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  • Exciting changes for the 2020-2021 Season

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    August 18, 2020

    Thank you for your ongoing and continued support of Cincinnati Ballet during these ever-changing times. We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.

    When we postponed the remainder of the 2019-2020 Season in March, we did not anticipate programming changes well into our upcoming season. Today we are pleased to share with you updated plans for our exciting 2020-2021 Season which will feature the world-class dance you expect from Cincinnati Ballet with both in-person and virtual options.

    Our commitment to the safety and health of our dancers, students, patrons, employees, and community remains our top priority as we continue to monitor the effects of the evolving pandemic. We have adapted the 2020-2021 Season based on recommendations from government and health officials and in line with sister organizations regionally and nationally.

    Cincinnati Ballet invites you to come celebrate our vibrant community next month as we kick off the season with a free, socially distanced production in partnership with Cincinnati Parks at the P&G Pavilion September 25-27. This program will feature the return of our dancers with outdoor performances showcasing selections of favorite solos and pas de deux from our rich repertoire. In November, we will offer an intimate workshop performance. Our dancers and artistic staff are developing a celebratory program, the return of this art form to an indoor stage with audiences and dancers socially distanced, proudly highlighting the talents of your Cincinnati Ballet artists, as dancers, as choreographers and innovators of our time. Keeping in mind appropriate social distancing, we will offer a re-imagined Nutcracker experience presented by Frisch's Big Boy in an hour-long program in the Music Hall Ballroom, December 17-23.

    Our second half of the season begins in a NEW and surprising way. For the first time in our history, we will move The Kaplan New Works Series from the Jarson-Kaplan Theater at Aronoff Center to Springer Auditorium at Music Hall. This audience favorite will replace Jewels previously scheduled in February. To highlight the intimate setting for these contemporary world premieres, Cincinnati Ballet will perform New Works like never seen before in front of the proscenium, performing in the space you would typically see the CSO musicians playing. New Works as always continues to highlight the raw, powerful athleticism of dance. In this series we reflect on these unique times, addressing today’s challenges with gravity, humor, and hope.

    To celebrate springtime, we have shifted our Family Series regional premiere of Snow White from February to April. This treasured fairytale will showcase Cincinnati Ballet Second Company and Otto M. Budig Academy students and for the first time, will feature live actors narrating the story.

    April will also feature a mixed-repertoire program, Bold Moves Plus. The anchor will be the return of Ohad Naharin’s wildly popular, Minus 16. Artistically, Bold Moves Plus will serve as a precursor to our inaugural festival and will celebrate legendary contemporary choreography. Artistic Director Victoria Morgan’s whimsical Cinderella is now slated to close the 2020-2021 Season with a two-week engagement June 10-20. As we celebrate Cinderella, Cincinnati Ballet will also be celebrating the opening of the new Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance in Walnut Hills. We can't wait to share the new space with you!

    Single tickets for the 2020-2021 Season will go on sale later this fall. If you have questions, please contact our Patron Engagement Team at patronengagement@cballet.org or 513-621-5282.

    Thank you for your ongoing loyalty to Cincinnati Ballet and as we navigate through these challenging circumstances. Our patrons are our mission and the reason our dancers perform each season. We cannot wait to share dance with you again soon!