Friday, August 18, 2000

Arts Association focuses on family

By Jackie Demaline
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Less is more for the 2000-2001 Cincinnati Arts Association presenting season.

        The emphasis is on quality and culturally diverse family programming, led by Dance Theatre of Harlem and Julie Taymor's The King Stag.

        Only eight titles are being announced to start the season, allowing for future flexibility in programming, says acting executive director Steve Loftin. This is a common practice at performing arts centers nationally.

        All performances at Aronoff Center for the Arts, except where noted. Here is the schedule.

        • Sept. 23, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's The Hungry Caterpillar & the Very Quiet Cricket drew raves this season on the international children's festival circuit.

        • Oct. 17, The King Stag uses Ms. Taymor's costumes, masks, puppetry and movement for a timeless tale of good triumphing over evil. (King Stag solidified Ms. Taymor's artistic reputation more than 10 years before she created the Broadway phenomenon The Lion King.)

        • Dec. 15, Oh Holy Night — A Gospel Christmas with the Joyous Voices Gospel Band and Choir

        • Jan. 21, Lazer Vaudeville (at Music Hall) combines comedy and technology

        • Feb. 1, Arlo Guthrie in concert

        • Feb. 23, Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Music Hall Springer Auditorium)

        • March 16 and 17, Dance Theatre of Harlem in a repertory program

        • April 20 and 21, Promise of a Love Song created by (African-American) Junebug Productions from New Orleans, (Puerto Rican) Teatro Pregones from New York and (Appalachian) Roadside Theater will be the centerpiece of an Appalachian weekend at the Aronoff. Details will be announced later.

        “We do want to open people up to different influences and disciplines,” Mr. Loftin says about the current mix of shows. “And we're trying to expand our definition of what family is.”

        Tickets are on sale at the Aronoff Center and Music Hall box offices and Ticketmaster outlets (241-7469) or order online at


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