…Will both impress you with technique and provoke you with thoughtful choreography.
Recently named “Best Dance Company Pushing the Envelope” by CityBeat in 2012 and awarded “Best Design Concept” by the League of Cincinnati Theatres for the 2013 Cincinnati Fringe Festival, ML&Co. has been described by CityBeat’s Rick Pender as a company that “will both impress you with technique and provoke you with thoughtful choreography.”
The organization is in its tenth season (in 2016-2017) of working to bring more Modern Dance (and a better understanding of it) to more people in innovative and palpable ways. Its performer-collaborators—who are originally from New York, Utah, Michigan, Texas, Tennessee, New Jersey, Nebraska, Virginia, and of course, Ohio—create modern dance performances, education, and outreach.
Under the direction of Artistic and Executive Director Jeanne Mam-Luft and Assistant Company Director Susan Honer, the company seeks to provide opportunities for artists and audiences to create, advocate for, and educate through Modern Dance that is both accessible and also challenging at the same time.
The organization’s education wing sees over 100 kids a week in over 150 class registrations in two different neighborhoods, providing instruction in Modern Dance, Ballet, Jazz, and Tap. In addition, the organization provides dance training to adults from the novice level through professional, the latter being served through the highly popular Summer Modern Dance Workshop/Intensive.
MamLuft&Co. Dance’s artistic work is known for its focus on creating new evening-length works. Through highly collaborative processes, the company produces intricately staged, physically-demanding dance theatre. To reduce barriers to arts experiences, and Modern Dance in particular, its subject matter aims to be universally-resonant across cultures, classes, and backgrounds, addressing such issues as belonging, shifts of power, communal resolution, and, recently, aging and memory loss. The company creates works for the stage, as well as for the camera, including two half-hour films, Latitude (2012) and Unyielding (2015).
MamLuft&Co. Dance believes in connecting the public with excellent art and, to do so, has collaborated with international Dutch sound artist Allard Van Hoorn, the Contemporary Arts Center, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and many others.
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MamLuft&Co. Dance seeks to provide opportunities for audiences and artists to create, advocate for, and educate through Modern Dance that is both innovative, accessible, and palpable.
ML&Co. executes its mission through performances, outreach, education programs, and more intensive training for pre-professionals and professionals.
The company approaches movement as a process of investigation, rather than thinking of dance as a vocabulary of actions.
While MamLuft&Co. Dance works to make Modern Dance accessible to the general population, ML&Co. also challenges pre-conceived notions of what dance is by searching for authentic, organic, and original movement.
MamLuft&Co. Dance’s explorations are led by director Jeanne Sopanha Mam-Luft, whose personal history informs the company processes, as an immigrant and refugee of the Khmer Rouge genocide, as well as an interdisciplinarian of design, architecture, photography, and video.
MamLuft&Co. Dance was founded in 2007 in order to meet two needs: (1) to make modern dance accessible to Cincinnati and beyond, and (2) to create sustained opportunities for professional modern dance artists in Southwest Ohio who provide such services.
MamLuft&Co. Dance currently works with eight collaborative resident company members. In addition, MamLuft&Co. Dance has collaborated or performed with an ever-growing number of guest artists, organizations, or other collaborators, including composers, percussionists, video artists, collaboratives, and playwrights.
Its work has been seen locally since 2007 in seasons with multiple premieres of evening-length and shorter works. MamLuft&Co. Dance is a “regular” at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival and performs its mainstage events at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. It has recently filmed portions of a dance-for-camera at the historic Emery Theatre. The company has performed in Illinois, Virginia, Texas, and neighboring Kentucky.
MamLuft&Co. Dance is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission has been supported in part by individual donors like you, The Ohio Arts Council, The William O. Purdy, Jr. Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, as well as through project grants from ArtsWave,Greater Cincinnati Foundation Summertime Kids Grants, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation/Cincinnati Arts Association Rental Subsidy, and The Summerfair Foundation.
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Rachel Kirley, Chair, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Lindsay Dunn, Vice Chair, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Krista Paas Nicholas, Treasurer, Emersion Design
Jennifer Choto, Secretary, Art Academy of Cincinnati
Juliette Bezold, GBBN Architects
Jerry Judge, Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Meghan O’Connell, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
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