickets to the performance to W.A.R.M. to be distributed to their clients and constituents. Another exciting dimension for this year’s series of Matchgirl performances will be the presence of live music conducted by Ohio Wesleyan University Associate Professor of Music Jason Hiester. “We will have live music for the entireballet this year. Act I are various works by Aaron Copland and the music for Act II is John Rutter’s Magnificat. Performances of this family classic will be held at Otterbein University’s Fritsche Theatre.
Claudel February 27th-28th Lincoln Theatre, Friday at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Individual Tickets: $30 Adults $25 Seniors $15 Students
Claudel returns to the CDT Season this year after incredible sold-out performances last Season. CDT Artistic Director Tim Veach offers, “The production was so well received that we have decided to bring it back to a larger venue this year.” Artistic Director Tim Veach has combined dance, theatre, music, poetry, visual art, and multi-media elements for Claudel. This original evening length work offers a contemporary view of the life and work of 19th century sculptor Camille Claudel, the disciple and lover of sculptor August Rodin. A true act of collaboration and innovation Claudel combines live music by the Carpe Diem String Quartet, an original score by CDSQ member Korine Fujiwara, original poetry by author Kathleen Kirk, live theatrical performance by actress Christina Kirk, and multi-media design all joined together through the innovative choreography of CDT Artistic Director Tim Veach. The life and art of Camille Claudel serve as the catalyst for this work that explores both the dimensions of Claudel’s brilliant and troubled career as an artist and the passion of her love affair with renowned sculptor August Rodin. Claudel’s life was challenging, beautiful, passionate and in the end tragic but for the legacy of her work that lives on and offers inspiration to generations of artists who have followed her. Join us for a production of passion where marble itself comes to life.
Columbus Dances Fellowship Concert Fisher Theatre, March 6-7 Friday at 8:00 and Saturday at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. Tickets: Free Admission
CDT, in partnership with the Greater Columbus Arts Council, hosts an annual concert of dances chosen from the local dance community with funding provided by GCAC. Five fellowships of $2000 each are awarded to choreographers through an adjudication process each fall. The five dances chosen are then presented on an innovative and exciting concert free to the public at CDT’s Fisher Theatre.
A-Z Fisher Theatre, March 27-28 Friday at 8:00 and Saturday at 3:00 and 8:00.
Twenty six dance phrases, A-Z, will be shown to the audience who will vote for their favorite phrases on score cards. As well, 3 different musical selections will be offered by Columbus jazz pianist Bradley Sowash from which the audience can vote for their favorite. At the intermission the votes are tallied and the second act of the concert is an “on the spot”creation of a new dance by CDT Artistic Director Tim Veach using the phrases and music chosen by the audience.
“Our audiences love this concert,”says Veach. “It is always a big hit. I think people enjoy the ‘behind the scenes’look into how a choreographer creates a dance. There is also an element of danger and unpredictability. Nobody really knows what is going to happen. That is the fun of it. As ever, we are committed to live music as part of this presentation and are thrilled to have Bradley Sowash joining us at the piano for this one of kind performance experience.”
anne: diary in dance May 29-30 Lincoln Theatre, Friday at 8:00 -Saturday at 3:00 and 8:00 Individual Tickets: $30 Adults $25 Seniors $15 Students
Based on the diary of Anne Frank CDT Artistic Director will choreography the world premiere of anne: diary in dance as the culmination of CDT’s 17th Anniversary Season, Passion and Compassion. “I will explore the story and life of Anne Frank, and the incredible strength of the human spirit in the face destruction and evil,”says Veach. Veach will collaborate with Carpe Diem String Quartet member Charles Wetherbee who will compose an original score for the production. “Chas and I collaborated on our production of Cleopatra two years ago and the results were amazing,”offers Veach. “Charles Wetherbee is not only one of the finest violinists to be found anywhere, but he has a uniquely creative voice as a composer.” The production will feature the Company joined by some 100 children from the School of Columbus Dance Theatre. Carpe Diem String Quartet will perform Wetherbee’s original score live at all performances.
Special Benefit presentation entertainer Kathryn Payne:
Pleasure with Payne
Saturday, April 18th CDT’s Fisher Theatre
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Kathryn Payne has thrilled our audiences for years with her brilliant performances in CDT’s Ten Cents a Dance and last Season with Pleasure with Payne. This year’s benefit will feature the very best of both shows! Kathryn’s charming and sometimes edgy humor will weave together with dance and music in a new evening that is sure to enthrall CDT audiences. This limited benefit engagement will offer patrons a beautiful night of dining and entertainment.
Celebrate CDT and support the Company by attending this exciting benefit night. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.