a dance theatre re-telling of the 1970 Kent State protest shootings


a dance theatre re-telling of the 1970 Kent State protest shootings


FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020 8pm

SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2020 8pm


Aronoff Center for the Arts

Jarson-Kaplan Theater

650 Walnut St, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202


$23 if purchased through March 22
($15 for students or seniors at the box office)

$28 starting March 23
($20 for students or seniors at the box office)


Decent Dissent

A dance theatre re-telling of the 1970 Kent State protest shootings

On May 4, 1970, 67 shots were fired in 13 seconds by National Guardsmen at thousands of unarmed students on the Kent State University campus. The Ohio school would thereafter be known for the government-sanctioned shooting that killed 4 and wounded 9, including students who were simply walking to class. The crowd had gathered to protest President Nixon’s expansion of the Vietnam War into Cambodia. 50 years later, Cambodian choreographer Jeanne Mam-Luft re-tells the story with MamLuft&Co. Dance and Kent State University dancers.

Awarded National Endowment for the Arts funding in 2017 and named “Best Dance Company Pushing the Envelope” by CityBeat editorial staff in 2012, MamLuft&Co. Dance presents a varied evening of athletic, passionate, and energetic physicality.

PLUS! Don’t miss a FREE post-show Q&A with the artists after the performance on Saturday, April 18 2020.

Concert Repertory

Mind Cloud


John Litzler and Cody Szarko

John Litzler (formerly of River North Dance Chicago) and Cody Szarko (formerly of Visceral Dance Chicago) premiere this new work commissioned by MamLuft&Co. Dance. Litzler has also performed with Sia at Coachella, and Szarko can be seen in the Celtic Thunder: Storm movie. The dancers have performed in works by such artists at Trey McIntyre, Ohad Naharin, and Sidra Bell, and they bring their visceral contemporary style to ML&Co. “Mind Cloud” addresses surrendering to the ability of free thinking.



Leslie Dworkin

“Rise,”  by guest artist Leslie Dworkin, is a kind of pilgrimage: a journey that moves through a landscape of density, toward a state of clarity and balance, reflecting the relationships that form, support, and splinter along the way. The work employs Dworkin’s meticulous attention to movement detail and unique musical sensibility, and reflects the tension between two poles: our human reality, and a desired state of grace.

Out of the Rolling Ocean


Susan Honer

“Out of the Rolling Ocean” explores a depth of feelings and connections forged in an instant — as we walk past, brush, and bump into strangers every day. Susan Honer, collaborating closely with ML&Co. company members, unpacks these brief moments, developing relationships that might exist if given time. Honer collaborates with composer/artist Sean Simon for an original music score.

No. 3

Originally commissioned by the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra under Eckart Preu

Elena Rodriguez Moore and Susan Honer

Set to a post-modern orchestral score, “No. 3” features a visual symphony of movement. Dancers sweep, soar, and sculpt in this captivating work performed to string instruments.

Featuring MamLuft&Co. Dance Company Members

Jeanne Mam-Luft

Samantha Conte

Claire Dieringer

Gabriel Martinez Rubio

Jasmine Snellen

Hannah Williamson

  • Adults (by March 22)

  • Seniors and Students at the Box Office (by March 22)

  • Adults (starting March 23)

  • Students and Seniors at the Box Office (starting March 23)



in person:

Aronoff Center for the Arts Box Office

650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

over the phone:

(513) 621.ARTS (2787)


Free Talk-Backs with the Artists

Saturday, April 18, 2020 following the performance

Stick around for a discussion and Q&A with the performers.

The Aronoff Center for the Arts

Jarson-Kaplan Theater

650 Walnut Street

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

(513) 621.ARTS (2787)

The Aronoff Center for the Arts is handicap accessible.

Automatic accessible doors located on the south end near Sixth and Walnut Streets.

Elevator access and accessible restrooms available.

Wheelchair-accessible seating available (please mention when booking tickets).

Assistive listening devices available at the Jarson-Kaplan coat room.

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MamLuft&Co. Dance is supported in part by individual donors, big and small. MamLuft&Co. Dance’s season work is made possible through the Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund of the Greenacres Foundation. MamLuft&Co. Dance’s Free Education and Outreach Programs are supported by a grant from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. The organization is supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign, and by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (the OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically and receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts).