We are lucky to have so many world-class arts organizations in Cincinnati, and September is when they begin their new seasons. The Cincinnati Ballet is no exception. What better way to start than with the popular Kaplan New Works Series, where we can see six world premieres?
This year, there are three ballets by prominent, nationally-recognized female choreographers, and three by Cincinnati Ballet dancers, chosen during their annual Choreographer’s Workshop last spring.
Choreographer Heather Britt—who you may know from her unique exercise and dance class DanceFix (or maybe from her Secret deodorant commercial)—is celebrating her tenth anniversary choreographing with the Cincinnati Ballet by debuting her piece When I Still Needed You. The Cincinnati native, who is a School of Creative and Performing Arts graduate, returned from a decade in Colorado and California and choreographed her first New Works in 2009.
“It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years. This anniversary is awesome. I love Cincinnati Ballet. I love being affiliated with Cincinnati Ballet and choreographing for these amazing dancers,” says Britt. “This piece is about explaining how each dancer in the piece experiences grief and loss, whether it’s with a death, a relationship, a type of friendship, and how we grieve those relationships.”
Other pieces include internationally-renowned choreographer Andrea Schermoly’s Swivet, and San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancer Sarah Van Patten’s new work, Skylight.
From the Cincinnati Ballet’s annual Choreographer’s Workshop, Principal Dancer Melissa Gelfin choreographs for New Works for the first time with her piece Clockwise. Senior Soloist David Morse and Corps de Ballet member Taylor Carrasco both choreograph for the second time, with Morse presenting As I Stare the Dust and Carrasco presenting Neat.
Choreographing for your peers—dancers who you work with daily, and with whom you have a relationship—is unique. Victoria Morgan, the Cincinnati Ballet’s artistic director, says, “Because there is a certain amount of camaraderie, there is typically a sense of support from your peers.”
You can experience The Kaplan New Works Series September 12 through 22 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Tickets are still available: call 513.621.5282, visit cballet.org, or visit the Cincinnati Ballet Box Office at 1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45214.