Magazine article Pointe

Victoria's Secrets

Magazine article Pointe

Victoria's Secrets

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Under the artistic direction of Victoria Morgan since July 1997, the Cincinnati Ballet is helping bolster this Ohio city's reputation as a hip arts hub. With its roster of 31 dancers, CB itself has been refashioned into what Morgan calls a "neoclassical and contemporary company that incorporates classical technique." To give it a "needed shot in the arm in terms of creativity," she decided to fill the repertory with either company or world premieres. "A company grows into its style by the pieces it does," she declares, Val Caniparoli, Lila York, Kirk Peterson and Stanton Welch are among the choreographers she has commissioned. (Although CB has a few of Morgan's pieces in its repertory, she prefers to work with those "who have made choreography their life's passion.") Morgan traces her commitment to the "up-and-coming" back to when she was a principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet and worked with William Forsythe during his creation of Prodigal Son for the company. Mishic Marie Corn, a member of the corps de ballet, is inspired by Morgan's vision: "Victoria is bringing in new choreographers who are willing to experiment. They give us a chance to really expand our own talents. Their willingness to take chances stretches our abilities to the max."

However, because Cincinnati is a community that loves its classics, Morgan must find a balance between the cutting edge and works.

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