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ballet tech cincinnati moves into new world headquarters Print E-mail
Sunday, 09 September 2007
ballet tech cincinnati held its first rehearsal in its new Kennedy Heights world headquarters facility on Saturday, September 08, 2007. With the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Electric Jazz and Student Orchestra, they did a run-through rehearsal of Act I of the World Premier of The Jazzy Sleeping Beauty  scheduled to open the company’s Seventh Season Series at the Aronoff Center at 8PM on September 14-15, 2007 and 2PM on September 15, 2007.   ballet tech cincinnati held its first rehearsal in its new Kennedy Heights world headquarters facility on Saturday, September 08, 2007. With the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Electric Jazz and Student Orchestra, they did a run-through rehearsal of Act I of the World Premier of The Jazzy Sleeping Beauty  scheduled to open the company’s Seventh Season Series at the Aronoff Center at 8PM on September 14-15, 2007 and 2PM on September 15, 2007.  A fresh, brand new view into Tchaikovsky’s traditional classical Sleeping Beauty, with live accompaniment by three-time Cappie Award-winning Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Electric Jazz and Student Orchestra under the direction of Conductor Dan Grantham, this production will entertain audience members with the traditional story, classical choreography and Tchaikovsky music, with an exciting new jazzy twist.   

 

The new world headquarters at 6543 Montgomery Road in the Kennedy Heights neighborhood of Cincinnati is an excellent location for the new facility.  “We are right in the center of the new focus on the arts as a way to spur economic and community development in the Montgomery Road Corridor.  With all the new investment in education and the arts, ballet tech cincinnati looks forward to fully participating in and helping to create new development opportunities for other arts organizations and businesses in the community.”, Marvel Gentry Davis, Producing Artistic Director and President, Board of Directors said.  During the rehearsal, many community members stopped by, curious and anxious to learn about the company, performances, classes and new positive activity in the building, which had been vacant for 13 years. The rehearsal for The Jazzy Sleeping Beauty was the first in the new facility, which is still under renovation.

 

ballet tech cincinnati commissioned choreographer Waverly Lucas II, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Atlanta’s Ballethnic Dance Company,  to spice up the ballet with jazzy contemporary choreography and composer Mark Lomax to re-score new jazzy arrangements of the traditional Tchaikovsky music in sections of the ballet.  Traditional ballet audiences and dance neophytes alike will love the old, and thrill to the nuances of the new music and choreography of this innovative production of The Jazzy Sleeping Beauty.

 

Featuring a diverse cast of dancers of all ages, The Jazzy Sleeping Beauty will showcase very talented and polished young pre-professional dancers, adults and professional dancers performing various styles of dance from classical ballet to contemporary, modern and jazz.  This landmark production will be the first presentation with a Black Sleeping Beauty, ballet tech cincinnati’s Epiphany Davis, and Black Princes, professional dancers from Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and Ballethnic Dance Company. The original Tchaikovsky score will be augmented by percussion and stylized jazz embellishments in certain parts of the ballet to update the presentation and make the ballet more relevant to today’s changing demographic: younger, more diverse in every aspect-ethnically, racially, and geographically. “While the core of the story is universal, how it’s told is not and we felt that making the story relevant to a larger, ethnically diverse community was important.” - Nena Gilreath, Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Ballethnic Dance Company.

 

ballet tech cincinnati Producing Artistic Director and President, Marvel Gentry Davis, explains, “We wanted to marry traditional ballet with something really new and ‘on the edge’.  That product is The Jazzy Sleeping Beauty. I’m delighted to work with composer Mark Lomax and choreographer Waverly Lucas II , who has garnered accolades for his translation of the traditional into the “Urban Nutcracker”, a new Atlanta Holiday tradition, and his entire choreographic team from Ballethnic Dance Company to produce this show.”  Mark Lomax, musician and composer extraordinaire, has a great deal of experience translating music from contemporary to classical and back in his work re-scoring Negro Spirituals for the Nashville Symphony and his own jazz trio. Lomax says, “This is the classical score reinterpreted into a jazz aesthetic.” 

 

Waverly Lucas II and Mark Lomax are uniquely qualified to create this original work of art.  Mr. Lucas created the “Urban Nutcracker”, “an imaginative ethnic twist on the traditional "Nutcracker" ballet. Set on Auburn Avenue in the 1940s, "Urban Nutcracker" boasts a multiracial cast of professional ballet dancers and over 70 youngsters. Each exciting performance presents a glimpse of Sweet Auburn’s golden era. “Fun for all ages.” Ferst Center, Georgia Tech.  Mr. Lomax recently won the Urban Gospel Alliance “Best New Gospel Jazz Artist!" for his CD, Lift Every Voice, which was also nominated for "Best Gospel Jazz Album of the Year".  With live accompaniment by the award winning Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Electric Jazz and Student Orchestra under the direction of Conductor Dan Grantham, The Jazzy Sleeping Beauty  promises to be a unique and delightful crowd pleaser for audiences of all ages.

 

TICKETS

Tickets to The Jazzy Sleeping Beauty at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center September 14-15, 2007 are $26. To purchase, call 513.621.ARTS (2787) or go to www.ballettechcincinnati.org or www.cincinnatiarts.org .  Enjoy the Arts/START, Senior and Group Discounts available. For more information call (513)841.2822.

 

SPONSORS

WGUC 90.9 FM and The Cincinnati Herald are Media sponsors for The Jazzy Sleeping Beauty  .  This production is made possible, in part by the support of the Aronoff Center Rental Subsidy Grant of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, the Fine Arts Fund, Duke Energy, Macy’s, National City Bank, Corbett Foundation and The Robert H. Reakirt Foundation, PNC Bank Trustee. The Leaping for Literacy project is sponsored by The Stillson Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee. Raising the Barre Capital Campaign Sponsors include Carl Lindner and The City of Cincinnati.

 

For more information, call ballet tech cincinnati at (513)841.2822, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit our website at www.ballettechcincinnati.org

 

 

 

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The mission of ballet tech cincinnati is to educate, entertain and inspire by providing diverse and innovative performances that have a phenomenal community impact. Founded in 1997, ballet tech cincinnati is a non-profit 501 (C ) (3) organization located in Kennedy Heights. ballet tech cincinnati opens its seventh Season Series of major dance programs as a resident company at the Aronoff Center and presents about a dozen community performances each year to provide Greater Cincinnati with a new venue for high quality dance performances featuring pre-professional and professional dancers and classical and contemporary repertoire, folk dances and a wide variety of artists, dance styles and music.  Dance 2 Community Kids community outreach program engages sponsor companies and individuals to partner with us to introduce youth from underserved communities to dance and the Aronoff Center to expand the audience for the arts and downtown Cincinnati venues.  Over 1200 children have attended ballets in this outreach.  Each year, the Leaping for Literacy Project includes a spring production based on beloved children’s stories to entertain families with children of all ages.  This project also includes Touring Company performances in area schools, free outreach performances in area libraries and bookstores, a poster and poetry contest, and a book giveaway to promote family literacy.  Last season, we served over 12,000 audience members.  We have the most diverse audience of any Cincinnati area presenter, and we are the only company that presents guest companies, an international Gala, and preprofessional dancers as part of our season series. For more information about ballet tech cincinnati, visit www.ballettechcincinnati.org

 
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