March 22 Performance Will Feature Two Akron Premieres and the Heralded “Brubeck”
For the first time ever, GroundWorks Dance Theater will be featuring two Akron premieres of two works. The performance will be at the Akron-Summit County Public Library located at 60 South High Street in Akron at 7:30 p.m. on March 22 only.
On the program that evening will be “Inamorata” which is a newly commissioned work by choreographer Kate Weare as well as “LUNA”, choreographed by GroundWorks Artistic Director David Shimotakahara. Also on the bill will be the crowd favorite “Brubeck”, Shimotakahara’s dazzling tribute to American Jazz icon Dave Brubeck.
Tickets, $25 for preferred seating, $20 for general admission and for $10 students, can be purchased at www.groundworksdance.org or 216-751-0088. The Akron-Summit County Public Library is located at 60 S High Street in Akron.
Weare, who founded her New York-based company in 2005, has collaborated with a variety of talents, including violinist David Ryther, Brooklyn-based indie band One Ring Zero, and composer Michel Galante and the Argento Chamber Ensemble, among others. The New York Times praises her “sophisticated movement invention” and “terrifically satisfying dance phrases.” For more information, visit www.kateweare.com.
“Brubeck,” first premiered in August of 2012 at the Glendale Cemetery in Akron as part of the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival, as a tribute to the infectious melodies and dynamic rhythms of the celebrated jazz pianist. The Akron Beacon Journal hailed its debut as “a bright splash of a dance featuring the entire company in full sass mode” and The Plain Dealer called the piece “breezy” and “wistful.”
Now in its 14th season, GroundWorks was founded by Shimotakahara in 1998 and 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, Doug Elkins, David Parker and others.
GroundWorks DanceTheater’s annual programming is 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. The Akron/Summit Co. Public Library concerts are generously supported by the GAR Foundation, Akron Community Foundation and the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation and the Knight Foundation.