0 Comments · Wednesday, August 21, 2013
During the past 15 years, from its home base at
the Cincinnati Ballet Center in Over-the-Rhine, the company has achieved
its own cultural and economic revival, mirroring downtown’s — and
especially OTR’s — renaissance, with tremendous growth and critical
success under the guidance of Artistic Director and CEO Victoria Morgan.
1 Comment · Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Few things good ever come easily, or
without stepping outside one’s comfort zone. But persistence paid off in
Cincinnati Ballet’s pursuit of Peter Frampton, the Grammy-winning
guitar hero with a career spanning decades.
by Jac Kern
“Mandy Patinkin, holla.”
That was Claire
Danes’ shout-out to her Homeland
co-star when she won an Emmy in 2012 for her role on the show. Fans across
Cincinnati will be able to holla at him too (not really, that’s rude) as he
performs with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Friday-Sunday. Sure, many know
him as Saul Berenson on Homeland or the iconic Inigo Montoya from Princess Bride, but he’s a man of the
theater, too, and this weekend he joins the CSO onstage for the first time
since 1991. Read our interview with Mandy Patinkin here.
annual International Butterfly Show opens Saturday, highlighting the
butterflies of Morocco. The conservatory will fill with 16,000 colorful butterflies,
floral displays and a hummingbird garden through June 30. Krohn is open 10
a.m.-5 p.m. every day; Admission is $4-$7.
Earth Day is
technically April 22, but Cincinnati celebrates this Saturday at Sawyer Point.
Enjoy live music, a fashion show of recycled materials and other family
activities while learning how to get involved with green organizations and
outdoor activities. The free event runs noon-5 p.m. Check out this week’s Green
Issue for more information on native plant hikes,
sustainable farms and outdoor classes, markets and events.
Cincinnati Ballet promises one of the hottest parties of the year as they
present Club B Saturday.
The Cincinnati Masonic Center downtown will transform into a hoppin’ nightclub
complete with cocktails, light bites and — of course — lots of dancing. There
will also be a raffle with tons of great prizes. Tickets are a bit steep — $150
all-inclusive 7 p.m. admission; $50 tickets get you in after 10 p.m. — but the
money goes to support this important local arts organization. Plus, how often
can you say you’ve danced with a ballerina?
is Record Store Day and Greater Cincinnati is lucky to have four local
stalwarts to choose from. Support our local music shops by picking up a new
record as you enjoy live, in-store performances. Go here for details on how Everybody’s
Records, Shake It Records, Mole’s Record Exchange and Phil’s Music & Memories
For more stuff to
do this weekend, check out our To Do page
or full calendar and
Rick Pender’s Stage
Door for weekend theater offerings.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Partnering gets taken to the next level in Cincinnati Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet
this weekend. Not only has much of the choreography changed since the
company premiered this production five years ago, but the people
involved have also evolved.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Currently in rehearsal for Romeo & Juliet,
which opens on Valentine’s Day, Cincinnati Ballet Company corps member
Sirui Liu spends most of her days — from about 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. —
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 12, 2012
‘Tis the season for an abundance of music that includes beloved traditions: Handel’s oratorio Messiah and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. Both pieces are holiday staples performed year after year. After year.
by Jac Kern
Halloween is no
longer a one-night event just for kids. Like many holidays, Halloween’s reach
goes beyond Oct. 31 (I’m pretty sure I saw costumes descend into stores
mid-August), giving us grownups a chance to dress up and act out. This
(Hallo)weekend features events that celebrate all the weird, wonderful and
freaky aspects of our favorite holiday.
If staged dance
performances weren’t what you had in mind, think again. While not necessarily
Halloween-related, Cincinnati Ballet’s ALICE
(in Wonderland) will take audiences on a whimsical journey down the rabbit
hole Friday-Sunday. In addition to talented dancers and music by the Cincinnati
the costume and set designs are truly freaky-fabulous.
For a darker dance
experience, check out Exhale Dance Tribe’s one-night engagement, Dead
Can Dance. The troupe has transformed Emery Theatre into a haunted
house, where dancers will lead spectators from room to room, creating an
interactive, spooky show Saturday night. The performance begins at 7 p.m.
After a month of bringing
photography to the forefront of the Cincinnati art scene, FotoFocus will close
with Saturday’s Carnevil. The event boasts a full bill of entertainment from
live music and DJs to improv and burlesque to fortune-tellers. Guests are
encouraged to explore the venue, Newport’s Thompson House — which is said to be
haunted — and hunt for spirits from Southgate’s past. Find tickets and event
than three identical mute men, covered in paint? Blue Man Group wraps up its local run with performances at the
Aronoff Center Friday-Sunday. The show is an energetic spectacle that theater critic
Rick Pender describes as “a strange and wonderful communal experience.” Go here to read
our full review.
Judging by the
number of Halloween bar and club events, alcohol is the “candy” of choice for
many adult trick-or-treaters. So it looks like Arnold’s picked the perfect
weekend for The Bourbon Ball. The bar will be stocked with more than 30 top
shelf selections, offering specials on Manhattans, Old Fashioneds and other
bourbon classics as well as bourbon-infused bites like Bourbon Bacon Strips and
Bourbon Sauce Pork. The free event will also have swag bags and live music all
means Night Owl Market
is back, bringing food trucks and vendors together at the parking lot at Main
Street and Central Parkway. In addition to late night eats, NOMers can
participate in a costume contest and a flash mob-style “Thriller” dance with
Pones Inc. The free fun runs 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday.
One thing that’s
definitely scarier than any haunted house or paranormal activity hotspot is
breed discrimination. Show some love to dogs that prove no breed is born “vicious”
at Bark Bash:
Celebrating National Pit Bull Awareness Day.
From pit bulls to puggles, all are welcome to romp around Voice of America Park
Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be raffles, vendors, kids activities and
appearances from the Ben-Gals and Cincinnati Rollergirls.
Few experiences are more
picturesque than spending a fall afternoon perusing Findlay Market. This Sunday
the market presents its annual Fall Food Festival, featuring a pie baking
contest, cider mulling demo, live music, food tour and more. Come hungry
between noon and 4 p.m. Find details here.
Check out ScaryBeat
for a full rundown of costume parties, bar events, haunted houses and more
happening this weekend through Oct. 31.
by Julie Mullins
Posted In: Dance
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Contemporary new work's moments of stillness and quiet grab you and draw you in
The intense energy between Principal
dancers Cervilio Amador and Janessa Touchet is so palpable you can
feel it — even when their hands aren’t touching.
Their expressive duet in Heather
Britt’s world premier “Opus 5.5” provided an inviting opening
to Cincinnati Ballet’s annual Kaplan New Works season opener
last Thursday evening.
The production offers a rare chance to
see dance up close, as it takes place in the company’s home
performance studio at the Cincinnati Ballet Center.
There’s nothing like watching live
performance, but there’s something even more exciting and visceral
about seeing the dancers glowing and their muscles flexing.
Full of emotion, Britt’s sweeping
contemporary new work has the dancers really moving all over:
across the stage in sculptural lifts, through the air in expansive
leaps and extravagant extensions. But it’s really the rare moments
of stillness and quiet that grab you and draw you in closer.
New Works’ stock in trade has
always been pushing stylistic boundaries.
R&D,” says Cincinnati Ballet CEO/Artistic Director Victoria
Morgan. “We need to scare ourselves, to try things we’ve never
But this year is noteworthy for another
reason: For the first time, all of the choreographers featured are
Dance-wise, the women also stand out in
the spotlight this year more than usual. Though, as always, there are
plenty of equally fine turns by the men as well.
Paige Cunningham Caldarella’s
“Without Consideration,” the program’s most offbeat piece,
presents a topsy-turvy look at social media and its pleasures and
Its five short sections comprise a
modern dance piece cut with classical ballet. It’s by turns
satirical, ominous and oddly compelling.
Clad in a lime green tee-shirt and a
short, ruffled floral skirt, Corps de Ballet dancer Courtney
Hellebuyck shines in her solo.
She attacks each movement with
ferocious intensity. Her dramatic facial expressions and stage
presence are spellbinding. She and the other four dancers appear
equally comfortable switching between styles — instant, by instant — in
this mash-up of ballet and modern. The women even manage to perform
modern floor drops in pointe shoes.
A physical wall (think social media)
covered in paper provides the backdrop and set piece. The dancers
write on it, hurl themselves against it, and press into it. They
connect and disconnect, or nearly connect with each other. But at
times, they just miss, undulating away from each other. Individual
gestures are repeated, such as one’s own hand suddenly turning the
head and face away in a slo-mo sideways “slap.” It seems to
suggest the struggle to turn one’s attention away from staying
online all day.
Amy Seiwert, San Francisco-based
Resident Choreographer for Smuin Ballet (where she was also a
longtime dancer), has created a thoroughly delightful getaway world
in her world premier modern ballet ,“Think of You Often.”
The weather is balmy. The light-colored
clothing, designed by the Cincinnati Ballet Wardrobe Department, is
carefree and casual. The women collectively become an ocean tide,
even in their pointe shoes. Its feel-good soundtrack, music by the
Swedish group Koop, delivers effusive swing and a touch of Latin
Principal dancer Sarah Hairston warmly
embraces her role, full of flirtation and feline sassiness. First
two, then four men lift and sway her — and no doubt cater to her
But don’t let the piece’s escapist
playfulness belie its underlying choreographic sophistication. The
partnering throughout is highly complex, original, and technically
In a most striking duet, Zach Grubbs
and Jacqueline Damico make the most intricate sequences look as easy
and natural as an ocean breeze.
Jessica Lang’s contemporary
neoclassical work “La Belle Danse” (2007) presents a slightly
quirky court dance of sorts. Set to a score of the likes of Handel
and Mozart, it’s the sole work here that the Ballet has presented
previously, in 2009.
It’s the most classical piece on the
program — relatively speaking — yet unexpectedly it marks the only
one where the women wear soft shoes.
Displaying a very different, more
sacred type of passion in this role’s solo, Hairston demonstrates
her versatility as dancer, and a performer.
The large cast brims over with
expressive dancing, filled with plenty of leaps, turns, waltzing…
and conducting gestures.
Amador and Touchet rapid-fire their way
through pirouettes and petit allegro galore. Although their
style here sharply contrasts their opening duet, this superb pairing
brings this production — one of the best New Works in recent
years — full circle.
by Jac Kern
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Whether you have a
great relationship with your boss or you’re dealing with your own personal
Michael Scott, we’ve all had a laugh or two at the expense of our employers.
And while I’m still perfecting my bit on Danny Cross, there’s group of former
senate staffers who turned office jokes into a touring comedy show.
The Capitol Steps is
a political satire troupe with a cast of 30 members, many of whom have worked
on Capitol Hill at some point. It began as a small skit at a Christmas party,
but was so well-received that staffers rounded up others and took the show on
the road. The Capitol Steps have been at it for more than 30 years, and they’re
bringing the show to town for one night only at Mayerson JCC. Reserved seats
are sold out, but a limited amount of tickets will be sold at the door for $30
($25 for J Members). The show begins at 7 p.m. so show up early if you’re
looking for tickets. Check out our interview with two "Steps," original member Elaina Newport
and Cincy native Bari
Caracole provides safe, affordable
housing and support services for Southwest Ohioans living with HIV and AIDS.
The organization’s offices recently moved to Northside (4138 Hamilton Ave.) and
tonight the crew hosts an open house celebration. Learn more about their services and check
out the new digs while enjoying music, snacks, artwork and a photo booth from
4-9 p.m. Caracole is looking to stock up its donation pantry, so bring
any toiletries and cleaning supplies you can contribute.
Ballet and ArtsWave present “Cocktails and Conversations,” as part of their
Friends for the Arts program. Celebrate remarkable women in business and the
arts at Cincinnati Ballet’s theater tonight at 7 p.m. Before the Kaplan New
Works Series show is a cocktail reception where guests can mingle with
influential women from the aforementioned organizations as well as area
philanthropists and entrepreneurs. Afterwards, enjoy new dance performances all
choreographed by women. Buy tickets here.
Film Festival continues tonight at Esquire Theatre with Man from Orlando, Party
Crashers, Shining Night: A Portrait
of Morten Lauridsen and Street Paper.
The fest closes tomorrow.For more events, including concerts, art shows, theater performances and more, check out our full calendar.
by Jac Kern
The Cincinnati Ballet opens each season with a fresh crop of modern performances,
but this season’s Kaplan New Works Series stands out as being the first
featuring all women choreographers. While ballet dancers are predominantly female, male choreographers significantly outnumber women. Choreographers Amy Seiwert,
Paige Cunningham Caldarella, Heather Britt and Jessica Lang all present new
programs through Sunday. Tickets are still available for tonight’s 8 p.m.
performance here. Check out our recent story
on the Kaplan New Works Series to learn more about these choreographers and the
Theater Cincinnati and Playhouse in the Park also have productions tonight.
ETC’s Good People, a Critic’s Pick, is “a total package that feels good
and real from start to finish.”
The Three Musketeers, onstage at the Playhouse, promises
lots of silly laughs and exciting swordplay. See Rick Pender’s full review here.
The Cincinnati Film Festival continues today with
screenings running through 9 p.m. at Esquire Theater. Single tickets are $10 or
$25 for the full night. Read our interview with Executive Director Katharine
The Main Library
downtown kicks off its series of experimental music nights with Electric Inertia
and Her Weasels Wild Running at 7 p.m. in the Reading Garden Lounge. The night
will feature stop-motion animation from 1930s film footage, free-form trumpet,
piano and guitar. The series continues Sept. 26, Oct. 3,17 and 30.Columbus Day might be a month away, but locals can celebrate early by visiting replicas of The Nina and Pinta today. The ships will be at the Levee (conveniently docked by Hooter's) through Saturday. Tours are available between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. and run $6-$8 per person.
Peep our full calendar
for more concerts, art and theater shows, events and more stuff to do tonight.