David Shimotakahara, Executive Artistic Director
Phil Barr Beth Rutkowski
Barr Communications GroundWorks DanceTheater
GroundWorks DanceTheater Announces
Summer, Fall 2012 Performances
Highlights include World Premieres by Doug Elkins, David Shimotakahara and Amy Miller
CLEVELAND (June 15, 2012) – GroundWorks DanceTheater announces its 2012 summer and fall
performance schedule, which features world premieres by guest choreographer Doug Elkins,
GroundWorks Artistic Director David Shimotakahara and GroundWorks Artistic Associate Amy
For tickets and information about the company, visit www.groundworksdance.org or call 216-
The season kicks off June 27 at 8:00 p.m. at the Springfield Arts Festival in Springfield, Ohio with
a preview of Miller’s latest work, “Current Frame,” a duet set to the dramatic Passacaglia
section of the Mystery Sonatas by Baroque composer and violinist Heinrich Biber. The program
also includes “CoDa” by Roni Koresh, to music by French composer Rene Aubry; “Sweet,”
Shimotakahara’s duet to the music of Bobby McFerrin; and “Hindsight” by Lynne Taylor-
Corbett, an homage to Northeast Ohio rock legend Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders. For
information on the Springfield Arts Festival, visit www.springfieldartscouncil.org.
GroundWorks performs August 10-11 at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m.) with free performances
at the Glendale Cemetery in Akron as part of City of Akron’s Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival.
The program includes the World premiere of Shimotakahara’s latest work, “Brubeck,” a tribute
to jazz icon and pianist Dave Brubeck. The repertoire also features “CoDa,” “Sweet” and the
Akron premiere of Amy Miller’s “Current Frame.”
On August 12 at 8:30 p.m. the company gives a free performance as part of Arts in August at
Lincoln Park in Tremont. Works will include “CoDa,” “Sweet,” “Hindsight” and “Current
From August 17-19 GroundWorks will present its popular annual summer concert series at Cain
Park’s Alma Theater in Cleveland Heights. The Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:00
p.m.; the Sunday performance is at 2:00 p.m. The program features the Cleveland premieres of
“Brubeck,” and “Current Frame,” as well as “Sweet,” and “Book of Water” by Shimotakahara.
GroundWorks is pleased to revive “Book of Water” originally created in 2005. The dance is a
rich and poetic acknowledgement of the mystery of life’s many connections.
The company will premiere Doug Elkins’ new work at its inaugural performances at the new
Allen Theatre in PlayhouseSquare, October 26-27 at 7:30 p.m.
The new work by Elkins will also be part of the repertoire for GroundWorks performances at
the Akron-Summit County Public Library on November 16-17 at 7:30 p.m.
Now in its 13th season, GroundWorks was founded by Shimotakahara in 1998 and is dedicated
to the development and presentation of new choreography and collaborations. The five-
member Company performs new works by Shimotakahara and artistic assistant Amy Miller, as
well as commissioned work by nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographers
including Ronen Koresh, Dianne McIntyre, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Jill Sigman, Gina Gibney, David
Parker and others.
GroundWorks DanceTheater’s performances are made possible with funding from The National
Endowment for the Arts, The Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga
Arts and Culture, The Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, The Murphy
Foundation, The Kulas Foundation, Cleveland City Dance, Individual Contributors, and Members
of the GroundWorks Board of Trustees. The Akron/Summit Co. Public Library concerts are
generously supported by the GAR Foundation, Akron Community Foundation and the Margaret
Clark Morgan Foundation, the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation and the Knight
GroundWorks Dance Theater, 13125 Shaker Square, Suite 102, Cleveland, OH 44120