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In this brisk minute of video, take a sneak peek at our four-part series exploring the creative process of Cincinnati's premier modern dance company, MamLuft & Company Dance.
WCPO arts reporter Matt Peiken unravels the mystery of modern dance in this four-part online video series, "Time Stands Still—the making of /SHIFT/. The series documents the creative process of Cincinnati's MamLuft & Company Dance in the leadup to their performances Feb. 21-22 at the Aronoff Center
Founding company director Jeanne Mam-Luft and her dancers emerge from their discussions and research to take their first experimental steps around the theme of time.
Members of the community answer an open call for people to perform with the company, and founding company director Jeanne Mam-Luft admits to "freaking out" as she polishes her piece weeks before the premiere of /SHIFT/.
Just days before the opening curtain, and company insiders reflect on their process and the work they've created together and are left to ponder: 'Does time even matter?'
WCPO arts reporter Matt Peiken spent six months following Cincinnati's MamLuft & Company Dance create new work from the ground up, beginning with the first day of discussions in August 2013 to final run throughs in February 2014. Mamluft & Company is a non-profit modern dance company based in Cincinnati. With this video series, Peiken attempts to unravel the mystery of the creative process and introduce audiences to the thought and physicality behind modern dance.
The company is directed by its founder Jeanne Mam-Luft.
/SHIFT/ begins MamLuft & Company's seventh season of dance. The company of 10 dancers performs /SHIFT/ at 8 pm. Feb. 21 and 22 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, Jarson-Kaplan Theater. Tickets are $19 for students, $21 for seniors, $26 for adults. VIP tickets, which sell for $40, include a pre-show backstage tour and drink or snack.
In June 2013, Matt Peiken joined WCPO-TV in Cincinnati as an arts reporter. Before arriving in Cincinnati, Peiken spent 10 years as an arts/features staff writer at the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press and a year editing the Walker Art Center's magazine before launching his own path. In Minnesota, Peiken created the pioneering video arts program 3-Minute Egg and the online classical music magazine MNuet.