Event Listings

Our upcoming events are listed below:

Bold Moves
1617 Season
Bold Moves
A contemporary cultural exchange

Keeping a finger on the pulse of the contemporary dance world, this mixed-repertoire presentation seeks to boldly explore boundaries, pioneering collaboration and innovation that defies traditional expectations of classical ballet. This season Cincinnati Ballet proudly joins a weeklong cultural exchange by showcasing Israeli artistic innovators, including the famed choreographer Ohad Naharin and the music of the Ariel Quartet, in conjunction with a series of community cultural events.

Minus 16
Choreography: Ohad Naharin

Ohad Naharin, artistic director for Tel-Aviv based dance company Batsheva and contemporary dance innovator presents his piece, Minus 16, a collection of vignettes incorporating improvisation and his acclaimed “Gaga” method. “Gaga” is a language of movement created by Naharin that challenges dancers to liberate themselves from old habits and explore new and inventive ways to use their bodies - by connecting with music, the mind and the space around them. Irresistible and mesmerizing, Minus 16 promises to be eye-opening for the dancers and audience members alike, as together we journey through a new philosophy of movement, forsaking our traditional notions of dance performance.

“Naharin has combined pure movement and theater in pieces charged with tension and drama that nonetheless, he claims, go beyond political metaphor or any particular meaning; Naharin is instead ‘‘turned on by the act of composition,’’ by textures, colors, rhythms.”
–Anna Della Subin, The New York Times

"Minus 16 not only delights in its own wackiness, but also celebrates the joy of dancing.”
-San Francisco Chronicle

World premiere
Choreography: Adam Hougland
Music: Ariel Quartet

Resident Choreographer Adam Hougland proudly presents his seventh world premiere for Cincinnati Ballet featuring the music of the award-winning Ariel Quartet. Originally formed in Israel during the members’ high school years, the Ariel Quartet now performs all over the world and is the faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.
Fri 3/17/17 8:00PM Procter & Gamble Hall
Sat 3/18/17 2:00PM Procter & Gamble Hall
Sat 3/18/17 8:00PM Procter & Gamble Hall

Ballet Toybox: Swan Lake Jr.
Ballet Toybox, our annual one-day-only performance specifically designed to introduce children to dance, returns with a new twist. This season’s program features Cincinnati Ballet Second Company in Swan Lake Jr., a special retelling of the classic ballet, for kids!

This three-act ballet runs less than one hour, and features fun interactive moments throughout. You’ll enjoy beautiful music and memorable characters like Prince Siegfried and the swans Odette and Odile — all while introducing your kids to the beauty, humor and joy of dance.
Sun 3/19/17 2:00PM Procter & Gamble Hall

The Kaplan New Works Series
Women who move us

No season of celebration would ever be complete without The Kaplan New Works Series, now a Cincinnati institution. New Works remains committed to celebrating innovation in the dance world and brings internationally recognized choreographers right to our door step. This year is no exception with a dazzling, all-women roster. Victoria has chosen the best female choreographers to present their work alongside her, in keeping with the tradition of innovation while highlighting the talented women who are underrepresented in the dance world. Morgan will present a world premiere of her own along with new works from Jennifer Archibald, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Heather Britt.

Jennifer Archibald, the founder and artistic director of New York City's acclaimed Arch Dance Company, pulls from a variety of influences to boldly and seamlessly infuse ballet with nuances of hip hop. This combination of hip hop with classical aesthetic in movement greatly influences her musical scores, which she often custom engineers to include an assortment of compositions. Audiences may be familiar with her piece Sit which wowed Cincinnati audiences last season as part of The Kaplan New Works Series. This time she teams up with fellow female innovator: the artist known as Swoon. Starting out as a street artist, Swoon’s unique, life-size wheat paper prints and cut outs quickly caught the attention of museum and gallery curators, established a celebrity following and launched a foray into performance art. Witness true innovation when these two mastermind women come together to create an unparalleled collaboration of performance and visual art, exclusively for Cincinnati Ballet.

“…voluptuous…fiery…sensual…” –David Lyman, Cincinnati Enquirer on her piece Sit presented in the 2014 Kaplan New Works Series.

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa is an international choreographer extraordinaire. She spends much of her time traveling the globe choreographing for some of the most esteemed companies. She presents her thought-provoking piece, Eros Redux, a U.S. premiere, based on the myth of an androgynous people, who were both male and female, descended from the moon. Zeus, fearing their power, divided them into man and woman. Ochoa’s innovative nature makes her a perfect fit for New Works. Temecula Performing Arts Examiner writes, “Ochoa is a truly masterful choreographer with an edge for what dance can and should be in this constantly changing industry.”

Heather Britt is the creator and director of the popular DANCEFIX classes, and her work has been featured many times in The Kaplan New Works Series as well as being featured in 2016’s Director’s Choice showcasing groundbreaking female choreographers and Director’s Cut in a collaboration with dancer, James Cunningham. She has established a devoted following with Cincinnati audiences as her choreography exudes an energy of fearless confidence and innovation, anticipated year after year.
Thu 4/20/17 8:00PM Jarson-Kaplan Theater
Fri 4/21/17 8:00PM Jarson-Kaplan Theater
Sat 4/22/17 2:00PM Jarson-Kaplan Theater
Sat 4/22/17 8:00PM Jarson-Kaplan Theater
Sun 4/23/17 2:00PM Jarson-Kaplan Theater
Sun 4/23/17 8:00PM Jarson-Kaplan Theater
Tue 4/25/17 8:00PM Jarson-Kaplan Theater
Wed 4/26/17 8:00PM Jarson-Kaplan Theater
Thu 4/27/17 8:00PM Jarson-Kaplan Theater
Fri 4/28/17 8:00PM Jarson-Kaplan Theater
Sat 4/29/17 2:00PM Jarson-Kaplan Theater
Sat 4/29/17 8:00PM Jarson-Kaplan Theater
Sun 4/30/17 2:00PM Jarson-Kaplan Theater
Sun 4/30/17 8:00PM Jarson-Kaplan Theater

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