The CCM Ballet Ensemble will present its Fall Concert Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 in UC’s Patricia Corbett Theater. The concert will be a mixture of new works and restaged classics, featuring the efforts of two guest choreographers (including one recent alumnus) and a restaging by CCM’s renowned faculty.
CCM Dance welcomes back 2010 alumnus Ben Needham-Wood for this concert. A current member of the Louisville Ballet Company, Needham-Wood is choreographing a raw and vibrant work to be premiered at the concert. For the music, Needham-Wood used three remixed tracks by different artists, but all inspired by native Australian cultures, including “Fever (Outback Mix)” by DPG, “Kookaburra (Rock Creek Mix)” by Bardi Illima and “Aboriginal Dream (Original Mix)” by Native Born. Needham-Wood conducted a week-long residency at CCM in October, which included coaching the piece and teaching Dance History courses. He has been thrilled with the progress made during his residency and is excited to see the piece in its entirety this weekend.
The program will also feature guest choreographer Sharee Lane, former dancer with Ballet West and current Professor of Dance at the University of Utah. Lane’s creation is a special restaging of her recent choreography “Affinity” to music by Vivaldi. “Affinity” was first performed by the University of Utah’s Performing Dance Company in 2011.
Additionally, the Ballet Ensemble will present the world premiere of Fantasia set to the music of Vaughan Williams by award-winning choreographer and CCM faculty member Jiang Qi. The concert’s rousing finale will feature “Aurora’s Wedding,” giving audiences the chance to witness the royal wedding of Prince Charming and Princess Aurora from the classical ballet The Sleeping Beauty, complete with a full series of celebratory divertissements performed by dancing inhabitants of fairyland and the royal court. This performance has been restaged by CCM Dance professors Deirdre Carberry and Michael Tevlin, after the Ballet Russes version of Act III of Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty to music by Tchaikovsky.
About Ben Needham-Wood
Born in Massachusetts, Ben Needham-Wood began his ballet training at the age of 5 at L’ecole de Ballet under the instruction of Clarissa Eaton. He then went on to train with the Boston-based ballet company Dance Prism under the direction of Scott Ranegan and Mary Demaso.
Needham-Wood spent his high school years attending the prestigious St. Paul’s School (SPS) in Concord, N.H., where he continued his dance education under the direction of Rebecca Wright and Sharon Randolph. During his time at SPS, Needham-Wood was the recipient of several awards, most notably the McLeod Prize (for the student who has contributed the most to the dance program through talent, dedication, enthusiasm and spirit), the Schlager Prize for Valor (for the student who has exhibited courage, strength of character and a determination to succeed) and the Form of 1971 Visionary Award (for demonstrating “originality, creativity, capacity for self-direction and other immeasurable, often unheralded, qualities that have been a source of inspiration”).
After graduating with distinctions from St. Paul’s School, Needham-Wood continued his dance education at CCM, where he received instruction from professors Shellie Cash, Yi Qi Cheng, Michael Tevlin and Jiang Qi. After his second year at CCM, he was offered a contract with the Louisville Ballet, where he is currently a Company Artist. While dancing with the Louisville Ballet, he continued working towards his degree and graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Ballet in June 2010.
About Sharee Lane
Sharee Lane was a soloist dancer and staff member with Ballet West and the School Director of the Ballet West Conservatory. Currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Dance at the University of Utah, she teaches ballet technique and advanced principles of teaching. She also co-directs and choreographs for the department’s Performing Dance Company. Her choreographies have been performed for the Berlin State Ballet School in Berlin, Germany.
Lane has been a recipient of three Thomas D. Dee Grants and, in 2006, received the prestigious Philip and Miriam Perlman Award for Excellence in Student Counseling and Advising. Nominated for the College of Fine Arts Scholars Program, Lane has presented her research “Through the Looking Glass: Examining the Impact of Mirrors in Technical and Artistic Development in Female College Ballet Dancers” for the Corps de Ballet International Conference at Western Michigan University and the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities.
Lane and colleague Professor Olaf Hoefer have successfully initiated a cultural exchange program between the University’s Department of Modern Dance, the Berlin State Ballet School and Ballet West, for students, teachers and musicians. As well as being a frequent guest teacher for the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and Ballet West, Lane continues to be an adjudicator for the Montana Dance Arts Association and for Music-Fest in Spokane, Washington.
- 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30
- 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1
- 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati
Tickets to CCM’s Fall Dance Concert are $15 general admission, $10 non-UC students and free for UC students.
Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice.
Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.
For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.
The Dance Division gratefully acknowledges the support of The Corbett Endowment at CCM.