2011-2012 Season Past Performances

SEASON 2011-2012: BOLD NEW IDEAS + CLASSICAL FAVORITES


THE KAPLAN NEW WORKS SERIES

September 8 - 18, 2011 | Cincinnati Ballet Center

Choreographers: Heather Britt, James Kudelka, Adam Hougland, Johanna Wilt, Missy Lay Zimmer and Andrew Hubbard

The Kaplan New Works Series is Cincinnati Ballet’s annual contribution to the world of dance. This season-opening production consistently brings audacious new artistic movement to the studio stage.

“For die-hard arts lovers, it rarely gets more exhilarating than this,” wrote Cincinnati Enquirer’s David Lyman about New Works 2010.


GISELLE

October 28 - 29, 2011 | Music Hall

Choreographer: Devon Carney, after Marius Petipa

Music: Adolphe Adam, performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Cincinnati Ballet honors the long history of classical ballet with this important classical tragedy. The story is based on the German legend about Wilis, women who had been betrayed by their betrothed and died before marrying. The ethereal virgins haunt graveyards, enacting revenge on men who cross their paths. The peasant girl Giselle goes mad after falling in love with Albrecht, an aristocrat who deceives her. The story of betrayal, forgiveness and love that transcends death ends in a graveyard, an eerie but fitting setting for Halloween weekend. Although she has become a ghostly Wili herself, Giselle fights to protect her beloved from the other Wilis who have ordered him to “dance until you die.”


THE NEW NUTCRACKER

December 15 - 24, 2011 | Aronoff Center for the Arts

Choreography: Victoria Morgan

Music: Tchaikovsky, performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

It’s the world premiere of the decade and a crowning achievement for Victoria Morgan in her 15th season as Artistic Director and 4th season as CEO of Cincinnati Ballet. Morgan has been dancing, choreographing, performing, staging, promoting, listening to and watching The Nutcracker since she herself first performed in the classic ballet at age 8. Now, Morgan presents a gift to Cincinnati: a Nutcracker that is all her own creation. This newly imagined version of the Nutcracker features Cincinnati Ballet company dancers and more than 140 young ballet students and gymnasts.


CARMEN

Running for two weekends!

February 10 - 11 & 17 - 18, 2012 | Aronoff Center for the Arts

Choreography: Amedeo Amodio

Music: Georges Bizet, performed by the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra

French musician Georges Bizet composed the melodic score that is replete with familiar favorites from this famous opera that will accompany the ballet and will be played live by the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra. Italian choreographer Amedeo Amodio choreographed the theatrical and gutsy story of a brash beauty who fiercely guards her independence and

the two men obsessed with possessing her. The movement is framed by large scenic moving panels that shift with mood and scene changes, all lit by special effects and prescient shadows. The costuming is a blend of classic and contemporary lines where strict military discipline contrasts the sensual swirl of Spanish skirts. Amodio's renowned, bold and sweeping style bring scenic design, special lighting and brazen storytelling into a coalesced triumph.

   


BALLET TOYBOX

February 18, 2012 - 1:00 PM | Aronoff Center for the Arts

For one performance only, Cincinnati Ballet offers a diverse program of classical and contemporary ballet selections designed to delight families and introduce children to ballet. At 50 minutes and $25 per ticket, Ballet Toybox is an easy and affordable way to experience Cincinnati Ballet with the whole family.

"This new program of Ballet Toybox offers a fun and lively mix of entertaining works and will include the world premiere of the full length narrative telling of Peter and the Wolf as well as sneak peak excerpts of Princess and the Pea and The Steadfast Tin Soldier which are included in the family series that ends our season. Additionally, audience members will get to see short portions of Swan Lake and our recently premiered Frisch’s Presents The New Nutcracker. This event promises to be a delight to the senses with something for all those who are young at heart! Swans, soldiers, a wolf oh my!"
-Devon Carney, Associate Artistic Director and choreographer for The Steadfast Tin Soldier.

 

         


 

RITE OF SPRING

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March 16 - 17, 2012 | Aronoff Center for the Arts

Choreography: Adam Hougland, resident choreographer

Music: Igor Stravinsky, performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Cincinnati Ballet Resident Choreographer Adam Hougland returns with his design partner Marion Williams. Their choreography and design for Stravinsky's Rite of Spring premiered at the Louisville Ballet in 2009. Williams and Hougland honor the composition's provocative history by creating a bold and daring world, expressing not a reverence of nature, but the dire consequences of turning one's back on it. "After creating Rite of Spring, I found I love Stravinsky for what he forces out of me. The music is intricate, detailed and beautiful in places yet shrill, atonal and bizarre in others," says Hougland. "It pushes me as a choreographer.  It's not the kind of music I would play at home.  It's hard work, but the more I work with it, the more I fall in love."


VIVACE

Choreography: Val Caniparoli

Music: Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 2 in B Flat, D. 125, performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Cincinnati Ballet rounds out the March series with a presentation of Vivace, Val Caniparoli's simply elegant, non-narrative nod to ballet classicism. Caniparoli says, "I was commissioned to create this abstract work that related directly to the quality and style of music."  The ballet concludes as the entire company takes the stage in a final climactic moment of glorious fireworks.


ONESELF PERCEIVED [WORLD PREMIERE]

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Choreography: Emmy-nominated Stacey Tookey, featured on So You Think You Can Dance?

Music: Olafur Arnalds

This new work focuses on fear and humanity’s twisted connection to this complex yet necessary emotion. Abstract, but intensely personal, Tookey explores our vast range of responses to fear, personified by the male dancers throughout the piece, as the women must decide whether they will conquer fear or if fear will conquer them.


         


 

PRINCESS & THE PEA

April 27 - 29, 2012 | Aronoff Center for the Arts

Choreography: Victoria Morgan

Music: Carmon DeLeone, performed by the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra

Cincinnati Ballet premiered its homegrown classic Princess & the Pea in 1998. Choreographed by Morgan with music by DeLeone, this family treat combines storytelling dance and slapstick comedy to weave a narrative about the unassuming young woman who discovers, after a fitful night on a mountain of blankets, that she is a princess. Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra performs under the devoted baton of Maestro DeLeone. Families will delight in this whimsical and fun fairytale.


THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER

Choreography: Devon Carney

Music: Georges Bizet, performed by the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra

As part of this enchanting double bill, Cincinnati Ballet presents Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale about a tin soldier's long journey and unfaltering love for a paper ballerina. Devon Carney brings the story to life with world premiere choreography to music by Georges Bizet.