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MapsMamLuft&Co. Dance, Cincinnati, OH

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Running Time 45 minutes
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Wednesday, May 29 @ 7:15pm
Friday, May 31 @ 9:30pm
Monday, June 3 @ 7:00pm
Thursday, June 6 @ 9:15pm
Saturday, June 8 @ 2:30pm


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A video and dance theatre work about getting lost to be found.

MamLuft&Co. Dance (modern dance company, Cincinnati, Ohio) premieres a new dance theatre and video work, Maps, at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival 2013. Maps and the act of mapping are used to help us find and define where we are: but what if we want to get lost? Through projections and live dance, MamLuft&Co. Dance explores getting lost in order to be found.

In the 2012 Fringe Festival, MamLuft&Co. Dance made its first significant foray into video-and-dance with the premiere of its two-part, dance-for-camera and live dance work, Latitude. In its recent performance of Speak at the Aronoff Center, the dance company continued to delve deeper into the integration of video into live dance performance. With Maps, the Cincinnati Fringe Festival allows ML&Co. to continue their exploration of video projection in dance.


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MamLuft&Co. Dance is a non-profit modern dance company based in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2012, CityBeat Staff named MamLuft&Co. Dance as the “Best Dance Company Pushing the Envelope” in their Best of Cincinnati issue.

The company is directed by its founder Jeanne Mam-Luft with Assistant Choreographers Ashley Powell and Susan Honer. Its performer-collaborators have assembled from across the country, from Texas, Virginia, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Kentucky, and of course, Ohio.

Recently, the company has commissioned work from artists Amii LeGendre (independent artist and Pat Graney Company), Sarah Gamblin (independent artist, formerly with Bebe Miller Company and Bill Young & Dancers), Jefferson James (Contemporary Dance Theater), Betsy Miller (Propel-her Dance Collective co-founder), and Kristin O’Neal (University of Florida).

The company approaches movement as a process of investigation, rather than a vocabulary of actions. MamLuft&Co. Dance’s explorations are led by director Jeanne Sopanha Mam-Luft, whose history as an immigrant and refugee of the Khmer Rouge genocide and whose interdisciplinary interests in design, architecture, photography, and video inform the company’s processes.

Past Fringe Festivals:

(2012) Cincinnati Fringe Festivalm, Latitude
(2011) Cincinnati Fringe Festival, S M L
(2008) Cincinnati Fringe Festival, Meet Me at 3


Maps (Review)- By Rick Pender

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    May 7, 2013 6:46 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Jon Kovach

    We're looking very much forward to performing alongside MAPS at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival! We performed with a dance piece at The New Orleans Fringe that we really enjoyed, and can't wait to see some more! Best wishes! 

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    June 1, 2013 4:51 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Randy Waterhous

    1*- Sorry I saw it
    2*- Glad I saw it
    3*- I recommend it
    4*- I would see it again
    And a second rating to cover degrees of weirdness ( a Fringe Festival standard)
    Fringy, Fringier, Fringiest


    Randy 2.5* Suzana 2.5*

    This is a contemporary dance performance by a very capable local group MamLuft&Co. The music was great and the dance well done and the projected media interesting. Here is my reasoning for a 2.5 rating (what I would call, recommend to some but not all). We see a lot of contemporary dance and like theater, we see these as individual performances. At a theatre festival, a dance piece can either be a refreshing break or an anomaly. If you like contemporary dance and want a break from theater, see this. If you are curious about contemporary dance, but don't really know what it is, this is a good sample. If you are not a dance fan or you long for only theater highlights at the Fringe, catch them another time.

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    June 3, 2013 5:29 amPosted 1 year ago

    If you're a dancer, you will appreciate it. If you have no knowledge of dance, it's something that will change any perceptions you had about dance. I would give it a 6.5/10. Basically, it's worth the ticket price!


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    June 7, 2013 4:43 amPosted 1 year ago

    As a general rule, my friend Kevin and I tend not to go to dance pieces at the Fringe. After hearing some good things about Maps, we decided to break our rule and attend this production. We were not disappointed.

    Two things made this show different from other contemporary dance pieces. The video backdrop was sometimes mirrored in the dancers' movements, and sometimes moved independently, making it somewhat hypnotic for me. Also, the choreography contained some movements I have never seen before, including a dancer proceeding on a path of the backs of her fellow dancers.

    Although dance will never equal theatre for me, this piece was rewarding enough for me to recommend it.

  • June 7, 2013 2:37 pmPosted 1 year ago
    MK Moran

    I was a tad worried because I know nothing about modern dance — just that I didn't think it was my thing. I'm so glad I saw this. This piece is gorgeous and represented the discovery and wonder that Fringe is about. Beautiful music and movement.


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