CCM Dance Presents Five Exciting Works, Including Stravinsky’s Stunning ‘Les Noces,’ During Spring Concert

CCM’s Department of Dance presents its annual Spring Dance Concert, running Thursday, April 23, through Saturday, April 25, in Corbett Auditorium. CCM Dance Professors Jiang Qi and Michael Tevlin direct this concert of mixed repertoire, which features five exciting works choreographed by CCM faculty members as well as esteemed guest artists. Tickets are on sale now.

Highlights of this year’s concert include Igor Stravinsky’s Les Noces (The Wedding), a stunning dance cantata filled with joy and solemnity. Premiered in Paris in 1923, Les Noces captures the scenes and flavors of a Russian peasant wedding through the unique texture of four pianists, six percussionists, solo quartet and a 40 member chorus. For this piece, the Ballet Ensemble will be accompanied by the CCM Chamber Choir and student percussionists, along with CCM’s Eminent Scholar in Chamber Music James Tocco and members of his piano studio. Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies Earl Rivers conducts.

CCM Assistant Professor of Dance Andre Megerdichian.

CCM Assistant Professor of Dance Andre Megerdichian.

Assistant Professor of Dance Andre Megerdichian creates an original adaptation of Les Noces using both Stravinsky and original choreographer Bronislava Nijinska’s concepts as a springboard. His cast of 18 dancers twists traditional perspectives on marriage, taking the audience on a Faustian journey of discovery.

“Stravinsky used traditional Russian peasant wedding songs and rituals as a base, and Nijinska focused on the gloom of arranged marriages. I’m looking at the idea of union in contemporary society. In a shifting landscape of gender roles, sexual orientation, alternative lifestyles and marriage opportunities, the real question is what happens when we lift the veil?” says Megerdichian.


Associate Professor of Dance Deirdre Carberry
 will restage excerpts from Raymonda with choreography by Marius Petipa and music by Alexander Glasunov. A ballet originally staged in three acts and four scenes with an apotheosis, Raymonda was first presented at the Imperial Ballet at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre on January 19, 1898, in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Associate Professor of Dance Michael Tevlin displays his choreography in Prelude to Tomorrow with music by Sergei Rachmaninoff. This new ballet by Tevlin was inspired by Rachmaninoff’s Preludes and Etudes for Piano. Featuring many of the members of CCM’s Dance Department’s graduating class, Prelude to Tomorrow explores relationships and camaraderie in many forms. From bittersweet to brash, powerful to tender, Rachmaninoff’s sweeping music provides a perfect backdrop for a cast of 10 dancers.

Guest artist Anthony Krutzkamp choreographs the contemporary ballet Similar with music by Brian Crain and Chad Lawson. Based loosely on the various stages of a couple’s relationship, Similar is an exploration of movement that is different with a common theme that makes it similar.

Visiting scholar Tian Tian will choreograph Chiaroscuro. With music by Liu Sanzang, Chiaroscuro is based on the Chinese ancient philosophy, which reflects the dichotomy of the strong contrasts between darkness and light. An instructor from Beijing Dance Academy and a PhD candidate at the School of Arts at Peking University, Tian Tian is focusing on the production of dance performance at CCM.

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, April 23
  • 8 p.m. Friday, April 24
  • 2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, April 25

Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to the Spring Dance Concert are $15 for general admission, $10 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-Box Office! Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

Parking and Directions

Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.

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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

The Dance Department gratefully acknowledges the support of the Corbett Endowment at CCM.

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CCM Dance Student Choreographer's Showcase rehearsal photos by Adam Zeek.

CCM’s Department of Dance Presents Nine Student-Created Original Works March 11-14

Photography by Mark Lyons.

Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM’s Department of Dance proudly presents its annual Dance Student Choreographers’ Showcase from March 11 – 14 in UC’s intimate Cohen Family Studio Theater. Dance Department faculty members Deirdre Carberry and Andre Megerdichian direct this exciting production. Admission is free, but reservations are required.

This year’s production will feature pieces by eight undergraduate women: Emily Chu, Katie Norton-Bliss, Scarlett Rustemeyer, Christine Settembrino and Katelyn Somers, along with a work by guest choreographer Tian Tian.

Senior Katie Norton-Bliss will debut her 10-minute piece,“Po$t $omething.” Her  piece was inspired by the similarities between trends found in pop culture and in dance. “Trends run the pop culture world, and often they are updates of older styles… Trends come and go in the dance world, but we don’t usually refer to them as trend. Instead, we consider them to be genres of dance. For example, there was modern dance followed by post modern dance. This makes it harder and harder for styles of choreography to be defined,” she explains.

Norton-Bliss describes her choreographic style as an amalgamation of many different influences. Her movements are inspired by “ballet, contemporary ballet, modern, contemporary, hip hop, and even current dance trends like the Schmoney dance or classics like the moon walk.” She also generates a good deal of her choreography through improvisation. Her piece will feature three different songs: “Gooo” by TNGHT, “Dawn in Luxor” by Shabbaz Palaces and a remix of “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus. Additionally, she will be mixing in audio from a YouTube video called “Making Dances: Seven Post Modern Choreographers.”

Senior Emily Chu discusses her 13-year-old sister as inspiration for her currently untitled piece. Chu says she has always tried to be a role model for her sister and has made sure that her sister is exposed to a variety of strong women. And “it’s worked,” says Chu. “She dressed up as Amelia Erhart for Halloween.” Other women that will be represented in Chu’s choreography include Joan of Arc and Gertrude Etterly, the first woman to swim the English channel.

Chu’s approximately 10-minute long contemporary ballet piece will feature eight talented female dancers, not on pointe. They will perform to a mix of strings and an electronic song called “See the Sea Red” by Vitalic.

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All of the pieces this year represent a huge diversity of styles and are a compliment to the broad range of experiences and teachings available to CCM’s dance students.

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 11
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, March 12
  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 13
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14

Location
Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Reserving Tickets
Admission to the Dance Student Choreographer’s Showcase is free, but reservations are required. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Parking and Directions

Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

The Dance Department gratefully acknowledges the support of the Corbett Foundation at CCM.

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