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DANCECleveland presents Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet Makes Cleveland Debut January 25-26 at PlayhouseSquare at the Ohio Theatre

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet is coming to Cleveland

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet Company is the ten year old dance troupe based in New York City that has captured worldwide attention. On January 25 and 26, they will be making their debut appearance in PlayhouseSquare at the Ohio Theatre. The show is presented by DANCECleveland.

Tickets start at $20.00 for the Saturday, January 25 8:00 p.m. performance and the Sunday, January 26 3:00 p.m. performance. Tickets may be purchased at the PlayhouseSquare Ticket Office, by calling (216) 241-6000 or online at

“The New York Times calls them “possibly the country’s most innovative ballet troupe”. Using movement styles that incorporate classical ballet, modern ballet and hip-hop with a roster of technically strong dancers the company has developed a repertory of works by some of the world’s top choreographers.

Cedar Lake’s two performances in Cleveland will feature three dances from its eclectic repertory. “Indigo Rose,” created by choreographer Jiri Kylian for Nederlands Dans Theater in 1998 and first performed by Cedar Lake in 2013, is set to a range of music from J.S. Bach to John Cage. “Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue,” created for the company by Canadian Crystal Pite, uses musical selections from the original motion picture soundtrack of “Solaris” by Cliff Martinez. “Horizons” by Greek choreographer Andonis Foniadakis features music by Julian Tarride. Audiences are cautioned that there will be partial nudity in the Saturday evening performance, but not in the matinee.

The engagement will also include a free pre-performance talk in the theatre at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday and at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday. A post-performance moderated Q&A session with members of the company will immediately follow each show.

Several master classes will be conducted by company members prior to the performances. A teen contemporary ballet master class for ages 12-18 will be held on Friday, January 24 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the green rehearsal hall at PlayhouseSquare. It will be conducted by Cedar Lake dancer Billy Bell, known to many for his appearances on television’s “So You Think You Can Dance” program. On Saturday, January 25 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., a contemporary pre-professional/professional level master class will be held at Cleveland State University’s studios in the Middough Building on the fifth floor. Participants are required to register in advance by emailing or by calling 216-991-9000.

About Dance Cleveland
DANCECleveland, a Cleveland, Ohio based non-profit, is one of a handful of presenters nationally dedicated solely to the presentation of modern and contemporary dance. The centerpiece of the organization’s programming is its annual performance series. The performances are surrounded by an array of educational outreach events including artist-run master classes, residency programs, student matinees, pre-performance lectures and post-performance Q&A sessions, designed both to break artistic boundaries and provide community access to the dance aesthetic and dance luminaries that DANCECleveland brings to Northeast Ohio.

Funding for this presentation is generously provided by
FirstMerit Foundation, Nordson Corporation, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, The Cleveland Foundation, The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, The John P. Murphy Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ohio Arts Council.

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