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The Jefferson James Contemporary Dance Theater Series

A season of opposites featuring special west coast guests

Welcome to the 2024-2025 season, our 53rd since the founding of Contemporary Dance Theater in 1972.

This season, we emphasize the vastness of the Modern and Contemporary Dance genre, calling it a "season of opposites." From nature to nurture, from Belgium to India, from the west coast to the mid-west, from hot to cool: Mutual Dance Theatre and the Jefferson James Contemporary Dance Theater Series' 24-25 season is chock-full of don't-miss moments. We also celebrate sharing west coast dance with you for the first time in over a decade, as well as the largest resident Mutual Dance Theatre company we've had in also over a decade. So jump in, grab your season subscriptions, and see you in October!

The Jefferson James Contemporary Dance Theater Series presents

Blue13 Dance Company

OCT 25-26, '24
ARONOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS, JARSON-KAPLAN THEATER

CINCINNATI PREMIERE     WEST COAST     WOMAN-LED     BIPOC

For the first time ever, Mutual Dance Theatre brings guests Blue13 Dance Company (Artistic Director, Achinta S. McDaniel) from Los Angeles to Cincinnati. Blue13 is rhythmic, charged, and moody, like nothing you’ve ever seen before and drawing often from Indian art forms.

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Post-show Q&A

Masterclass Oct 26, ’24

Pre-Show Interview


Mutual Dance Theatre in Up-Close: Nature/Nurture

DEC 6-14, '24
MUTUAL ARTS CENTER HARTWELL STUDIO

WORLD PREMIERES     MID-WEST     WOMAN-LED     BIPOC-LED

In MDT’s beloved and consistently sold-out studio series, Up-Close in 2024 juxtaposes nature and nurture. Selene is a new world where we witness the building of a moon and its energizing power (Trezon Dancy, InPulse Dance), while if you need me explores how nurture and the balance of reliance vs. independence have profound effects (Ana Hart, Mutual Dance Theatre).

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Community Class Dec 7, ’24


The Jefferson James Contemporary Dance Theater Series presents

Whim W'him

MAR 7-8, '25
ARONOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS, JARSON-KAPLAN THEATER

CINCINNATI PREMIERE     WEST COAST     DIVERSE COMPANY

In another premiere, guests Whim W’him will be presented in Cincinnati for the first time. Led by Belgian Olivier Wevers — whose career began with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet —, Whim W’him performs virtuosic and visually-rich work by both Wevers and prominent guest artists.

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Post-show Q&A

Masterclass Mar 8, ’24

Pre-Show Interview


Mutual Dance Theatre in Modern Mix '25

MAY 30-31, '25
ARONOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS, JARSON-KAPLAN THEATER

RESIDENT COMPANY     WORLD PREMIERES     WEST COAST GUEST CHOREOGRAPHERS    WOMAN-LED    BIPOC-LED

Each installment of the Modern Mix series offers a fascinating collection of daring new work. Join our resident Mutual Dance Theatre company in an entertaining and enlightening mix featuring a commission from Kyle Sangil (Seattle), Achinta S. McDaniel (Los Angeles), and Susan Honer (Dayton).

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Post-show Q&A

Community Class May 31, ’25

Pre-Show Interview

About Mutual Dance Theatre

OUR RESIDENT COMPANY

Mutual Dance Theatre is the resident company of our organization: professional artists who reside and make work here. Their performances make half our season (the other half being guest presentations through the Jefferson James Contemporary Dance Theater Series). Learn more about the organization and our talented Company.

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2024-2025 Sponsors

Our work is supported in part by: individual donors, big and small; the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign; the National Endowment for the Arts; and state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council. To support Mutual Dance Theatre’s important work that keeps the genre of Modern Dance in Cincinnati, please visit mutualdance.org/support