Women who move us | April 20-30
No season of celebration would ever be complete without The Kaplan New Works Series, now a Cincinnati institution. New Works remains committed to celebrating innovation in dance and brings internationally recognized choreographers right to our door step. This year is no exception with a dazzling, all-women roster. Victoria has chosen the best female choreographers to present their work alongside her, in keeping with the tradition of innovation while highlighting the talented women who are underrepresented in our art form. Morgan will present a world premiere of her own along with new works from Jennifer Archibald, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Heather Britt.
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, 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 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 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.
Jennifer Archibald studied ballet and hip hop, bringing a unique mix of the two styles to the stage.
Surprisingly, women are vastly underrepresented in leadership roles in ballet. This series aims to influence the change and put women at the forefront of the art form.
“Britt and her dancers infuse the work with a level of intimacy we rarely see onstage. Their faces and bodies press against one another with an urgency that is mesmerizing.”
Women Who Move Us
Four premieres from four cutting edge choreographers. Look back at recent works by Jennifer Archibald, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Heather Britt and Victoria Morgan, then get your tickets to explore innovation from these ground breaking choreographers during New Works, April 20-30.
David Lyman talked with Victoria Morgan about why she is so “psyched” about this season’s New Works.
At Cincinnati Ballet’s Kaplan New Works Series, dancers take on the role of choreographer, Pointe Magazine interviewed Taylor Carrasco, David Morse, and Victoria Morgan about this journey.
John Lomax on Local 12’s Good Morning Cincinnati talked with Taylor Carrasco and David Morse about the pieces the world premieres they are choreographing for The Kaplan New Works Series.
Cincinnati Ballet is proud to partner again with Arnold’s Bar and Grill for a special New Works package: for two nights only, enjoy dinner and the show for just $60+ fees. That’s like getting dinner FREE! Grab your tickets for September 18 or 19 with promo code NWDINNER1819 and you’re in for a real treat – a special New […]
Deborah Linz at Fox 19 sat down with Taylor Carrasco and David Morse to talk about the pieces they are choreographing for The Kaplan New Works Series
Charisse Gibson at Fox 19 sat down with Taylor Carrasco and David Morse to discuss the upcoming The Kaplan New Works Series on FOX19 NOW Morning News.
Photo gallery from Cincinnati Ballet’s New Works rehearsals.
It’s impressive. When I got here and started working with the dancers, I was blown away by what they can do.” – choreographer Travis Wall
Travis Wall, Artistic Director of Shaping Sound and So You Think You Can Dance star, sat down to tell us about how his mother’s story inspired his upcoming world premiere during New Works.
“I’m very confident in storytelling,” Travis Wall, choreographer and Artistic Director of Shaping Sound Dance Company, said. “Something I can do is create a story with no words and get that across to an audience.” That is exactly what Travis Wall brings to Cincinnati Ballet’s The Kaplan New Works Series September, 14-24 at the Aronoff […]
Cincinnati Ballet is proud to partner again with Arnold’s Bar and Grill for a special New Works package: for two nights only, enjoy dinner and the show for just $65.10. That’s like getting dinner FREE! Grab your tickets for September 19 or 20 with promo code ARNOLDS and you’re in for a real treat – a special New […]
Hear from Artistic Director Victoria Morgan on the genesis and impact of New Works on the community as well as the Cincinnati Ballet dancers themselves.
“She was said to be as talented a musician and composer as her brother,” says Saunders, “but was not permitted to continue her career in music because she was a woman.” In The Kaplan New Works Series, choreographer Penny Saunders sets out to tell the story of Maria Anna Mozart, a prodigy pianist and […]
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.
Celebrating its 13th year, The Kaplan New Work Series opens Cincinnati Ballet’s groundbreaking 2017-2018 Season September 14-24 at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater. The series offers an up-close experience with a variety of exciting world premieres by today’s most innovative choreographers. This year’s program includes special guest Travis Wall, best known for his work on […]
Experience a sampling from The Kaplan New Works Series, on stage until April 30, in these slow motion clips from Jennifer Archibald’s Never.Nest. See the world premiere of Never.Nest during The Kaplan New Works Series, April 20-30.
Experience a sampling from The Kaplan New Works Series, on stage until April 30, in these slow motion clips from Heather Britt’s Karass. See the world premiere of Karass during The Kaplan New Works Series, April 20-30.
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.
Experience a sampling from The Kaplan New Works Series, on stage until April 30, in these slow motion clips from Victoria Morgan’s Somewhere Close to Happiness.
Now in its 12th year, and sixth season presenting an all-female lineup, [New Works] has positioned itself at the forefront of a global conversation around gender imbalances in ballet.
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.
Archibald and her New York-based Arch Dance Company are known for “soulful contemporary movement” that blends elements of street dance with more classical forms.
But don’t mistake melancholy for resignation… They reflect. They respond. And they make dances; powerful, athletic and, in some moments, quite eloquent.
There’s only one bad thing about spring in Cincinnati. It signifies the end of the ballet season. And that, my friends, is a travesty.
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.
Heather Britt brings Karass to The Kaplan New Works Series, April 20-30. Peek into rehearsals in this photo gallery.
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.
Peek into the studio as Cincinnati Ballet Dancers rehearse Jennifer Archibald’s Never.Nest.
Cincinnati Ballet dancers have been hard at work perfecting 4 premieres for The Kaplan New Works Series ahead of performances at the Aronoff Center April 20-30.
It’s safe to say Britt has not only established herself as an esteemed choreographer, she’s also shaking up the dance community in Cincinnati, and beyond.
While sitting at the memorial for a young family member, Heather Britt found herself contemplating what remains after we are gone.
Known for her variety of influences, Jennifer Archibald will again enter uncharted territory through her collaboration with street artist Swoon on her latest work, Never.Nest.
When she was 10 years old, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa learned Aristophanes’ myth explaining the human desire for companionship. Ever since, the story has stuck with her.
Toronto-Brooklyn based artist, Jennifer Archibald is the founder and Artistic Director of the Arch Dance Company and Program Director of ArchCore40 dance intensives.
Lopez Ochoa is a sought-after choreographer who has created works for more than 40 dance companies around the world.
The Kaplan New Works Series is Cincinnati Ballet’s highly anticipated, annual experience offering an intimate presentation of brand new, cutting-edge works at the Aronoff’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater.
Your special $50 ticket will cover your ticket, two drinks and pizza at the pre-show party at Pi Pizzeria – Cincinnati.
Cincinnati Ballet’s Kaplan New Works Series remains committed to celebrating innovation in dance and brings internationally recognized choreographers right to our door step.
Vote for your favorite title for Victoria Morgan’s latest work, a world premiere coming to Cincinnati in 2017!
Cincinnati Ballet’s 2016-2017 Season marks Artistic Director & CEO Victoria Morgan’s 20th. To celebrate, the new season features unique collaborations, world premieres and the return of treasured family classics.
“[Sit is] voluptuous…fiery…sensual…”
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