Word Dance Theater
Cynthia Word, Artistic Director
Cynthia Word is the Founder and Artistic Director of Word Dance. Born and raised in Abilene, Texas, Ms. Word has a Bachelor of Science for the University of Texas/Austin, but began her Modern Dance training at the University of Illinois with choreographers Beverly Blossom, Chester Wolenski, Mary Anthony, and Sarah Rudner. She later received her Master in Fine Arts from The George Washington University, where she served on the teaching faculty.
Based in Washington, DC, Ms. Word and Word Dance Theater create Isadora Duncan-based dance/theater productions, blending compelling story, live music, and the dances of Isadora Duncan to create theatrical productions that are powerfully engaging to audiences. Her most recent creation, co-produced with the Department of Performing Arts at Georgetown University, is the award-winning Once Wild: Isadora in Russia which had its world premiere May 3 thru 5, 2013 at the Davis Performing Arts Center, Washington DC.
In addition to her dance/theater productions, Word has performed as a soloist in Austria, England, Scotland and Iran. In 2009 she toured Greece as a featured artist with the Isadora Duncan International Institute. The IDII awarded Cynthia the prestigious Maria-Teresa Duncan Award for Excellence in November 2010 for the mix media theater/dance production Preludes: Duncan, Sand & Chopin which presented for the first time since 1949 Isadora Duncan’s choreography to Chopin’s “The Twenty Four Preludes”.
Ingrid Zimmer, Associate Director
Ingrid Zimmer is Associate Director of Word Dance Theater. Ms. Zimmer received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance/Theatre from Pomona College where she was trained in the Limon Technique. Upon graduating, she moved to Europe where she toured, performed and studied dance at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany under the artistic direction of Pina Bausch. Now residing in Washington, DC, Ms Zimmer has danced with local companies, Bowen McCauley Dance, DC Dance Theatre and Rincones & Company. Ms. Zimmer has performed in major national venues including the Kennedy Center, Jacobs Pillow and the 92nd St Y. Her international touring has taken her to China, Mexico, Greece, France, the Netherlands and Italy. Currently immersed in the study of Isadora Ducan's philosophy, technique and choreography, Ms. Zimmer trains at the Isadora Duncan International Institute in New York.
Carlos Cesar Rodriguez, Musical Director
Carlos Cesar Rodriguez is a musician of brilliance and versatility recognized as a virtuoso pianist who not only generates excitement in the Hispanic and Spanish repertoire, but also displays an extraordInary flair for Mozart, the romantics and the avant-garde scores. He has recorded for Omicron and Brioso labels and has won the highest critical acclaims for his CD of Spanish music, España en el Corazón, distributed by Brioso Recordings. He is an expert on early instruments and is privileged to have access to the Smithsonian Institution’s rare collection. Mr. Rodríguez was chosen by the Smithsonian to perform during its 300th year celebration of the piano. He was also invited to participate in the 150th anniversary celebration of the Smithsonian Institution. Mr. Rodríguez has won acclaim as music director of Mozart operas and Zarzuelas (Spanish operas), and as a composer, arranger, and improviser of ballets, Spanish dance scores, and Latin-Jazz/Pop compositions. Currently, Mr. Rodríguez is a member of the piano faculty at the Levine School of Music in Washington, DC, and guest artist and coach for the Domingo/Cafritz Young Artist Program with the Washington National Opera.