Theatre and Dance

Presented by Cleveland State University Dept of Theatre & Dance


(CANCELLED - due to COVID19 shutdowns. Please contact Playhouse Square for ticket refunds)
April 3-4, 2020
Allen Theatre Mainstage
Phone: 216-241-6000
Visit: State Theatre Ticket Office, located at 1519 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115. Tickets are also available 60-minutes prior to performances at the Allen Theatre Complex.

(CANCELLED - due to COVID19 shutdowns. Please contact Playhouse Square for ticket refunds)
CSU Spring Dance Concert, April 3 and 4, 2020, at 7:30 PM in the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square

Cleveland State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance, a Resident Company of Playhouse Square, will present its annual Spring Dance Concert on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4 at 7:30pm at the Allen Theatre, Playhouse Square, 1407 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.

The concert features CSU DANCE COMPANY, FACULTY, ALUMNI, GUEST ARTISTS and the apprentice ensemble VIKING DANCE GROUP. Choreographers include Antonio Brown, artistic director of AntonioBrownDance and formerly of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company; Cha Lee Chan, formerly a member of the Hong Kong Dance Company; and CSU faculty Bryant Henderson and Lynn Deering. This repertory concert consists of both newly created and restaged works that represent varied artistic styles, traditions and music, with special appearances by the six-member AntonioBrownDance company.

About the Concert:
Antonio Brown’s newest work, Believe in Yourself, examines the struggles that people encounter as they move through life. Created for the CSU Dance Company and the Viking Dance Group, the work contrasts obstacles that are apparent or familiar with those that are obscured or abstracted in this imaginative world created by Antonio and the dancers. Driven by a playful sound score arranged and mixed by Brown, this physical journey of ups and downs explores the possibility of proceeding through life with humor and enthusiasm.

Antonio’s New York City-based company AntonioBrownDance returns to CSU to perform an excerpt from Brown’s evening length work, Maybe We’ll See. Using the compelling music of artist “Woodkid,” Antonio manipulates cinematic imagery, bringing to live performance some of the most familiar of those images to resonate and connect with his audiences.

Cha-Lee Chan’s double fan dance, Flowers of the Crimson Mountain, comes from a traditional dance form hailing from the Szechaun Province of Southern China. In creating the specific imagery of the dance, Cha-Lee was inspired by the idea of women climbing the Crimson Mountain in search of tea leaves that mature only in the heat of high summer. Therefore, the women must constantly fan themselves as they move sideways through the precarious footholds of the mountain pass. The choreographer also created significant group shapes for the dancers including the rippling tail of the dragon, and that of the beautiful azalea flower that gives the mountaintop its crimson glow.

Bryant Henderson will be premiering his new work, 11s. Inspired by global political and social phenomena, this contemporary dance piece explores the oppressive presence of cultural structures as they impact on the individual. Concepts of grit, perseverance and resilience are physically realized and supported by a widely varying sound score.

In addition, Henderson has teamed up with Hannah Andersen, Detroit-based dance artist and lecturer at Wayne State University, in Two Steps Ahead, a duet intersecting ideas of accumulation, polarity, and endurance. The foundation of this work experiments with asynchronous digital rehearsals and meetings between two artists in different cities. 

CSU Dance Company and Dance Program alumni will perform Moving:Still created in collaboration with Lynn Deering and featuring text by Chris DiCello. Performed to various works for string quartet, this group piece is a love letter to dance itself, and an attempt to answer the question “You say you love me still, but will you love me moving?”





General Admission



CSU Student (with valid CSU ID)



CSU Alum



CSU Faculty / Staff (with valid CSU ID)



Seniors 65+



Non-CSU student