Parallel Connections

August 16, 2017
Friday, October 20, 2017 to Saturday, October 21, 2017
Mershon Auditorium (1871 N. High St.)
Dancers from BalletMet and Ohio State’s Department of Dance in the Wexner Center galleries. Photo: Jennifer Zmuda

Friday, October 20: Senior Dress Rehearsal
Friday, October 20, 8 PM
Saturday, October 21, 8 PM
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Choreography: James KudelkaWilliam ForsytheMerce CunninghamOhad Naharin

Collaborators: BalletMetThe Ohio State University Department of DanceWexner Center for the Arts

Three Columbus organizations committed to dance unite for Parallel Connections. Join BalletMet, The Ohio State University Department of Dance (supported by Ohio State’s College of Arts and Sciences), and the Wexner Center for the Arts as they come together for two performances only. This special program will feature BalletMet performing master choreographer James Kudelka’s The Man in Black, set to the music of Johnny Cash, and Wexner Prize–recipient William Forsythe’s dynamic and sophisticated Slingerland Pas de Deux. Ohio State Department of Dance students will perform Wexner Center MinEvent, with selections drawn from the vast repertoire of dance icon Merce Cunningham, another recipient of the Wexner Prize. Then the Ohio State dancers and BalletMet’s professional company will join forces onstage to perform the irresistible and exuberant Minus 16, by noted Israeli choreographer and Batsheva Dance Company artistic director Ohad Naharin. Together, these works will demonstrate surprising connections across the spectrum of contemporary dance artistry—as well as celebrate our vibrant community of dance lovers and dance organizations.

Parallel Connections is presented with support from The Ohio State University’s College of Arts and Sciences and Arts Initiative.

Season support for BalletMet and the Wexner Center is provided by the Ohio Arts CouncilGreater Columbus Arts CouncilThe Columbus Foundation, and Nationwide Foundation.

Major support for the Wexner Center’s performing arts season is generously provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Image credit: Dancers from BalletMet and Ohio State’s Department of Dance in the Wexner Center galleries. Photo: Jennifer Zmuda

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