Staff Pick: A trio of spellbinding ballets

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From the March 20, 2014 edition

If you’re a fan of ballet, Columbus’ BalletMet and the Cincinnati Ballet present a performance that’s must-see. If you’ve never experienced ballet, it’s even more imperative to immerse yourself in the premieres of George Balanchine’s “Symphony in C,” Cincinnati Ballet Artistic Director Victoria Morgan’s “Boléro” and BalletMet Artistic Director Edwaard Liang’s “Wünderland.”

Balanchine, co-founder of the New York City Ballet, is considered the father of American ballet, and his neoclassical style is in its finest form in “Symphony in C.” “Boléro” combines the rhythm and musicality of the steady drum line with Maurice Ravel’s score to celebrate the harmony of music between dance.

“Wünderland” closes out the performance, and it’s the first opportunity Columbus will have to experience Liang’s glorious choreography. Liang (who became BalletMet’s artistic director last July) is an internationally renowned choreographer who developed “Wünderland,” set to music by Phillip Glass, as an innovative original work flourishing with pristine, seamless movements.

Photo credit: Will Shively