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Ballet with Bite


Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s Dracula: Bloodlines reveals the human in the monster By Arnecia Patterson The month of October is known for Halloween celebrations that barely resemble the festivals of ghosts, goblins, and animal sacrifices considered a pagan practice in the first millennium. Today, we play dress-up, make merry, and eat candy (corn)—a decidedly human […]

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Bespoke dance


Gesturing to the griot in Body Talk By Arnecia Patterson Photo: Sheri ‘Sparkle’ Williams translates the words of playwrights to dance; photo: Mike Claire In the concert world, when dance represents current movement, ideas, music, and people, it is often called “contemporary”; onstage, it animates the reality of our immediate world—abstract or literal. Dance can […]

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Young Love, On Pointe


Dayton Ballet embraces Shakespeare’s classic love tragedy By Arnecia patterson The end of a season for a dance company is akin to the “sweet sorrow” spoken to Romeo by Juliet in William Shakespeare’s 16th century play, “Romeo and Juliet.” It takes countless hours of classes, study, rehearsals, fittings and physical endurance for the Dayton Ballet’s […]

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Repping the current


Contemporary ballet’s new tradition potential By Arnecia Patterson A program of repertory ballets is a departure from tradition for a ballet company. However, the Dayton Ballet has history with experimental choreography and new dances. Unlike how story ballets are described in detail by their characters, scenes, costumes and anticipated moments of bravura, repertory programs, like […]

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Let’s get crackin’


Dayton Ballet’s Nutcracker keeps on giving By Arnecia Patterson Photos: Scott J. Kimmins If any ballet can be said to have entered the psyche of popular culture, The Nutcracker is a contender. Professional and student, regional and national ballet companies and a handful of contemporary dance companies use it as a repertory mainstay that garners […]

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A dream realized


Dayton Ballet opens its season with the return of Cinderella By Arnecia Patterson Photo: Dayton Ballet’s Case Bodamer, Erica Cole and Paul Gilliam perform in Cinderella, which returns to the Victoria Theatre Oct. 22-24; photo: Scott J. Kimmins When Dayton Ballet opens its 2015-16 season with Cinderella, it will offer audiences a chance to see […]

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A Natural Fit


Local artist/muscician Michael Bashaw joins UD’s sustainability experiment By Arnecia Patterson Photo: Paul Noah In the eco-arts movement artists often use the environment as a springboard for art making and problem solving and turn to nature for materials, inspiration and solutions. Our natural environment frames a range of art-making practices that give us art, both ephemeral […]

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Don Quixote’s chivalrous pairing


Indian take on Spanish lit SOLD OUT at UD By Arnecia Patterson Photo: The Sahrdaya Foundation will present a sold-out performance of Don Quixote on Sept. 24 at the University of Dayton Since 1961 when the University of Dayton’s ArtsLIVE was founded as the Arts Series, it has evolved from simply presenting music concerts to […]

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Not at all grown up and ready to dance


Dayton Ballet presents “Peter Pan” By Arnecia Patterson Photo: The Dayton Ballet presents “Peter Pan” March 20-22 at the Schuster Center; photo: Scott J. Kimmins Ah, the idyll of childhood; who wants to fly with fairies and romp with friends as the possibility of slaying the evil that represents adulthood lurks? The fictional character Peter […]

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Together again, for the first time.


Composer-in-residence Stella Sung takes on collaborative challenge By Arnecia Patterson Photo: The Dayton Ballet presents “Creative Convergence” Feb. 12-15 Across dance genres – concert, street, reality television – the pairing of music and dance is ubiquitous by now. Specifically, ballet, modern and contemporary choreographers perpetuate a centuries-old history of using composers whose music they fancy […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23


For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16


For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]