The Contemporary Dance Theater of Cincinnati seems to be funded by just about every branch of every governmental agency empowered to give money to the arts. Saturday night's concert at Dance Project showed that this support is richly deserved.
Under the artistic direction of Jefferson James, the nine dancers presented a strong program by diverse choreographers, one of them Washingtonian Cathy Paine. Paine's "Truck Farming in Suburban Maryland" isn't about truck farming, but it's delightful -- full of surprises, including a slow-motion procession (done to fast bluegrass music) in which the dancers appear to be swimming or wrestling under water as they cross the stage.
James' "Bagatelle" captured the balanced asymmetries and chromatic richness of its Webern score in a beautiful succession of unfolding, mirroring images and emphatic, unmannered gestures.
Rachel Lampert's "Home" -- a compendium of pitching, catching, swinging and sliding movement reduced to balletic economy of line and performed (in pink) to Haydn -- was a little ragged in spots. The group didn't have quite the timing or theatrical savvy to haul Gladys Bailin's "Newspapers" all the way from silly to sublime. But the concert as a whole was testimony to the fine ensemble work that seems to be going on all over the country these days.