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2012-2013 Season


TO DO RIGHT NOW: CINCINNATI BALLET’S KAPLAN NEW WORKS SERIES

Blog Posted By: Kathy Valin - Valinkat
Date Posted9/12/2012

Yes, it’s time to get tickets! Cincinnati Ballet’s Kaplan New Works Series starts the second and final week of its run tonight. This program (which I saw last Thursday) gets a strong thumbs up. Read on for more details!

FYI, tonight through Sunday, there are four 8 pm shows, and two 2 pm matinees remaining. The small size of the theater (The Mickey Jarson Kaplan Performance Studio) can make performances sell out early [update: Friday and Saturday nights are sold out] especially weekend evenings, so best to get a ticket as soon as possible (513-621-5282 or cballet.org) if you haven’t already.

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HEATHER BRITT TALKS!

Blog Posted By: Kathy Valin - Valinkat
Date Posted: 9/5/2012

One night last week, after (for me, anyhow!) a fairly grueling Rhythm & Motion class at the Cincinnati Ballet Center taught by Heather Britt, I sat down with her in the lobby to talk about her newest choreographic work, Opus 5.5. It’s a world premiere (her fourth) for Cincinnati Ballet’s Kaplan New Works Series. Opus 5.5 debuts Thursday and runs through September 16, 2012, at the Mickey Jarson Kaplan Performance Space (513-621-5282).

Britt is a charismatic personality, a choreographer, dancer and teacher who (luckily for those of us who live here) makes her home in Cincinnati. I’ve seen her dance, teach, perform and choreograph during the past ten years or so. I am a fan.

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Ballet and Beer, Part 2: Conversations with the Dancers

Blog Posted ByCynthia Lough on wordpress.com
Date Posted8/27/2012

We’re all back in the lobby now. Allie is helping out at the “Ballet Barre” where beer, wine & water are available. Regardless of the busy, she still takes a few minutes to be personal, get my thoughts. A large table of Larosa’s encourages people to stay, congregate, be social. It hasn’t even been 5 minutes and there are already dancers wandering through the group, greeting friends.

I decide to dive in. Romel Frometa Castellon, Cervilio Miguel Amador, and Patric Palkens are sitting on the stoop to the balcony in a line. All 3 were in the rehearsal we just watched. They are dressed in very casual street clothes and look like they could’ve just stepped out of a Bruce Springsteen video. I make a lame joke, asking how are they not diving into the pizza after all that hard work? Amador smiles – telling me that they’ve stashed a whole box behind them. They will eat. Another blogger comes up asking for a picture and they all lean together with big smiles.

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BALLET AND BEER

Blog Posted By: Bridgett Raffenberg - 365 Things to do in Cincinnati
Date Posted: 8/26/2012

“Ballet and Beer” is an event the Cincinnati Ballet periodically hosts prior to the debut of a new show.  Last week’s “Ballet and Beer ” gave us a behind the scenes look at the Cincinnati Ballet’s building and a chance to watch the rehearsals in the studio for The Kaplan New Works Series.

While the Cincinnati Ballet performs most of its works at the Aronoff Center, this performance (the first of the season) will be held in the Cincinnati Ballet’s home on Central Parkway.


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Ballet and Beer, Part 1: Pretty & Gritty

Blog Posted ByCynthia Lough on wordpress.com
Date Posted8/25/2012

Oh internet, I am a smitten kitten. In love with life once again and the way that it continues to bring me fabulous opportunities.
 

Thursday night, I went to Ballet & Beer – the rehearsal / preview event for The Kaplan New Works Series which the Cincinnati Ballet will open on September 6th. Frankly, two days later I am still reeling and thinking and hoping that I can do the experience justice.
 

First, though I drive by the Ballet’s home base every day on my commute, I’ve never been in the building. Situated on the fringe of Over-the-Rhine, the studio sits a block or two down from WCET and District One. The back doors of Music Hall are within a 45 second sprint across traffic. A sign outside tells me I have arrived at the Mickey Jarson Kaplan Performance Studio and Cincinnati Ballet.

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THE KAPLAN NEW WORKS SERIES BREAKS BARRIERS WITH FEMALE CHOREOGRAPHERS

Blog Posted By: Rainesford Stauffer - Dress Room Writers
Date Posted: 8/24/2012


Erotic. Powerful. Limitless.

The crowd was buzzing at Cincinnati Ballet’s Ballet & Beer event held Thursday, August 23rd. The event allowed patrons to go into rehearsal and behind the scenes with Cincinnati Ballet dancers, choreographers, and even Artistic Director Victoria Morgan. After stepping inside the dancer’s world to watch rehearsals for The Kaplan New Works Series guests were invited into the lobby for pizza and beer.

Yes, you read that right: Pizza and beer inside a ballet company. As it turns out, Cincinnati Ballet is breaking boundaries in more ways than one. Ballet & Beer was the first up-close-and-personal look we got at exactly how much this company is doing to further ballet as a form of art and entertainment.

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FOUR WOMEN CHOREOGRAPHERS SPOTLIGHTED IN CINCINNATI BALLET’S “THE KAPLAN NEW WORKS SERIES” SET TO OPEN NEXT WEEK

Blog Posted By: Kathy Valin on wordpress.com
Date Posted: 8/24/2012

Cincinnati Ballet’s “The Kaplan New Works Series,” running September 6 – 16, 2012 in the Mickey Jarson Kaplan Theater at the Cincinnati Ballet Center features choreographers Heather Britt, Paige Cunningham Caldarella and Amy Seiwert (presenting world premiere works) and Jessica Lang (whose La Belle Danse will be reprised).

Notably, the series choreographers are all women. At last night’s Ballet and Beer event in the theater, Artistic Director & CEO Victoria Morgan pointed out that of about 290 works presented during the 2012-13 season by American ballet companies with budgets over $5 million, only 25 of those are by women, whom she called significantly underrepresented. “Cincinnati Ballet is proud to be presenting seven of those 25 this season,” she announced.

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LOOKING AHEAD THE KAPLAN NEW WORKS SERIES

Blog Posted ByCynthia Lough on wordpress.com
Date Posted: 8/22/2012

This is another one of those posts where I tell you how awesome the internet is and in what interesting ways our world is changing. Brace yourselves for a big warm fuzzy. Or well, at least just brace yourselves.

A few weeks ago, the Cincinnati Ballet  put out an all call on Facebook to see if any bloggers would be interested in writing about them. It was general, off-the-cuff thing, but I LOVE the ballet and decided I would throw my hat in the ring. Then nothing came of it and I put it into the ‘oh well, nice try’ folder for the moment. This most current blog of mine is still relatively recent, working on its identity, and has a small following. I probably didn’t make the cut in whatever cloud-o-sphere metrics that other people can run on a site.

Except then something did come of it.

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MUSIC HALL IN WASHINGTON PARK

Blog Posted By: Over-The-Rhine-Blog
Date Posted: 8/5/2012

A longtime dream for many Cincinnatians came true Friday night when Music Hall’s signature performers crossed Elm Street to perform at the newly reopened Washington Park as part of the park’s grand opening celebrations. The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet, and the May Festival Summer Chorus collaborated to create a stunning experience for the capacity crowd that filled the park’s football field-sized civic lawn. View a 360° panorama of the crowd here.

For a detailed summary of this rare joint performance, visit Music in Cincinnati’s review.

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2011-2012 Season


CINCINNATI BALLET'S RITE OF SPRING HITS THE MARK

Blog Posted By: Kathy Valin on wordpress.com
Date Posted: 3/17/2012


To me, the dancers were nothing short of fabulous in three diverse offerings. The audience at last night’s opening seemed to agree. And, it’s big news in New York City that the Paul Taylor Dance Company cannot afford live music. But Cincinnati Ballet has been extraordinarily lucky in their ability to use the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under longtime music director Carmon DeLeone.

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THE RITE MUST GO ON: CINCINNATI BALLET’S DAWN KELLY BRINGS PROFESSIONALISM TO UNEXPECTED ROLE IN THIS WEEKEND’S PRODUCTION

Blog Posted By: Kathy Valin on wordpress.com
Date Posted: 3/16/2012

CincinnatiBallet soloist Dawn Kelly, a twelve year veteran of the company, is one of my favorite dancers. This weekend, she will be dancing in choreographer Val Caniparoli’s “Vivace,” one of three works on the program including Adam Hougland’s “Rite of Spring.”

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CINCINNATI BALLET ANNOUNCES 2012-2013 SEASON

Blog Posted By: Jac Kern on citybeat.com
Date Posted: 3/12/2012

Cincinnati Ballet today announced its 49th season schedule. Dance fans can expect an array of popular classics and exciting premieres for 2012-2013. The season kicks off Sept. 6 and runs through April 27, 2013.

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CINCINNATI BALLET’S “CARMEN” OPENS SECOND WEEKEND OF SEXY AND PERPLEXING BALLET

Blog Posted By: Kathy Valin on wordpress.com
Date Posted: 2/17/2012

Cincinnati Ballet soloist Dawn Kelly, a twelve year veteran of the company, is one of my favorite dancers. This weekend, she will be dancing in choreographer Val Caniparoli’s “Vivace,” one of three works on the program including Adam Hougland’s “Rite of Spring.”

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Making Waves: Cincinnati Ballet's New Nutcracker Means New Friends for Dancers and Parents

Blog Posted by: Rebecca Romels on theartswave.org
Date Posted: 12/19/2011

This year, Cincinnati Ballet debuts
Frisch’s Presents The New Nutcracker, a fresh interpretation of the beloved holiday classic featuring new sets, costumes, designs, and new choreography by Artistic Director and CEO Victoria Morgan. Hundreds of artists, staff members, volunteers, and donors have worked together to make this new ballet for the entire community.


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CINCINNATI BALLET’S “THE NEW NUTCRACKER” REACHES OUT TO WIDER AUDIENCE

Blog Posted by: Kathy Valin on wordpress.com
Date Posted: 12/16/2011

CincinnatiBallet’s “Frisch’s presents The New Nutcracker” opened last night at The AronoffCenter. Billed rather grandly as the “World Premiere of the Decade” the evening length ballet (with wonderful live music from the CincinnatiSymphony Orchestra under the baton of Carmon DeLeone) is also the largest creative project to date of Victoria Morgan, who holds the dual role of Artistic Director and
CEOof the company.
Despite being new “from top to bottom,” fortunately there is a lot in this holiday ballet staple that remains the same. On the whole, I would say it is a treat, and I mean that in the best sense of the word.


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2010-2011 Season


KELLY YANKLE INTERVIEW PART II: DANCING IN INFAMOUS LOVE SONGS AND THE LIFE AND LOVES OF A DANCE

Blog Posted By:Kathy Valin on wordpress.com
Dated Posted: 4/29/2011

In this business we come across a lot of dancers and choreographers who think they are in a superior place. They can put you down, there are a lot of negative sides to this business, unfortunately.
And they just have no part of that—they are people I can really look up to, they are so real. Couldn’t ask for a better set of people to work with.


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COMING SOON: CINCINNATI BALLET’S INFAMOUS LOVE SONGS . . . SNAPS FROM DEVON CARNEY’S REHEARSAL AT THE JARSON KAPLAN PERFORMANCE STUDIO

Blog Posted By: Kathy Valin on wordpress.com
Dated Posted By: 4/26/2011

Devonhails from New Orleans, and I know he loves jazz. Maybe that’s why his choreography easily expressed for me the combination of church and sultry bar that seems at the root of Over the Rhine songs.

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CINCINNATI BALLET’S “FIREBIRD” CHARTS NEW TERRITORY

Blog Posted By: Kathy Valin on wordpress.com:
Dated Posted: 3/19/2011

Both ballets showed off the company’s dancers, who did an excellent job in their various roles. I’m going to give this one a beat and post more later, especially about the cast, the choreographic details, and the dramatic structure of “The Firebird.”

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DROP IT LIKE IT’S HOT: CINCINNATIBALLET PRESENTS CELEBRATED STRAVINSKY BALLET

Blog Posted By: Kathy Valin on wordpress.com
Date Posted: 3/17/2011

One of the most gorgeous roles ever for a ballerina is being presented at The Aronoff Center this weekend by Cincinnati Ballet at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center.


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SOMEONE FOR EVERYONE: A COMEDY TONIGHT*

Blog Posted By: Kathy Valin on wordpress.com
Date Posted: 2/12/2011

When was the last time you heard people laugh out loud at a ballet? Really chuckle? Well, they were laughing during this ballet, and it was all good.


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PRINCIPAL DANCER RETURNS AS PUCK IN REVAMPED CINCINNATIBALLET “MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM”

Blog Posted By:Kathy Valin on wordpress.com
Date Posted: 2/11/2011

I can tell you that the directors, the ballet masters and Carmon [DeLeone, the CB music director] are doing a great, great job. It’s extremely hard to pull all this together – such as when the music or voices come in or out, and for how long.


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“AND VISIONS OF SUGAR PLUMS DANCED IN THEIR HEADS” – CINCINNATIBALLET’S NUTCRACKER A SEASONAL TREAT

Blog Posted By: Kathy Valin on wordpress.com
Date Posted: 12/17/2011

I believe many adults, and count me in on this, actually revert to a kind of childlike state, a suspension of disbelief, if you will, during the ballet.


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Cincinnati Ballet’s glorious
Nutcracker ends Sunday

Blog Posted By: Janelle Gelfand on cincinnati.com
Date Posted: 12/21/2010

I went to the Saturday matinee and I thought the dancing was breathtaking this year. Dance critic David Lyman captures it all perfectly,
here.

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CINCINNATI BALLET DANCERS SARAH HAIRSTON AND FU LIANG PROMOTED

Blog Posted By: Kathy Valin on wordpress.com
Date Posted: 11/1/2010

Read below for one my of first appreciations of Sarah – she is truly an amazing performer who easily takes on technical challenges and has the personality to “hold the stage,” as they say.


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Blog Posted By: Christina Baita on willflyforfoodblog.com
Date Posted: 2/3/2010

I checked the Cincinnati Ballet’s website for some new goings on and found this article written by David Lyman with Cincinnati.com, and can completely understand what Ms. Touchet is feeling. In my own world of course. That of course is another story all together though.

At age 15, Janessa had already been dancing for more than a decade. How can you be sure that something you have done since you were a child is something that you really want to do and not just something that you are good at through years of practice? Quit.

What’s that saying? If you love something set it free. If it comes back to you, it’s yours. This is exactly what she did and now Janessa knows that she not only is great at dancing, but loves it too.

So, why doesn’t she leave the Cincinnati Ballet and run off to a bigger company perhaps in a bigger city or even a different country? Why would she when she has everything she needs and wants here.A great company, friends and the stage. As one of only two female principle dancers Ms. Touchet definitely has the stage as she plays the lead role in the Valentine’s weekend performance of Cinderella.


2007-2008 Season


Soapblog 2 - What's in a name?

Blog Posted By: Jack Rouse on soapboxmedia.com/blogs
Date Posted: 6/11/2008

A few months ago I was speaking with a wonderful lady that has helped my wife and I around the house for many years.  She is bright, insightful and can fix anything.  And I said: “So Irene, (not her real name of course), have you ever been to the ballet?“ “What?” she replied. “Jim (her husband, but not his real name either) and I aren’t into all that frilly stuff.”

So being in a feisty mood I said, “Here are two tickets. Go.” And they went and they loved it. And they’ve gone to every ballet this season


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