Sunday, May 05, 2002

CDT marks 30 years with top lineup

By Carol Norris
Enquirer contributor

        Contemporary Dance Theater's 2002-03 season marks 30 years of bringing contemporary dance and performance to the Tristate. Topping the list of guest artists is Pilobolus Dance Theatre, a group that invented its own way of moving.

        Originally scheduled to perform here in the spring of 2001, the Pilobolus concert was canceled because of the riots. Contemporary Dance Theater director Jefferson James has been trying to schedule a replacement date ever since.

        Because of the group's busy schedule, performances will be on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings with an earlier start time of 7:30 p.m. The other six CDT concerts will be the usual 8:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

        Also eagerly anticipated is a visit by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, one of the country's most respected and passion-filled modern groups. Its repertory is a national resource of some of the greatest names in 20th-century American dance, particularly African-American choreographers who have helped to shape the modern movement. This year's repertory will include new works honoring the centennial anniversary of man's first flight.

        Here is the complete 1002-03 CDT season:

        Sept. 26-27: Maureen Fleming

        Nov. 19-20: Pilobolus Dance Theatre

        Jan. 31-Feb. 1: JAZZDANCE by Danny Buraczeski

        Feb. 28-March 1: Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

        March 27-29: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

        May 9-10: Dance Alloy

        June 6-7: Choreographers Without Companies Concert

        Performances take place in the Jarson-Kaplan Theater, Aronoff Center for the Arts. Subscriptions are available through the Aronoff Center box office, 621-2787. Call 591-2557 for subscription information or brochure.

        Single tickets on sale Aug. 1 at, through TicketMaster outlets, Aronoff and Music Hall box offices and charge by phone 241-7469.


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