About ML&Co.

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MamLuft&Co. Dance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a resident Modern Dance company of professionals who provide education, outreach, and performance based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Founded in 2007, ML&Co. focuses primarily on creating original evening-length works.

In support of this endeavor to create substantial opportunities for local artists while producing original Modern Dance, the Company received a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 2017 to create new Modern Dance works in Cincinnati.

MamLuft&Co. Dance was awarded “Best Dance Company Pushing the Envelope” by CityBeat staff in 2012 and “Best Design Concept” in the 2013 Cincinnati Fringe Festival by the League of Cincinnati Theatres. In 2015, The Cincinnati Enquirer‘s David Lyman named MamLuft&Co. Dance amongst only the Cincinnati Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre as the year’s “exceptional moments in dance,” calling a performance by ML&Co. “enlightening.”

Through highly collaborative processes, the Company creates intricately staged, physically-demanding dance theatre. Its performer-collaborators over the years have come originally from all across the country (for example, Nebraska, New York, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia), as well as Mexico.

To reduce barriers to arts experiences, and Modern Dance in particular, ML&Co.’s subject matter aims to be relevant and resonant across cultures, classes, and backgrounds. Prior works have examined such issues as belonging, shifts of power, communal resolution, aging, and memory loss.

The company has created works for the camera, including two half-hour films, Latitude (2012) and Unyielding (2013), which was the first and only dance project to be supported by a City of Cincinnati Arts Fellowship.

MamLuft&Co. Dance believes in connecting the public with excellent art, and to do so, has collaborated with international sound artist Allard Van Hoorn, the Contemporary Arts Center, the Cincinnati Art Museum, concert:nova, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Constella Festival, and many others.

Beyond the stage, MamLuft&Co. Dance serves thousands of children and families each year through education and outreach programs. Currently active 6 days a week through numerous programs in 9 different areas of neighborhood activity, ML&Co. brings dance to many who would not otherwise experience it.

The organization has been awarded funding from the Stillson Foundation (Fifth Third Bank, Trustee), the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, ArtsWave, the Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund of the Greenacres Foundation, Summerfair Cincinnati, The Louise Taft Semple Foundation, and The Wohlgemuth Herschede Foundation, among others.