Magazine article Dance Magazine

Homeward Bound: Suzanne Farrell Sets Chaconne in Cincinnati

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Homeward Bound: Suzanne Farrell Sets Chaconne in Cincinnati

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The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, resident company of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and Cincinnati Ballet have teamed up for an artistic partnership. This fall, Farrell and 13 dancers from her troupe are reviving Balanchine's rarely performed Chaconne for a joint cast in Cincinnati. Chaconne will then be performed on mixed bills in Cincinnati (Nov. 9-10) and in DC (Nov. 20-25).

Cincinnati is Farrell's hometown, and she spent periods of time there during the 1990s as a repetiteur for the Balanchine Trust. It's also where she met Ron Matson (her company's conductor since 2000), when he played for her rehearsals. Her setting of the ballet is intended to spark connections and act as a model for future partnerships.

This inaugural residency promises to be a boon for everyone. Farrell's company gains free studio space, rehearsal time, and more performances. Cincinnati's dancers will experience Farrell's approach to teaching and coaching Balanchine's choreography. Students in the company's academy will have the opportunity to take a master class with her. Plus, the local audience will see a ballet never performed in Cincinnati, and the CB dancers will have the chance to perform Chaconne at the Kennedy Center.

Both groups are absorbing costs, says Cincinnati Ballet artistic director Victoria Morgan, who has previously worked in joint ventures of Balanchine stagings with BalletMet Columbus. (Farrell has collaborated with the National Ballet of Canada, on her 2005 re-creation of Balanchine's Don Quixote. …

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