Martha Graham once said, “Movement never lies.” Plenty of truth is needed to pull off dancing to the crooning of Ol’ Blue Eyes, and Cincinnati Ballet tackles this challenge along with Twyla Tharp’s intricate, nuanced choreography in Sinatra Suite & More.
If Tharp’s name doesn’t ring a bell, she’s a living American choreographic legend and 2008 Kennedy Center Honoree who’s best known for crossing boundaries between ballet, modern dance, Broadway and beyond.
Following last season’s Baker’s Dozen, Cincinnati Ballet again presents a piece choreographed by Tharp and restaged by veteran Tharp company member Shelley Washington. Washington has been working with the choreographer since 1975, first as a dancer and now as a veritable expert at restaging Tharp’s sought-after works.
This time it’s Sinatra Suite from 1984, a series of four duets and a solo set to wellknown Sinatra standards. (The program also features new works from the Ballet’s Associate Artistic Director Devon Carney and New York City-based choreographer Jessica Lang alongside Balanchine’s Tarantella.)
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