Twisting can indicate an act of intertwining separate things and making them one.

Twisting can indicate an act of intertwining separate things and making them one.

That might be the best way to think about "Twisted 2," the collaborative performance featuring the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, BalletMet and Opera Columbus. All three companies share the stage, dancing, singing and playing simultaneously and in equal measure. In a word, twisted.

The three companies debuted the format in 2014 to great success, so bringing the concept back was an easy decision. "It was a difficult thing to forge, but once it was, the benefits were so great," Opera Columbus Artistic Director Peggy Kriha Dye said.

"We knew we had a really great format," BalletMet Artistic Director Edwaard Liang said. "But we wanted not just to do a repeat, but offer more production elements."

Lighting, video projection and additional special guests – including the Columbus International Children's Choir and Momentum youth performance program – will add freshness to the program, as will the adventurous repertoire and presentation. Music will include not just classic symphonic and operatic music but also the music of Edith Piaf, composer/conductor/pianist André Previn and selections from Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess."

"The potential repertoire is endless, and there's always something more to say," Dye said.

"We wanted to select repertoire that fits two categories: music that is familiar and music that would be a discovery for many first-time concert-goers. Naturally, the repertoire also had to be movable and twistable," said CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov; the performance will mark his first "Twisted" since the orchestra named Milanov director in 2014.

Dye said she hoped for even more twisting this time around, further integrating the singers into the movement and highlighting particular members of the orchestra.

"Some pieces are fundamentally intertwined. Others highlight different singers, dancers [and] musicians at different moments," Liang said. "At the end of the day, we wanted to make great art, not just have a gimmick [or] to do something just to say we did it."

There's no gimmick in the importance of these collaborative artistic efforts, which Dye called "the future of the arts."

"It's why we're here: to serve the community and to teach, move and inspire," Liang said.

Milanov called "Twisted 2" "a fantastic opportunity for us to show how the different elements of the arts, when combined, can create a truly immersing experience."