The Kaplan New Works Series

The raw energy of contemporary ballet | September 14-24

With a focus on innovation, New Works celebrates modern choreographers while showcasing the athleticism, strength, and versatility of our dancers. Featuring four world premieres and including special guest Travis Wall from So You Think You Can Dance.

Victoria Morgan

As one of only five women in leadership roles at dance companies across the country, a cornerstone of Artistic Director and CEO Victoria Morgan’s legacy is her support of female choreographers and leaders. She presents a world premiere piece and has invited some other incredible female choreographers to join this all-women lineup. “There are so few women who step forward into leadership roles in the art form, says Morgan, and I believe a woman’s voice must be heard in all forms of communication, artistic and otherwise!” She has choreographed several full length ballets during her 20 Seasons at Cincinnati Ballet including Frisch’s Presents The New Nutcracker, Cinderella and King Arthur’s Camelot, and presented a world premiere in the 2014 Kaplan New Works Series entitled Fractured Glass, inspired by the women who are working to break glass ceilings wherever they might encounter them.

Jennifer Archibald

Jennifer Archibald, the founder and artistic director of New York City’s acclaimed Arch Dance Company, pulls from a variety of influences to boldly and seamlessly infuse ballet with nuances of hip hop. This combination of hip hop with classical aesthetic in movement greatly influences her musical scores, which she often custom engineers to include an assortment of compositions. Audiences may be familiar with her piece Sit which wowed Cincinnati audiences last season as part of The Kaplan New Works Series. This time she teams up with fellow female innovator: the artist known as Swoon. Starting out as a street artist, Swoon’s unique, life-size wheat paper prints and cut outs quickly caught the attention of museum and gallery curators, established a celebrity following and launched a foray into performance art. Witness true innovation when these two mastermind women come together to create an unparalleled collaboration of performance and visual art, exclusively for Cincinnati Ballet.

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa is an international choreographer extraordinaire. She spends much of her time traveling the globe choreographing for some of the most esteemed companies. She presents her thought-provoking piece, Eros Redux, a U.S. premiere, based on the myth of an androgynous people, who were both male and female, descended from the moon. Zeus, fearing their power, divided them into man and woman. Ochoa’s innovative nature makes her a perfect fit for New Works. Temecula Performing Arts Examiner writes, “Ochoa is a truly masterful choreographer with an edge for what dance can and should be in this constantly changing industry.”

Heather Britt

Heather Britt is the creator and director of the popular DANCEFIX classes, and her work has been featured many times in The Kaplan New Works Series as well as being featured in 2016’s Director’s Choice showcasing groundbreaking female choreographers and this season’s Director’s Cut in a collaboration with dancer James Cunningham. She has established a devoted following with Cincinnati audiences as her choreography exudes an energy of fearless confidence and innovation, anticipated year after year.

Highlights:

  • Cutting edge choreography
  • Four world premieres

Victoria Morgan
Jennifer Archibald
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Heather Britt

Cincinnati Ballet Dancers

New Works Performance Schedule

Thursday, September 14, 2017

7:30 pm

  • Aronoff Center for the Arts

Friday, September 15, 2017

8:00 pm

  • Aronoff Center for the Arts

Saturday, September 16, 2017

2:00 pm

Saturday, September 16, 2017

8:00 pm

Added Performance

Sunday, September 17, 2017

1:00 pm

Added Performance

Sunday, September 17, 2017

6:30 pm

Added Performance

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

7:30 pm

  • Aronoff Center for the Arts

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

7:30 pm

  • Aronoff Center for the Arts

Thursday, September 21, 2017

7:30 pm

  • Aronoff Center for the Arts

Friday, September 22, 2017

8:00 pm

  • Aronoff Center for the Arts

Saturday, September 23, 2017

2:00 pm

  • Aronoff Center for the Arts

Saturday, September 23, 2017

8:00 pm

Added Performance

Sunday, September 24, 2017

1:00 pm

  • Aronoff Center for the Arts
Added Performance

Sunday, September 24, 2017

6:30 pm

  • Aronoff Center for the Arts

Wild Sweet Love Trailer

Catch a glimpse of the title piece to Wild Sweet Love, choreographed by Trey McIntyre and set to an eclectic mix of rock and roll favorites and classical cornerstones.

“[Sit is] voluptuous…fiery…sensual…”

Cincinnati Enquirer on Archibald’s 2014 New Works contribution

The Kaplan New Works Series Sponsors

Moe & Jack Rouse

Julie & John Richardson

Don Beck & Larry Eynon

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