Best Of 2018

Best Fleet of Fleet-Footed Females: Cincinnati Ballet

The 2017 edition of Cincinnati Ballet’s Kaplan New Works program featured all female choreographers, which is still a very rare feat. (For reference: According to The New York Times, of the 58 ballets performed by New York City Ballet in 2015, not a single one was by a woman.) The company’s artistic director, Victoria Morgan, and resident choreographer, Jennifer Archibald, both contributed new works, as did frequent contributor Heather Britt and first-time Cincinnati Ballet choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. So great is Morgan’s dedication to advancing female choreographers, she was recently featured in an article titled “Cincinnati Ballet Bets on Women Choreographers” by Dance Magazine, a leading industry publication. At a time when women are calling for equality and encouraged to speak their truths, it’s nice to have our art reflect that sea change. New Works is known for pushing choreographic boundaries, and now it can add gender parity to its list of accomplishments. Cincinnati Ballet, cballet.org.