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The artist “Swoon” with her set for Cincinnati Ballet’s New Works PHOTO: HAILEY BOLLINGER

CityBeat: Ballet, CAC to Showcase Street Artist ‘Swoon’

Using humble materials, temporary approaches and by “getting up” enough work on the street, by the mid-2000s Swoon was becoming familiar enough that she had already sold pieces to New York’s Museum of Modern Art and had a solo show at Deitch Projects gallery — all this merely a few years out of college.

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ArtsWave: Cincinnati Ballet’s sensory-friendly Swan Lake, Jr. takes place March 19

The sensory-friendly performance will be performed at 5pm, designed to create a welcoming and inviting experience for patrons and children with sensory sensitivities or specific needs. These adjustments include gentle lighting and sound, on-hand specialists, and a flexible, open-door theater environment, complete with designated break spaces.

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CityBeat: Superstar Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin’s unique Gaga style of contemporary dance comes to Cincinnati Ballet

Authenticity shouldn’t be hard to find in Bold Moves. Both choreographers are bringing their personal stories to the table and translating them into a performance that’s reflective of their lives, but also open to interpretation from the audience.

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Dance USA: Family-Friendly Programming Helps Dance Organizations Attract Fans and See What’s Beyond the Box Office

“I think getting people moving is the answer to getting people hooked,” says Cincinnati Ballet director of education Julie Sunderland. “I want you to come see the ballet, but I also want to find that person who learns from an arts-integrated lesson in a way they couldn’t otherwise.”

Read more Cincinnati Ballet Bets on Women Choreographers

Not only is Cincinnati Ballet’s ratio of men to women choreographers balanced, but the season is artistically balanced, too. Look at the rest of the programming: master works by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, company premieres from Justin Peck and former Houston Ballet dancer Garrett Smith and a world premiere from SYTYCD favorite Travis Wall.

Read more Tweaking perfection: King Arthur’s Camelot gets a redo

Writers have the opportunity to edit text before it’s read. Musicians refine music before it is performed. Filmmakers pore over films frame by frame to fine-tune the finished product. Choreographers rarely have that sort of chance. So when they do get it, they embrace it with a vengeance.

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Cincinnati Ballet’s Return to Music Hall

When Music Hall reopens in the Fall of 2017, Cincinnati Ballet will join our fellow arts organizations, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera and May Festival as a resident company. Starting in the 2017-2018 Season, three of our productions will be presented at Music Hall, including Victoria Morgan’s passionate and powerful Romeo and Juliet, with a classic Sergei Prokofiev score, as well as our beloved Nutcracker. We are thrilled to bring ballet back to the Music Hall stage!

Read more Cincinnati Ballet goes all ‘road trip’ to perform at the nation’s capital

For these young dancers – they range from 17 to somewhere in their mid-30s – the sense of excitement is palpable. They’re giggly and chattering as they wait to board the bus. For many of them this is the their first-ever tour.

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New Nutcracker Knowledge

How much do you know about Cincinnati Ballet’s Nutcracker? In this video, we collected some little known facts about Frisch’s Big Boy Presents The Nutcracker so you can feel like an insider before you get to the theater. If you’re already an expert, we have even more fun facts below! Did you know? Over 100 children […]

Read more Cincy Ballet’s Victoria Morgan: The woman who changed everything

By staying in Cincinnati, Morgan has reigned over a period that has seen its share of tumult and triumphs, crises and conquests. But as she begins her 20th season as Cincinnati Ballet’s leader – the season opens Sept. 16 – she can look to a list of accomplishments that would make any business leader proud.

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Cincinnati Ballet to Present during The Fifth Annual Music & Medicine Conference

The Cincinnati Music and Wellness Coalition will hold The Fifth Annual Music & Medicine Conference on October 7, 2016 from 8 am – 3:45 pm. The conference aims to strengthen and support communities through recreational music making. Cincinnati Ballet’s Director of Education and Outreach, Julie Sunderland, will be on hand to present during the Creativity & Wellness […]

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Meet the Artists – Director’s Choice

Studio Experience: Event: April 19, 2016 Join us at the Cincinnati Ballet Center for a full behind the scenes experience including a performance preview and a conversation with select artists. RSVP to the Cincinnati Ballet box office at 513-621-5282. Purchase your Director’s Choice tickets here! Schedule of Events 5:15 – 6:15 pm | Director’s Choice rehearsals 6:15 […]

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Director’s Choice | Groundbreaking Female Choreographers

Director’s Choice is a unique, mixed-repertoire presentation featuring works by four groundbreaking female choreographers. The diverse yet balanced evening curated by Artistic Director & CEO Victoria Morgan includes Jessica Lang’s A Solo in Nine Parts, Heather Britt’s Habitual, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Cylindrical Shadows and a world premiere by Jennifer Archibald. Audiences have three opportunities to […]

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Director’s Choice Trailer

Despite the fact that a majority of ballet dancers are women, positions as choreographers are still predominantly held by men. As one of only a handful of women in leadership positions, Artistic Directors & CEO Victoria Morgan has flipped the status-quo for Director’s Choice by exclusively featuring groundbreaking female choreographers. For the first time ever, Cincinnati […]

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Hope after Death – Cylindrical Shadows

“It takes a while to let go,” says Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, choreographer of Cylindrical Shadows. “Once they pass away, it takes time… to accept that this phone number doesn’t exist anymore. You know you have to let go, but the phone number, the messages… you’re still keeping it.” For Ochoa, there’s more to death than […]

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Sarah Hairston talks Wild Sweet Love

She’s been dancing her entire life, but Principal Dancer Sarah Hairston says Trey McIntyre’s Wild Sweet Love, the title piece of Cincinnati’s mixed repertoire on March 18 & 19, is the most physically demanding ballet of her career. We caught up with Sarah after rehearsals to talk about working with Trey McIntyre, the demanding role and […]

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Meet the Artists – Wild Sweet Love

Studio Experience: March 1, 2016 Join us at the Cincinnati Ballet Center for a full behind the scenes experience including a performance preview and a conversation with select artists. RSVP to the Cincinnati Ballet box office at 513-621-5282. Schedule of Events 5:15 – 6:15 pm | Wild Sweet Love rehearsals 6:15 – 7:15 pm | Artistic panel […]

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Wild Sweet Love | A Triple Bill Collaboration with BalletMet Columbus

Cincinnati Ballet presents a triple bill in collaboration with BalletMet Columbus March 18 and 19 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The program includes George Balanchine’s Who Cares? performed by Cincinnati Ballet and BalletMet Columbus, Age of Innocence performed by BalletMet Columbus and Wild Sweet Love performed by Cincinnati Ballet. The family friendly Ballet Toybox […]

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T. Rex Dancing Ballet

Everyone please welcome Cincinnati Ballet’s latest Visiting Artist: Pas De BourRex! We periodically bring in talented artists from all over the world, but this marks the first time a Visiting Artist comes from an entirely different era (not to mention species)! Enjoy the T Rex ballerina video, we hope it brightens up your week!

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Eric Van Wyk: Cinderella Puppet Design

Eric Van Wyk received his M.F.A. in Scenic Design from the University of Maryland—College Park and his B.A. in Fine Arts from Dordt College. His credits at the Children’s Theatre Co. in Minneapolis include being scenic designer for Mercy Watson to the Rescue!, Babe, The Sheep-Pig, puppet and scenic designer for The Biggest Little House […]

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Clifton Taylor: Cinderella Scenic and Lighting Designer

Clifton Taylor’s works include Oui/Non and the ballets for the Jazz Blues Project for The Washington Ballet. At the Kennedy Center, his work has been seen with National Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey, Lar Lubovitch, Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco, Sardono Dance Theater and Dance, the Spirit of Cambodia. Taylor has created lighting,  projection and scenic […]

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Peter Farmer: Cinderella Scenic and Costume Designer

Peter Farmer has designed for most of the major ballet companies in the world, including the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Houston Ballet, London City Ballet, Sadlerís Wells/Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Rome and Cologne Opera Houses, Stuttgart Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, New London Ballet, Ballet Rambert, […]

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Meet the Artists – Cinderella

Studio Experience: February 2, 2016 Join us at the Cincinnati Ballet Center for a full behind the scenes experience including a performance preview and a conversation with select artists. RSVP to the Cincinnati Ballet box office at 513-621-5282. Schedule of Events 5:15 – 6:15 pm | Cinderella rehearsals 6:15 – 7:15 pm | Artistic panel discussion with […]

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Patric Palkens and Abigail Morwood Win Silver at the Vienna International Ballet Experience

Principal Dancer Patric Palkens and Soloist Abigail Morwood competed with more than 200 dancers from around the world Thursday in the first Vienna International Ballet Competition held in the United States. Performing the Variation of Franz from Coppelia and the Grand Pas Classique Variation, Palkens took home a Silver Medal in the Men’s Classical category. Soloist […]

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Cinderella Returns with a Fresh New Look

Cinderella returns this Valentine’s weekend with choreography by Victoria Morgan. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performs the music of the legendary Sergei Prokofiev, conducted by Maestro Carmon DeLeone. Audiences have five opportunities to see the beloved tale come to life at the at the Aronoff Center, February 12-14. From the modern vision of Artistic Director & […]

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Meet the Artists

Cincinnati Ballet is pleased to offer Meet the Artists, a pre-performance discussion series where you will have the opportunity to meet select dancers, choreographers and members of the creative team who bring Lady of the Camellias to life.

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Choreographer Val Caniparoli

Val Caniparoli’s versatility has made him one of the most sought after American choreographers in the United States and abroad. He has contributed to the repertories of more than forty dance companies, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, Pennsylvania Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Ballet West (resident choreographer 1993-97), Washington Ballet, Israel […]

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Video and Dance Collide in Plotnikov’s eye on pointe taken

Viktor Plotnikov didn’t want to be a choreographer, he was pretty satisfied dancing as a Principal Dancer for Boston Ballet. But the encouragement of friends and family led him to an entirely new career as a full time choreographer. Luckily for us, this change in direction has created eye pointe taken, a ballet featuring not […]

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Hougland’s “personal favorite” ballet Returns for New Works

Cincinnati Ballet Resident Choreographer Adam Hougland presents two pieces in the 2015-2016 Kaplan New Works Series, including the world premiere of his latest solo piece: Fellow Traveler, and the return of All My Favorite People from Cincinnati Ballet & Over the Rhine Live.   We caught up with Adam to ask what it’s like seeing his […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Closes Season with Director’s Choice

Download the 1415 Director’s Choice Press Release Director’s Choice is a unique, mixed-repertoire presentation with selections chosen specifically for Cincinnati audiences by Artistic Director & CEO Victoria Morgan, including Classical Symphony, Feast of the Gods and Chasing Squirrel. “These three pieces are choreographic powerhouses,” says Morgan. “They exemplify the direction ballet is headed and changing the […]

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Overhead Videos

You’ve seen ballet from the orchestra seats. We’ve even showed you what it’s like on stage. But this time we’ve gone further… about 100 feet further in fact. We hid a camera on the set floating high above the dancers to capture Mozart’s Requiem from an impossible angle during technical rehearsals. Watch as the Cincinnati Ballet dancers practice […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Presents Exciting Collaborations and World Premieres for 52nd Season 

Download the 1516 Season Press Release Cincinnati Ballet’s 2015-2016 Season brings exciting collaborations, world premieres and the return of a beloved fairytale favorite with: The Kaplan New Works Series, Lady of the Camellias, Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Wild Sweet Love and Director’s Choice performed at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The Kaplan New Works […]

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Videos from the Stage

The week before opening night of ALICE (in wonderland) the Cincinnati Ballet company moved into the Aronoff Center for dress rehearsals and technical rehearsals. See Alice from angles you’ve never seen before as we pass a GoPro camera off to our dancers and join them for a first person perspective on stage!

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The Nutcracker Escorts Big Boy to Aronoff

Frisch’s has been sponsoring the Cincinnati Ballet production of Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker since it’s beginning in 1974! Each year Big Boy is ceremoniously escorted by the Nutcracker to his rightful place in the Aronoff Center lobby to kick off Cincinnati’s Nutcracker season.

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Cincinnati Ballet Debuts Nutcracker Performance Hosts

Download the 1415 Nutcracker Performance Hosts Press Release Cincinnati Ballet’s exciting family tradition, The Nutcracker Luncheon, has evolved into Nutcracker Performance Hosts. This special event series provides an all-access, VIP experience to patrons during any one of the eleven performances of Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker this December 19-27, 2014. A special opportunity for families to enjoy […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker

Download the 1415 Nutcracker Press Release Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker returns for its 40th Anniversary December 19 through 27 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, accompanied by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s sensational score, conducted by Maestro Carmon DeLeone. The holiday favorite, presented since 1974, saw a re-envisioning in a 2011 world premiere, with […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Hosts Dance Theatre of Harlem

Download the 1415 Dance Theatre of Harlem Press Release Cincinnati Ballet is pleased welcome the iconic Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) to Cincinnati November 3-4 for two days of special performances and appearances, accompanied by Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director of DTH. With assistance from Cincinnati Ballet’s Education & Outreach Department, DTH will pay visit to local […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Spreads Joy of Dance through Live Streaming Performance for Pediatric Cancer Awareness

Download the 1415 Peter Pan Live Stream Press Release Cincinnati Ballet is pleased to announce the November 8, 2 pm matinee performance of Peter Pan at the Aronoff Center for the Arts will live stream directly to patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, giving patients and their families the opportunity to experience the whimsical adventure without leaving […]

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Cincinnati Ballet to Host “Ballerina for a Day” with Cure Starts Now!

Download the 1415 Cure Starts Now event Press Release Cincinnati Ballet will be hosting the third annual “ballerina for a day” event with The Cure Starts Now on Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 1:00 pm –3:00 pm at the Cincinnati Ballet Center for children affected by pediatric cancer. These patients and their families are invited to […]

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Cincinnati Ballet’s Kaplan New Works series in Tenth Season

Download the 1415 New Works Press Release The 2014-2015 Season brings a handful of new things to Cincinnati Ballet: the tenth annual production of season opener The Kaplan New Works Series, September 11-21; the transition to New Works performances in a new space, the Jarson-Kaplan Theater at the Aronoff Center for the Arts; a collaboration between […]

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