Cincinnati Ballet is joined by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for a performance featuring resident choreographer Adam Hougland's Rite of Spring
, set to Stravinky's famous composition. Hougland and designer Marion Williams created the dance around a bold and daring world, expressing not a reverence of nature, but instead the dire consequences of turning one's back on it. Also on the program is Val Caniparoli's Vivace
, an elegant, abstract, non-narrative nod to ballet classicism set to Franz Schubert's Symphony No 2 in B flat, D. 125. Cincinnati audiences are familiar with Caniparoli, who choreographed the company's most recent Nutcracker
, which ran for ten seasons. Finally, the company tackles Emmy-nominated Stacey Tookey's Oneself Perceived
, with music by Olafur Arnalds. Tookey, featured on So You Think You Can Dance
, explores our vast range of responses to fear, personified by the male dancers throughout the piece, as the female dancers decide whether they will conquer fear or if fear will conquer them.
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