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Cincinnati Ballet Presents Triple Bill of Modern Dance Drama for DIRECTOR’S CUT March 19-21 at Music Hall

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Cincinnati Ballet presents Director’s Cut March 19-21 at Cincinnati Music Hall. Audiences will experience raw, visceral contemporary dance in a triple bill of works by Cincinnati Ballet Artistic Director Victoria Morgan and internationally renowned choreographers, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Val Caniparoli. This powerful triple bill is performed alongside Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Victoria Morgan’s unique take on Maurice Ravel’s iconic composition, Boléro, is joined by Val Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s HouseThe tour de force ballet addresses Victorian repression of women through five female characters from plays by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. Choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa brings Bloom, an emotional piece inspired by a Balinese flower ritual, set to composer Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto. Challenge your way of thinking with this season’s Director’s Cut.

Tickets for Director’s Cut are available at cballet.org. 

PERFORMANCE DATES AND INFORMATION

WHO: Cincinnati Ballet

  Choreography:

  • Bloom, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
  • Boléro, Victoria Morgan
  • Ibsen’s House, Val Caniparoli

Music:

  • Bloom, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by Philip Glass. ©Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc. Used by Permission.
  • Boléro, Maurice Ravel
  • Ibsen’s House, Quintet in A Major, Op. 81 for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello by Antonín Dvořák

Performed with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

WHAT:       Director’s Cut

WHEN:

  • Thursday, March 19 – 7:30 pm
  • Friday, March 20 – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 21 – 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 21 – 8:00 pm

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 to Break Ground for New Dance Center in Walnut Hills Tuesday, Feb. 4

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CINCINNATI, OH (January 29, 2020) – The official groundbreaking for the new Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance on Tuesday, February 4 from 11 am to noon. City of Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and Council Member Greg Landsman, along with Hamilton County Commissioners Denise Driehaus and Stephanie Summerow Dumas, will help mark this momentous occasion. Mayor Cranley will also share remarks about the importance of the project to the city. List of speakers includes Cincinnati Ballet President + CEO Scott Altman, Artistic Director Victoria Morgan, as well as significant donors Margaret Valentine, Rhonda Sheakley, and Otto M. Budig. After remarks, a ceremonial groundbreaking will take place.

The new center for dance will be built on vacant land purchased by Cincinnati Ballet at 1801 Gilbert Avenue. Cincinnati Ballet is currently engaged in a building capital campaign to fund the $30 million project. Longtime Cincinnati Ballet patrons and supporters Margaret and Michael Valentine have committed $10 million dollars, the largest one-time gift in Cincinnati Ballet history, to name and memorialize the Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance.

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“The Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance will dramatically expand Cincinnati Ballet’s mission to enrich, expand, and excel in the art of dance through performance, a high-caliber academy, and impactful education and community engagement programs,” said Scott Altman, President + CEO. “Cincinnati Ballet has expanded its professional mainstage productions and experienced record-setting growth in enrollment at our Otto M. Budig Academy over the last few years. In fact, we cannot accommodate demand due to full classes. Quite simply, the organization has outgrown its current space. The new ballet center will be an integral arts destination for the community and the region.”

The size of the new ballet center will be dramatically larger, providing ample space for the Company, as well as the Academy and specialized programming. The 57,000-square-foot building will house nine studios. Cincinnati Ballet’s current 36,000-square-foot building, which houses four studios, was built in 1994 and expanded in 2005. Designed by world-renowned architecture firm GBBN, the Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance features a sleek, innovative exterior that boasts panoramic views of downtown Cincinnati from its two largest studios. Messer Construction Co. will serve as construction manager for Cincinnati Ballet, building off its experience with other high-profile arts projects in the region. The new ballet center will be developed in partnership with Neyer Properties. Cincinnati Ballet will continue to stage and perform its professional productions at Cincinnati Music Hall and the Aronoff Center for the Arts.

CB_Ground level“This is a huge step forward for Cincinnati Ballet,” said Victoria Morgan, longtime Artistic Director. “The Valentines’ generous gift is so significant and meaningful to the organization. They have a deep commitment to elevating the artistry of dance and its impact on Cincinnati and the region. This generous gift will take our world-class company to even greater heights.” Previously, the Valentines have funded world-premiere, full-length ballets including The NutcrackerKing Arthur’s Camelot, and a recent co-production with Ballet West of Nicolo Fonte’s Carmina Burana. The couple also established a Cincinnati Ballet touring endowment, as well as financial support of Cincinnati Ballet’s Live Music Fund for professional productions.

Cincinnati Ballet is also grateful for a significant gift to the project from Rhonda Sheakley and her husband Larry A. Sheakley. As a permanent commemoration of the Sheakley family’s generosity, the largest Company studio will be named the Rhonda and Larry A. Sheakley Premier Studio. With iconic views of downtown Cincinnati, the impressive, 3,650-square-foot studio will offer ample space for main Company rehearsals and seating for up to 125 guests to view educational demonstrations and Otto M. Budig Academy presentations. The studio may also include performance enhancements such special lighting and sound capabilities. We are honored that Rhonda, an Emeritus Trustee, now co-chairs the building capital campaign, Move With Us. A Campaign for Cincinnati Ballet’s New Home, with fellow Emeritus Trustee Larry Kellar. “This is a huge win for Cincinnati,” said Cincinnati Ballet Board Chair Debbie Brant. “The new ballet center is a significant addition to our region’s rich arts community. It will be a destination for dance lovers from around the world.”

The Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance will also feature:

  • Physical Therapy and Training Services — Mercy Heath – Orthopedics and Sports Rehabilitation at Cincinnati Ballet, a roughly 2,500-square-foot space for performing artists, as well as members of the public
  • Dedicated Spaces – A dedicated dancer lounge for Company dancers adjacent to an upgraded dressing and changing area and an Academy lounge area, which will feature a quiet space to study and relax between classes
  • Expanded Parking – More than 150 parking spaces, doubling parking capacity
  • Easier Access — Streamlined drop-off and pick-up for Academy students and guests

More on Cincinnati Ballet’s Record Growth:
In recent years, Cincinnati Ballet has experienced growth organization-wide. Attendance numbers for our professional, mainstage productions have grown from 58,000 during the 2015-2016 Season to 70,400 in the 2018-2019 Season. Cincinnati Ballet also increased the number of performances offerings each season, with added Thursday evening performances and the annual Family Series. During fiscal year 2018-2019, the Otto M. Budig Academy saw a nearly 21% growth in school year enrollment. Enrollment for fiscal year 2019-2020 is already pacing ahead of last year. Enrollment that includes adult and summer programming has seen a steady increase during the last five years. From fiscal year 2017-2018 to 2018-2019, the Academy saw a 17% increase, a number expected to accelerate in a new, larger space as students have been consistently shut-out of sold-out programming. Currently, 92% of children’s division classes are at capacity or have waiting lists. Cincinnati Ballet also expects to greatly expand education and community engagement programming at the new center. Ballet Moves – specialized, on-site classes for students with unique abilities, developed in partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center – would offer expanded classes. The program currently serves students with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and autism. With more dedicated space, Ballet Moves would grow to serve students in at least 10 populations including the senior community, those with dementia, depression and anxiety, and other physical impairments.

What our Building Partners Are Saying:

Matthew Schottelkotte, GBBN Chief Executive Officer
“The building’s transparency celebrates the activity within. People outside can see what’s going on in the studios. Inside, dancers look out at tremendous views of city. From the lightweight steel and slender columns of the studios, to the way light enters the building, the project captures the strength, grace, and sheer delight of dance. The project’s prominent site along a major city artery is accessible and visible. It sends a clear message to the community, and people passing through the city, about the strength and importance of the arts in Cincinnati.”

Greg Herrin, Vice President and head of Messer’s Cincinnati region
“Messer, and our partner TriVersity Construction, is honored to continue our long-standing relationship with the Cincinnati Ballet and the arts community. This highly visible, iconic building will not only raise the already revered status of the Cincinnati Ballet, but also transform the way our Arts community and, by extension our region, is viewed throughout the country.”

Chris Dobrozsi, Neyer Vice President of Real Estate Development
“Neyer Properties feels this is the right place and the ideal use for the land and compliments the historic Baldwin development. Eden Park and the arts organizations within the park are gems of Cincinnati and deserve a grand entrance. Right now, it’s hard to know the beauty and culture that is there until you are in the thick of it. Adding the Ballet at this site will help establish that sense of arrival to all the arts in the area.”

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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Cincinnati Ballet Presents SWAN LAKE Just in Time for Valentine’s Day!

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Photo by Aaron M. Conway.

CINCINNATI, OH.  (January 21, 2020) — Cursed by an evil sorcerer, the beautiful princess Odette spends her days as a swan and her nights in human form. Only true love can break the spell, but an evil imposter is out to steal her prince and their happy ending. Experience what may be the most recognizable ballet of all time at Cincinnati Music Hall Thursday, February 13 to Sunday, February 16. With Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s spectacular score performed by Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and choreography by Kirk Peterson, it’s a classic love story that can’t be missed. The ballet is also a tour-de-force experience for the dancer playing the dual role of Odette/Odile, the white swan and the black swan, her evil nemesis. On stage for much of the ballet, the dancer is required to perform a head-spinning 32 turns in a row as Black Swan.

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Photo by Aaron M. Conway.

Cincinnati Ballet also got creative with this production and decided to put our ‘swans’ in Mirror Lake at Eden Park. As our production is in the middle of winter, we planned the photo shoot during the summer. On a sweltering day in August, our dancers, videographer, production and wardrobe staff, and Artistic Director Victoria Morgan spent several hours creating some unbelievable photos in Mirror Lake. Clever photographer Aaron M. Conway didn’t just want our ‘swans’ in the water, he also wanted them en pointe ON the water! So how do you make dancers walk on water? Conway and his team brought along cinder blocks for the dancers to balance on. Principal dancers Sirui Liu and Melissa Gelfin took turns balancing on the blocks. What you may not know — pointe shoes are made of densely packed layers of fabric, cardboard, and sometimes paper hardened by glue, when immersed in water they quickly disintegrate. Each dancer, supported by staff, had seconds to create an indelible pose while balanced on the stacked cinder blocks. Bravo! What we ended up with are truly magical photos.

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Photo by Aaron M. Conway.

Cincinnati Ballet would also like to thank the City of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Parks for all their help in the creation of these images.

WHO:                   Cincinnati Ballet

WHAT:                 Swan Lake

WHEN:                 February 13 – 7:30 pm

February 14 – 8:00 pm

February 15 – 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm

February 16 – 1:00 pm

WHERE:               Music Hall
1241 Elm St.
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

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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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Cincinnati Ballet’s THE NUTCRACKER Presented by Frisch’s Big Boy (AND Fiona!) Return to Music Hall with ADDED Performances after Christmas

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Cincinnati Ballet Dancers. Peter Mueller Photography.

CINCINNATI, OH (November 19, 2018) — The Nutcracker Presented by Frisch’s Big Boy, now in its 46th annual season, returns to the Music Hall December 19 through 29. The production brings all of the region together with more than 100 children dancing alongside Cincinnati Ballet’s professional company. For a second straight year, the world’s most famous hippo – ‘Fiona’ returns to the production, showing off what she’s learned in ballet class. Cincinnati Ballet and Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens collaborated on the character for the creative partnership last year. It’s so wonderfully Cincinnati!

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. Artistic Director Victoria Morgan’s whimsical choreographic take on the classic story is like nothing you’ve ever seen before!

Each year, The Nutcracker provides the rare opportunity for young dancers to star in the featured roles of Clara and her brother, Fritz, along with 70 additional roles for more than 100 local young performers. Currently studying the lead role of Clara are Otto M. Budig Academy students, Mollie Berk and Riley Moser. While both girls have performed roles in The Nutcracker in previous years, this will be both young dancers’ first time dancing the role of Clara. Learning the role of Fritz this season are Academy students Marshall Anstaett and Quinn Posey.

Frisch’s Big Boy and Cincinnati Ballet have a long history of collaborating to present the production, dating back to the first Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker in 1974. Frisch’s Restaurants Inc. championed that production through a generous donation and has sponsored the production every subsequent year.

This Cincinnati holiday favorite saw a re-envisioning in a 2011 World Premiere, 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 “Mirlipoos”) and more. After the debut of this version of the Nutcracker in 2011, David Lyman of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote, “The Nutcracker is now a 21st Century spectacle; bright, high-tech and filled with imagery.”

PERFORMANCE DATES AND INFORMATION

WHO: Cincinnati Ballet
Choreography: Victoria Morgan

Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Carmon DeLeone

WHAT: The Nutcracker presented by Frisch’s Big Boy

WHEN:

  • Thursday, December 19 – 7:30 pm
  • Friday, December 20 – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, December 21 – 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 21 – 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, December 22 – 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 22 – 6:30 pm
  • Monday, December 23 – 2:00 pm
  • Monday, December 23 – 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, December 24 – 1:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 26 – 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 26 – 7:30 pm
  • Friday, December 27 – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, December 28 – 2:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 29 – 1:00 pm

WHERE: Music Hall – 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

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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Cincinnati Ballet and Taft’s Brewing Company Team Up for Special NUTCRACKER Ale

CB_Nutcracker AleCINCINNATI, OH.  (November 5, 2019) – Cincinnati Ballet and Taft’s Brewing Company are proud to announce the creation of the first-ever ‘Nutcracker’ Ale. Based on Taft’s classic holiday winter warmer ale, Santa’s Bribe, this Nutcracker Ale is filled with similar festive flavors including cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla. Expect more and stronger! This specialty version pairs perfectly with a Christmas cookie or two. The limited-edition Nutcracker Ale will be available at Cincinnati Music Hall during the annual production of Cincinnati Ballet’s The Nutcracker presented by Frisch’s Big Boy, as well as Taft’s locations during the holiday season.

Please join us for The Nutcracker presented by Frisch’s Big Boy at historic Music Hall December 19 through December 29. The family favorite follows Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they travel to the Land of Sweets and meet a colorful cast of characters. Ticket information at cballet.org.

About Taft’s Brewing Company
Taft’s Brewing Company was founded in 2015 through the creation of Taft’s Ale House. The founders of Taft’s partnered with the Cincinnati Center City Development Corp (3CDC) to create the brewery and restaurant located in Cincinnati’s Over-The-Rhine. The three-story Ale House resides in a renovated historic church originally built in 1850 and offers premium steak fare in a beautifully designed space. In 2017, the Taft’s team created a production brewery and tap room, Taft’s Brewpourium, located in Spring Grove Village. The 50,000-square-foot facility is home to high-volume brewing and beer kegging, canning and packaging. The Brewpourium tap room offers guests 12-15 of Taft’s house-created brews and New Haven style coal-fired pizza. Taft’s beers can also be found in bars, restaurants, grocery stores and other outlets across the region. Visit http://www.taftsbeer.com.

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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