Fun Fact: Luca is the tallest guy in the company!
Luca is first generation American! His parents are both from Italy.
Touchet will never forget her 19th birthday. That was the day Victoria Morgan came to Pacific Northwest Ballet, to audition Touchet’s professional division. “Directors from everywhere auditioned us, but nobody ever picked me,” she says. “I remember thinking she wouldn’t like me anyway, so I told myself to just have fun, and after it was over, she said, ‘I’d like to talk to Janessa’.” Crossed wires with communicating Touchet’s acceptance of Morgan’s apprenticeship offer led to a planned spot with Memphis Ballet, but Morgan called one last time and Touchet was able to come to Cincinnati Ballet instead. “It was meant to be here. I started as an Apprentice and moved all the way through the ranks. I had always had my heart and mind set on Cincinnati Ballet.”
‘Pointe’ profiles Cincinnati Ballet’s Luca De-Poli on what it’s like to attend college while dancing
Experience a sampling from The Kaplan New Works Series, on stage until April 30, in these slow motion clips from Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Eros Redux.
But don’t mistake melancholy for resignation… They reflect. They respond. And they make dances; powerful, athletic and, in some moments, quite eloquent.
Somewhere Close to Happiness follows the story of The Broken One, an outsider without a place in society, and The Chosen One, who, despite her sheltered existence, is intrigued by this newcomer.
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa brings Erous Redux to The Kaplan New Works Series, April 20-30, for the U.S. premiere. Peek into rehearsals in this photo gallery.