You want layers of meaning, BalletMet's "Inspired," a co-production with Cincinnati Ballet, has layers of meaning.

You want layers of meaning, BalletMet's "Inspired," a co-production with Cincinnati Ballet, has layers of meaning.

The first is that each of the three works to be presented has, as its creator's inspiration, the music, BalletMet Artistic Director Edwaard Liang, said. The classic George Balanchine ballet "Who Cares?" is a 40-minute work set to music by George Gershwin. Choreographer Trey McIntyre's "Wild Sweet Love" uses an eclectic mix of tunes, from Queen's "Somebody to Love" to the Partridge Family's "I Think I Love You." And Liang's own "Age of Innocence" features music by Thomas Newman and Philip Glass.

Second, collaborative efforts such as these inspire the participants, Liang said. Performing the program both in Columbus and Cincinnati gives each company a home and away feeling, plus by combining forces, the united companies can do larger-scale works than would be possible separately.

Lastly, Liang hopes the audience "leaves inspired and invigorated with an intangible reaction to art" after this presentation of three distinct works, each a company premiere for BalletMet.