Cincinnati Ballet New Works – through Sept. 21

Cincinnati Ballet New Works – through Sept. 21

Like ballet? How about hip hop? How about seeing both in the same show? Once a year, dance enthusiasts have an opportunity to see world premieres of modern dance works created by a variety of choreographers from around the country performed by the Cincinnati Ballet. This year’s installment of The Kaplan New Works opened Sept. 11 and runs through Sept. 21. I received a media invitation to the opening for me and a guest. I brought a friend with me who was a dancer through her college years and is now a dance/theater mom. I really looked forward to going because, although I do watch some of the dance shows on TV, it had been quite some time since I’d seen a live performance. Six works comprised the performance with three before and after a 20-minute intermission. What I didn’t expect was that there would be live music. Some of the pieces were accompanied by musicians and singers. In fact, before the curtain rose for the opening piece, members of Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble set the mood. The first piece was Floating Forward, choreographed by Cincinnati native Heather Britt. Of the six works, this one most resembled traditional ballet. The second work was a fun hip hop piece choreographed by Derrek Burbridge of Elementz Urban Dance Center in Over-the-Rhine. It was performed by his own dancers. Fans of the FOX show So You Think You Can Dance will recognize some Twitch-like moves. Fractured Glass was choreographed by the Cincinnati Ballet’s own artistic director, Victoria Morgan. During the intermission, the dancers put away their toe shoes, then another trio of modern pieces followed. Yesterday, Tomorrow was...