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Bold Moves Festival – Ballet Festival

June 9 - June 19

Aronoff Center for the Arts – Proctor & Gamble Hall

$29 – $129

Cincinnati Bold Moves Promotional photo
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Cincinnati Ballet will be hosting the Bold Moves Festival at the Aronoff Center from June 9 to 18

Cincinnati Ballet ends the 2022/2023 season with the second year of the Bold Moves Festival. This ballet dance festival features two programs over two weeks that will display unique perspectives on dance and humanity. These programs feature some of dance’s most sought-after choreographers to create a legendary experience. 

Witness emotional storytelling come together with choreography to portray the strength of music and dance. This all serves as a vehicle to display the power and physicality of movement and dance to deliver stories. These fantastic displays will leave you stunned and amazed, inspiring all who watch them with whimsy and joy. 



Tickets to Bold Moves 

Tickets to the Bold Moves Festival cost $29 to $129 for each program. Each program has three shows which are viewed in one showing. 

Use promo code CAA25 when purchasing tickets in Price Zones 1-3 seats for a 25% discount. This offer is valid for up to 8 tickets, excluding premium tickets and price zones 4 and 5. This offer expires June 2 at 11:59 p.m.








Program 1 

Sit promotional Photo Sit 

Choreography: Jennifer Archibald
Music: Hang and Balance, Taufiq Qureshi, Maro Jailo 

Inspired by the concept of ‘sitting,’ Archibald’s work moves dancers through fluid movements to create a moment of restful quiet. The piece then progresses to a raw, liberating motion complemented by Far Eastern and African drums. 


In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated promotional photoIn the Middle, Somewhat Elevated 

Choreography: William Forsythe
Music: Thom Willems 

Created for the Paris Opera Ballet, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated creates a unique variation of classical ballet. Using academic virtuosity, the show extends and accelerates traditional figures of ballet. By shifting and altering positions and classical works, the display can make original works appear entirely new.  


A Rose by Any Other Name Promotional PhotoA Rose By Any Other Name 

Choreography: Irene Rodríguez
Music: Cristian Puig, Damir Fuentes 

Cincinnati Ballet is pleased to announce the legendary Flamenco dancer, Irene Rodríguez, will perform during the Bold Moves Festival. Rodríguez is devoted to evolving Flamenco and Spanish Dance by fusing it with dramatic arts, contemporary dance, and native rhythms. Come experience the passion behind Irene Rodríguez’s dances!


Program 2 

Written and Forgotten Promotional PhotoWritten and Forgotten 

Choreography: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Music: Aris Dimitriadis, Rene Aubry, Lisa Gerrard, Manuel Wandji, Madeleine Peyroux 

Choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s show is a dynamic and colorful reverie about the world through the eyes of a child. Written and Forgotten, a 2014 creation from Lopez Ochoa, contains a series of vignettes investigating the theme of ‘childhood revisited.’. The show features the wonder of a fantastical balloon forest, clown noises, and an effervescent and unstructured dance party. 


Ibsen's House Promotional PhotoIbsen’s House 

Choreography: Val Caniparoli
Music: Antonín Dvořák 

Choreographer Caniparoli’s show is a tour de force that explores Victorian repression through five female characters from Henrik Ibsen’s plays. Ibsen was a Norwegian playwright whose work challenged Victorian conventions, particularly regarding the place of women in society. Ibsen’s House continues to explore and draw upon the themes of this early feminist’s radical ideas. 



Façades Promotional PhotoFaçades 

Choreography: Garrett Smith
Music: Philip Glass, George F. Handel, Antonio Vivaldi 

This work of Garrett Smith delves into ideas about reflection and identity by dividing in half and mirroring the stage. The piece is set to selections from Vivaldi that meld the Baroque with the modern world. The corps de ballet women in gorgeously corseted red tutus provide the audience with a stunning visual feast of contrasts. 



Jennifer Archibald Monochrome HeadshotAbout Jennifer Archibald 

The Toronto and Brooklyn-based artist Jennifer Archibald is the founder and artistic director of the Arch Dance Company. In April 2017, Archibald was named the new Resident Choreographer for the Cincinnati Ballet. Archibald has previously choreographed for the Atlanta Ballet, Ailey II, Ballet Memphis, Kansas City Ballet, and more.  

Archibald’s works have been performed at famous venues, including the New York City Center, Lincoln Center, and Kennedy Center. In 2013 Archibald was awarded a Choreographic Fellow for Ailey’s New Directions Choreograph lab under the direction of Robert Battle. In 2015, Jennifer was the Choreographic Winnings recipient of the Joffrey Ballet, among other awards.  



William Forsythe Monochrome PhotoAbout William Forsythe 

William Forsythe has revolutionized the way classical and contemporary ballet is thought of for over 50 years with inventive works. After beginning in the Joffrey Ballet, Forsythe became a resident choreographer of Stuttgart Ballet for seven years. After working with the Stuttgart Ballet, William started a 20-year tenure as a director of the Frankfurt Ballet. 

William’s works have been performed by companies worldwide, such as Artifact, impressing the Czar, and Eidos: Telos. After the Frankfurt Ballet’s closure in 2004, Forsyth established the Forsyth company working there until 2015. William Forsyth now works as a professor at the U.S.C.’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.  



Compañía Irene Rodríguez Monochrome photoAbout Compañía Irene Rodríguez 

Irene Rodríguez is a world-renowned choreographer and teacher of Spanish Dance and Flamenco with over 20 years of experience. Over those many years, Irene has been a teacher, rehearsal teacher, and choreographer for numerous prestigious dance institutions. Irene has taught Master Classes internationally while directing the Flamenco and Spanish Dance Program at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.  

Irene’s works have won multiple international awards, critically acclaimed by publications such as the New York Times. The Los Angeles Opera has commissioned pieces to be produced by Irene to be performed internationally. Irene’s professional Spanish and Flamenco dance academy was previously chosen for the Escuela de Flamenco de Andalucía in Cuba.  



Annabelle Lopez Ochoa Monochrome HeadshotAbout Annabelle Lopez Ochoa 

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa is an internationally acclaimed choreographer with works performed by 72 dance companies. Ochoa has diverse works, including short pieces, full-length narratives, and dance films. After a 12-year career performing in European dance companies, Ochoa focused solely on choreography in 2003, earning much acclaim.  

Annabelle taught at several universities and held a guest position at Jacob’s Pillow Summer School between 2016 and 2019. Annabelle currently has the role of the director of the Contemporary Classical Summer Program for the school. 



Val Caniparoli headshot in monochromeAbout Val Caniparoli 

Born in Renton, Washington, Val Caniparoli is a renowned choreographer for significantly contributing to a vast theater field. Caniparoli studied music and theatre at Washington State University and attended the San Francisco Ballet School through the Ford Foundation. After performing with the San Francisco Opera Ballet, Caniparoli joined the San Francisco Ballet in 1973.  

Val Caniparoli has created over 200 works that have been performed by more than 60 dance companies around the world. Caniparoli has choreographed operas worldwide for various companies and organizations to much acclaim and rewards. Despite longstanding contributions, Val Caniparoli continues to serve as a Principal Character Dancer for the San Francisco Ballet. 



Garret Smith Headshot by Jenny StudiosAbout Garrett Smith 

Garret Smith was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and studied at the local Utah Regional Ballet. Garrett studied at the Houston Ballet Academy and created five works for the Houston Ballet II’s repertoire. Afterward, Garrett joined the Houston Ballet and participated in works with several famous dancers and performers. 

Later, Mr. Smith joined the Norwegian National Ballet, working with internationally renowned choreographers and ballet artists, including William Forsythe. Garret has also written several award-winning works for the Houston Ballet. Garret even got the opportunity to be named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts by Georg W. Bush. 


About The Cincinnati Ballet  

Since 1963, Cincinnati Ballet has been the professional ballet company in the region, producing experiences like the Bold Moves Festival. Cincinnati Ballet presents a bold and adventurous array of classical, full-length ballets and contemporary works, often with live orchestral accompaniment. Under the current artistic direction of Victoria Morgan, Cincinnati Ballet has grown to become a creative force.   


About the Aronoff 

The Aronoff Center is a large performing arts center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. The Aronoff Center offers events such as plays, ballet, popular music concerts, stand-up comedy shows, and musicals. This building is home to over a half-dozen local arts groups, including Broadway in Cincinnati and the Weston Art Gallery. 


Parking at the Aronoff 

More than 6,000 parking spaces are available within a two-block radius of the Aronoff Center. Use the Cincy EZ Park App to pay for parking as appropriate. Directions to the Aronoff Center through Cincinnati Metro Bus Service are available. 


Prohibited Items 

The following items are prohibited at the Aronoff Center: 

  • Large bags, backpacks, and luggage 
  • Posters or signs 
  • Outside food and beverage 
  • Audio/video recording equipment 
  • View the complete list of Prohibited Items 



All theaters and meeting spaces within the Aronoff Center are accessible to patrons with physical disabilities. Automatic accessible doors are located on the south end of the building near Sixth and Walnut Streets. Please notify a ticketing services representative at the time of purchase to request accessibility accommodations. 


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