The Kaplan New Works Series

Dancing outside of the box

The Kaplan New Works Series returns to be performed for the second time in its new home at the Aronoff Center in the beautiful Jarson-Kaplan Theater, allowing access to a larger audience while maintaining the intimate environment you have grown to know and love during this series.

New Works remains committed to innovation and the celebration of choreographers while showcasing the dancers and spotlighting their strength, athleticism and diversity. This year New Works features three world premieres and one Cincinnati premiere. Long-time collaborator Adam Hougland introduces a brand new solo piece, marking his sixth world premiere for Cincinnati Ballet, as well as presenting the popular All My Favorite People which premiered during Cincinnati Ballet & Over the Rhine Live in 2013. Boston choreographer Viktor Plotnikov will use video technology to discover a visual union of movement and projection. Ma Cong, Resident Choreographer at Tulsa Ballet, began his training with the Beijing Dance Academy and has danced the work of all the acclaimed choreographers today such as Balanchine, Forsythe, Kylián, McMillan and more. Renaissance man Gabriel Gaffney Smith, a composer and choreographer/dancer with BalletMet Columbus, presents the Cincinnati premiere, Detachment Without Reason, a pas de deux set to his own original musical composition.


  • Intimate setting
  • Cutting-edge choreography
  • Five different pieces
  • Three world premieres
  • One Cincinnati premiere

All My Favorite People and Fellow Traveler: Adam Hougland
eye on pointe taken: Viktor Plotnikov
Mind on the [Re] Wind: Ma Cong
Untitled: Gabriel Gaffney Smith

All My Favorite People : music by Over the Rhine
Fellow Traveler: “Fellow Traveler” by Attacca Quartet
eye on pointe taken: “24 Preludes for Violin and Piano, Op. 46_ XV. Adagio sognando” by Daniel Hope & Jacques Ammon; “Laika’s Journey” by Max Richter
Mind on the [Re] Wind: “The mind on the (Re)Wind” by Ezio Bosso
Untitled: music by Gabriel Gaffney Smith

Cincinnati Ballet Company Dancers
Lighting Design: Ben Gantose

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Creating Outside the Box

Choreographers push themselves & dancers during New Works.

We caught up with the choreographers featured during New Works to ask them about their inspirations, the new pieces they are crafting for the stage and what it’s like making something entirely new alongside the Cincinnati Ballet dancers.

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“New Works is about revelations. Not just choreographic revelations. But since they see these dancers in different ways, the guest choreographers who create these new works offer us revelations about the performers themselves.”

Cincinnati Enquirer

The Kaplan New Works Series Sponsors

James A. Miller

Dianne Dunkelman & Peter Schwartz

Dianne & J. David

Theodore L. Schwartz & Minette Hoffheimer

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