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Onstage: New Works at Cincinnati Ballet

By Julie Mullins · September 7th, 2010 · CityBeat Recommends

It’s time for Cincinnati Ballet’s annual New Works mixed repertory program, kicking off the company’s season Sept. 9-19. The sensuality and inner workings of a handful of various local, national and international choreographers’ new — and mostly contemporary — pieces are on display.

“It isn’t just movement for movement’s sake,” says Exhale Dance Tribe’s Missy Lay Zimmer, who choreographed a piece with husband Andrew Hubbard again this year.

Sexual energy plays an important role in the couple’s untitled two-part work set to music from the band Over the Rhine.

The Ballet’s on-site performance space becomes an ideal venue to see dance in an intimate setting. The always-fresh, boundary-pushing program offers a rare glimpse into seeing the dancers’ energy and efforts up close and in diverse stylistic lights.

Hubbard says it was important that dancers “learn to un-dance certain things so that certain things look more human and pedestrian and less choreographed, technical and classical.” Sounds like a good move.

Performed Sept. 9-11 and 15-19 (two shows on Saturdays) at the Mickey Jarson Kaplan Studios at Cincinnati Ballet Center. Tickets are $45-$50.

Go here for show, venue and ticket information.



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