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Cincinnati Ballet’s Wardrobe Dept. Trades Tutus for Masks, Making PPEs for Hospitals

CB_MasksCB teams up with Sew Masks 4 Cincy to create masks for frontline workers 

Cincinnati Ballet’s wardrobe department is helping protect our community during the coronavirus pandemic. The Company’s seamstresses have joined other volunteers making thousands of masks for local healthcare workers, first responders, and other frontline workers. Wardrobe Supervisor Noelle Wedig-Johnson says making masks is a labor of love for her and her team. “We are honored to use the ballets sewing talents to help protect the heroes in the medical field and other first responders,” Wedig-Johnson said. “Creating costumes has always given me a sense of purpose. Switching from tutus to mask production during this pandemic has given me hope in this uncertain time.” Cincinnati Ballet saw the critical need for PPE (personal protective equipment) in our community and began making masks with materials already stocked in the costume shop. As most ballet costumes are made of lycra, silk and tulle, Cincinnati Ballet purchased additional 100% cotton fabric suitable for making protective masks. “The Ballet during normal times contributes to the community through art. Making masks is a way we can continue to contribute in these unprecedented times,” Wedig-Johnson added.

Cincinnati Ballet has also teamed up with Sew Masks 4 Cincy (SM4C), a local, non-profit group that sprung up last month to help organize volunteer sewists across the region, as well as distribute masks to local frontline workers. SM4C is now also providing additional fabric to Cincinnati Ballet’s mask team. To protect volunteers, no masks are mailed, they are picked up by an administrative representative from each frontline facility at a designated SM4C site. For more information on Cincinnati Ballet’s efforts and a guide on how to make your own at-home mask, please visit the CB AT HOME page on our website, https://cballet.org/cb-at-home/. For more information about SM4C, please visit https://sewmasks4cincy.org/.

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.

CONNECT: READ / WATCH / LISTEN / LEARN / ENJOY at cballet.org

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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Health and Safety Update from Cincinnati Ballet

CB_new logoUPDATE: March 18, 2020

Cincinnati Ballet remains deeply committed to the health and safety of all our patrons, Otto M. Budig Academy students, and employees.  Our organization continues to closely monitor developments with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In light of recent recommendations and directives from government officials, we have a few updates for you today.

Mainstage Productions
Cincinnati Ballet is announcing that we will be rescheduling DIRECTOR’S CUT (April 30-May 2, 2020) and BOLD MOVIES (April 23-25, 2020) performances and creating a spectacular NEW COMBINED program featuring highlights from BOTH DIRECTOR’S CUT and BOLD MOVIES which we will perform July 23-25, 2020 at the Aronoff Center to recorded music. Now titled, BOLD MOVES PLUS will feature the following: Alejandro Cerrudo’s Extremely Close, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Bloom, Val Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House, and Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16. This extended program will notably capture most of the beloved pieces from both programs and will serve as Cervilio Miguel Amador’s retirement performances before he joins the team at Cincinnati Ballet as our Acting Ballet Master for the 2020-2021 Season. The decision to reschedule these performances will allow our patrons to experience the athleticism and artistry of these compelling programs while also protecting the health of our community. If you are a ticket holder to an affected performance, you will be receiving an email shortly. In the meantime, here are two options to choose from:

DONATE YOUR TICKETS
As a valued member of the Cincinnati Ballet family, you can appreciate the impact of cancellations and rescheduling on our financial health. As a non-profit arts organization, Cincinnati Ballet resources are put to the test during an unprecedented crisis such as this. We are asking you to consider donating the cost of your tickets as a gift to Cincinnati Ballet, for which we will gratefully issue you a tax receipt.

In recognition of your generous support, your name will be listed on a special page in our program and online as a Cincinnati Ballet Hero during the 2020-2021 Season.

CINCINNATI BALLET ACCOUNT CREDIT
Alternatively, you can choose to place your ticket purchase value onto your Cincinnati Ballet account. This credit may be used towards our final performance of the season – Bold Moves Plus (July 23-25, 2020) – or any regularly scheduled performance for the 2020-2021 Season (with the exception of The Nutcracker). This credit will be available for you to use through July 31, 2021. After this time, the credit will automatically change to a tax-deductible donation.

If you need additional assistance, please call our Patron Engagement Team at 513-621-5282.

On behalf of the entire Cincinnati Ballet family – dancers, staff, and faculty – we truly appreciate your continued patronage and investment in Cincinnati Ballet and our vibrant arts community. We can’t wait to see you all again in our studios and on the stage. In the meantime, we remain committed to the power of dance, so please follow our social media pages for moments from past performances, online classes, and more exclusive content.

At the Ballet Center
In another step to stem the spread of COVID-19, Governor Mike DeWine ordered fitness centers and gyms, bowling alleys, public recreation centers, movie theaters, water parks and trampoline parks in Ohio to shutter at the end of business Monday, March 16, 2020.

Cincinnati Ballet leaders believe it is in the best interest of our students and faculty to put our Adult Dance & Fitness Division classes on a temporary break. We look forward to being in the studio with you again as soon as is safely possible.  Our team is working swiftly on some remote engagement options to help keep you fit at home. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook (Cincinnati Ballet & Otto M. Budig Academy) and Instagram for updates on digital classes and content. For those with active class passes, your expiration date will be extended to July 31, 2020.

At present, all Otto M. Budig Academy summer programs are anticipated to run as scheduled.

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DIRECTOR’S CUT Rescheduled, SNOW WHITE Cancelled at Cincinnati Ballet

CB_new logoAn important message from Cincinnati Ballet Leadership:

You may have heard the news that Governor Mike DeWine has issued an executive order canceling large public gatherings in Ohio in an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Cincinnati Ballet’s upcoming performances of DIRECTOR’S CUT at Cincinnati Music Hall are being rescheduled to April 30-May 2, 2020 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. We have also made the decision to cancel our upcoming March 28-April 5 performances of Family Series: SNOW WHITE at the Aronoff Center.

SNOW WHITE will be added to the 2020-2021 Season, in lieu of The Little Mermaid. Cincinnati Ballet is committed to the health of our community and these are difficult but necessary decisions. If you are a ticket holder to an affected performance, we will be reaching out to you directly.

These unprecedented circumstances pose financial repercussions for our community and Cincinnati Ballet. As a non-profit arts organization, ticket sales only account for 35% of what it takes to support our world-class ballet company.

Our patrons are our livelihood and the reason our dancers perform each season. We thank you for your continued support of Cincinnati Ballet and value you as a member of our family. Please check back for updates. We will get through this together!

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Who’s the Fairest of them all? Cincinnati Ballet’s Family Series: SNOW WHITE!

CB_Snow White promo

Photo by Aaron M. Conway.

We have made the decision to cancel our upcoming March 28-April 5 performances of Family Series: SNOW WHITE at the Aronoff Center. Click here for more information.

SNOW WHITE will be added to the 2020-2021 Season, in lieu of The Little Mermaid. Cincinnati Ballet is committed to the health of our community and these are difficult but necessary decisions. If you are a ticket holder to an affected performance, we will be reaching out to you directly.

The classic story is now a kid-friendly ballet at the Aronoff March 28–April 5 + Sensory Friendly Performance 

CINCINNATI, OH (March 6, 2020) – Cincinnati Ballet’s hugely popular Family Series returns for its third season with an all-new production of Snow White. The classic story comes to life with Snow White and her animal friends, the seven merry dwarfs and, of course, the Vain Queen! The kid-friendly ballet features the Cincinnati Ballet Second Company – CB2 dancers, with students from Cincinnati Ballet’s Professional Training Division and Otto M. Budig Academy. Experience Family Series: Snow White at the Aronoff Center for eight performances March 28 to April 5, and a special sensory-friendly performance on Friday, April 3 at 6:30 pm.

Cincinnati Ballet’s Family Series is the perfect introduction to ballet for audiences of all ages, with dazzling costumes and sets and live narration by actors playing the Brother Grimm, the authors of the original story. The narrators make it so easy for even the youngest kiddos in the family to understand the story being performed on stage.

Mom and Dad – also don’t forget to get to the show EARLY! The Aronoff Center lobby will be transformed into a scene from Snow White, with fun activities designed to engage children with a special focus on learning more about dance, costumes, and storytelling.  The purpose is to make the entire ballet-going experience one that is compelling and informative for even the youngest of audience members.

Cincinnati Ballet is also proud to continue its sensory-friendly offerings with this production of Family Series: Snow WhiteThe 6:30 pm performance on Friday, April 3 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 parents and children can take a break from the performance.

Tickets start at just $20.

For more information, please call our Patron Engagement Office at 513.621.5282.

PERFORMANCE DATES AND INFORMATION

WHO:
Cincinnati Ballet Second Company (CB2), Professional Training Division Dancers, Otto M. Budig Academy students

Choreography: Pamela Robinson-Harris

WHAT:
Family Series: SNOW WHITE

WHEN:         

  • Saturday, March 28 – 10:30 am, 2:00 pm
  • Sunday, March 29 – 1:00 pm & 4:30 pm
  • Friday, April 3 – 6:30 pm (Sensory Friendly Performance)
  • Saturday, April 4 – 10:30 am, 2:00 pm
  • Sunday, April 5 – 1:00 pm, 4:30 pm

WHERE:
Procter & Gamble Hall
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

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 enrich, expand, and excel in the art of dance through performance, a high-caliber academy, and impactful education and outreach 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, extensive education outreach programs and offers top level professional ballet training at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy. 

CONNECT: READ / WATCH / LISTEN / LEARN / ENJOY at cballet.org

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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Cincinnati Ballet Announces 2020-2021 Season

CB_new logoCincinnati Ballet unveils new two-week dance experience, BOLD MOVES FESTIVAL, family favorite Cinderella, and Balanchine’s Jewels

PLUS The Nutcracker presented by Frisch’s Big BoyKaplan New Works and Family Series: The Little Mermaid

CINCINNATI, OH (March 5, 2020) – Cincinnati Ballet is thrilled to announce today the  2020-2021 Season! This upcoming season, Cincinnati Ballet will launch the most ambitious artistic programming in its history – Bold Moves Festivala two-week dance experience at the end of April 2021. The festival will be a destination for dance lovers from the around the region, the country, and the world with productions from choreographers William ForsytheJiří KyliánHelen PickettTwyla TharpTrey McIntyre, Cincinnati choreographer Heather Britt, and Cincinnati Ballet soloist David MorseBold Moves will also offer attendees plenty to do and enjoy all day long with guest artists, classes, and other interactive opportunities. See below for more details on Bold Moves programming.

CB_Kaplan New Works logoThe Season opens September 10-20, 2020 with The Kaplan New Works Series and a parade of world premieres at the Aronoff Center for the Arts’ intimate Jarson Kaplan Theater. Audiences can look forward to athletic and innovative new works from Cincinnati Ballet Artistic Director Victoria Morgan and Resident Choreographer Jennifer Archibald, as well as a provocative piece from choreographer Dana Genshaft. Two Cincinnati Ballet dancers will also premiere works chosen during our annual Choreographer’s Workshop.

CB_Cinderella logoDream do come true this fall with Cinderella! The plucky heroine’s good deeds awaken a magical transformation thanks to a little help from her fairy godmother. Laugh out loud with the riotous stepsisters, hilariously performed by male dancers, and marvel as an ordinary pumpkin becomes a spectacular carriage. The audience even becomes a part of the story in this clever production. Elegant and with a twist of humor, Victoria Morgan’s choreography is paired delightfully with the charming music of Sergei Prokofiev. Enjoy Cinderella at the Aronoff Center for the Arts October 22-November 1, 2020.

CB_Nutcracker 20Create a cherished family tradition in the Land of Sweets! Join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince in the holiday classic, The Nutcracker presented by Frisch’s Big BoyDuring a Victorian Christmas party, a visit from her uncle and a mysterious gift begin Clara’s wondrous journey to a magical land. Along the way, Clara meets a colorful cast of characters and, of course, the Sugar Plum Fairy. Artistic Director Victoria Morgan’s colorful choreography is a treat to behold, with Tchaikovsky’s beloved score performed by Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at historic Music Hall December 17-27, 2020.

CB_Jewels logoSure to delight your valentine, experience choreographer George Balanchine’s Jewels, at Music Hall February 11-14, 2021. Created by Balanchine in 1967, Jewels puts precious stones on grand display. The three-act, full-length ballet is a masterpiece on the facets of classical dance.  Each act of Jewels is costumed in a different gem – emeralds, rubies, and diamonds. The distinct costumes unify the disparate themes of each jewel –the French romanticism of Emeralds, danced to Fauré’s dreamy score; Stravinsky’s Modernist, high energy score for Rubies; and Tchaikovsky’s regal classicism, evoking the imperial court of Russia in DiamondsThis is the first time Cincinnati Ballet will perform all three ‘jewel’ acts together.

CB_The Little Mermaid logoTake a magical journey under the sea with our Family Series: The Little Mermaid February 26-28, 2021 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Join Second Company – CB2 dancers and students from the Otto M. Budig Academy for the delightful family adventure. Splash into Hans Christian Andersen’s fantastic world, complete with a love-struck mermaid, a prince, and a devious sea witch. The narrated production runs just over an hour and is the perfect introduction to ballet for the young and young at heart!

CB_Bold Moves FestivalOur inaugural BOLD MOVES FESTIVAL will debut at the Aronoff Center for the Arts April 22–May 2, 2021. The festival will feature seven rotating mainstage productions accompanied by a variety of activities that will wow both ballet connoisseurs and those who love dance of all genres! Bold Moves will feature the legendary work of William Forsythe in the Cincinnati premiere of In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, the return of Trey McIntyre’s zany favorite, Wild Sweet Love, along with Jiří Kylián’s whimsical Sechs Tänzeplus a world premiere from soloist David MorseOur Story. Continuing our commitment to champion female choreographers, Bold Moves will feature a second world premiere from DanceFix choreographer-extraordinaire Heather Britt. Cincinnati will also receive its first glimpse of the leading-edge choreographer, Helen Pickett, in her work, Petal and Twyla Tharp returns to our stage with her nostalgic, Nine Sinatra Songs. In addition to these amazing performances, audiences have a menu of guest artists, talks, film screenings, dance classes, after-parties and more to choose from during this exhilarating and immersive experience.

Subscriptions on sale now. Subscription pricing starts at around $132. For more information visit cballet.org. 

CB_2020-2021 Season logoAbout 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 enrich, expand, and excel in the art of dance through performance, a high-caliber academy, and impactful education and outreach 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, extensive education outreach programs and offers top level professional ballet training at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.

CONNECT: READ / WATCH / LISTEN / LEARN / ENJOY at cballet.org 

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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