Ballet Austin Announces 2014/15 Season

March 5, 2014

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Ballet Austin Announces 2014/15 Season

 

September 26-28, 2014

The Firebird

Choreography by Stephen Mills

Agon

Choreography by George Balanchine
© The George Balanchine Trust

Music by Igor Stravinsky

Live Accompaniment by Austin Symphony Orchestra

 

December 6-23, 2014

52nd Annual Production of

The Nutcracker

Choreography by Stephen Mills

Music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky

Live Accompaniment by Austin Symphony Orchestra

 

February 13-15, 2015

La Belle et la Bête

World Premiere Commissioned by 3M

Choreography by Stephen Mills Music by Philip Glass

 

March 27-29, 2015

Director’s Choice

One/The Body’s Grace

Luminaria

Choreography by Stephen Mills

And a World Premiere by Jennifer Hart

 

May 8-10, 2015

Swan Lake

Choreography by Marius Petipa & Lev Ivanov

Music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky

Live Accompaniment by Austin Symphony Orchestra

 

Ballet Austin today announces its 2014/15 Season, featuring the iconic ballet classics The Firebird and Swan Lake, masterwork Agon with choreography by George Balanchine, critically acclaimed original works by Stephen Mills, Luminaria and One/The Body’s Grace, the 52nd anniversary of Austin’s Holiday Tradition, the beloved The Nutcracker and La Belle et la Bête, a World Premiere work commissioned by 3M.

Sparks will fly for the September opening weekend, as Ballet Austin presents two fantastic ballets, both with dramatic scores by Igor Stravinsky. The Firebird—adapted from a Russian folk-tale—is a ballet in a tradition of ballet as whole theatre, with rich and exotic designs, controversial drama, and a flow of steps unimpeded by virtuosic ballet tricks. This is paired with George Balanchine’s great masterwork, Agon. Comprised of a number of the movements based on 17th-century French court dance—saraband, galliard and branle—the score for this neo-classical work is an example of Stravinsky’s move from a diatonic musical language to one based on the twelve-tone technique.

The Austin community will come together in December for the 52nd anniversary of Ballet Austin’s beloved production of The Nutcracker, which has been seen by over two million Central Texans. Featuring whimsical set design by the extraordinary artistry of Holly Highfill and exquisite costumes by internationally renowned costume designer Judanna Lynn. Audiences can expect a refreshed experience with Austin’s holiday tradition.

Valentines Weekend will be magical with a new, full-length, World Premiere work, La Belle et la Bête. Commissioned by the global innovation company, 3M, this project explores the process of innovation, as a means of creation— in this case, for a ballet. The chain of innovation begins with the original fairy tale, written in 1746 by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, with its story of the beautiful, young Belle and her captor, la Bête… the beast. Two hundred years later this story inspired Jean Cocteau’s 1946 ground-breaking film, and was then transformed into an operatic score by Philip Glass nearly 50 years later.  This evolution inspired Stephen Mills to reimagine the story through a collaboration with world-renowned video artists Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler accompanied by Glass’ operatic score.

Just as Austin surges with creative power in March, so will Director’s Choice. Stephen Mills is delighted to welcome the first piece for the Company by Ballet Austin’s own Jennifer Hart. Ms. Hart has trained with renowned artists nationwide, including the San Francisco Ballet and members of Alvin Ailey. The program will also include Stephen Mills’ work Luminaria to the music of Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI, Spanish viol player, conductor and composer from Catalonia, and One/The Body’s Grace to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel.

Finally, Mother’s Day Weekend is filled with a bright spirit and enthusiasm with the iconic, classic work, Swan Lake; the timeless tale of love and loss on everyone’s “ballet bucket list.” From the innocence of Odette to the passion of the Black Swan Odile, this work and its exquisite Tchaikovsky score is the perfect way to close our season.

Romance…tradition…ground-breaking innovation…and the classics. Ballet Austin’s 2014/15 season underscores the company’s promise of “Classically Innovative.” Season tickets are now on sale for Ballet Austin’s 2014/15 Season. Visit Ballet Austin’s website, call 512.476.2163, or visit Ballet Austin’s Box Office at 501 W. 3rd Street to reserve the best seats available.

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