Cincinnati Ballet announces its 2018-2019 Season, a celebration of Carmon DeLeone’s 50th Anniversary as Music Director, with more performances than ever before. The ambitious programming schedule includes diverse offerings, from sophisticated classics to adventurous new works in tandem with expanded fun for the whole family.
“Carmon is loved by his Cincinnati Ballet family; the dancers, staff and Board and by the hundreds of thousands of Cincinnati Ballet ticket buyers who, through the years at most every performance, witness the spirit of aliveness that Carmon gestures to and pulls from the talented musicians before him. Carmon always says that he has the best seat in the house. And for 50 years we have had the best maestro any ballet company could hope for.” Victoria Morgan, Artistic Director.
Opening the season from September 13-23 is the 14th year of The Kaplan New Works Series, bringing the raw energy of contemporary ballet front and center. This year’s program offers an up-close experience with a variety of exciting and innovative premieres performed at the Aronoff’s intimate Jarson-Kaplan Theater. Featured will be four powerful world premieres: one by San Francisco Ballet dancer and nationally acclaimed Myles Thatcher, another by Resident Choreographer Jennifer Archibald, and – for the first time – two new works by Cincinnati Ballet dancers, selected through Cincinnati Ballet’s annual Choreographers’ Workshop.
“I am excited to highlight the talent of our dancers,” says Victoria Morgan. “It is an opportunity for us to develop that talent, to cultivate a fresh voice with tons of potential. Choreographing actually is like a painter staring at an empty canvass or a writer looking into a blank computer screen, the choreographer walks into the studio, and instead of inanimate objects to propel his/her work forward, there stand a group of highly-trained dancers, all looking at you with expectancy. That act of moving from peer to peer as it shifts from peer to leader is also not easy. I’m really proud of them. I have been watching the choreography of several of our dancers for years – they are deserving and promising!”
In celebration of Carmon DeLeone’s iconic 50th season as Music Director of Cincinnati Ballet, the Company will then present the return of the family favorite full-length ballet Peter Pan, from October 25-28 at Music Hall, composed by the Maestro himself. This full-length ballet, based on J.M. Barrie’s famous tale, takes the audience to exotic lands filled with pixie dust, Lost Boys, Captain Hook, swashbuckling pirates, a very hungry crocodile, and – of course – Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t grow up. Playful fun for the young at heart, Peter Pan is certain to thrill the child in everyone.
Following Peter Pan, Cincinnati Ballet’s holiday triumph The Nutcracker returns to Music Hall in all its splendor, December 13-24. Due to popular demand, this season offers additional opportunities for families to enjoy The Nutcracker with an expanded schedule in Cincinnati totaling 15 performances. Complete with eye-popping sets and costumes, and performed to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, The Nutcracker is the family tradition that can’t be missed.
The Sleeping Beauty returns to Music Hall Valentine’s Day weekend February 14-17. The enduring tale of a sleeping princess, a handsome prince, and the triumph of good over evil take center stage in this beloved full-length fairytale classic. Set to a glorious score by Tchaikovsky, The Sleeping Beauty will awaken everyone’s senses and transport them to a magical place.
Rounding out Cincinnati Ballet’s Music Hall residency is Director’s Cut: Firebird + Rite of Spring, March 21-24. Audiences will experience the consummate blend of music and dance in this dazzling pair of works by Cincinnati favorite, Adam Hougland, both set to the music of the iconic, Igor Stravinsky. The first is Rite of Spring, a ritualistically visceral tale that is breathtaking and tribal at the same time. The second is the intoxicating Firebird, Hougland’s unique take on the classic ballet about the intertwined lives of a hunter and a magical bird. This powerful double bill is performed alongside Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Cincinnati Ballet continues its programming for the entire family next season with the second annual offering of the Cincinnati Ballet Family Series. Kids and adults alike will leap aboard a magic carpet for fun and adventure as Cincinnati Ballet presents the mystical tale Aladdin, March 30-April 7 at Aronoff Center. Created specifically for families with children, the performance is an adapted version of the fairy-tale favorite – including an engaging storyline, narration and interactive elements throughout. Filled with comedy, and romance, Aladdin is a magical ride for the whole family featuring Cincinnati Ballet Second Company.
In a delightful double bill that will close the season, Bold Moves, from April 25-28 at Aronoff Center, proves that there is something in dance for everyone to enjoy. For the first time in the Company’s history, the Company will present internationally acclaimed Jiří Kylián’s Sechs Tänze, a whimsical take on the aristocratic era set to the music of Mozart. Filled with sophisticated precision, this fanciful romp is both poetic and playful at the same time. Completing the celebration of Carmon DeLeones’ 50th Season is the world premiere of Victoria Morgan’s Dancing to Oz, including an original score by Maestro DeLeone. Based on the classic Oz tale, with a ballet studio as the setting, our heroine follows a fabled path that ultimately reveals hidden strengths that inspire new hope and confidence in her.
Subscriptions on sale now. Single tickets on sale August 6.