Cleveland, Ohio

Morrison Dance

Founded and directed by Sarah Morrison, a 2009 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award winner, MorrisonDance began in 1997 as a grassroots effort to premiere Leaping into the NET, the world’s first modern dance concert simulcast online. The company went on to become a nonprofit in 2001. The small ensemble continues to push the boundaries of dance by exploring unusual presentation and rehearsal venues, crossdisciplinary approaches, and new creative marriages with other artistic media, science, nature, and technology while continuing to cultivate more traditional dance presentations. The power of MorrisonDance comes from its eclectic variety of performers and unique collaborators such as BrainMaster Technologies and NASA. Performing nationally and internationally, the company has been recognized and supported by the Cleveland Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, Ohio Arts Council, Puffin Foundation, and Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. 

Photo: Tim Sawyer

Sarah Morrison and Rebecca Nicklos perform in Morrison’s Etruscan Places at Cleveland Public Theatre, 2010. Photo: Scott Radke

Sarah Morrison performs with live projections of her brainwaves with in collaboration with BraiMaster, 2011.  Image by Robert Wagner

Sarah Morrison performs in her choreography Rendezvus in collaboration with NASA at Cleveland’s Ingenuity Festival, 2006. Photo: Bill Sanders

MorrisonDance performs Good Fences at their 15th anniversary performance at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, 2013. Photo: Scott Radke

MorrisonDance in The Mad Mask Maker of Meigh Eo, written by Christopher Johnston with masks by Scott Radke, 2006. Photo: Tim Sawyer