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GroundWorks Dance Theater to partner with ChamberFest for CIM performance

World premiere collaboration features first choreographed version of “Ghost Opera”
World premiere collaboration features first choreographed version of “Ghost Opera”
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World premiere collaboration features first choreographed version of “Ghost Opera”

GroundWorks Dance Theater will be partnering with ChamberFest for a world premiere collaboration that will feature the first choreographed rendition of Tan Dun’s masterwork “Ghost Opera”. The performance will take place on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. at the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Kulas Hall that is located at 11021 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio.

The performance is part of ChamberFest Cleveland’s 2014 season titled “Three!” and will also feature Shostakovich’s Trio for Piano and Strings in E minor No. 2, Op. 67 as well as three short works for percussion.

“Ghost Opera” is a work that utilizes string quartet combined with Chinese pipa with water, metal, stone and paper. Composer Tan Dun calls it “a reflection on human spirituality that is too often buried in today’s distractions of advancing technology and urban bombardment”.

Through a collaborative process, David Shimotakahara and his multi facetted company have developed an extraordinary performance that translates the music into movement and captures the essence of the work. A series of percussion trios as well as Shostakovich’s eerily thrilling piano trio round out this magical and haunting exploration of humanity’s past, present and future.

Prior to the performance, David Shimotakahara will discuss his choreography for “Ghost Opera” with rhe discussion beginning at 7:15 p.m. At the conclusion of the performance musicians and dancers will be on hand for a lively question and answer period.

The dancers for the evening are GroundWork’s Felise Bagley, Noelle Cotler, Damien Highfield, Gary Lenington and Annika Sheaff. The musicians participating are Yehonatan Berick, Gabriel Cabezas, Scott Christian, Alexander Cohen, Diana Cohen, Robert deMaine, Roman Rabinovich, Luke Rinderknecht and Min Xiao-Fen.

About ChamberFest

Now in its third season, ChamberFest Cleveland was launched in 2012 by Cleveland Orchestra principal clarinet Franklin Cohen and his daughter Diana Cohen, concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Running from June 19 to June 29, 2014, ChamberFest is now the region’s only world-class chamber music festival, creating thematic programming for unique music experiences in a variety of venues around town. For more information on “THREE!” and all 10 of its concerts, visit

About GroundWorks Dance Theater

Now in its 16th season, GroundWorks is dedicated to the development and presentation of new choreography and collaborations. The five-member company performs new works by Shimotakahara and Artistic Associate Amy Miller, as well as commissioned work by nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographers including Ronen Koresh, Dianne McIntyre, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Jill Sigman, Kate Weare, David Parker and others.

GroundWorks DanceTheater’s performances are made possible with funding from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, The Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, The Murphy Foundation, The Kulas Foundation, The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation, Cleveland City Dance, Individual Contributors, and Members of the GroundWorks Board of Trustees.

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