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GroundWorks Dance Theater


GroundWorks Dance Theater
Oct. 7 & Oct. 8
The Knight Stage

Two Great Shows:

Oct. 7th - 7:30 PM AND Oct. 8th - 3:00 PM

Witness a unique new work by Pittsburgh-based choreographer Pearlann Porter to live music. Tentatively titled The Visual Sound of Color, the world premiere work utilizes Porter's  signature "postmodern-jazz improvography" movement style. It will also feature Porter's innovative lighting concepts which illuminate the dancers only in designed fields, bands, and gradients of 3-dimensional color. Also on the program will be the world premiere of the staged version of GroundWorks’ Executive Artistic Director David Shimotakahara’s dance film Transcendence (2022)incorporating both film and live performance. The work takes its inspiration from French composer Olivier Messiaen’s poignant masterwork, “Quatuor pour la fin du temps” (Quartet for the End of Time).


GroundWorks DanceTheater and DANCECleveland have joined forces for a unique ticket offer. See two shows for only $40* and get discounts on restaurants and more with this great package deal perfect for dance lovers.

First, experience GroundWorks DanceTheater at 3 pm at The Knight Stage at Akron Civic Theatre performing Pearlann Porter’s “The Visual Sound of Color” and David Shimotakahara’s dance film “Transcendence,” Then, in-between performances, take time to check out the free Akron Art Museum or grab a bite at El Patron Tequileria & Cuisine to receive 10% off your order by showing one of your tickets! 

Then keep the evening going at The University of Akron’s EJ Thomas Hall for New-York-based Gibney Company presented by DANCECleveland at 7:30 pm. The company will perform three works including “Oh Courage,” by Tony Award-winning choreographer Sonya Tayeh of So You Think You Can Dance fame, the Midwest premiere of Johan Inger’s “Bliss,” and an energetic dynamic trio titled “Lusus Naturae” choreographed by Rena Butler.  

*Offer can be used on for either the GroundWorks DanceTheater October 7 or 8, 2002 performances in combination
with the Gibney Company performance October 8, 2022

For information on this offer visit:

The Akron Civic Theatre thanks these
foundations and corporations for their support:

Knight Foundation
PNC Bank
Akron Community Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
Peg's Foundation
Corbin Foundation
Lehner Family Foundation
Thomas & Lisa Mandel Family Fund
Akron Civic Commons
Huntington National Bank
City of Akron
County of Summit
ICF Foundation
Orr Family Foundation
Akron Civic Theatre Women's Guild
Knox Marketing
Sisler McFawn Foundation
Ohio & Erie Canalway
Synthomer Foundation
FirstEnergy Foundation
Burton D Morgan Foundation
Dominion Energy
M G O'Neil Foundation
GPD Group
Printing Concepts
Calhoun Charitable Trust
Akron Childrens Hospital
Greer Family Foundation
Harwick Standard
Steere Enterprises
Hilton Garden Inn
Northern Ohio Golf Charities
Sattler Machine Products
The Berroteran Group
Cohen & Company
Ernst & Young
Feth Family Foundation
Great Lakes Honda
Greater Akron Chamber
Malco Products
Maynard Family Foundation
McAfee Tool and Die
Metis Construction Services
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Summa Health
United Way of Summit and Medina
The University of Akron
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