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Bold Moves Festival Experiences

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Get ready to experience something Bold. With a multitude of captivating experiences: from dance parties to art installations, we have curated an extraordinary lineup for everyone to enjoy.

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Open for Program 1 + 2 Attendees

IRENE RODRÍGUEZ
DEMO CLASS


Internationally-acclaimed Cuban artist Irene Rodríguez leads a demonstration class in the Sheakley Premier Studio. Rodríguez, who is featured on Program 1 of the Bold Moves Festival, has more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, choreographer, and performer of the Spanish Dance and Flamenco style. Rodríguez will introduce the audience to this powerful and passionate genre of dance.

Moderated by Lorena Mora-Mowry

In 2006, Lorena founded MujerLatinaToday.com to empower the Hispanic/Latino community. Since 2017, she has worked with Prokids on custody, neglect, and abuse cases involving Hispanic/Latino families. Additionally, she hosts Lorena Today on Apple Podcasts, volunteers with Latina leadership groups in Ohio, and collaborates with local businesses and organizations to amplify the Hispanic voice.

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general admission | $5

Open for Program 2 Attendees

PRIDE NIGHT Danseur film screening


DANSEUR explores the bullying, homophobia and gender bias that men face in pursuit of their ballet dreams while illustrating the athleticism and vitality of ballet.

In partnership with Cincinnati Pride, there will be poster giveaways and information about this year’s Pride Parade + Festival.

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Open for Program 2 Attendees

PRIDE NIGHT Somerset afterparty


Located at 139 E McMicken Avenue, Somerset is a bar that values cultural diversity and connection. Their doors are open to community groups and organizations to use their spaces for free and their menu offers a range of affordable options.

Somerset will be crafting a Pride-themed Signature Cocktail for Program 2 attendees.

*Cincinnati Ballet does not provide coverage for drinks

ages 21+ only

MEET THE ARTIST for Bold Moves Festival

Open for Program 1 Attendees

MEET THE ARTIST:
company dancers


Meet the Artist is a unique opportunity to connect with the artist behind the art and hear first-hand about their creative process. Joining us on June 9 are Cincinnati Ballet Company Dancers.

Open for Program 2 Attendees

MEET THE ARTIST:
garrett smith


Meet the Artist is a unique opportunity to connect with the artist behind the art and hear first-hand about their creative process. Joining us on June 10 is Garrett Smith, one of the headliners for Bold Moves Festival Program 2.

Garrett is a visionary artist known for his unique blend of classical and contemporary dance styles that push beyond the boundaries of convention. His choreography is known for its compelling and emotionally charged movements, which engage audiences on a deep and meaningful level.

Open for Program 1 + 2 Attendees

DANSEUR film
screening + q&a


DANSEUR is an award-winning documentary that addresses exactly what it is like to be a boy in ballet. Told through the first-person accounts of nearly two-dozen DANSEURs, it tells the sometimes gut-wrenching stories of what it is like to be gender stereotyped, bullied, and outcast in pursuit of your dreams.

After the screening, enjoy a Q and A with the filmmaker Scott Gormley and former and current Cincinnati Ballet dancers.

*Event includes cash bar and free popcorn.

Open for Program 1 + 2 Attendees

art installation:
the bold senses


This is an immersive sensory experience where each screen depicts the Festival’s six works told through one of the five senses of the body – touch, smell, hearing, sight, and taste. This installation will engage your senses and take you on a bold journey through the human experience.

We invite you to be a part of the installation by writing down the sense that most resonates in your memory and pinning it to one of the canvas mannequins in the installation.

open all throughout the festival
located on the loge level

Open for Program 1 Attendees

MEET THE ARTIST:
IRene Rodríguez


Meet the Artist is a unique opportunity to connect with the artist behind the art and hear first-hand about their creative process. Joining us on June 15 is Irene Rodríguez, one of the headliners for Bold Moves Festival Program 1.

Irene is an award-winning dancer and choreographer known for her exceptional performances that blend traditional flamenco styles with contemporary elements.

Open for Program 2 Attendees

MEET THE ARTIST:
Jodie gates


Meet the Artist is a unique opportunity to connect with the artist behind the art and hear first-hand about their creative process. Joining us on June 16 is Jodie Gates, the former principal dancer of the Joffrey Ballet.

Jodie has enjoyed a distinguished career as a ballet dancer, choreographer, and educator, having been recognized with numerous awards and honors throughout her career. As Artistic Director of Cincinnati Ballet, Jodie has brought her unique artistic vision to the company, pushing boundaries and inspiring audiences with thrilling and innovative performances.

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