Preview: Columbus Dances Fellowship Concert

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From the March 15, 2012 edition

Columbus Dance Theatre and the Greater Columbus Arts Council tap into Central Ohio’s deep reservoir of choreographic talent for the second annual Columbus Dances Fellowship Concert, a free event showing five new works by seven choreographers.

“I think it is important to … encourage the development of young choreographers,” said CDT artistic director Tim Veach, explaining that choreographers cannot be awarded fellowships for this show two years in a row. “This mechanism in the process helps to ensure that we are constantly seeking new voices in our community,” Veach said.

The works of two BalletMet Columbus dancers, Gabriel Gaffney Smith and Ty Parmenter, were chosen for 2012 fellowships. “There is Silence” is Parmenter’s first piece of choreography. “I use the duet to explore how two people could have different interpretations of the same event and how each responds to that,” he said.

CDT dancer Jaime Kotrba contributes “Grey Matter,” a quartet that she described as “a contemporary ballet piece to three different Philip Glass pieces between a couple of silent movement sections.”

Christeen Stridsberg and Jeff Fouch were thrilled to have made this year’s cut. Their “Oneironauts and the Veridical Dream” is a dreamscape consisting of three episodes from their larger work, “Living Rooms.”

And in “if things don’t work out it’s because of the space between us …,” Dante Brown and Erik Abbott-Main “experiment with the ways in which our identities are constructed, represented and observed in space.”

The concert promises a cool swig of local artistry.