Fifth Third Community Day 3/17/24: Dance performance and workshop with NKU


Fifth Third Community Day: Dance performance and workshop with NKU

Date and Time

Sunday, March 17, 2024 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45223

Event Type

Special Event



Join us for our next Fifth Third Community Day! Guests will receive free admission and experience special activities. Reserve your tickets online or in-person. Fifth Third Community Days are made possible through the generous support of the Fifth Third Foundation.

Activity Schedule

Tributary performance and movement workshop

1 p.m. and 3 p.m.  |  Grand Hall

See a performance of contemporary dance work Tributary, followed by a talkback with choreographer Maiya Caldwell and NKU dance faculty Teresa VanDenend Sorge exploring how the piece interprets the story of Black abolition in nearby Augusta, Kentucky. Caldwell and VanDenend Sorge will lead a workshop to create your own movement story through dance – movers of all ages and abilities welcome.

Tributary was created with the support of the NKU Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement and was premiered at Echo Hall, Augusta, Kentucky as part of the Six@Six Lecture Series.

About the Workshop

This workshop will engage participants in their individual movement stories in order to catalyze a greater understanding of each other through dance. Participants will interact with the text that inspired the movement for Tributary through an immersive experience. They will discover how movement can transcend differences, create empathy and embody how each individual story has a role in our collective history. Black History is American History, for which we must all share responsibility in understanding truth.


The dance is based on our responses to the systematic omission of Black abolitionist stories from our own education. It also touches on the furious nature of 2020, and the idea that people may want to make a change but fail to realize that in order to do so, we need to listen and learn from those that came before us. That we must also take on the weight of the whole truth. All of this comes together through a metaphor of water ─ water as baptism, water as cleansing, water as the Middle passage, water as a rite of passage and water as Music.

Dancers: Maiya Caldwell, Abegail Clark, Lavette Patterson, and Linda Thomas
Centre Academy of Dance and Gymnastics dancers: Kaylee Helbling, Anna Kidd, Madison Martin, Madelyn Wells, and Nykala Ziegler
Choreography: Maiya Caldwell
Dramaturgy: Teresa VanDenend Sorge
Costumes: Cat Schmeal & Maiya Caldwell
Lighting and sound: Payne Ackermann & Olivia Kegg
Music: Ernest Bloch, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, & Baka Beyond
Special thanks: Centre Academy owner/director Linda Thomas

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