From anywhere in the general Cleveland area it takes between 30 to 45 minutes to reach downtown in order to see a show. I have a suggestion. Turn the car west and head to Oberlin to the Hall Auditorium located at 67 North Main Street. It’s easy to find between the Allen Memorial Art Museum and the Oberlin Inn. There are easy to follow driving instructions below.
The reason for the ride is to fill the auditorium to watch the celebration of Ohio Dance Theatre’s 22 year. On Saturday night the company will be once again performing a program titled “Lines 22”. Having seen the program tonight I must tell you that this is a must see fine arts exhibition of classical and contemporary ballet and dance.
The show has everything from music composed by Elvis Costello, Edward Grieg, Chopin, Shostakovich, Rimsky Korsakov, Vivaldi, Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller just to name a few. What sounds like a hodge podge of music actually works on two levels. First, the dance matches the music in tempo, intensity and feel (or heart). There is not a wasted note or missed dance step in any of the pieces.
The mixed repertoire feature a mixture of classical and contemporary ballet and will include such works as “Tabula Rasa”, Jane and Cassandra are Sisters”, “Chopin Dances”, “Per Chance To Dream”, “Construct” featuring dancer Marie Zvosec, “Swing” featuring the great swing music from the 30’s and 40’s. This is a show that will make you laugh, cry and ponder. It is elegant, funny, serious, profound and downright entertaining. There are amazing leaps, jumps and spins that is the reason we all go to see dance. This is a show you will not want to miss.
This is one of those rare shows that literally has something for everyone and will introduce audience members to new ideas about dance. The lighting is phenomenal and the dancing exquisite. With the venue being only a 30 minute drive from the west side of Cleveland it is well worth the drive to see this highly entertaining and interesting show. Come out and support the arts in general and dance in particular. The show will have its last performance on Saturday, May 10, 2014 and will begin at 7:30 p.m. Come early and spend some quality time in the park across the street from the auditorium. There is free parking all around the venue.
Shooting From the Lip (In My Opinion): Instead of heading north to Cleveland, I suggest you turn the car west to Oberlin for the fabulous “Lines 22” show that has just one more performance on Saturday, May 10, 2014. It is a show that everyone will find something to love about. Make the trip and I promise you a great show plus you’ll be back home by 10:00 p.m. or so.
To get to Hall Auditorium, take I-480 West to the Route 10 left turnoff (Exit 1) to the Route 511 Oberlin Exit, continue straight to North Main Street, turn left and the auditorium is just down the street on your left.
Tickets are $25.00 for priority seating within the priority section (up to eight rows from the stage) and $15.00 for general admission (anywhere else in the auditorium). There is special pricing for Oberlin students presenting their IDs. For tickets, go to http://ohiodancetheatre.org/TICKETS.html, call (440) 774-6077 or at the Hall Auditorium Ticket Office the day of the show.