Dayton Contemporary Dance Company: Retro/ACTIVE
February 21-22, 2020
Retro/ACTIVE features DCDC's masterworks celebrating the company’s 51st season, plus a NEW work by DCDC's Chief Artistic Administrator & Producing Director Debbie Blunden-Diggs. Works include: Vespers (premiered 1986), Ulysses Dove's touching poetic tribute to woman hood; On the Wings of Angels (premiered 1996), Warren Spear's soaring tribute to the Tuskegee airman; and Indestructible (premiered 2018), Abby Zbikowski's tribute to the endurance of those who struggle for justice.
Jazzmeia Horn (Canceled due to COVID-19)
May 1-2, 2020
Photo credit: Emmanuel Afolab
Grammy-nominated vocalist Jazzmeia Horn has emerged as one of the brightest stars on the rise in the jazz scene. Her 2019 album, Love and Liberation, is filled with daring musicality, emotional power and messages of immediate relevancy. Jazzmeia’s original compositions and covers both breathe and bend jazz tradition, with tasteful touches of R&B and hip-hop, revealing a marked inventiveness and a love for a good melodic line that hints at what Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln or Nina Simone would have evolved into today.
Jazzmeia’s special two-night Cincinnati performance will feature songs from her latest album, as well as other original repertoire.
Lil Buck & Jon Boogz: "Love Heals All Wounds" (Canceled due to COVID-19)
September 26, 2020
Photo credit: Colin Hornett
Founded by Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, MAI (Movement Art Is) is an organization that uses movement artistry to inspire and change the world while elevating the artistic, educational, and social impact of dance.
"Love Heals All Wounds" sheds an impassioned light on the social issues we face as a global community. It is a collision of traditional and new school, of classical notes and street culture. The power of live performance and the melding of art forms is a testament that the arts serve as a universal language to stir dialogue to bridge social, geographic and economic divides. "Love Heals All Wounds" hopes to move beyond the stage and into the world, inspiring community action and reigniting our commitment to empathy and joy. With a conscious effort to move dance to a more theatrical piece, Boogz and Buck work with the most exceptional crossover dance and theater dramaturgs and designers in the nation. They provide insight and ensure that the choreography, music, spoken word and all other design elements serve the piece to highest artistic integrity and impact.
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Norm Lewis: "Naughty & Nice" (Postponed due to COVID-19)
December 4-5, 2020
Photo credit: Peter Hurley
Norm Lewis can be seen starring in the upcoming Netflix film "Da 5 Bloods" by Spike Lee. He was recently seen in the NBC television special, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!” and appeared in the Broadway revival of Once on This Island. He recently appeared as Sweeney Todd in the Off-Broadway production of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" at the Barrow Street Theatre, which earned him an AUDELCO Award for his performance. In 2014, he made history as the first African American Phantom in "The Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway.