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Director’s Cut: The Firebird + Rite of Spring
March 21, 2019 - March 24, 2019
Cincinnati Music Hall$36 – $95
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Cincinnati Ballet’s Director’s Cut has breathtaking tribal moves you don’t want to miss.
Cincinnati Ballet presents Director’s Cut: Firebird + Rite of Spring March 21-24 at Cincinnati Music Hall. Audiences will experience raw, visceral contemporary dance in a pair of works by Cincinnati favorite, choreographer Adam Hougland, both set to the iconic music of Igor Stravinsky.
The first is Rite of Spring, a ritualistic tale that is breathtaking and tribal at the same time. The second is the intoxicating Firebird, Hougland’s unique take on the classic ballet about the intertwined lives of a hunter and a magical bird. This powerful double bill is performed alongside Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
About Director’s Cut: The Firebird + Rite of Spring
The sets and costumes in Firebird are visually stunning – from skirts that double as bird cages to mohawks and men in kilts. Hougland has said the feel of the piece is ultra-stylized, with a nod to British 1980s. Firebird narrative is based on a classic Russian folk tale of magic and the shifting forces of good and evil, involving a prince, a beautiful, immortal Firebird, monsters, princesses and more. Rite of Spring was first performed in 1913, it depicts various primitive rituals celebrating the advent of spring. Rite of Spring holds an iconic place in the world of ballet, famously inciting riots when it first appeared with the Ballet Russes. Angry patrons — bewildered by Stravinsky’s strange music and maybe more so by Vaslav Nijinsky’s shocking choreography —rioted several minutes into the performance. Both Firebird and Rite of Spring are collaborations between Hougland and his long-time set and costume designer, Marion Williams. Hougland’s Firebird first premiered during the 2010-2011 Season, when he was then Cincinnati Ballet’s resident choreographer. Hougland is now Principal Choreographer for The Louisville Ballet.
About Cincinnati Ballet
Since 1963, Cincinnati Ballet has been the cornerstone professional ballet company of the region, presenting a bold and adventurous array of classical, full-length ballets and contemporary works, regularly with live orchestral accompaniment. Under the artistic direction of Victoria Morgan, Cincinnati Ballet has become a creative force within the larger dance community, commissioning world premiere works and exploring unique collaborations with artists as diverse as Grammy winning guitarist Peter Frampton and popular, Ohio-based band Over the Rhine. With a mission to enrich, expand, and excel in the art of dance through performance, a high-caliber academy, and impactful education and outreach in local to global communities, Cincinnati Ballet reaches beyond the stage in programs that allow every person in the region to be part of the continued evolution of dance. To that end, Cincinnati Ballet presents exhilarating performances, extensive education outreach programs and offers top level professional ballet training at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.