The Cincinnati Ballet Presents Stravinsky's 'Firebird' and 'The Rite of Spring' at Music Hall

This Director's Cut double features choregraphy by Adam Houghland

click to enlarge "The Firebird" - Photo: Peter Muerller Photography
Photo: Peter Muerller Photography
"The Firebird"
Iconic instrumentation and haunting choreography intersect with the Cincinnati Ballet’s ephemeral double feature of The Firebird and The Rite of Spring.

Both performances are choreographed by the ballet’s acclaimed resident choreographer, Adam Hougland, and scored by preeminent 20th-century Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. Rite of Spring’s unorthodox arrangements infamously debuted in Paris in 1913 and elicited a raucously mixed response from the audience. It soon became canonized in 1940 when it scored the beautifully animated sequence from Disney’s Fantasia, which depicted the Earth’s creation through the time of the dinosaur’s extinction.

Firebird is considered Stravinsky’s breakthrough composition and Hougland’s original choreography for it cerebrally expresses the interwoven story of a hunter and a mythical Russian bird.

Read an interview with Houghland and some of the dancers here.

7:30 p.m. Thursday (March 21); 8 p.m. Friday (March 22); 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday (March 23); 6:30 p.m. Sunday (March 24). $15-125. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cballet.org.

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