Director’s Choice is a unique, mixed-repertoire presentation featuring works by four groundbreaking female choreographers. The diverse yet balanced evening curated by Artistic Director & CEO Victoria Morgan includes Jessica Lang’s A Solo in Nine Parts, Heather Britt’s Habitual, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Cylindrical Shadows and a world premiere by Jennifer Archibald. Audiences have three opportunities to see Director’s Choice, Friday April 29 at 8 pm and Saturday, April 30 at 2 pm and 8 pm at the Aronoff Center.
“It is my intention to support female choreographers, as there are so few women who step forward in our art form, says Morgan, “but a woman’s voice must be heard in all forms of communication, artistic and otherwise. This is a program that leans into the future in ways that are bold and genuine, yet reckless and hugely inventive in content!”
Jessica Lang, founder of New York City based dance company Jessica Lang Dance (JLD), presents A Solo in Nine Parts. Set to a Vivaldi violin concerto, the piece features nine performers in a classic, yet modern and refreshingly stripped down performance, beautifully and ingeniously crafted to showcase the true talent and athleticism of the dancers. This contemporary piece is sure to be a delight to both ballet aficionados and newcomers alike.
Heather Britt, beloved Cincinnati-based choreographer and founder of the wildly popular class DANCEFIX, presents her pas de deux Habitual, inspired by the attraction that we have as humans to repeat what is familiar. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, “Britt and her dancers infuse the work with a level of intimacy we rarely see onstage.” Britt is a graduate of the School of Creative and Performing Arts and her work has been featured several times in The Kaplan New Works Series.
Internationally recognized choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa was inspired to create Cylindrical Shadows after the loss of a close friend, in exploration of the themes of life and death. With a focus on life’s challenges and how we survive them, her choreography moves through darkness to a place of peace and hope, revealing the resilience of the human spirit in the face of tragedy. The piece premiered with Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2012 and was named one of the highlights of the year by Dance Magazine US.
Founder and artistic director of New York City’s acclaimed Arch Dance Company, Jennifer Archibald, presents a world premiere piece for Cincinnati Ballet. A graduate of the Ailey School, the official school of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Archibald pulls from a variety of influences to boldly and seamlessly infuse ballet with nuances of hip hop and contemporary dance. Cincinnati may remember Archibald from her brilliant piece Sit in last season’s production of The Kaplan New Works Series. The Cincinnati Enquirer described the piece as, “…voluptuous…fiery…sensual…”
MEET THE ARTISTS
Studio Experience: Join us at the Cincinnati Ballet Center (1555 Central Parkway) for a full behind the scenes experience including a performance preview and a conversation with select artists, Tuesday, April 19 at 5:15 pm. RSVP to the Cincinnati Ballet box office at 513.621.5282.
Pre-performance: Cincinnati Ballet is pleased to offer Meet the Artists, a pre-performance discussion series where audiences will have the opportunity to meet choreographers, dancers and members of the creative team. This event is free to anyone with a Director’s Choice ticket, and will take place Friday, April 29 at 7 pm in Procter & Gamble Hall at the Aronoff Center. Attendees must present Director’s Choice ticket for admission.
Director’s Choice Sponsors: Peter T. Joseph Foundation, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, TriHealth, PNC, Ernst & Young, Karen Bowman, Karen Maier, Elizabeth & John Lamacchia, WKRC