Artistic Director & CEO Victoria Morgan announced today choreographer Jennifer Archibald has been named the company’s new Resident Choreographer, effective immediately. In this capacity, Archibald will choreograph an annual world premiere specifically for Cincinnati Ballet. Preceding Resident Choreographers were Adam Hougland, from 2009-2017, and Kirk Peterson from 2001-2009.
In the upcoming 2017-2018 Season Archibald will create a world premiere piece during the April 2018 Bold Moves series, a production that includes music performed by Eighth Blackbird. She has choreographed two works for Cincinnati Ballet in the past three years, including Sit (2014), Redeem (2016), and presents a world premiere in the upcoming Kaplan New Works Series April 20-30, 2017.
Archibald is the founder and artistic director of the Arch Dance Company, Program Director of ArchCore40 dance intensives, and is at the forefront of today’s dance generation of choreographers and dance educators. A graduate of the Alvin Ailey School and the Maggie Flanigan Acting Conservatory where she specialized in the Meisner technique, she brings a variety of experience and styles to Cincinnati Ballet. In addition to choreographic work for Cincinnati Ballet, she has also been commissioned by Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Ailey II, Kansas City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, and has worked commercially for brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Nike and MAC Cosmetics, as well as chart-listed singers and actors.
Congruent with Morgan’s mission to celebrate and encourage women taking leadership roles in ballet, Archibald will be the first female Resident Choreographer in Cincinnati Ballet history. “After our first collaboration with Jennifer Archibald, I was blown away by her tremendous talent, innovative ideas, and her unique ability to seamlessly blend contemporary dance and nuances of hip hop with ballet technique,” says Morgan. “This diverse skill set she brings to our artists has deepened their relationship to movement, in defining what is possible for them. I am thrilled and honored to welcome her to this new role with Cincinnati Ballet.”
“It’s a huge opportunity for any artist,” says Archibald, “to have a creative home where you are well-supported by the directors while also building trust with the dancers. I’m exciting to be in an environment where I can create on a much larger scale, and I feel a welcomed sense of responsibility to create work for Cincinnati Ballet that has never been done before!”
Cincinnati Ballet’s upcoming performances include a two-week run of The Kaplan New Works Series at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater, where Archibald presents her world premiere collaboration with visual artist Caledonia Curry, or “Swoon”, April 20-30.