Family-friendly Ballet Toybox showcases Second Company in one-day-only performances
CINCINNATI, OH. (February 13, 2017) Ballet Toybox returns to the Aronoff Center March 19 with two performances of Swan Lake Jr., one at 2 pm and a sensory-friendly performance at 5 pm. Swan Lake, Jr. is a retelling of the iconic ballet, showcasing the Cincinnati Ballet Second Company, adapted specifically for families with children 10 and younger. The adapted ballet runs less than one hour, features a narrated storyline and includes interactive moments throughout.
Swan Lake is one of the most popular ballets of all time. Dating back to 1875, the famous ballet tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by a wicked sorcerer, who falls in love with the charming Prince Siegfried. Together, they must defy the sorcerer’s evil magic, and an imposter named Odile, to make Odette human again and live happily ever. The story of romance and mistaken identity is accompanied by the easily recognizable Tchaikovsky score.
Swan Lake, Jr. is performed by the Cincinnati Ballet Second Company, and students of Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy and Ballet Moves class. The Cincinnati Ballet Second Company is a group of up-and-coming professional dancers who come from around the world to study at Cincinnati Ballet and perform alongside Cincinnati Ballet’s Company dancers. Second Company dancers rehearse with the company on a full time basis, 9 am-6 pm every weekday, as well as serve as education outreach ambassadors for the organization. With a focus on engaging audiences of all ages, Second Company dancers bring the joy of dance to thousands of students and community members each year through schools, community centers, churches, nursing homes and more.
Second Company dancers often perform roles in large-scale Cincinnati Ballet productions such as Coppélia, The Nutcracker and King Arthur’s Camelot. In addition to introducing the joy of dance to children and families, Ballet Toybox: Swan Lake, Jr. also offers unique opportunities for Second Company dancers. “Swan Lake has always been a showcase for the ballet dancer in both technique and artistry,” says Second Company Director Suzette Boyer Webb. “Many dancers will be showcased in the principal and solo roles, giving the them the chance to learn the demanding choreography and artistry of one of the most beloved classical ballets.”
Swan Lake, Jr. will also provide performance opportunities for young performers from our Otto M. Budig Academy and Ballet Moves, a class designed to foster a love of dance and creative expression for individuals with specific needs. Director of Education and Outreach Julie Sunderland says, “We always strive to bring our programming full circle. The Ballet Toybox program is a great introduction for everyone! We take breaks to move our bodies, and do a ‘little swan boot camp’ between acts. It’s a fun beginning to what will hopefully be a lifelong love of the arts.”
Cincinnati Ballet is proud to continue our sensory-friendly offerings with Ballet Toybox: Swan Lake, Jr. The 5 pm sensory-friendly performance is designed to create an experience that is welcoming and inviting to any patron or child with sensory sensitivities or specific needs. Accommodations include gentle lighting and sound, increased staffing with on-hand specialists, and a flexible, open-door theater environment with designated spaces where you and your child can take a break from the performance.
All tickets are $20. Tickets for the Sensory-Friendly performance are only available via phone. To request admission or additional details, please contact us at 513.621.5282.
PERFORMANCE DATES AND INFORMATION
WHO: Cincinnati Ballet Second Company
WHAT: Ballet Toybox
WHEN: Sunday, March 19 – 2:00 pm Sunday, March 19 – 5:00 pm (Sensory Friendly Performance)
WHERE: Aronoff Center for the Arts 650 Walnut Street Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
HOW: Call 513.621.5282, visit cballet.org or visit the Cincinnati Ballet Box Office at 1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45214 All tickets only $20
Ballet Toybox: Swan Lake, Jr. Sponsors: Trish & Rick Bryan
Cincinnati Ballet 2016-2017 Season Sponsors: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation, ArtsWave, PNC Bank, Austin E. Knowlton Foundation, The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Ohio Arts Council, Frisch’s, Mercy Health, Rosemary & Mark Schlachter, Enquirer
Victoria Morgan 20th Season Sponsor: PNC Bank
About Cincinnati Ballet
Since 1963, Cincinnati Ballet has been the cornerstone professional ballet company of the region, presenting a bold and adventurous array of classical, full-length ballets and contemporary works, regularly with live orchestral accompaniment. Under the artistic direction of Victoria Morgan, Cincinnati Ballet has become a creative force within the larger dance community, commissioning world premiere works and exploring unique collaborations with artists as diverse as Grammy winning guitarist Peter Frampton and popular, Ohio-based band Over the Rhine. With a mission to inspire hope and joy in our community and beyond through the power and passion of dance, Cincinnati Ballet reaches beyond the stage in programs that allow every person in the region to be part of the continued evolution of dance. To that end, Cincinnati Ballet presents exhilarating performances, extensive education outreach programs and offers top level professional ballet training at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.