PEIKEN: Cincinnati Ballet's 'Camelot' a triumph of resilience and resolve for Victoria Morgan

From daunting deficit to giant artistic leap

You have to know a little Cincinnati Ballet history to appreciate the risk Victoria Morgan, the company’s artistic director and chief executive, is taking and the milestone of this moment.

This weekend, when “King Arthur’s Camelot” premieres at the Aronoff Center, a new full-length work enters the canon of contemporary ballet. That, itself, is news.

Even the largest American companies tend to introduce new ballets in dollops, as parts of larger programs or bundled into “evenings of new work.” Cincinnati Ballet does the same (Kaplan New Works opened the company’s current, 50th season).

With “Camelot,” Morgan is investing all she’s built in her 16 years steering the company—creative capital, financial capital, reputation and public trust in her vision—to unveil what she describes as a “pinnacle” of her career.

WCPO Insiders can read how Morgan is both going with and against ballet convention with "Camelot." 

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