Gigi is the owner of Gigi's on Fairmount restaurant and lounge in Cleveland Heights. Having grown up in the Sierra Nevada mountains, near Lake Tahoe, she landed in the Cleveland area after attending college in Arizona and living in Phoenix, Washington DC, & New York City. She has been fortunate to travel around the world, deepening her passion and enthusiasm for other cultures and cuisines. She credits her aunt, her sisters, and especially her mother for her success in the restaurant business, inspired by their warmth, hospitality and amazing skills in the kitchen. The loves of her life are her daughter Isabella, her son Fisher, and her husband and partner, James. Gigi is a huge fan of the arts, and thrilled to be here celebrating and supporting GroundWorks!
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Check out performances from past years here: http://groundworksdance.org/events
GroundWorks DanceTheater is IMAGINATION YOU CAN SEE. Critically celebrated as an "artistically significant" ensemble, GroundWorks explores the nuances of the human experience through unique and adventurous choreography. This exciting, eclectic work brings audiences face-to-face with fresh, fascinating performances of passion, intellect and humor.
From its Northeast Ohio base, this group of outstanding artists has introduced dance lovers and neophytes alike to an experience that is unconventional, yet deeply human and resonating. From performing in unusual settings, collaborating with composers of new music, and featuring live musicians onstage, GroundWorks enriches its work with subtle layers of meaning that deepen the impact and enjoyment for the audience.
GroundWorks' repertoire includes works by selected guest choreographers and interdisciplinary artists. GroundWorks has commissioned 27 premieres from nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographers - some of the most creative voices in the field - as well as 36 new works by Shimotakahara and 11 by Artistic Associate Amy Miller.
GroundWorks believes in developing its repertoire with work that challenges the range of its exceptional artists and in establishing a working relationship with guest choreographers interested in creating new work with the group. It is also interested in creating an audience that supports this work, through an understanding of its influences and sources built over time and learned from a variety of experiences with GroundWorks.