Magazine article Pointe

Cincinnati Ballet's Passions Play

Magazine article Pointe

Cincinnati Ballet's Passions Play

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Cincinnati Ballet's Passions Play

Like a trio of sorcerers, the three works Cincinnati Ballet presented November 12-14, 2004, atthe Aronoff Center in Procter & Gamble Hall shaped a magical evening.

Carmen, the featured work created by Kirk Peterson, Cincinnati Ballet's choreographer in residence, shared the program with the première of Seeking Velocity by artistic director Victoria Morgan and another new work-Just You And Me, choreographed by Devon Carney, the company's ballet master,

Peterson's Carmen offers a vivid blend of ballet technique, movement invented specifically to fit story and character, matchless musicality and a Tudor-like sense of gesture and its motivation. While familiar arm movements and postures place the story in Spain, Peterson's choreography also clearly defines his characters' attributes-Carmen's fiery independence, Don Jose's naivete and melancholy, and the overbearing self-confidence of Lucas, the matador.

Pas de deux for Carmen and Don Jose, and for Carmen and Lucas, offer further insight into these characters. While passivity and tenderness describe Carmen's pas with Don Jose, equality and sexual aggressiveness define her pas with Lucas. Although fiercely independent, Carmen foresees the fate-death at the hands of Don Jose-that awaits her in the end.

The superb Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra under the baton of Carmon DeLeone performed Rodion Shchedrin's transcription of themes from Bizet's opera.

Morgan's new Seeking Velocity simply follows the music of Mendelssohn's three-movement Octet for Strings and its unforced weave of ballet and music easily draws viewers into its world. …

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