Enjoy a digital performance by the CCM Ballet Ensemble on March 20

CCM Dance provides a “travelogue” of classical and contemporary works during this installment of CCM’s virtual performance series!

The fourth episode of CCMONSTAGE Online debuts at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday, March 20, 2021. The premiere will stream simultaneously on CCM’s websiteYouTube channel and Facebook page.

Travelogue is a 90-minute long virtual performance featuring the CCM Ballet Ensemble. “Travelogue is a mixed repertory performance featuring a vivid array of classical and contemporary ballet, modern and jazz works,” explains CCM Dance Department Chair Shauna Steele, who directs the performance. “As we sat and planned our potential fall season during the unprecedented coronavirus shutdown in spring 2020, we kept returning to the idea that dance is community, it is catharsis, and it is vitally essential, thus Travelogue … where we as the artists could share through a visual medium places and experiences encountered by a ‘traveler.’ It can let us visit people, communities, myths, legends and monumental moments in our shared history allowing the audience to travel without moving.”

The program opens with Les Sylphides, with choreography by Mikhail Fokine restaged by CCM faculty member Deirdre Carberry. This popular one-act Romantic ballet is set to the music of Frédéric Chopin.

The concert features three premieres choreographed by CCM faculty members: Handel Concerto choreographed by Thomas BellThe Space Between choreographed by Shauna Steele and Death and the Maiden choreographed by Jiang Qi.

The performance concludes with August Bournonville’s iconic Napoli restaged by CCM faculty member Tricia Sundbeck. Subtitled “The Fisherman and His Bride,” this ballet depicts a love story in a small Italian fishing village and is celebrated for its solos. Steele explains: “In Napoli, we see through the eyes of August Bournonville, who visited a small Italian village in 1841, and was so enchanted that he created a composition that would forever capture that joyous, bright day and coincidentally created an enduring and touching ballet.”

A collaboration with CCM’s Department of Theatre Design and ProductionTravelogue also features scenic designs by CCM student Karissa Hodge and lighting and projection designs by CCM student Ian MacIntosh.

Like other episodes in CCM’s new virtual performance series, Travelogue features commentary from CCM students and faculty. All episodes of CCMONSTAGE Online can be digitally streamed for free. After the premiere broadcast, each installment in this ongoing series will remain available for on-demand viewing on CCM’s websiteYouTube channel and Facebook page.

Travelogue was recorded live in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium on Nov. 14, 2020. Video production by MasseyGreenAVP, LLC. This digital performance series is made possible by support from CCMONSTAGE Online Broadcast Sponsors CCMpower and ArtsWave, and CCMONSTAGE Online Production Sponsors Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer.

Learn more about CCM’s upcoming video releases courtesy of Janelle Gelfand and the Cincinnati Business Courier.

Streaming Premiere

7:30 p.m. EDT Saturday, March 20, 2021

Performance Details

Les Sylphides

Choreography
Mikhail Fokine

Restaged by
Deirdre Carberry

Music by Frédéric Chopin
Nocturne in A flat Major, Op. 32, No. 2
Valse in G flat Major, Op. 70, No. 1
Mazurka in D Major, Op. 33, No. 2
Mazurka in C Major, Op. 67, No. 3
Valse in C sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2
Valse in E flat Major, Op. 18, No. 1

Soloists
Lauren Sokol, waltz
Hannah Adamczak, mazurka
Louie Novak, mazurka
Carly Herrmann, prelude

Corps de Ballet
Carmen Doll
Sydney D’Orso
Rae Dougherty
Emily Glaccum
Meg Green
Lily Kozub
Jennifer Listerman
Grace Mitchell
Anna Lee Rohovec
Bethany Roup
Mandi Weitz
Claire Zakrajsek

Understudies
Rae Dougherty for Carly Herrmann
Anna Lee Rohovec for Lauren Sokol
Claire Zakrajsek for Hannah Adamczak

Les Sylphides has been abridged and adapted to honor the restrictions of social distancing and Covid-19.


Handel Concerto

Choreography
Thomas Bell

Music by George Frideric Handel
Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 5 in D Major:
Larghetto e staccato, Allegro, Largo, Menuet, Allegro

Dancers
Sarah Bartlett
Isabelle Cummings
Clementine Greely
Madeline Montgomery
Eva Moore
Megan Schroeder
Sofia Stitz
Madelin Talbot
Gracie Zamiska


The Space Between

Choreography
Shauna Steele

Music by Emeli Sandé
Read All About It, Pt. III
Hope
River

Dancers
Hannah Adamczak
Maia Blake
Carmen Doll
Sydney D’Orso
Meg Green
Amanda Kenner
Jennifer Listerman
Ying-Chi Lu
Anne McGovern
Lauren Sokol

Junichiro Tanizaki believed that to “Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides. The eye is always caught by light, but shadows have more to say. Life is a mixture of light and shadow, calm and storm…” For me, that point where light and dark meet and form endless unique shadows is the trigger for the wonderous and endless possibilities in our world. Neither the light nor the dark are evil or good. It is the purpose we assign to them that will either “illuminate our paths or darken our way. [As Maya Angelou said] It is a matter of choice.”


Death and the Maiden

Choreography
Jiang Qi

Music by Franz Schubert
String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor

Dancers in Black
Elaina Didier
Ava Gyurcsik
Emma Phillips

Dancers in White
Hazel Alexander
Rebekah Docea
Rose Engel
Emerson Lecrone
Morgan Montour
Alyssa Pankey
Keenan Pennington
Ellen Pierce
Jillian Sadler
Sarah Santarsiero
Mira Sidhu

“Death is the dropping of the flower, that the fruit may, swell.” – Henry Ward Beecher


Napoli

Choreography
August Bournonville

Restaged by
Tricia Sundbeck

Music by Niels W. Gade, Edvard Helsted and Holger Simon Paulli
Pas De Six

Dancers
Maia Blake
Amanda Kenner
Ying-Chi Lu
Anne McGovern
Gabby Savka
David Lopena
Garrett Steagall

Napoli has been abridged and adapted to honor the restrictions of social distancing and Covid-19.


Choreographers

August Bournonville (1805-1879)

Born in Copenhagen, August Bournonville was a dancer and choreographer who directed the Royal Danish Ballet for nearly 50 years and established the Danish style based on bravura dancing and expressive mime. He studied under his father, Antoine Bournonville, one of the major dancers of his day, before going to Paris for further training under Auguste Vestris and Pierre Gardel. After appearances at the Paris Opera and in London, Bournonville returned to Copenhagen as soloist and choreographer for the Royal Danish Ballet. A strong dancer with excellent elevation and an accomplished mime, he emphasized these qualities in his ballets. His choreographic style also reflected the pre-Romantic approach of his teacher Vestris. Many of his ballets have remained in the repertoire of the Royal Danish Ballet for more than a century. Bournonville also directed the Swedish Royal Opera at Stockholm (1861-64) and staged several of his works in Vienna (1855-56). In 1877, after his return to Denmark, he retired and was knighted. He died on November 30, 1879 in Copenhagen.


Mikhail Fokine (1880-1942)

Born in St Petersburg, Russian choreographer Mikhail Fokine trained at the Imperial Ballet Academy before joining the Mariinsky Theatre. In 1904 he became a premier danseur and the following year he created his first choreographic work, Acis and Galatea, for a pupils’ performance, and The Dying Swan, which would become Anna Pavlova’s most famous role. Fokine was engaged by Diaghilev for his 1909 Paris season and created Le Pavillon d’ArmidePolovtsian DancesLes Sylphides, and Cleopâtre. He worked for some time for both the Imperial Theatre and for Diaghilev; he did not return to Russia after 1918. For Diaghilev his works include Le CarnavalSheherazadeFirebirdLe Spectre de la roseNarcissePetrushkaPapillons, and The Golden Cockerel. When he left Diaghilev’s company he worked as a freelance choreographer, creating new works and reviving his successes. He settled in the USA, where he worked with several dance companies, and in musical theatre and film. The Fokine American Ballet Company made its debut in 1924. Fokine, however, spent much of his time in Europe, and in 1936 was engaged as choreographer-in-chief by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, where he created three successful ballets – L’Épreuve d’amourDon Juan (both 1936) and Les Éléments (1937). He died in 1942, having created more than sixty works.


Faculty choreographer bios can be found on the Dance Department’s webpage.

Performers and Creative Team

Performance Producer
Denton Yockey, TAPAA Division Head

Stage Management Advisor
Michele Kay

Technical Director Advisor
Stirling Shelton

Lighting Design Advisor
Sharon Huizinga

Sound Design Advisor
Matt Tibbs

Dance Department Faculty
Shauna Steele, chair
Deirdre Carberry
Jiang Qi
Michael Tevlin
John Thomas Bell
Isabele Elefson
Stephen Ferre
Jeri Gatch
Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer
Kathleen Johannigman
Molly Perez
Tricia Sundbeck

Physical Therapists
Amber Boyd
Heidi Dunning
Heather Graden
Rose Smith

Dance Program Manager
Colleen Condit

Costume Coordinator
Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer

Costumes
Courtesy of CCM Dance Department

Accompanists
Angelika Bonyhati-Kovacs
Brian Cashwell
Douglas Sutton
Yudong Wang

Technical Director
Jacob Bober

Assistant Technical Director
Jacob Blumberg

Performance Production Manager
Amanda Powell

Scenic Shop Foreman
Kyle Wichman

Scenic Designer
Karissa Hodge

Lighting Designer/Projection Designer
Ian MacIntosh

Screens Producer
Tayler Durantini

Master Electrician
Ethan Fleek

Board Operator
Dionte Mercado

Projection Associate
Rama van Gils

Sound GA Lead
Alex Brock

Stage Manager
Marley Giggey

Assistant Stage Managers
Rosie Burns-Pavlik
Hannah Lee
Haileigh Warren
Master Carpenter
Maya Eberhardt


Video Production
MasseyGreenAVP, llc
Director – John Massey
Producer/Editor – Austin Maynard

Camera Operators
John Tapogna
Glenn Hartong
Matt Green

Video Production Assistant
Paule Casale

Audio Engineer
Simón Sotelo

Senior Director of Performance Operations
Ray Dobson

CCMONSTAGE Online Series Concept Developed and Managed by
Curt Whitacre

CCM Digital Content Team
Kenneth D. Allen
Clarence M. Brown
Kevin Burke
Rebecca Butts
Rayburn Dobson
Mikki Graff
Melissa Neeley-Nicolini
Simón Sotelo
Curt Whitacre

Special thanks to Amber Boyd, Will Brenner, Dr. Kyuran Ann Choe, Dr. Jon Divine, Dr. Tonya Dixon, Dr. Michael Donaworth, Heidi Dunning, Heather Graden, Dale Pickett, Diana Queen of Diana’s Dancewear, and Rose Smith.


About the Series

CCMONSTAGE Online is a series of free digital concerts and performing arts presentations showcasing the unparalleled artistry and expertise of CCM’s students, faculty and staff. Enjoy a sneak peek at a few of our upcoming episodes:

The series has recently been featured by Broadway WorldCincinnati Business CourierCincinnati CityBeatCincinnati EnquirerCincinnati MagazineCincinnati Public RadioLocal 12 WKRC-TVMovers and MakersMusical America and The Violin Channel.


A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music offers nearly 120 possible majors, along with a wide variety of pre-collegiate and post-graduate programs.

The synergy created by housing CCM within a comprehensive public university gives the college its unique character and defines its objective: to educate and inspire the whole artist and scholar for positions on the world stage.

For more information, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu.


Featured image at top: the CCM Ballet Ensemble performs “Les Sylphides.” Photo/Dale Pickett

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Enjoy a Classic Jazz Performance from CCM’s Video Archives

Although the theaters and concert halls at the University of Cincinnati’s nationally ranked and internationally renowned College-Conservatory of Music are temporarily silent, audiences can still experience world-class performances through CCM’s new CCMONSTAGE Online video series. This week’s release features a classic jazz performance from CCM’s video archives.

On May 22, 2011, the CCM Jazz Ensemble was joined by Grammy Award-nominee, National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and Kennedy Center “Living Legend of Jazz” Gerald Wilson (1918-2014) for an unforgettable evening of big band music. The concert also featured the talents of Mary Ellen Tanner (1946-2014), a renowned jazz vocalist who taught at CCM for many years.

An acclaimed composer, arranger and band leader of modern jazz who was in his 92nd year at the time of this recording, Wilson’s talent was legendary among jazz insiders. His classic compositions include “Blues for Count Basie” written for Basie while Wilson was in his band and “Blues for Yna Yna,” which was the second jazz waltz ever written.

“Gerald Wilson is a living legend and a part of the golden age of the big band as a writer, arranger and trumpet player,” CCM Professor and Jazz department head Scott Belck commented in 2011, adding that Wilson was also “one of the most interesting cats you will ever meet.” Wilson passed away in Los Angeles in September 2014.

Wilson’s groundbreaking compositions, intricate arrangements and immediately recognizable sound put him in a league of his own. In his prolific seven-decade career as composer and arranger, Wilson was behind some of the greatest names in jazz, including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Carter, Nancy Wilson and Bobby Darin. Beyond his jazz accomplishments, Wilson’s symphonic compositions were performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of Zubin Mehta. He even scored a top 40 pop hit with El Chicano’s 1970 version of his “Viva Tirado,” a song that has been recorded in at least 18 different versions, including a hip-hop rendition by Latino rapper Kid Frost.

This concert was originally streamed online with support provided by the Corbett Endowment for CCM and the Franklin L. Folger Trust. The performance was later broadcast on CET Cincinnati Public Television.

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Featured image at top: The CCM Jazz Ensemble in a March 2012 rehearsal. Photo/Dottie Stover/UC Creative Services.

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