National Partner

Mutual Dance Theatre and Arts Centers

Mutual Dance Theatre and Arts Centers was formerly known as Contemporary Dance Theater (est. 1972) and MamLuft&Co. Dance (est. 2007). The two small organizations recently merged to become the single organization in Cincinnati to self-identify as Modern Dance-dedicated.

Mutual Dance Theatre’s mission is to enrich and improve lives by bringing palpable Modern Dance to people in Cincinnati, reducing barriers to experiencing the art form. Mutual seeks to engage diverse populations by providing opportunities for both children and adults to experience hands-on participation, to get closer to the art form, and to gain more and deeper understanding of dance in theaters, schools, and community hubs. The organization prioritizes dance that speaks to non-eurocentric experiences and works with community partners to raise the reach of marginalized populations. Our collaborative and creative models emphasize discovery, as well as a value for process, pluralism of voices, and individualism. Mutual highly values racial representation and works to change longstanding biases and embedded exclusion in dance, which begins with a goal for at least 50% BIPOC representation at all levels.