Eleone Dance Theatre to Perform Ohio-Premiere of Dianne Mcintyre's ‘Up The Road A-Piece’

Eleone Dance Theatre to Perform Ohio-Premiere of Dianne Mcintyre's ‘Up The Road A-Piece’

The 2012-2013 Ashland University Spectrum Series closes with the Philadelphia-based professional dance company Eleone Dance Theatre presenting the Ohio Premiere of Dianne McIntyre’s “Up the Road a-Piece” on Tuesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Hugo Young Theatre.

Produced by the College of Arts and Sciences, Ashland University’s premiere Spectrum Series presents internationally recognized figures in the arts to enhance cultural experiences for the University community and surrounding areas. The Spectrum Series is made possible with support from The Ohio Arts Council with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans, and the Ashland University Activities Budget and Chartering Committee.

Presenting modern dance that is passionate, spirited and totally urban, Eleone Dance Theatre is an exhilarating and soul-stirring dance company presenting a spectrum of works that are multicultural, intergenerational, socially and visually appealing to all audiences. Eleone dancers provide not just a dance performance, but a dance experience that inspires and energizes audiences of all ages. The company has a diverse repertoire of works that are contemporary modern, spiritual, rhythm and blues, African, as well as hip-hop in theme.

For their performance in Ashland, they will showcase the Ohio Premier of “Up the Road a-Piece,” which is choreographed by Cleveland native and acclaimed dance artist Dianne McIntyre. Premiered in 2011, “Up the Road a-Piece” weaves timeless tales of joy, heartache and neighborly bonds throughout seven vignettes. With music recordings by the Carolina Chocolate Drops and costumes by David Burdick, the seven vignettes include: Cornbread and Butterbeans, Jack O’Diamonds, The Call, Why Don’t You Do Right?, Genuine, Waltz and Hi Ho Fiddle Aye Dey.

An Ohio native, McIntyre—acclaimed dance artist, choreographer, theatre artist and cultural pioneer—has performed virtually around the world, from Hollywood to Broadway to Europe and back, on big stages, dance floors, film sets and concert halls. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the prestigious Department of Dance of The Ohio State University and teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, McIntyre moved to New York City in 1970 and founded her dance/music ensemble Sound in Motion in 1972. Known for her work in modern dance, as well as in theatre (Broadway, London and regional theatre), her work appears in films and television which earned her an Emmy nomination. McIntyre dissolved her company in 1988 to pursue other creative outlets and since then has been busy choreographing, teaching and directing. After 30 years in New York, she returned to her hometown of Cleveland.

Starting with material culled from the Piedmont region of the Carolinas, the Carolina Chocolate Drops sought to freshly interpret this work and highlight the central role African-Americans played in shaping our nation’s popular music from its beginnings more than a century ago. The virtuosic trio’s approach dips into styles of Southern black music from the 1920s and ’30s including string-band music, jug-band music, fife and drum, early jazz. They garnered the 2010 Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy proving that the old-time, fiddle and banjo-based could be a living, breathing, ever-evolving sound.

In addition to the main stage evening performance, Eleone Dance Theatre will present a school matinee performance on Tuesday, April 16, at 9 a.m. in Hugo Young Theatre. All seats are $2 each and can be reserved through Tricia Applegate, coordinator of Performing Arts Publicity & Events, at 419.289.5950

From 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. on the Hugo Young Theatre stage, Eleone will lead a dance masterclass which is free and open to experienced dancers. With dance studio etiquette and format, the dance class will include the warm-up, center floor, across the floor, combination(s) and closing along with engaging in one or more dance idioms with brief historical/social context.

Tickets for the evening performance are $15 for adults; $12 for senior citizens, students, Ashland University faculty and staff; $10 for groups of 10 or more; and $2 for Ashland University students with identification. All tickets can be purchased through the Ashland University Box Office at 419.289.5125, noon to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or online (additional fees apply) at www.ashland.edu/tickets. For more information about the Spectrum Series’ performances and outreach activities, visit www.ashland.edu/spectrum or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419.289.5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.