At heart, dance is all about expression,
and Ronen “Roni” Koresh gets it. Over two decades, his jazz-infused yet
modern Koresh Dance Company has earned a reputation for delivering
powerhouse performances to sold-out venues nationally and abroad. For
the first time in three years, the Philadelphia-based ensemble returns
to the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater this weekend, kicking off
Contemporary Dance Theater’s 2011-2012 Guest Artist Series.
For many Cincinnati area audiences, dance means classical ballet — annual Nutcracker performances or perhaps Swan Lake. But Mario de la Nuez and Meridith Benson, co-artistic
directors of de la Dance Company, are trying to change all that with
performance evenings like DanceCincinnati2011.
No guts, no glory. No risk, no reward.
These clichés generally hold true for Cincinnati Ballet’s annual season
opener — its modern-leaning, mixed-bag New Works showcase — but they seem more apt than usual. This year’s Kaplan New Works Series,
which opened on Thursday night at the Ballet’s own intimate Mickey
Jarson Kaplan Studio, delivers on its titular promise — four of the five
new works were world premier.
Summer is winding down just as the dance season is heating up! This fall brings a host of delights from longtime companies as well as new directions for the local dance scene. Kicking off Cincinnati Ballet’s season with a bang once again is the eagerly anticipated annual Kaplan New Works Series Sept. 8-18 at the Mickey Jarson Kaplan Performance Studio.
This is not the chamber music of yesteryear. It’s hard to imagine a more artfully fun-filled summer evening of collaboration than what Concert:Nova has orchestrated for its season four finale on July 6. Audiences will get to delight in an original dance performance set to live, world-class chamber music in an unexpected space: outside in the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Alice Bimel Courtyard, where sculptures round out the art-filled atmosphere.
Cross-pollinating arts audiences is paramount in today's economically uncertain times. Case in point: Cincinnati Ballet and storied Cincinnati band Over the Rhine (both beloved cultural icons locally and beyond) will share the stage this weekend at the Aronoff Center for three performances designed to draw fans of each.
Where would dance be without risk? Risk-taking is required to progress the form, especially when it comes to ballet. In recent years, Cincinnati Ballet has taken bold leaps forward by presenting fresh, contemporary works both in their annual New Works studio series and season programs. The newest risk: Adam Hougland's The Firebird.
Devon Carney is tired, but somehow he doesn't look the part. Cincinnati Ballet's associate artistic director has been putting in roughly 16-hour days recently. All these efforts go toward the company's upcoming production — ironically, 'The Sleeping Beauty.' The four performances this weekend mark Cincinnati Ballet's return to Music Hall.
I'm always sad to see summer go, but fall is around the corner and that means dance and so much more returns to local stages. Once again, Cincinnati Ballet kicks off the season with its ever-evolving 'New Works' production featuring, well, new works from local, national and international choreographers. Cin City Burlesque, Performance and Time Arts Series and Contemporary Dance Theater also have new offerings.
Galas mean celebrations, and this year's ninth annual Gala of International Dance Stars brings not only a thrilling evening of dance for the audience but also excitement for the classically trained professional performers. Presented by ballet tech cincinnati at the Aronoff Center, the Gala offers a powerhouse pack of extraordinary dancers hand-picked from top companies from around the country and beyond.
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.
As part of a recent groundbreaking $85 million dollar grant to the arts focused on music from longtime Cincinnati arts philanthropist Louise Nippert, beginning in the latter half of 2010, the Ballet will be generously funded to the tune of about $200,000 for three productions per ballet season with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra accompaniment.
Dance is never better than when paired with live music. Starting its season, Cincinnati Ballet's 'New Works' opening-night Thursday marked the sole performance featuring live musical accompaniment from popular local artists for three of five local choreographers' works (plus one cool Italian native).
Current times call for convergence: of collaborations, of community, especially local community. For the first time, Cincinnati Ballet's annual repertory showcase 'New Works' focuses on homegrown talent to provide fresh choreography and music. We're encouraged to buy local, so why not tap in-town talent?
Even with President Obama's "stimulus" plan and package, there's still much to be desired in terms of arts funding. But there's some good news as well: The Contemporary Dance Theater has landed a respectable sum from the NEA Arts Recovery and Recruitment grant program. Meanwhile, Cincinnati Ballet gears up for a stellar and diversified season.