The Kaplan New Works Series Opens Thursday at the Aronoff

CB_New Works2Cincinnati Ballet’s 22-23 Season kicks off with ‘New Works,’ Sept. 8-18

Cincinnati, OH (September 5, 2022) – Cincinnati Ballet’s 2022-2023 Season begins with The Kaplan New Works Series at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, Jarson-Kaplan Theater, September 8 – 18. New Works features world and regional premieres of provocative contemporary dance. The program has become a fan favorite with Cincinnati audiences who are often first to experience groundbreaking world premieres by up-and-coming choreographers. This season’s New Works includes world premiere, In Good Company, from Cincinnati choreographer and DANCEFIX founder Heather Britt and a Cincinnati premiere by award-winning British choreographer Cathy Marston entitled Moving, Still. The program also features world premieres from Cincinnati Ballet dancers Daniel Baldwin with his piece Lifeforce, 5 ½ Cliches from Taylor Carrasco, and Melissa Gelfin De-Poli’s Mi Manchi.

This season, Cincinnati Ballet also welcomes a new artistic leader. Jodie Gates assumed her position as Cincinnati Ballet Artistic Director, Sue and Bill Friedlander Endowed Chair, and Artistic Director of Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy on August 1, 2022. Ms. Gates was most recently the Founding Director of the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and the Artistic Director and Founder of the Laguna Dance Festival in Laguna Beach, California since 2005. She began her professional career at age 16 with the mentorship of the visionary artistic director Robert Joffrey. Gates went on to become a celebrated principal dancer at Joffrey Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet as well a principal guest artist with prominent companies internationally. She danced title roles in the classical full-length ballets and principal roles in neoclassical and modern dance works and has collaborated with a host of renowned choreographers, including Alonzo King, Agnes de Mille, William Forsythe, Paul Taylor, Martha Clarke, and Mark Morris, among others. Gates is herself an accomplished choreographer having created more than sixty original dance works. She is also an artistic collaborator with choreographer William Forsythe, staging ballets internationally for Forsythe Productions. She is the recipient of the distinguished 2021/2022 Residency Fellowship from the Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University. The fellowship acknowledges her most recent work as initiator for the Artistic Directors Coalition for Ballet in America, a group of artistic directors, choreographers, and educators who are addressing systemic racism within the culture of ballet.

Tickets for The Kaplan New Works Series are on sale now. For more information visit Please check the website for the latest health alerts. Masks are currently optional for patrons at Music Hall and the Aronoff Center for the Arts. NOTE: Artists may be masked during performances depending on current health alerts.

WHO: Cincinnati Ballet

WHAT: The Kaplan New Works Series


  • Thursday, September 8 at 7:30 pm
  • Friday, September 9 at 8 pm
  • Saturday, September 10 at 2 pm and 8 pm
  • Sunday, September 11 at 1 pm
  • Wednesday, September 14 at 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, September 15 at 7:30 pm
  • Friday, September 16 at 8 pm
  • Saturday, September 17 at 2 pm and 8 pm
  • Sunday, September 18 at 1 pm

Aronoff Center for the Arts, Jarson-Kaplan Theater
650 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, Ohio

TICKETS: Call 513.621.5282 or visit

Cincinnati Ballet 2022-2023 Season Sponsors:
Rhonda & Larry A. Sheakley, Margaret and Michael Valentine, ArtsWave, Mercy Health, Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Ohio Arts Council, The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation

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 Jodie Gates, Cincinnati Ballet is  a creative force within the larger dance community, commissioning world-premiere works and exploring unique collaborations. With a mission to enrich, expand, and excel in the art of dance through performance, a high-caliber academy, and impactful education and community engagement in local to global communities, 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, provides extensive education and community engagement programs, and offers top-level professional ballet training at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.


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