Expect the unexpected | March 17-18
Keeping a finger on the pulse of the contemporary dance world, Bold Moves features Cincinnati Ballet like you’ve never seen before! Each performance features two exhilarating and diverse dances, boldly exploring innovation and defying traditional expectations of ballet. Bold Moves showcases groundbreaking artistic collaboration and cultural exchange with Israeli innovators including the famed choreographer Ohad Naharin and Cincinnati’s own Ariel Quartet.
Cincinnati Ballet performs Minus 16, an exciting, critically-acclaimed dance by choreographer Ohad Naharin, Artistic Director of the Tel-Aviv based company Batsheva Dance Company. Minus 16 is a collection of vignettes incorporating improvisation and Naharin’s acclaimed “Gaga” method. Gaga is a language of movement created by Naharin that challenges dancers to liberate themselves and explore new and inventive ways to use their bodies – by connecting with music, the mind and the space around them. The work features a dynamic score ranging from Dean Martin to mambo, and techno to Israeli folk songs. Irresistible and mesmerizing, Minus 16 breaks down barriers between performers and audience members, making each performance unique and excitedly unpredictable.
Cincinnati Ballet proudly presents an athletic and sensual world premiere created by Cincinnati Ballet Resident Choreographer Adam Hougland. His brand new work is set to Beethoven’s String Quartet “Op. 18, No. 1 in F Major”, performed live on stage by the award-winning ensemble, Ariel Quartet. Audiences love choreographer Adam Hougland’s work for its striking imagery, dramatic power and passionate musicality. This is his seventh world premiere for the company, following beloved works including Mozart’s Requiem, Rite of Spring, Firebird and more. Originally formed in Israel during the members’ high school years, the Ariel Quartet now performs all over the world and is the faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. American Record Guide described the Ariel Quartet as “a consummate ensemble gifted with utter musicality and remarkable interpretive power.
“Minus 16 not only delights in its own wackiness, but also celebrates the joy of dancing.”
Cincinnati Ballet presents a wide variety of repertoire during its performance season, including a number of new works. In this issue, Artistic Director, Victoria Morgan, talks about the upcoming Bold Moves program and some of her favorite moments of the 2018-2019 Season. 1. What are the characteristics of the ballets chosen for a Bold Moves […]
An exciting component of this season’s April Bold Moves triple bill is the world premiere of Cincinnati Ballet Artistic Director Victoria Morgan’s Dancing to Oz, with original music by Maestro Carmon DeLeone. Here’s a “sneak peek” interview with her about what’s happening with this new ballet based upon the classic Oz tale and created for both adults […]
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.
Gaga is more of a sensory experience than a dance. It’s improvisational. It’s freeform. It’s kinesthetic. It’s “moving from far engines,” says Wagner.
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.
See how Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 is changing the way Cincinnati Ballet dancers are approaching their craft in our interviews about learning Naharin’s famed Gaga technique.
We sat down with Cincinnati Ballet dancers to talk about their personal favorite Hougland piece, and what to expect from his world premiere of Cut to the Chase during Bold Moves, March 17-18.
Famed Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin brings Minus 16 and a whole new language of movement to Bold Moves, March 17-18. Peek into rehearsal in this photo gallery.
Adam Hougland premieres a brand new world premiere, Cut to the Chase, during Bold Moves March 17-18. Peek into rehearsal in this photo gallery.
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.
Known to The New York Times as “one of the most important choreographers in the world,” Ohad Naharin’s unique movement language, the Gaga technique, has made waves across the globe.
“Naharin has combined pure movement and theater in pieces charged with tension and drama that nonetheless, he claims, go beyond political metaphor or any particular meaning; Naharin is instead ‘‘turned on by the act of composition,’’ by textures, colors, rhythms.”
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