Experience innovative dance including a world premiere from Cincinnati choreographer and DANCEFIX phenom Heather Britt and a Cincinnati premiere by award-winning British choreographer Cathy Marston. The Kaplan New Works Series also features premieres from Cincinnati Ballet dancers Daniel Baldwin, Taylor Carrasco, and Melissa Gelfin De-Poli.
Carmina Burana is based upon a rediscovered manuscript dating back to the 11th century that was found by a Bavarian librarian in a monastery in 1803. Twenty-four of the poems were then set to music by Carl Orff in 1936. Nicolo Fonte illuminates the evocative score bringing these poems to life in new and unexpected ways.
Part art installation and part movement drama, Cerrudo’s Extremely Close creates a sense of restlessness throughout as dancers negotiate their way through a perpetually shifting environment. Propelled by changing landscapes, Cerrudo weaves a mesmerizing spell of movement punctuated by fleeting moments of intense intimacy with music by composers Philip Glass and Dustin O’Halloran. The piece evokes a haunting and irrevocable sense of separation, that sometimes home is the brief connective peace you find before the world shifts again.
Join us for the magic of The Nutcracker, with sparkling choreography, awe-inspiring sets and costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. When Clara receives a nutcracker on Christmas Eve, her dreams take her on a grand adventure. Follow Clara and her Nutcracker Prince to the wondrous Land of Sweets, where a fantastic cast of characters awaits. Meet the Snow Queen and King, Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier, mischievous mice, brave toy soldiers, chicks and even Clara’s friend Minnie the Poodle. Dozens of local young performers join Cincinnati Ballet onstage for these holiday performances. It’s a spectacular holiday treat for the entire family!
Webre’s colorful, humorous interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s trippy story is a visual feast with spectacular sets and over-the-top costumes, accompanied by a buoyant score from composer Matthew Pierce performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Follow the White Rabbit into Springer Auditorium and meet the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat but watch out for the Red Queen or it’ll be off with your head!
The hour-long, narrated ballet, performed by Cincinnati Ballet Second Company – CB2 dancers is the perfect introduction to dance, even for the youngest members of your family. With choreography from Pamela Robinson Harris and Peggy Dolkas, it also features Professional Training Division dancers and young performers from Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy. Tickets for the performance start at just $20 and include fun lobby activities at the theater. JUST ADDED: Sensory-friendly performance on Friday, April 14 at 10:30 am.
With two diverse programs, the Festival is truly a bold exploration of dance that features multiple works from world-renowned choreographers, including Cincinnati Ballet resident choreographer Jennifer Archibald’s SIT, Val Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House, William Forsythe’s In the middle, somewhat elevated, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Written and Forgotten and Garrett Smith’s Façades. The production also includes guest artist Compañía Irene Rodríguez on Program 1.