Ballet’s The New Nutcracker is, in a word, spectacular. And
I mean that in the literal sense: It’s truly a spectacle. Thursday
evening’s well-attended opening night at the Aronoff Center offered
an impressive smorgasbord of visual and dance delights.
Imagine what goes into creating a brand-new production of a beloved full-length ballet, top to bottom. The time is finally here: Cincinnati Ballet’s long-awaited, eagerly anticipated The New Nutcracker premieres Thursday at the Aronoff Center.
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.
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.