In true democratic fashion, Cincinnati Ballet season subscribers were invited to cast votes for their favorite works the Ballet has performed. This weekend, the Ballet concludes its 45th season with its Greatest Hits, a powerhouse, if mixed, assortment of dance delights taken from the most-requested audience picks.
Greatest Hits showcases the entire company, and quite literally in the case of Morgan’s vibrant Boléro, a sweeping, stage-filling work she choreographed in celebration of the dancers and her decade as artistic director in 2007. It includes a couple of classics: an excerpt from the uber-romantic Giselle and “Rubies,” a scintillating pas de deux from Balanchine’s Jewels set to Stravinsky, and Javelin, an all-male performance based on ancient Greek athleticism. A contemporary revival is found in Graceland, featuring the exuberant music of Paul Simon and African-dance-flavored choreography from longtime former Cincinnati Ballet dancer Jay Goodlett.
The show will be at the Aronoff Center May 8 and 9.