Cincinnati Ballet Celebrates 50 by David Lyman

A commemorative, special-edition publication illuminating Cincinnati Ballet's remarkable rise to one of our country's preeminent ballet companies. Written by David Lyman, designed by Heather Vecellio.

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Books will be available late August 2013.

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  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: The Cincinnati Ballet Company, Inc.
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615711607
  • Product Dimensions: 11.25 x 12.25 inches

A glimpse from the inside cover:

“A ballet company in Cincinnati.

It was an audacious idea. But to the three dance teachers who gathered in a tiny dance studio one steamy summer afternoon in 1958, the idea turned out to be more destiny than pipedream.

They had this romantic notion that Cincinnati’s best dance studios would offer up their best and brightest students and together, they would create a civic ballet company. They would perform classics and new ballets and . . . well, no one was certain where this quixotic endeavor would go.

It would take another five years before they managed to assemble a group of dancers on a stage. But 50 years later, that company they launched – now called Cincinnati Ballet – is still dancing, a survivor of countless upheavals in American culture.

It hasn’t been an idyllic journey. Sometimes the company’s story has read like the work of a fiction writer with an over-stimulated imagination. Visionary, tragic, adventurous, harrowing, entertaining – Cincinnati Ballet has been all that and more.

Dancers have come and gone. So, too, have artistic directors and board members, designers and staff and audience members.

The only thing that hasn’t changed is the idea that inspired those teachers so long ago; that Cincinnati needed a ballet company.

Today, it’s hard to imagine Cincinnati without a ballet company. Without a Nutcracker. Without the company’s string of ingenious collaborations. Without its breathtaking classics and its eye-popping premieres. Without the hundreds of artists who have enriched the city’s cultural landscape and expanded its reputation in the world around it.

This is the tale of the people who, over the course of five decades, joined together in a magnificent adventure and, in doing so, turned a well-meaning civic undertaking into a mature ballet company that is endlessly imaginative and inspiring.”


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