Onstage: Cincinnati Ballet's The Firebird

The Ballet’s Resident Choreographer Adam Hougland continues to play a recognizable role partnering with the company as he delivers the envelope-pushing goods with plenty of choreographic prowess and arresting visual style. From monsters and magic to men

Where would dance be without risk? Risk-taking is required to progress the form, especially when it comes to ballet.

In recent years, Cincinnati Ballet has taken bold leaps forward by presenting fresh, contemporary works both in their annual New Works studio series and season programs. The Ballet’s Resident Choreographer Adam Hougland continues to play a recognizable role partnering with the company as he delivers the envelope-pushing goods with plenty of choreographic prowess and arresting visual style. (Remember last season’s wildly atmospheric and emotionally intense Mozart’s Requiem?) Hougland is a Juilliard grad who has created works for such celebrated contemporary companies as The Limón Dance Company and Cedar Lake Ensemble. He was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2011.

From monsters and magic to men in kilts, boxing boots and mohawks, the world premier of Hougland’s The Firebird promises to dazzle audiences this weekend at the Aronoff Center. 

Cincinnati Ballet presents The Firebird and Balanchine’s Theme and Variations at the Aronoff Center Friday and Saturday.  Go here to read Julie Mullins' full interview.

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