Our Season will conclude with the launch of something completely new – the launch of our Bold Moves Festival. The immersive dance experience will feature six rotating mainstage productions accompanied by a variety of activities and interactive events that will please discerning balletomanes and families alike. Bold Moves Festival will feature Ohad Naharin’s seminal work, Minus 16, along with a world premiere, Our Story, from Company soloist David Morse. Continuing our commitment to female choreographers, the program will feature the regional premieres of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Bloom and Helen Pickett’s Petal, as well as the return of Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs and audience favorite, Victoria Morgan’s saucy Boléro. 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.
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.
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.
Choreography: Ohad Naharin
Music: Various Artists
Cincinnati Ballet’s Bold Moves Festival is anchored in Minus 16, an exciting, critically-acclaimed dance by Israeli choreographer and contemporary dancer, Ohad Naharin. 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.
Choreography: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Music: Philip Glass
Choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa brings Bloom, an emotional piece inspired by a Balinese flower ritual, set to composer Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto. Lopez Ochoa first encountered puja while visiting the island as a tourist at a guesthouse. The daily ritual of reverence inspired her to create Bloom. “They put flowers on the guests’ doorsteps, as a sign of honor and also so the divine will protect you,” Lopez recalled. “I wanted to capture the gratitude and humility of that offering, but at the same time, like all rituals including dance, there is a rigor, a dedication, and a devotion to that ritual. I wanted to capture both energies.” The women, dressed in red, perform the role of the flower, male dancers are their protectors. During the fast-paced, powerful work, Lopez Ochoa also utilized martial-arts movement in her choreography.
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.
Choreography: Victoria Morgan
Music: Maurice Ravel
Performed last in our 2013-2014 Season, Victoria Morgan’s wildly popular Boléro is a unique take on Maurice Ravel’s beloved composition. Boléro tells the story of a ballet dancer from her childhood class to professional career. The piece begins with students from the Otto M. Budig Academy at the barre. Those dancers are joined on stage by progressively older dancers, until the Main Company artists enter. The dancers, all clad in red, perform an increasingly driving work that plays to Ravel’s iconic score. The dancers also improvise and perform moves and tricks that show off their specific athletic strengths and talents.