Voguing on Stage at Music Hall

Singulis et Simul brings a marching band, the CSO, and even the audience onstage for a vogue performance experience.

Photograph by Frédéric Nauczyciel

Translating loosely to “Be oneself, together,” this month’s “Singulis et Simul” at Music Hall brings together an unlikely combination of vogue ballroom performers, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Central State University’s marching band, and a live audience. The goal? Break down institutional barriers between classical music and urban culture.

The event is the second in a series of performances coproduced by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Contemporary Arts Center. It’s also part of CSO Proof, an ongoing slate of performances that sees artists and audience share the stage at Music Hall.

Last year, the CAC asked Frédéric Nauczyciel to be a guest curator for Proof after the center’s director of performing arts, Drew Klein, saw Nauczyciel’s film, A Baroque Ball. The film showcases 15 voguers—performers and dancers who stylistically pose—embracing their own sense of regality juxtaposed to Baroque music.

Nauczyciel will recreate the performance with choreographer and ballroom performer Marquis Revlon. “I thought, what if we turned the stage into a street, where everyone is at the same level?” he says. “It becomes a very intense experience, where the audience is feeling the performance instead of thinking about it.”

Singulis et Simul, Jan 29, 7:30 pm, Music Hall, Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatisymphony.org

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