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See the artistry and beauty of Cleveland's premiere contemporary dance company in the intimate setting of the Alma Theater. GroundWorks Dancetheater brings its Summer Series back to Cain Park for the seventeenth year. Featuring world premieres by Chicago choreographer Robyn Mineko Williams and GroundWorks Artistic Director David Shimotakahara, the series will also bring back a 2009 work from Artistic Associate Amy Miller titled Valence.

Sud Buster’s Dream, a World Premiere by GroundWorks Executive Artistic Director David Shimotakahara in collaboration with GroundWorks company dancers. "Sud Buster’s Dream was inspired by the sounds of early American jazz and the world of the American sideshow. I wanted to reference the music and characters that surfaced in response to the anxiety and intoxication of a period of great change, as we come to terms with the fears and fascinations of our own rapidly shifting time.”  - David Shimotakahara

Valence, from choreographer Amy Miller with music composed and recorded by Peter Swendsen was created for GroundWorks in 2009. Valence began as an exploration of how dance could become music and music could become dance. Using the idea of breath, with its inherent sounds and movements as a starting place, Miller and Swendsen collaborated to create a work that aims to explore the intersections of the two art forms, while still allowing each to retain its own voice and trajectories.

Their newest commission, which will also be a world premiere at Cain Park, is from guest artist and Chicago-based choreographer Robyn Mineko Williams.  The work (as of yet unnamed) is a poignant inquiry into the heart and mind of our attractions.