Twisted 2

Sept. 22-25, 2016 | Ohio Theatre

World Premiere

Thursday, 9/22 7:30 p.m.
Friday, 9/23 8 p.m.
Saturday, 9/24 8 p.m.
Sunday, 9/25 2 p.m.

Choreography: Val Caniparoli, Matthew Neenan, Alex Ketley and Edwaard Liang

Conductor: Rossen Milanov

Collaborators: Columbus Symphony, Opera Columbus, BalletMet, BalletMet Academy, Columbus International Children’s Choir and Momentum

Columbus’ flagship performing arts organizations will reunite for Twisted 2, the highly anticipated sequel to 2014’s smash hit, Twisted. For four performances only, 200 of Columbus’ professional singers, dancers and musicians from BalletMet, the Columbus Symphony and Opera Columbus will collide and combine to create an experience unlike any other. Conducted by CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov, masterful choreography from internationally acclaimed choreographers Val Caniparoli, Matthew Neenan, Alex Ketley and Edwaard Liang will merge live on stage with magnificent works from Wagner, Haydn and Beethoven as well as selections from such beloved operas as Carmen, The Barber of Seville, Porgy and Bess and more. It’s a can’t-miss event!


Wagner: “The Ride of the Valkyries” from Die Walküre
Guglielmi: La vie en rose
Donizetti: “Tous les trois reunit” from The Daughter of the Regiment
Previn: Vocalise
Verdi: “Questo e quella” from Rigoletto
Schoenberg:Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4 (1943 revision)
Offenbach: “Barcarolle” from The Tales of Hoffmann
Smetana: “Dance of the Comedians” from Three Dances from The Bartered Bride
Haydn: IV. Presto – Adagio from Symphony No. 45 in F-sharp Minor (“Farewell”)
Bizet: Overture to Carmen
Bizet: “Chorus of Street-boys” from Carmen
Gershwin: “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess
Rossini: Sextet from The Barber of Seville
Górecki: Lento e largo – Tranquilissimo from Symphony No. 3, Op. 36 (“Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”)
Ravel: Boléro
Beethoven: “Ode to Joy” from Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 (“Choral”)


Val Caniparoli is one of the most sought after choreographers in the U.S. and abroad. San Francisco Ballet was his artistic home for more than 40 years, and he’s contributed to the repertories of more than 40 companies, including Joffrey Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Tulsa Ballet, among others. Mr. Caniparoli has choreographed for the Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. He’s been the recipient of 10 grants for choreography from the National Endowment for the Arts, an artist fellowship from the California Arts Council and two awards from the Choo-San Goh and H. Robert Magee Foundation.

Matthew Neenan is the choreographer in residence with the Pennsylvania Ballet and co-founder of BalletX, the resident dance company at the prestigious Wilma Theatre which has toured his work nationally and internationally in many prestigious venues. His choreography has also been featured by the Washington Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Juilliard Dance and Ballet West, among others. Mr. Neenan has received numerous awards and grants for his choreography from the National Endowment of the Arts, Dance Advance funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Choo San Goh Foundation, the Independence Foundation and more. In 2009, Mr. Neenan was the grand-prize winner of Sacramento Ballet’s Capital Choreography Competition and the first recipient of the Jerome Robbins NEW Program Fellowship for his work At the Border for Pennsylvania Ballet.

Alex Ketley is an independent choreographer and the director of The Foundry. Formally a classical dancer with the San Francisco Ballet, he performed a wide range of classical and contemporary repertory in San Francisco and on tour throughout the world. In 1998 he co-created The Foundry. With The Foundry, he has been an Artist in Residence at many leading art institutions including Headlands Center for the Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and more. The Foundry has produced 15 full-length works that have received extensive support from the public, funders and the press, as well as a number of single-channel video pieces that have screened at international video festivals. As a choreographer, Mr. Ketley has been commissioned to create original pieces for companies and universities throughout the U.S. and Europe. He’s received acknowledgement from the Hubbard Street National Choreographic Competition, the International Choreographic Competition and more. His pieces and collaborations have also been awarded Isadora Duncan Awards. Through his long history with AXIS Dance Company, his work To Color Me Different was presented on national TV through an invitation from the show “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Edwaard Liang has built an international reputation as a choreographer. He’s created work for the Bolshoi Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey 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. In 2013, Mr. Liang was named artistic director at BalletMet, where he continues to choreograph new works for companies both domestically and abroad.