CINCINNATI BALLET’S DIRECTOR’S CHOICE: CHAMPAGNE WITH A CHERRY ON TOP

DIRECTORS sirui Zack SIRUI LIU AND ZACK GRUBBS.  PHOTO: PETER MUELLER

I’VE GOT MORE TO WRITE ABOUT THIS SHOW, which included three short ballets, but for the time being (since I’m packing to leave town) here’s some copy I found from when I reviewed the closer, Trey McIntyre’s delightful “Chasing Squirrel,” for the Cincinnati Enquirer in October of 2004. It all still applies!

I’ve just put in last night’s wonderful dancers instead of the former cast (though Janessa Touchet and Zack Grubbs were dancing in 2004).

“A giant dose of momentum, paired with sexy couplings, propelled ‘Chasing Squirrel.’ Courtney Connor Jones, Sarah Hairston, Sirui Liu, Abigail Morwood and Janessa Touchet, with giant teased hair and short skirts, were leggy Latin ladies on pointe who left their eager macho suitors, Cervilio Miguel Amador, Jake Casey, Samuel Jones, James Gilmer and Zack Grubbs trembling in their wake. A dance hall scene let the shirtless men in red zoot suits and white fedoras and suspenders bound off each other to impress the girls, who showed plenty of attitude.”

A special shout-out goes to the very funny Zack Grubbs, who is left holding his hat strategically (so to speak) in the opening moments. Also of note was that the 2004 show featured the company debut of Amador with partner Adiarys Almeida in the showpiece pas de deux from “Don Quixote.”

Obviously, should you have tickets or can still get them, “Chasing Squirrel” is gonna cheer you up tremendously. And, if you get a glass of bubbly in the lobby before the show, as I did, maybe you’ll get a strawberry, raspberry AND a maraschino cherry. Thanks to the Aronoff barkeep for the tasty addition and to Cincinnati Ballet for a special treat!

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