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CCM Dance Presents Annual Fall Concert Dec. 5-7

Photo copyright Luke Isley.

Choreography by guest artist Michael Bearden. Photo copyright Luke Isley.

CCM’s Department of Dance concludes its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration with a demanding and impressive Fall Dance Concert, running Dec. 5-7 in UC’s Patricia Corbett Theater. The concert program features ballets by guest choreographers Michael Bearden and Tong Wang, as well as works by CCM Dance faculty members. Department Chair Jiang Qi and Associate Professor of Dance Deirdre Carberry direct.

This concert’s mixed repertoire includes a world premiere of Tong Wang’s contemporary ballet Good Monsters with music by Philip Glass. Wang’s young son, who shares his fantasies about his imaginary animal friends each morning, inspired this piece. Wang has danced a full range of ballets from classical to contemporary with world-renowned choreographers such as George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and Frederic Ashton.

Michael Bearden choreographs Simpatico, a contemporary ballet with music by Dmitri Shostakovich depicting the human condition with an emphasis on our struggle for unity as we wrestle with internal battles and conflicts with others over ideals. Earlier this fall, CCM students performed Simpatico at the Beijing Dance Academy’s 60th anniversary international gala celebration under the direction of Jiang Qi. CCM was one of only 20 schools from around the world – and one of only three schools from the United States – invited to participate in this event. Bearden also studied with Balanchine, Ashton and Tudor along with many others.

Jiang Qi presents his work The Reflection of Autumn with music by Mauro Giuliani, which was originally performed in 2007. A neoclassical ballet,The Reflection of Autumn portrays how young people experience the challenges and complications in their relationships.

Deirdre Carberry restages Flames of Paris with choreography by Vasily Vainonen and music by Boris Asafyev. This classical ballet depicts the turbulent era of the French Revolution and was originally created to portray the Soviet ideology for the Soviet stage during the 1930s and 40s. The contemporary version focuses on the struggle of the heroic revolutionary.

In addition to these wonderful works, newly appointed faculty member Andre Megerdichian premiers Released Naked with music by Aaron Copland. This piece is a visceral rite of passage following a young woman’s journey through the innocence of youth, the passion of love and the realization of her personal manifest destiny.

CCM’s Fall Dance Concert promises to be a bold combination of choreography and talent by both students and professional dancers.

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CCM Dance Makes its Mainstage Debut with ‘Giselle’ April 17-19

Photography by Will Brenner.

Photography by Will Brenner.

CCM’s Mainstage Series proudly presents the romantic ballet Giselle from April 17–19 in UC’s Corbett Auditorium. This lavish production is being presented in celebration of the 50th anniversary of CCM’s dance program.

Giselle is directed by Dance Department Chair Jiang Qi and features accompaniment by the CCM Concert Orchestra, conducted by Assistant Professor of Conducting Annunziata Tomaro.

One of the most romantic and beloved ballets about love’s triumph over treachery and death, Giselle continues to stir the emotions of audiences of all ages. When a young peasant girl is seduced and betrayed by a nobleman, she dies of a broken heart and joins the ranks of the Wilis, female spirits scorned before their wedding days and doomed to take their revenge upon men by dancing them to death. In the end, Giselle’s ghost tries to protect her lover from the vengeance of this group of evil female spirits.

“The traditional choreography that has been passed down to the present day derives primarily from the revivals staged by Marius Petipa during the late 19th and early 20th centuries for the Imperial Ballet in St. Petersburg,” explains director Jiang Qi.

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‘Cincinnati Enquirer’ and ‘News Record’ Preview CCM’s Fall Dance Concert

'The Kingdom of the Shades' photography by Will Brenner.

‘The Kingdom of the Shades’ photography by Will Brenner.

Both the Cincinnati Enquirer and the News Record provide extensive previews of this weekend’s Fall Dance Concert, featuring George Balanchine’s Serenade and other masterworks. Running Nov. 16 and 17, this concert kicks off CCM Dance’s 50th anniversary celebration!

Learn more about the history of Serenade courtesy of David Lyman and the Cincinnati Enquirer here.

Learn more about the rest of the Fall Dance Concert’s program courtesy of Emily Begley and the News Record here.

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CCM Dance Kicks-Off Anniversary Season with Fall Dance Concert Nov. 16 and 17

Photograph from 'Serenade' by Rene Micheo. Choreography by George Balanchine, copyright The George Balanchine Trust.

Photograph from ‘Serenade’ by Rene Micheo. Choreography by George Balanchine, copyright The George Balanchine Trust.

CCM’s Department of Dance opens its 50th Anniversary Season with a demanding and impressive Fall Dance Concert on Saturday, Nov. 16, and Sunday, Nov. 17, in Corbett Auditorium. Department Chair and Professor of Dance Jiang Qi directs. As part of the department’s yearlong anniversary celebration, CCM Dance welcomes honored guests from Cincinnati Ballet for a special performance on Sunday.

The concert features George Balanchine’s ballet Serenade, restaged by guest répétituer and pre-eminent Balanchine scholar Joysanne Sidimus. Sidimus studied under Balanchine at the School of American Ballet and later joined him as a dancer at the New York City Ballet. This is the first ballet that Balanchine choreographed in the United States and is considered to be a masterpiece of 20th century choreography.

CCM seniors Ellyn McCarthy, Christine Humbach, Olivia Lafrenz, Kelly Korfhage and Martin Roosaare, as well as junior dance major Trevor Misplay and exchange student Haojun Xie from the Beijing Dance Academy, will be featured in Serenade. It is a wonderfully energetic piece set to Tchaikovsky’s composition of the same name: Serenade for String Orchestra in C Major, Op. 48. The audience will be delighted by the extensive corps work and enchanted by the poise and mastery of the dancers.

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