“She was said to be as talented a musician and composer as her brother,” says Saunders, “but was not permitted to continue her career in music because she was a woman.”
In The Kaplan New Works Series, choreographer Penny Saunders sets out to tell the story of Maria Anna Mozart, a prodigy pianist and composer, who spent much of her life in her younger brother’s shadow. The theme is fitting for her first collaboration with Cincinnati Ballet, where Artistic Director Victoria Morgan has strived, in her tenure, to bring voices of talented female artists to the forefront. Voices like Saunders’s.
Saunders began her professional career with The American Repertory Ballet under the direction of Septime Webre, and went on to dance with Ballet Arizona, MOMIX Dance Theater, Cedar Lake Ensemble, and in 2004 she joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
She launched her choreographic career in 2011, after winning the International Commissioning Project and crating new works for Hubbard Street Dance’s main and second companies, Whim W’Him, SFDanceworks, Neos Dance Theater, Own Cox Dance Group, and The Nexus Project. She currently serves as the choreographer in residence at The Grand Rapids Ballet, with support from The New York City Ballet Choreographic Commissions Initiative.
I’m so lucky to be able to spend my time bringing my daydreams into a physical reality.
We welcomed Saunders to Cincinnati for the first time this month, as she began the fast-paced creative process behind choreographing a World Premiere for New Works. “The dancers here are wonderful,” she said, “and I’m enjoying my time with them immensely! I’m so lucky to be able to spend my time bringing my daydreams into a physical reality.”
Saunders’s incredibly diverse choreographic skill, when combined with a Company of dancers who are adept at a variety of movement styles, and possess a willingness to explore new territory, will surely result in a World Premiere that will move, and inspire Cincinnati audiences. Get your tickets to The Kaplan New Works Series today and be among the first to see the creative fruits of this exciting collaboration.