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Record Attendance Expected for This Year’s NUTCRACKER

CB_The Nutcracker 2022The annual tradition is the hottest ticket in town, Dec. 15-24 at Music Hall 

CINCINNATI, OH (November 23, 2022) – Cincinnati Ballet’s The Nutcracker returns to Music Hall December 15 through 24. The Company expects to shatter attendance records, projecting more than 25,000 patrons over the course of the production run. With the production in high demand, several performances are already near sell-out. The lavish production features elaborate sets and costumes and live musical accompaniment of Tchaikovsky’s beloved score by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, with choreography from Victoria Morgan. More than one hundred children’s roles are featured in the production, with young performers from across the region dancing alongside Cincinnati Ballet’s professional company dancers. The Nutcracker is a classic holiday tale that follows the imaginative story of Clara, a little girl who embarks on a dreamy journey after she receives a nutcracker as a gift on Christmas Eve. With her Nutcracker Prince, Clara travels through the Land of Sweets, meeting colorful and exciting characters along the way. Morgan’s whimsical choreographic take on the classic story is like nothing you have ever seen before. Fiona the Hippo continues to appear in the production. This year, audiences should play close attention to the second act for a special nod to her new baby brother, Fritz.

Victoria Morgan’s The Nutcracker premiered in 2011 with new sets by scenic designer John Ezell, bright and beautiful costumes by Carrie Robbins, lighting by Trad A Burns and athletic, engaging choreography by Victoria Morgan. Morgan’s rendition of the classical ballet is filled with unique, contemporary twists on longstanding traditions: from the bright, whimsical sets, stage effects and acrobatics to the appearance of new, playful characters such as Clara’s companion, a pet poodle named Minnie, dancing Cupcakes, tumbling Snowballs, an ensemble of poodles performing the Dance of the Mirlitons (or “Lollipups”) and more.

Masking is optional for performances.

PERFORMANCE DATES AND INFORMATION

WHO:

Cincinnati Ballet
Choreography: Victoria Morgan
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

WHAT:

The Nutcracker

WHEN:

  • Thursday, December 15 – 7:30 pm
  • Friday, December 16 – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, December 17 – 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 17 – 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, December 18 – 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 18 – 6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, December 20 – 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday, December 21 – 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, December 21 – 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, December 22 – 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 22– 7:30 pm
  • Friday, December 23 – 1:00 pm
  • Friday, December 23 – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, December 24 – 6:30 pm

WHERE:

Music Hall
1241 Elm St.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

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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THE NUTCRACKER Runs Dec. 15-24

CB_the Nutcraker 2022 promoTHE NUTCRACKER
Cincinnati Ballet
Dec. 15-24
Music Hall Springer Auditorium [Over-the-Rhine]

Choreography by Victoria Morgan

Join us for the magic of The Nutcracker this holiday season. Share Clara’s candy-coated adventure to the Land of Sweets, as your family enjoys Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. When Clara receives a nutcracker on Christmas Eve, her dreams take her to a wondrous land where a fantastic cast of characters awaits. Dozens of local young performers join Cincinnati Ballet onstage for these holiday performances. It’s a spectacular holiday treat for the entire family!

  • Thu-Fri, Dec. 15-16 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Dec. 17 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, Dec. 19 at 1:30pm & 6:30pm
  • Tue, Dec. 20 at 7:30pm
  • Wed-Fri, Dec. 21-23 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sat, Dec. 24 at 2pm

Official page | Facebook event |

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Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and May Festival Chorus Combine for CARMINA BURANA and EXTREMELY CLOSE

CB_Carmina Burana promoFOUR Performances only – Nov. 4-6 at Music Hall

Cincinnati, OH (November 11, 2022) – Audiences are invited this fall to Cincinnati Ballet’s Carmina Burana and Extremely Close at Music Hall, November 4-6. Composer Carl Orff’s heroic score and Nicolo Fonte’s choreography for Carmina Burana come to life thanks to the combined talents of Cincinnati Ballet, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and May Festival Chorus, celebrating its 150th Anniversary Season. Carmina Burana is joined by Alejandro Cerrudo’s mesmerizing Extremely Close with music from Philip Glass and Dustin O’Halloran. Carmina Burana is a sensory treat for audiences, dancers are joined on stage by solo vocalists, whole dozens of May Festival Chorus singers perform the iconic lyrics suspended over the stage. If you think you aren’t familiar with Carmina Burana, we promise you’ve heard the music! O Fortuna, the opening piece from Carmina Burana, first made its way into pop culture as the theme from the 1981 film Excalibur, it has been used in dozens of movies, tv shows and commercials, including The Hunt for Red October, Friends, and as the X Factor song! It is part of a 13th century collection of poems called Carmina Burana that German composer Carl Orff set to music in 1935. The lush, melodic, and somewhat ominous music is not only a filmmaker’s dream, but an incredible work for ballet. Cerrudo’s Extremely Close, which opens this dynamic double bill, is equally evocative. Unsettling and mysterious, a blizzard of feathers fall in a gentle snowstorm as the audience finds their seats in Springer Auditorium. The dancers then send three large, movable panels around the stage. They function like dancers themselves, obscuring the artists and then revealing them again.

Tickets for Carmina Burana and Extremely Close are on sale now. For more information visit cballet.org. 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: Carmina Burana and Extremely Close

WHEN:

  • Friday, November 4 at 8 pm
  • Saturday, November 5 at 2 pm
  • Saturday, November 5 at 8 pm
  • Sunday, November 6 at 1 pm

WHERE: Cincinnati Music Hall  – 1241 Elm, Cincinnati, Ohio

TICKETS: Call 513.621.5282 or visit cballet.org

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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CARMINA BURANA and EXTREMELY CLOSE Runs Nov. 4-6

CB_Carmina Burana promoCARMINA BURANA and EXTREMELY CLOSE
Cincinnati Ballet
Nov. 4-6
Springer Auditorium Music Hall [Over-the-Rhine]

Carmina Burana is the perfect union of music and dance. One of the best known works of the 20th century, the opening of Carl Orff’s secular cantata is recognizable to almost all who hear it. This Season, Cincinnati Ballet artists will perform Nicolo Fonte’s bold choreography, accompanied by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the May Festival Chorus, celebrating its 150th Anniversary Season in 2023. Carmina Burana is based upon a rediscovered collection of poetry dating back to the 11th century. Orff set 24 of the poems to music in 1936.

Part art installation and part movement drama, Alejandro Cerrudo’s Extremely Close creates a sense of restlessness as dancers negotiate their way through a perpetually shifting environment. Propelled by changing landscapes, Cerrudo weaves a mesmerizing spell of movement punctuated by fleeting moments of intense intimacy with music by composers Philip Glass and Dustin O’Halloran.

  • Fri, Nov. 4 at 8pm
  • Sat, Nov. 5 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 6 at 1pm

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Join Us for Cincinnati Ballet’s Annual Block Party on October 1

CB_new logoThe FREE event features classes, performances, food, games, and photos with Fiona!

CINCINNATI, OH.  (September 22, 2022) – Join the fun at the Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance on Saturday, October 1 from 3-7 pm for our annual Block Party! The FREE event is a great way for the community to get acquainted with all that Cincinnati Ballet has to offer – from live dance performances to trial classes to photos with Cincinnati Ballet characters the Nutcracker Prince and Fiona the Hippo from our annual production of The Nutcracker. Guests will also enjoy dance-themed facepainting, participate in a community art mural coloring project and games to play together on our outdoor performance plaza. City of Cincinnati – Walnut Hills firefighters will also be on hand with equipment on display for children and adults to get an close-up look at vehicles used around the city.

Cincinnati Ballet is also honored to partner with local dance groups to educate the community about all the incredible dance genres being taught and performed in the Queen City. Cincinnati Ballet’s Second Company – CB2 dancers will perform select works in the Sheakley Premier Studio, as will dancers from Bi-Okoto Cultural Center, Cincinnati Highland Dancers, and Revolution Dance Theatre. Bi-Okoto Cultural Center was established in 1994 as a professional African dance company whose mission is to preserve, promote and share the rich cultural heritage of Africa and Africans using drums, music, dance, food, languages, and other arts. Cincinnati Highland Dancers are Cincinnati’s official Scottish Highland Dance Group. Revolution Dance Theatre is Cincinnati’s only African American dance company committed to work that raises the level of access, visibility, and representation of American Americans in dance.

The Bock Party will also feature trial classes for all ages of children and adults taught by instructors from Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.

SCHEDULE OF FREE TRIAL CLASSES:

3-3:30pm

  • Creative Dance (ages 2-4)
  • Beginning Ballet (ages 5-7)
  • Beginning Ballet (ages 8-15)

4-4:30pm

  • Creative Dance (ages 2-4)
  • Musical Theater (ages 8-15)
  • Intro Barre (ages 16+)

5-5:30pm

  • Creative Dance (ages 2-4)
  • Beginning Ballet (ages 5-7)
  • Ballet Basics (ages 16+)

6-6:30pm

  • Beginning Ballet (ages 5-7)
  • Jazz (ages 8-15)
  • Modern (ages 16+)

Pre-register now at https://bit.ly/3BBx49x or cballet.org.

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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