The Bold Moves series is presented at the Aronoff Center for the Arts with three performances March 17 and 18. The groundbreaking series seeks to explore artistic collaboration while boldly defying the expectations of classical ballet. Internationally renowned choreographic innovator Ohad Naharin brings Minus 16 joined with a world premiere by Cincinnati Ballet Resident Choreographer Adam Hougland, accompanied live on stage by the Ariel Quartet.


The work features a dynamic score ranging from Dean Martin to mambo, and techno to Israeli folk songs. Irresistible and mesmerizing, Minus 16 breaks down barriers between performers and audience members, making each performance unique and excitedly unpredictable. San Francisco Chronicle notes, “Minus 16 not only delights in its own wackiness, but also celebrates the joy of dancing.”


Naharin’s team arrives in Cincinnati in mid February to begin teaching Cincinnati Ballet dancers the Gaga movement language in preparation for Minus 16 performances. The Cincinnati Ballet artistic team is making several adjustments in order to host special Gaga classes for the dancers. In a departure from the typical rehearsal process, the Gaga method requires closed rehearsals without observation, and all attendees in a Gaga class, including staff, are required to participate. The use of mirrors is not allowed and all studio windows must be covered, allowing the dancers to disconnect from traditional principles of ballet technique and rely solely on sound and sensation to inform improvisational movement.


WHO:        Cincinnati Ballet

Minus 16

Choreography: Ohad Naharin

Music: Various artists

World Premiere

Choreography: Adam Hougland

Music: Ariel Quartet

WHAT:      Bold Moves

WHEN:      Friday, March 17 – 8:00 pm

Saturday, March 18 – 2:00 pm

Saturday, March 18 – 8:00 pm

WHERE:    Aronoff Center for the Arts

                   650 Walnut Street

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

HOW:        Call 513.621.5282, visit or visit the Cincinnati Ballet Box Office at 1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH  45214

Tickets start at $32

ENTER TO WIN 2 Tickets on our Facebook page

Join us Thursday, March 9, from 5:15–7 pm at the Cincinnati Ballet Center in Over-the-Rhine for a casual behind-the-scenes experience. Ballet rock star Adam Hougland is creating a world premiere for our company while they also tackle the “Gaga” dance technique created by legendary Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. Our artistic leaders and dancers will give you the inside scoop on the most adventurous program of our season. Ballet & Beer: Meet the Artists events are free, and pre-registration is required! RSVP via phone 513.621.5282 or online at At the event, Cincinnati young professionals under 40 will get an exclusive opportunity to purchase specially-priced tickets for the next Cincinnati Ballet performance (pending availability).


Bold Moves Sponsors: Production and Community Outreach Sponsor: Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati; Ariel Quartet Sponsor: Rockwern Foundation, Sue & Bill Friedlander; Richard Antoine & Dorothy O’Brien, Linda & Gary Greenberg, Lauren & Jimmy Miller, Dianne & J. David Rosenberg, Donald Beck & Lawrence E. Eynon, John & Jennifer Stein, Richard Weiland,; Community Partner: Mayerson JCC


Cincinnati Ballet 2016-2017 Season Sponsors: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation, ArtsWave, PNC Bank, Austin E. Knowlton Foundation, The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Ohio Arts Council, Frisch’s, Mercy Health, Rosemary & Mark Schlachter, Enquirer


About Cincinnati Ballet

Since 1963, Cincinnati Ballet has been the cornerstone professional ballet company of the region, presenting a bold and adventurous array of classical, full-length ballets and contemporary works, regularly with live orchestral accompaniment. Under the artistic direction of Victoria Morgan, Cincinnati Ballet has become a creative force within the larger dance community, commissioning world premiere works and exploring unique collaborations with artists as diverse as Grammy winning guitarist Peter Frampton and popular, Ohio-based band Over the Rhine. With a mission to inspire hope and joy in our community and beyond through the power and passion of dance, Cincinnati Ballet reaches beyond the stage in programs that allow every person in the region to be part of the continued evolution of dance. To that end, Cincinnati Ballet presents exhilarating performances, extensive education outreach programs and offers top level professional ballet training at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.




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