The Department of Dance Presents Fall 2023 Faculty & Guest Artist Concert Reflections

Reflections Fall 2023 Concert Photo

Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Dance presents Reflections, an evening of exciting new and revisited works, featuring Cave Of The Heart by Martha Graham,  Into the Wind, a new duet by department chair Karen Potter, as well as the return of Gary Galbraith’s technology-infused In Another Place and Time and Janice Rosario’s Brink.

Reflections will be performed on November 10, 11, 16-18 at 7:30 pm and November 12th at 2:30 pm at Mather Dance Center, 11040 Bellflower Road, on the Case Western Reserve campus in University Circle.

Cave of the Heart

These performances mark the first time that this ballet is being performed outside of the Martha Graham Dance Company. This milestone reflects the strengths and accomplishments of the department in its long track record of pioneering achievements. This 1946 ballet is Ms. Graham's primal, passionate study of the destructive powers of love and jealousy, featuring the dramatic set by Isamu Noguchi and powerful music by Samuel Barber. The entire Noguchi sculpture/set design has been moved to Cleveland and will be on stage for the performances.

Into the Wind

A duet by Karen Potter that blends the beauty of contemporary partnering with aerialist acrobatic movements. The dancers emerge from the 'forest of aerial silk fabric' and move it with sweeping and swirling motions before ascending the silks to perform breathtaking, gravity defying movements. Set to music by Elena-kats Chernin, the duet will be performed by Department of Dance faculty Richard Oaxaca with two different partners, alumna Yidi Lin and graduate student Katherine Averill.

In Another Place and Time

Gary Galbraith’s three-sectioned work In Another Place And Time is another in his long line of media-rich dance works. Galbraith, who the Cleveland Plain Dealer has called “ innovator in dance and technology”, created this abstract work, a visually stunning landscape, set to intensely beautiful music by Armand Amar.

The creation of this new work is supported by Galbraith’s 2022 EHI grant and is a collaboration between Galbraith, Mike Martens, CWRU Professor of Physics, and Jared Bendis, Creative New Media Officer for CWRU's Freedman Center. This work harnesses new LiDAR technology to track dancers on stage in real time during the performance. The dancers’ movements are then connected to visual projections and multi-channel audio to bathe the audience in music and visuals from all directions.


In a five day residency last year, contemporary NY-based choreographer Janice Rosario worked with graduate students and undergraduate dance majors to set Brink: “When we are at the cusp of reaching our goals, we give it all and more.” Brink dives into the being within reach of your aspirations and how striving for them affects us on the individual and community level.

Ticket Information

Tickets are $10 for students with ID, $12 for seniors age 60+ and CWRU personnel, and $15 for general admission. No student priced tickets will be sold for the November 18th concert. Reservations open September 25th, and may be made by calling (216) 368-5246 or online at