Sunday, March 21, 2004

American Ballet Theatre will appear in Columbus

Dance notes

By Kathy Valin
Enquirer contributor

New York City's American Ballet Theatre, one of the world's foremost companies, is slated to perform at the Wexner Center's Mershon Auditorium in Columbus on March 8, 2005. Tickets go on sale Sept. 7 ( .

On the program will be Balanchine's "Theme and Variations," set to Tchaikovsky's Suite No. 3 for Orchestra, final movement, and two pieces by contemporary choreographer Ji»╠ KyliĚn of Nederlans Dans Theater - "Petit Mort" and "Sechs Tanze," both set to Mozart. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra will provide live accompaniment. Also featured is William Forsythe's "workwithinwork," set to recorded music by Luciano Berio.

The ballet's performance of "workwithinwork" has been called "a flash of brilliance" by The New York Times. Forsythe, until recently the artistic director of the Frankfurt Ballet, was the most recent recipient of the Wexner Prize.

Meet the artist

Meet Joe Goode of the Joe Goode Performance Group for an informal Dance Talk at noon Tuesday in the Garden Lounge at the main public library, 800 Vine St., downtown, free (591-1222).

Goode is known for his storytelling in works that weave high-energy dance and text. The Contemporary Dance Theater presents the Performance Group at the Aronoff's Jarson-Kaplan Theater on Friday and Saturday (621-2787).

Cincinnatian returns

Marc Morozumi, who grew up in Cincinnati, made what he calls "a transcontinental leap of faith" to become of member of Goode's San Francisco-based troupe seven years ago. He's already made one return trip with the group to Cincinnati. In 1999, he appeared in "Deeply There (stories of a neighborhood)," playing Terri, a nerdy guy who tried to make things better in a crisis.

"During this visit, I'll be in 'Folk,' about everyday lives in any small town, and also a character in 'What the Body Knows.' " Morozumi affirms that Goode's trademark humor is still very much in evidence. "My character has eczema, and he's also promiscuous. He has an itch, and wants to scratch it," Morozumi explains.

A graduate of UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, Morozumi was formerly a member of CCM's Dance Division and Contemporary Dance Theater. Morozumi continues to freelance as a visual artist, painting murals for parties and weddings, frequently in collaboration with San Francisco events designer Stanlee Gatti.

Princeton High sophomore wins Overture Award

A dance from south India won Princeton High School student Priya Parikh a $2,500 scholarship in the Cincinnati Arts Association's Overture Awards competition.

Priya, 14, says hers was the first cultural dance to win since the competition was begun in 1996. She was one of six winners named Feb. 28.

"It took over two hours to get my costume ready," she says.

"With traditional makeup, hair and jewelry, it was stunning. I danced a south Indian classical dance called 'Shabdam,' whose beauty is found in geometrical shapes made with the body. At any moment, if you took a snapshot, you should be able to see perfect alignment."

Priya plans to study psychology and attend medical school.

Priya studies with Cincinnati's Padma Chebrolu, who specializes in the highly stylized and sophisticated dance from India. It's thought to be one of the oldest classical forms, dating to the first or second century. Chebrolu's students regularly perform in the festive Mela Dance Contest at the Hindu Temple of Cincinnati. ---


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