Binocular: A New Way to Look at Dance

The Cincinnati Arts Association presents “Binocular”, the first performance of the 2010 season by Exhale Dance Tribe. This particular presentation is not your typical “going to the ballet” dance experience. Exhale Dance Tribe is a contemporary jazz troupe, mixing modern and rhythm based dance to create “expressionistic and multi-lingual dance rooted in rhythmic language and story telling.” They work hard to push the boundaries and discover new and beautiful ways of expressing oneself through movement.

Exhale Dance Tribe was created by Andrew Hubbard and Misty Lay Zimmer, who met while performing during a Broadway run of the musical “Cats.” According to the Exhale website, the partners noticed a dire need for dancers to reconnect with what dance was originally intended for: self expression and storytelling. As choreographers, performers and educations, Hubbard and Zimmer are committed to drawing out the artistic soul of performers and audiences alike, daring to explore and expand notions of individuality and nonconformity.

Dance is one aspect of the arts community that is often overlooked in Cincinnati. Exhale Dance Tribe takes the preconceived notions of what dance should be and flips them around into something entirely different.

With “Binocular”, the audience is invited to look closer… what we perceive with one “lens” may be transformed when we see with both eyes. It is the first performance of the 2010 season and includes original choreographic works from LA choreographer Kristen Denehy as well as Andrew Hubbard and Missy Lay Zimmer. It includes new works and premieres of “Motion Pictures” and “Valley of the Dolls.”

Performances are Friday and Saturday, January 8th and 9th, at 8pm. The performances will be held in the Jarson-Kaplan Theater at the Aronoff Center for the Arts on Main Street downtown (map). Tickets are $20, and ETA members can use their vouchers or get tickets for $12 the day of the show. Call (513) 621-2787 or email

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By Jenny Kessler

Jenny is a local designer who has a passion for people and for Cincinnati. She began writing for UrbanCincy in September 2009, and served as the website's operation manager until March 2012. Jenny currently works for ArtsWave and manages the OTR Urban Kickball League.