Columbus Dance Theatre Announces its 19th Season: 

Courageous

 

Celebrating its 19th Season, Columbus Dance Theatre embarks on another thrilling year with performances featuring the very best in dance, music, and theatre.  Bold, and adventurous, the 19th year of CDT embarks on courageous journeys in art-making.

Other highlights of the Season include the return of Courage, an evening length work that confronts issues of race and hate speech. “This work was first created as a response to the hateful rhetoric that exploded during the 2008 election cycle. Sadly, hate-speech and racism continue to permeate our culture and political discourse.  This work confronts this issues directly with courage and clarity.”  Courage features long-time CDT dancer Seth Wilson as the centerpiece of this hard-hitting dance set to an original score by Korine Fujiwara performed live by the Carpe Diem String Quartet. 

Artistic boundaries will be pushed from every angle as CDT offers a text-based evening of dance based on the poetry of Margaret Veach entitled Moving Words. Margaret (Maggie), is the daughter of CDT Artistic Director Tim Veach and is a recent graduate of the Department of Theatre at Otterbein University.  “We are a household of artists to be sure…,” says Tim Veach.  “I have reveled in projects with my wife actress Christina Kirk and my son, dancer Judson Veach; and am now looking forward to this very interesting project with my daughter who is a wonderful poet as well as a theatre director and playwright.”  Moving Words will be an evening of dances set to Veach’s poetry choreographed by dancers from CDT’s Company and by artists from the community.  “We will reach out to dancers and choreographers from throughout the city to create new dances with Maggie’s poetry as the ‘music’ of the dance.  We will also reach out to artists of other disciplines to create movement responses to the poems.” 

Our season finishes with The Three Musketeers, a rollicking new ballet by Tim Veach, to a score by Charles Wetherbee to be performed by string ensemble at the Lincoln Theatre. Join us for this festive romp complete with sword fights, swashbuckling adventure, and a delightful theatrical twist on a classic tale. Some 90 students from the School of Columbus Dance Theatre will join the company for this smashing, fun-for-all-ages season finale.

CDT has much to celebrate in its 19th year, a year of Courageous, bold, new steps at home and abroad. Join us for new works by Company dancers, a community concert by local choreographers, thrilling live music from the Carpe Diem String Quartet and dozens of other musicians from throughout Central Ohio, and art-making that represents Columbus to the world.

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CDT dancers Stefani Crea and Terrence Meadows Photo by Wes Kroninger

CDT dancers Stefani Crea and Terrence Meadows

Photo by Wes Kroninger

Dancers Making Dances, October 14th and 15th, Fisher Theatre, 592 E. Main St., Columbus, OH; Friday at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Individual Tickets:  $30 Adults $25 Seniors $15 Students

This exciting program gives voice to the diverse talents of our Company dancers. Dancers Making Dances is a program of all new works for the Company created by the Company. The evening offers Company members a chance to choreograph new works for each other. “We have an incredibly talented group of dance artists in this Company, each with unique views of dance and dance-making. I am so excited about this great opportunity for our dancers to get to share their personal choreographic views with our audience,” says Veach.


CDT Company member Elena Keeny (right) with CDT student Maddie Gosnell. Photo by Wes Kroninger

CDT Company member Elena Keeny (right) with CDT student Maddie Gosnell. Photo by Wes Kroninger

Matchgirl, December 9th and 10th, Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St., Columbus, OH; Individual Tickets:  $30 Adults $25 Seniors $15 Students

Columbus Dance Theatre’s beloved holiday classic Matchgirl returns for its 17th year – a highlight of the Columbus Holiday Season! This timeless tale written by Hans Christian Andersen was created as CDT’s annual family ballet more than a decade ago by CDT Artistic Director Tim Veach. It continues to move Columbus audiences with its poignant message of forgiveness, hope, and joy. CDT is pleased to continue its collaboration with the Department of Music of Ohio Wesleyan University for the production.  “Associate Professor of Music Jason Hiester serves as our conductor for the production and has assembled a terrific ensemble of singers and instrumentalists for Matchgirl,” says Veach.  “The music for Act I of the ballet features various works by Aaron Copland, and the music for Act II is John Rutter’s Magnificat.”


CDT Company member Seth Wilson Photo by Wes Kroninger

CDT Company member Seth Wilson

Photo by Wes Kroninger

Courage, March 31st and April 1st, Fisher Theatre, 592 E. Main St. Columbus, OH; Friday at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Individual Tickets:  $30 Adults $25 Seniors $15 Students

Courage is an evening length work that confronts issues of race and hate speech. “This work was first created as a response to the hateful rhetoric that exploded during the 2008 election cycle. Sadly, hate-speech and racism continue to permeate our culture and political discourse.  This work confronts this issues directly with courage and clarity.”  Courage features long-time CDT dancer Seth Wilson as the centerpiece of this hard-hitting dance set to an original score by Korine Fujiwara performed live by the Carpe Diem String Quartet. 


CDT Dancer Jaime Kotrba

CDT Dancer Jaime Kotrba

Columbus Dances Fellowship Concert, April 14th and 15th, Fisher Theatre 592 E. Main St. Columbus, OH; Friday at 8:00 and Saturday at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. Tickets: Free Admission

CDT, in partnership with the Greater Columbus Arts Council, hosts an annual concert of dances chosen from the local dance community with funding provided by GCAC. Five fellowships of $2000 each are awarded to choreographers through an adjudication process each fall. The five dances chosen are then presented in an innovative and exciting concert free to the public at CDT’s Fisher Theatre.  “We love this partnership with GCAC that enables us to support fresh new choreographic talent in our vibrant dance community,” says Veach. “That this concert is free to the public is a wonderful aspect of this event celebrating new dance.”


Poet Maggie Veach, with CDT Dancers Stefani Crea and Terrence Meadows. Photo by Wes Kroninger

Poet Maggie Veach, with CDT Dancers Stefani Crea and Terrence Meadows. Photo by Wes Kroninger

Moving Words, April 21st and 22nd, Fisher Theatre, 592 E. Main St. Columbus, OH; Friday at 8:00 and Saturday at 3:00 and 8:00. Individual Tickets:  $30 Adults $25 Seniors $15 Students

Artistic boundaries will be pushed from every angle as CDT offers a text-based evening of dance based on the poetry of Margaret Veach entitled Moving Words.  Margaret (Maggie), is the daughter of CDT Artistic Director Tim Veach and is a recent graduate of the Department of Theatre at Otterbein University.  “I have reveled in projects with my wife actress Christina Kirk and my son, dancer Judson Veach; and am now looking forward to this very interesting project with my daughter who is a wonderful poet as well as a theatre director and playwright.”  Moving Words will be an evening of dances set to Veach’s poetry choreographed by dancers from CDT’s Company and by artists from the community.  “We will reach out to dancers and choreographers from throughout the city to create new dances with Maggie’s poetry as the ‘music’ of the dance.  We will also reach out to artists of other disciplines to create movement responses to the poems.” 


CDT Dancers Stefani Repola and Christian Broomhall Photo by Wes Kroninger

CDT Dancers Stefani Repola and Christian Broomhall

Photo by Wes Kroninger

The Three Musketeers, June 2nd and 3rd, Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St., Columbus, OH; Individual Tickets:  $30 Adults $25 Seniors $15 Students

Our season finishes with a rollicking new ballet by Tim Veach, set to a score by Charles Wetherbee, performed by string ensemble at the Lincoln Theatre. Join us for this festive romp complete with sword fights, swashbuckling adventure, and a delightful theatrical twist on a classic tale. Some 90 students from the School of Columbus Dance Theatre will join the company for this smashing, fun-for-all-ages season finale.

3 Musketeers Fri.@ 8 pm
3 Musketeers Sat.@ 3 pm
3 Musketeers Sat.@ 8 pm