Cincinnati Ballet returns to the Queen City this week, after dazzling more than 13,000 Washington, D.C.–area audience members in seven performances at the world-renowned John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Sarah Kaufman, dance critic of The Washington Post, called the performance “a sparkling version of the holiday classic,” and said “For this, and countless other clever, witty and musically fluid moments in the Cincinnati Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker we can be truly thankful.” Kaufman continues, “the ballet teems with a sense of humor, love and wonder that pulls the affair together in a harmonious, meaningful way,” and calls the closing of Act 1 “one of the prettiest snow scenes in memory.”
“This week has been a dream come true for Cincinnati Ballet,” comments Victoria Morgan, Artistic Director & CEO and Nutcracker choreographer. “The Washington, D.C. audiences were warm and appreciative and welcomed our Nutcracker with laughter, cheers, and standing ovations. Our brilliant dancers inspired thousands of people with their breathtaking performances, our staff and stage crew were masterful, and our Music Director Carmon DeLeone conducted the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra beautifully. We are so grateful to our sponsors who made this tour possible, to the Cincinnati Ballet supporters who traveled to D.C. to enjoy this experience with us, and to our loyal fans at home who wished us well. We now have thousands of new Cincinnati Ballet fans, and we look forward to returning to D.C. someday in the future.”
Executive Director Scott Altman comments, “We are proud to be ambassadors for Cincinnati and to help put our city on the map in our nation’s capital. After such a successful run at the Kennedy Center, we are even more excited to returned to the Queen City and kick of the holidays for the Cincinnati community.”
Hilary Stroh of Bachtrack.com said Morgan’s choreography was “deft and delightful, and brought welcome freshness to a much-loved classic.” Kevin McNeir of the Washington Informer praised Cincinnati Ballet for “bringing the audience to their feet following a performance complete with compelling scenic designs, dazzling costumes and tantalizing acrobatics.”
Cincinnati Enquirer arts writer David Lyman chronicled the company’s tour to Washington, D.C. and noted “Sitting amidst a near-capacity audience made up of people who were new to artistic director Victoria Morgan’s imaginative production, the experience was a little like seeing it for the first time again.”
Dance fans from around the world were also able to enjoy Cincinnati Ballet’s Kennedy Center engagement, as the Kennedy Center live-streamed a company class on Facebook; garnering nearly 30,000 views from across the globe in just a few hours. Cincinnati Ballet fans can find behind-the-scenes photos and videos from the tour on the company’s website and social media channels, and by following #CBalletonTour.
The company returns to Cincinnati with twelve performances of Frisch’s Big Boy Presents The Nutcracker at the Aronoff Center December 9–18.