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Dance: Rite of Spring

By Julie Mullins · March 13th, 2012 · CityBeat Recommends
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Spring’s imminent onset feels like the right time for new rites.

Fittingly, Cincinnati Ballet presents a diverse triad of works for its Rite of Spring program at the Aronoff Center this weekend. Observe Resident Choreographer Adam Hougland’s Rite of Spring, set to the dynamic dissonance of the Stravinsky score, performed live by Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. It’s no ordinary spring ritual. This “raw, grungy” piece pits “individual against the group; it’s kind of timeless and universal,” says Hougland. “That’s always what I’m looking for: something that everyone can relate to, those universal truths.” The contemporary work predates his Firebird seen last season and represents another visually arresting collaboration with his longtime set and costume design collaborator Marion Williams. The program will also bring forth the neoclassical Vivace, choreographed by Val Caniparoli and set to Schubert, as well as the world premier of Emmy-nominated choreographer Stacey Tookey’s Oneself Perceived. $30-$80. 513-621-5282 or www.cballet.org. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., downtown. Through Saturday, March 17. 8 p.m., plus a 2 p.m. performance on Saturday. 

 
 
 
 

 

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