Photo by Zaire Kacz. BalletMet dancers Jessica Brown and Michael Sayre.

March 11 – 13, 2016 | Ohio Theatre

  • Friday, 3/11 Sr. Dress
  • Friday, 3/11 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, 3/12 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, 3/13 2 p.m.
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All art begins with inspiration. See it expressed in three unique works with Inspired, a collaboration with Cincinnati Ballet.

Anchoring the classical side of the mixed rep program will be George Balanchine‘s Who Cares? This 40-minute work is set to 16 songs by composer George Gershwin, including favorites “I Got Rhythm” and “The Man I Love.” Balanchine’s movement brings exuberant energy to the stage in the form of romantic duets and lively ensembles. BalletMet and Cincinnati Ballet will share the stage, creating a full corps de ballet, for this dazzling homage to Broadway. (Learn more about Balanchine.)

Trey McIntyre takes us on a journey through the peaks and valleys of a romantic relationship with his Wild Sweet Love. Set to an eclectic range of contemporary music, from Queen to Roberta Flack and The Partridge Family, this work is at once buoyant and beautiful.

BalletMet Artistic Director Edwaard Liang looked to the formality and intrigue of Jane Austen novels when he first choreographed his highly acclaimed Age of Innocence. Dancers will portray the ceremonial and strict environment of a ballroom in this piece, with music by Thomas Newman and Philip Glass. Age of Innocence depicts “repressed desire in achingly beautiful movement,” wrote the Boston Globe. The Chicago Sun-Times called it “a newly minted masterpiece.”


Edwaard Liang, Choreographer, Age of Innocence
A former dancer with New York City Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater, Mr. Liang has built an international reputation as a choreographer. Over the last decade, he has created work for the Joffrey Ballet, New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, The Washington Ballet and more. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, and raised in Marin County, Calif., Mr. Liang began his dance training at age 5 with Marin Ballet. After studying at the School of American Ballet, he joined New York City Ballet in 1993. That same year, he was a medal winner at the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition and won the Mae L. Wien Award. By 1998, he was promoted to soloist. In 2001, Mr. Liang joined the Tony Award®-winning Broadway cast of Fosse. His performance in Fosse was later televised nationally on PBS’ Great Performances series – “Dance in America: From Broadway: Fosse,” and subsequently released on DVD. By 2002, Mr. Liang was invited by Jiri Kylian to become a member of the acclaimed Nederlands Dans Theater 1. While dancing with NDT 1, Mr. Liang discovered his passion and love for choreography. His works have been performed by dance companies around the world and he has won numerous awards, including the 2006 National Choreographic Competition. In 2013, Mr. Liang was named artistic director at BalletMet where he continues to choreograph new works for companies both domestically and abroad.

Trey McIntyre, Choreographer, Wild Sweet Love
Mr. McIntyre trained at North Carolina School of the Arts and Houston Ballet Academy. In 1989, Mr. McIntyre was appointed Choreographic Apprentice to Houston Ballet and in 1995 he became the company’s Choreographic Associate. McIntyre has worked for 24 years as a freelance choreographer, producing close to 100 pieces. In 2005, Mr. McIntyre founded his dance company, Trey McIntyre Project. TMP has earned acclaim from the likes of Los Angeles Times,The Boston Globe, People Magazine and more. Mr. McIntyre is the recipient of a Choo San Goh Award for Choreography and a Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Society of Arts and Letters. His works have been performed by companies such as Stuttgart Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet.

George Balanchine, Choreographer, Who Cares?
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, George Balanchine (1904-83) is regarded as the foremost contemporary choreographer in the world of ballet. He came to the U.S. in 1933, at the age of 29, accepting the invitation of the young American arts patron Lincoln Kirstein (1907-96), whose passions included the dream of creating a ballet company in America. They founded New York City Ballet, and at Mr. Balanchine’s behest, Mr. Kirstein supported the formation of an American academy of ballet that would eventually rival the long-established schools of Europe.


Age of Innocence
Music: Thomas Newman and Philip Glass

Wild Sweet Love
Music: Queen, Lou Reed, Roberta Flack, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, The Partridge Family, Felix Mendelssohn and The Zombies

Who Cares?
Music: George Gershwin, orchestrated by Hershey Kay


Download Inspired casting here

*always subject to change

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