Adam Hougland Returns with a Brand New Work in Bold Moves

February 21, 2017

If you’ve been following Cincinnati Ballet over the past eight years, you know Adam Hougland. Ever since he joined the company as Resident Choreographer in 2009, he’s been creating fantastic world premieres and contributing to some of Cincinnati’s most memorable productions like Frampton and Cincinnati Ballet Live, Cincinnati Ballet & Over the Rhine Live and The Firebird.

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Sarah Hairston and James Gilmer perform a pas de deux during All My Favorite People. Photography: Peter Mueller

All My Favorite People, born from the collaboration with the popular band Over the Rhine, was a standout hit, taking on a life of its own during The Kaplan New Works Series in 2015. Audiences were so taken with Hougland’s creation – the striking visual of crestfallen mimes choreographed to folk-influenced music – that the performance made the bill alongside Fellow Traveler, the sixth world premiere Hougland has set for Cincinnati Ballet in his tenure. The contrast between the beautiful and heartfelt All My Favorite People and the visceral solo Fellow Traveler, gave New Works audiences a look at how versatile Hougland truly is. His choreography easily glides from raw power to delicate poise, and after all this time working through his highly collaborative process, the Cincinnati Ballet dancers are experts at bringing that dichotomy to life on stage.

There’s no better example of what the Cincinnati Enquirer calls his “finely articulated and unabashedly emotional” choreography than Mozart’s Requiem, a journey through grief where dark vignettes give way to an overwhelming sense of hope. Not only is Mozart’s Requiem stirring and beautiful, it is arguably Hougland’s most popular work and features Mozart’s “Requiem Mass in D Minor.” The ability to bring new life and meaning into even the most well established musical scores highlights Adam’s creativity and flexibility.

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Mozart’s Requiem premiered in 2010. Cincinnati Ballet Dancers, photography: Peter Mueller

We can’t wait to show you what he’s done with Beethoven’s String Quartet “Op. 18, No. 1 in F Major.” During Bold Moves, March 17-18, the Ariel Quartet will be live on stage with dancers as Cincinnati Ballet presents his latest world premiere, Cut to the Chase. When he first heard Ariel Quartet performing, images rushed to mind. “I wanted it to be energetic and bright with a romantic vibe,” Hougland says. “It’s important to push dancers in exciting new ways and to show them in their best light – and Cut to the Chase will be challenging for them.”

With a history full of remarkable world premieres, an inspired piece from Beethoven and a company of dancers willing to explore new bounds, Adam Hougland is sure to wow audiences yet again with Cut to the Chase. Get your tickets for Bold Moves today and be among the first to see this unique collaboration.

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