September 25 – 28, 2014 | Ohio Theatre


Twisted: a Trio of Excellence will “twist” three art forms – ballet, opera and symphony – together in a review format to highlight the best of Columbus’ arts.

  • Thursday, 9/25 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 9/26 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9/27 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, 9/28 3:00 p.m.

In collaboration with Columbus Opera and The Columbus Symphony

In an unprecedented collaboration, more than 100 artists from BalletMet, Opera Columbus and the Columbus Symphony and Chorus will join forces to open the 2014 – 2015 arts season. Celebrate the arts in Columbus with Twisted: a Trio of Excellence.

A brilliant fusion of artists will come together to perform dance premieres from four of today’s hottest choreographers – Val Caniparoli, Ma Cong, long-time BalletMet dancer Jimmy Orrante and BalletMet Artistic Director Edwaard Liang – set to a feast of classical music from beloved operas including La Bohéme, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Carmen and more.

About the Choreographers

Val Caniparoli’s versatility has made him one of the most sought-after American choreographers in the U.S. and abroad. He has contributed to the repertories of more than forty-five dance companies including Scottish Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, Israel Ballet and State Theatre Ballet of South Africa. Caniparoli is most closely associated with San Francisco Ballet, his artistic home for more than forty years.

Ma Cong launched his choreographic career with Tulsa Ballet in 2004. Since then, Cong has created original works for Houston Ballet, Ballet Florida, Smuin Ballet, Richmond Ballet and Ballet Nouveau Colorado among many others. In 2006, he was invited by Viviana Durante and Luciano Cannito to perform his creation, Melodia, in the Grand Gala for Peasaro International Choreographic Festival in Italy, and later at the Miami International Ballet Competition.

Edwaard Liang began his choreographic career with the Nederlands Dans Theater 1. Since establishing himself as a freelance choreographer, numerous companies around the world have performed his ballets including Mariinsky Ballet, New York City Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, Shanghai Ballet, Washington Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, Dortmund Ballet and National Theatre in Beijing. In 2006, Liang was named one of the “TOP 25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine for choreography.

Now in his 19th season with BalletMet, Jimmy Orrante has choreographed several works including his first full length ballet in 2009, The Great Gatsby, Coming into View, WaterColor and, most recently, Illuminated Tapestry. The Los Angeles native was a recipient of the 2005 Princess Grace Choreography Award as well as the 2011 Special Project Award for DanceTech. A recipient of the Violetta Boft Award, Orrante has performed with L.A.’s Dance Kaleidoscope, England’s Northern Ballet Theatre and Dance St.Louis. He also participated in Ballet Austin’s 2014 New American Talent Choreographic Competition.