Fall Arts Guide 2016: Twisted 2

Jillian Span Hofbauer

A new twist on artistic collaboration

Three of Columbus' leading arts organizations will come together for the second time in one unique production at the Ohio Theatre this fall. BalletMet, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Opera Columbus will join forces on stage for "Twisted 2," a fusion show of singers, dancers and musicians running from Sept. 22-25.

The collaboration started as a conversation over dinner among colleagues and turned into a new art form, says BalletMet's artistic director Edwaard Liang, who pitched the original idea to Peggy Kriha Dye of Opera Columbus and CSO managing director and CEO Bill Conner in 2013.

"Columbus does collaboration so well that I thought that this would really create excitement and celebrate arts here," notes Liang.

After a largely successful debut in 2014, Liang and Kriha Dye, along with CSO conductor Rossen Milanov, who joined the team this year, want the 2016 show to build on that initial momentum. "We learned a lot the first time and now we're taking it a few steps farther," Kriha Dye says.

Similar in structure to the first "Twisted," new enhancements like increased production values as well as a more integrated approach to the orchestra will bring a new energy to the show. Also, a special performance by the Columbus Youth Orchestra, BalletMet's Dance Academy students and the Columbus Children's Choir will give the next generation of artists an opportunity to join in collaboration, says Kriha Dye.

The three producers say that this event is a great chance for Columbus residents to get a proverbial sampler platter of the performing arts in one sitting. "For people that have never been to a performance before, I guarantee you that this is going to be a wonderful opportunity for you to enter the world of the arts," says Milanov.