Cincinnati Ballet Premieres THE WIZARD OF OZ at the Aronoff Center Oct. 25-Nov. 3

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Dorothy and Friends. Photo by Aaron M. Conway.

Due to popular demand, JUST ADDED additional performance 

CINCINNATI, OH.  (October 8, 2019) – It’s The Wizard of Oz like you’ve never seen before! Amazing projections, adorable puppets, flying monkeys and of course, incredible dance. It’s ‘Broadway meets Ballet.’ Join us for eleven performances October 25 through November 3 at The Aronoff Center for the Arts, including a special sensory-friendly performance Oct. 30 for those with sensory sensitivities. Due to high public demand, additional performance just added Sunday, November 3 at 6:30 pm.

Choreographer Septime Webre has created a full-length ballet, retelling the beloved, classic story. “Oz is infused with Septime’s cleverness and wit,” said Cincinnati Ballet Artistic Director Victoria Morgan. “It’s an act of engineering and ingenuity to re-create some of what we saw in the movie on stage. How are you going to create a tornado on stage? How are you going to show the descent of the house into Oz? He’s accomplished that beautifully. It’s total escapism.” To bring Webre’s revolutionary vision to life took three ballet companies working together over several years. Kansas City Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg together produced The Wizard of Oz. The three companies split the costs of creating the full-length story ballet, which includes an original score by Matthew Pierce, puppetry by Nicholas Mahon, who worked on the 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, and costumes by designer Liz Vandal, best known for her whimsical work for Cirque du Soleil. This year also marks the 80th anniversary of the classic film, The Wizard of Oz, that inspired Webre’s full-length ballet version.

The Queen City is also turning into the Emerald City! The “Cincinnati” sign at Duke Energy Convention Center will turn green October 25 through November 3 during the run of The Wizard of Oz at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Dorothy’s ruby slipper pointe shoes are also on display until October 21 at Cincinnati Museum Center. Fans ca take a selfie with Dorothy’s slippers before they make their premiere October 25 at the Aronoff, then upload photos to Cincinnati Ballet social media channels, using the hashtag #cbapplause. One lucky fan will win 4 tickets to a select performance of The Wizard of Oz! We’ll select the winner randomly from one of our social media sites October 22.

Tickets are on sale now. For more information visit cballet.org.

WHO: Cincinnati Ballet

WHAT: THE WIZARD OF OZ

WHEN:

  • October 25 – 8:00 pm
  • October 26 – 2:00 pm
  • October 26 – 8:00 pm
  • October 27 – 1:00 pm
  • October 30 – 6:30 pm (Sensory Friendly)
  • October 31 – 7:30 pm
  • November 1 – 8:00 pm
  • November 2 – 2:00 pm
  • November 2 – 8:00 pm
  • November 3 – 1:00 pm
  • November 3 – 6:30 pm – ADDED PERFORMANCE

WHERE:

The Aronoff Center for the Arts
650 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

TICKETS: Call 513.621.5282, visit cballet.org or visit the Cincinnati Ballet Box Office at 1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45214. Tickets start at $29.

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. 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 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 through exhilarating performances, extensive education outreach programs and top-level professional ballet training at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.

Cincinnati Ballet 2019-2020 Season Sponsors: Rhonda & Larry A. Sheakley, ArtsWave, Mercy Health, Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Ohio Arts Council, John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, Frisch’s Big Boy, Knowlton

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