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April 22-May 2, 2021 | Aronoff Center

Our inaugural Bold Moves Festival will feature seven rotating mainstage productions accompanied by a variety of activities that will wow both ballet connoisseurs and those who love dance of all genres! In addition to these amazing performances, audiences have a menu of guest artists, talks, film screenings, dance classes, after-parties and more to choose from during this exhilarating and immersive experience.

Program 1

In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated; Our Story; Wild Sweet Love

In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated

Choreography: William Forsythe
Music: Thom Willems (1987)

Few choreographers have changed ballet as deeply as American choreographer William Forsythe. His radical work in the 1980s redefined the artform with choreographic innovations. Forsythe’s 1987 ballet, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, electrified the ballet world. The contemporary masterpiece is an athletic union of classical ballet and modern dance, set to a thunderous electronic score. It opens with two ballerinas on stage, sizing each other up. What follows is a ballet battle for center stage as dancers redefine the classical dance vocabulary. As for the title, look upwards for two golden cherries – the ‘somewhat elevated’ objects of the title.

Our Story

Choreography: David Morse
Music: Arvo Pärt

Be moved by Our Story, a reflection on the Holocaust from the perspective of survivors. Choreographed by Cincinnati Ballet soloist David Morse, the evocative work expands on a piece he initially created for the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center’s Gala Opening in 2019. With Our Story, Morse is taking a deeper look at how the Holocaust affected those who survived to tell the story.

Wild Sweet Love

Choreography: Trey McIntyre
Music: Queen, Lou Reed, Roberta Flack, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, The Partridge Family, Felix Mendelssohn, The Zombies

Trey McIntyre’s Wild Sweet Love returns to Cincinnati Ballet with a fantastic journey through the ups and downs of love. The athletic program is truly unexpected, featuring dance vignettes set to a quirky mix of music from artists like Queen to the Partridge Family to classical composer Felix Mendelssohn. Wild Sweet Love was inspired by the “Wedding March” from Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and is a loose narrative ballet about a lonely woman and her search for love.

Program 2

Nine Sinatra Songs; Petal; Sechs Tänze; World Premiere

Nine Sinatra Songs

Choreography: Twyla Tharp
Songs Sung by Frank Sinatra

Nine Sinatra Songs presents a glamorous collection of seven couples that explores the arc of romantic relationships. The dancers swing, swirl, tango, and cha-cha through a glittering ballroom. Choreographer Twyla Tharp chose Frank Sinatra songs from the 1950s and 60s – Strangers in the Night, All the Way, That’s Life, One For My Baby (and One More For The Road), Softly As I Leave You, Something Stupid, and Forget Domani. Each of the songs interprets a phase in a couple’s relationship with its own distinct character and flavor. The ballet, created in 1982, is one of Tharp’s most frequently performed works and has become a mainstay in the repertories of professional dance companies worldwide.

Petal

Choreography: Helen Pickett
Music: Philip Glass & Thomas Montgomery Newman

Choreographer Helen Pickett created Petal in 2008 for the Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet. Since then, the lively Petal has become one of her best-known works. Pickett says it was inspired by the vibrant color and softness of a Gerber daisy. With high-octane yet sensual choreography, it is a visual riot of colorful wildflowers sure to enliven the audience.

Sechs Tänze

Choreography: Jiří Kylián
Music: “Sechs Deutsche Tänze” KV 571, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Back by popular demand! Audiences were in awe of choreographer Jiří Kylián’s Sechs Tänze when it made its regional premiere during our 2018-2019 Season. Filled with sophisticated precision, this fanciful romp is both poetic and playful. The work represents the Rococo, the costumes and mannerisms of Mozart’s era, and expresses Kylián’s belief that life is a masquerade.

World Premiere

Choreography: Heather Britt
Music: TBD

Be amazed by a spectacular world premiere from Heather Britt, Cincinnati native and choreographer-extraordinaire! Britt has delighted Cincinnati Ballet audiences for more than 10 years with her athletic and emotional creations.

Program 1
Performance Dates

In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Our Story, Wild Sweet Love

Thursday, April 22, 2021

7:30 pm

  • Aronoff Center for the Arts

Saturday, April 24, 2021

8:00 pm

  • Aronoff Center for the Arts

Sunday, April 25, 2021

1:00 pm

  • Aronoff Center for the Arts

Friday, April 30, 2021

8:00 pm

  • Aronoff Center for the Arts

Saturday, May 1, 2021

2:00 pm

  • Aronoff Center for the Arts

Program 2
Performance Dates

Nine Sinatra Songs, Petal, Sechs Tänze, World Premiere

Friday, April 23, 2021

8:00 pm

  • Aronoff Center for the Arts

Saturday, April 24, 2021

2:00 pm

  • Aronoff Center for the Arts

Thursday, April 29, 2021

7:30 pm

  • Aronoff Center for the Arts

Saturday, May 1, 2021

8:00 pm

  • Aronoff Center for the Arts

Sunday, May 2, 2021

1:00 pm

  • Aronoff Center for the Arts

Bold Moves Festival Production Sponsors

The Kaplan Foundation

Production Presenters

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