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Gravity’s Ripple: Outdoor Contemporary Dance Performance

Gravity’s Ripple: Outdoor Contemporary Dance Performance

Posted: Monday, August 24, 2009 8:01 pm

DUBLIN, Ohio — (Aug. 24, 2009) Dublin Arts Council (DAC), The Ohio State University Department of Dance and OhioDance have collaborated to present Gravity’s Ripple, an original, site-specific outdoor contemporary dance project that culminates with a free public performance Fri., Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. on the sloping riverfront grounds of Dublin Arts Council, 7125 Riverside Dr., in Dublin. The approximate 40-minute performance, inspired by the rolling hills of the site and the Scioto River, will be followed by a question and answer session between the choreographer, the dancers and the audience.

The project is part of DAC’s ongoing project Ripple Effect: Artistic Impact of the Scioto River, designed to offer ongoing and unique opportunities for visual, performing and interpretive art projects associated with investigation of the Scioto River. The public is also invited to attend a dress rehearsal performance at 11 a.m. on Fri. Sept. 18 at Dublin Arts Council.

Gravity’s Ripple choreographer Annie Kloppenberg worked as a performer and choreographer, teacher and arts administrator in both Boston and New York City until moving to Ohio three years ago to complete her MFA from The Ohio State University. Her most recent piece of choreography, the multimedia evening length Indelible Marks, premiered at OSU and was later performed at the historic Judson Church in New York City and at Green Street Studios, a center for dance and movement artists in Cambridge, Mass. This summer, Kloppenberg worked with a group of counselors at the Bates Dance Festival Young Dancers’ Workshop in Lewistown, Maine to create a site-specific piece for the students. She was recently selected by Dance Theater Workshop in New York for a 2009 Outer/Space Creative Residency, through which she will begin her next project. She performs and teaches nationally with the Columbus-based improvisational trio, Like You Mean It.

“As an ephemeral art, the visual impact in site choreography, to me, is the most effective when it is able to alter the way viewers see that space, creating images that will live in their memories and forever influence how they are able to see the poetics of that particular place,” explains Kloppenberg. “I am particularly interested in the dialogue between natural landscape and how it has been shaped by human impact and vice versa – how landscape itself shapes human experience. I consider dancing on land like watching live, landscape painting made with disappearing ink.”

Dancers for Gravity’s Ripple were chosen by audition at The Ohio State University, and include 14 to 16 undergraduate and graduate students, some of whom have danced professionally. Kloppenberg intends to engage the dancers collaboratively in the creation of the performance, which will include both large group dance and a series of small dance vignettes.

The Gravity’s Ripple project takes place at Dublin Arts Council from Sept. 15 – 19 and includes master classes for Columbus students from Duxberry Park Arts IMPACT Elementary School and Fort Hayes Performing Arts High School.

A second performance of Gravity’s Ripple will take place on Sat., Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at DAC in conjunction with Dublin Arts Council’s Wine Tasting Fundraiser. Tickets for the event, which is catered by The Refectory with wines selected and donated by Cutting Edge Selections, are $50 per person. Proceeds benefit Dublin Arts Council.

The Gravity’s Ripple project is supported by a Franklin County Neighborhood Arts Grant from Greater Columbus Arts Council and grants from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, Ohio Department of Education, The Ohio State University Department of Dance, and Ohio Arts Council.

For more information about Gravity’s Ripple, DAC’s Wine Tasting Fundraiser, or any of Dublin Arts Council’s programs, exhibitions and events, call (614) 889-7444 or visit www.dublinarts.org. Dublin Arts Council (DAC), is located at 7125 Riverside Dr. in Dublin, Ohio. Regular hours are Tues., 10am-7pm; Wed./Thurs./Fri., 10am–5pm; and Sat., 11am-2pm. DAC is supported in part by the City of Dublin’s Hotel/Motel tax endowment and the Ohio Arts Council. DAC engages the community, cultivates creativity and fosters life-long learning through the arts.
Posted 8.24.09

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