Columbus Dance Theatre Announces its 16th Season: A New Twist
Celebrating its 16th 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. CDT will hold performances at Otterbein’s Fritsche Theatre for Matchgirl, at CDT’s own Fisher Theatre for Dancers Making Dances, Columbus Dances Fellowship, Pleasure with Payne, and Claudel, and at the historic Lincoln Theatre for our Season closer, O.Twist,” says CDT Founder and Artistic Director Tim Veach. “We have grown into a major venue for dance and art making for the city and 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.”
Another new twist for the CDT’s 16th Anniversary Season will be the presence of live music for our annual holiday ballet Matchgirl.
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: $100
Senior Season Ticket Price: $90
Student Season Ticket Price: $50
Benefit Tickets for Pleasure with Payne: $100
A New Twist
Dancers Making Dances October 4-5 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
We celebrate the beginning of the CDT Season with 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.
Matchgirl December 13-14 (@Otterbein) Individual Tickets: $30 Adults $25 Seniors $15 Students
Columbus Dance Theatre’s beloved holiday classic Matchgirl returns for the fourteenth 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 second act of the ballet which is the portion of the ballet where the Matchgirl transcends to heaven. The music is the Rutter Magnificat. It will be truly thrilling to hear this wonderful new dimension for the production.” Performances of this family classic will be held at Otterbein University’s Fritsche Theatre.
Claudel January 24-25 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
Artistic Director Tim Veach will combine dance, theatre, music, poetry, visual art, and multi-media elements in CDT’s world premiere production of 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 the creation of this new 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 March 7-8 Friday at 8:00 and Saturday at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. (@Fisher Theatre) 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.
O. Twist May 30-31 Lincoln Theatre, Friday at 8:00 -Saturday at 3:00 and 8:00 Individual Tickets: $30 Adults $25 Seniors$15 Students
Enjoy a new twist on a classic tale as Tim Veach brings Dickens’ famous tale of Oliver Twist to life at the Lincoln Theatre. This new, edgy, urban rendering of the life an English orphan boy will be brought into contemporary time through Veach’s choreography and the music of award winning musical artist RJD2, creator of the theme music for Madmen. Join the Company and the School of Columbus Dance Theatre as they push the limits of movement and music in this contemporary twist on a classic tale.
Special Benefit presentation:
Pleasure with Payne
Saturday, April 12th CDT’s Fisher Theatre
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Performances at 7:30 and 9:00 p.m.
Kathryn Payne has thrilled our audiences for years with her brilliant performances in CDT’s Ten Cents a Dance. This annual benefit performance is re-imagined this Season in a world premiere performance choreographed and directed by Tim Veach. Pleasure with Payne combines dance, Kathryn’s wit, and her unrivaled music in a performance that celebrates the life of Ms. Payne through dance and music. 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 benefit night. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Patrons will attend either the 7:30 or 9:00 p.m. performance with dining and drinks provided throughout the evening. Stay after the 9:00 p.m. performance to celebrate with Ms. Payne and the Company. It will be a one of a kind celebration not to be missed.