Throughout this fall season, the local onstage dance scene brings forth an ever-expanding range of options, from revamped (and possibly vampy) classics and world premier works by rising star choreographers to daring contemporary fare.
Following its popular annual Gala of International Ballet Stars, BALLET TECH CINCINNATI puts a fresh spin on a well-known ballet with The Jazzy Sleeping Beauty, rounded out with guest artists from Cincinnati Ballet and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.
Tchaikovsky fans needn't fret -- movements of the classic score will be "jazzed-up" and played live by the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Electric Jazz Orchestra. Waverly Lucas II of Ballethnic Dance Company of Atlanta has been charged with adding jazzy choreographic flair. Curious? See the show Sept. 14-15 in the Aronoff's Jarson-Kaplan Theater or catch excerpts Oct. 13 at ballet tech cincinnati's new headquarters (6543 Montgomery Road, Kennedy Heights, www.ballettech cincinnati.com) as part of Enjoy the Arts' 20/20 Festival.
(There will be more dance performances with 20/20; the full schedule is TBA.)
CINCINNATI BALLET kicks off its season Sept. 20 in its home base, Mickey Jarson Kaplan Performance Studio (1555 Central Pkwy., Over-the-Rhine) with New Works, an annual mixed repertory program highlighting cutting-edge work from leading choreographers. This time it's from Adam Hougland, Darrell Moultrie, Kirk Peterson and the company's own Ballet Master-in-Chief Devon Carney. In short, it's the Ballet's time to push the envelope creatively. Expect myriad styles in the four world premier ballets from neo-classical to outright modern. Peterson, the Ballet's resident choreographer, offers "Olympian Dalliances," a 15-minute powerhouse pas de deux as a follow-up to his high-octane, all-male hit "Javelin," seen in last year's program. Award-winning composer Michael Torke again provides the original score.
The Ballet presents Chaconne: A Celebration with Suzanne Farrell Nov. 9-10, a triple-bill program featuring a groundbreaking collaboration with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet. The 1976 ballet Chaconne features one of several roles Balanchine created especially for Farrell, and she will be in town to provide first-hand artistic expertise as the piece is set on Cincinnati Ballet and Suzanne Farrell Ballet dancers. Contemporary works -- the return of Trey McIntyre's lively, Latin-inspired "Chasing Squirrel" and "Pairs" by Viktor Kabaniaev -- round out the bill. Visit www.cincinnatiballet.com for details.
Chaconne will also be presented by the combined companies at a later date at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Farrell, the legendary former New York City Ballet star and well-known muse to George Balanchine, hails from Cincinnati and was a 2005 recipient of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors.
Cincinnati will recognize Farrell locally at a tribute reception in her honor Oct. 28 in Music Hall's Corbett Tower. The occasion also marks the inception of a dance scholarship in her name at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where Farrell trained prior to her "discovery" by Balanchine. It's a thrill to see our city giving the celebrated Cincinnati native some much-deserved hometown recognition. For tickets, call 513-591-2557.
CONTEMPORARY DANCE THEATER's Guest Artist Series opens Nov. 16-17 with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company in the Aronoff's Jarson-Kaplan Theater. DCDC has built a reputation for presenting virtuosic performances of both vibrant new choreography and outstanding classic repertory, so this should be an exciting start to CDT's season. The 39-year-old company reportedly holds the largest collection of works by African-American choreographers anywhere.
You've seen them dance for their lives on TV, now check 'em out live when the Top 10 finalists from SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE descend upon U.S. Bank Arena Nov. 9. Tickets go on sale Saturday; call 513-562-4949.
contact Julie mullins: jmullins(at)citybeat.com