A bathtub, a bed, lots of heavy leather suitcases — not necessarily props you expect to see onstage for a ballet, let alone for a ballet set to the high funereal seriousness of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem. But that’s just some of what audiences will experience at Adam Hougland’s world premiere ballet, Mozart’s Requiem, Friday and Saturday at the Aronoff Center.
Requiem also features the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, the Xavier University Concert Choir and vocal soloists.
A requiem is traditionally a funeral mass that’s ultimately about death. But Hougland makes his ballet about living. Hougland says the piece is about life and cycles, letting go and moving on: “It’s all about shedding all the earthly possessions and baggage and moving forward into who knows what.”
Read Julie Mullins' full interview with Hougland and get showtimes, tickets and find nearby bars and restaurants here.