February, 2012Ballet Austin today announces its 2012/13 Season, featuring the critically acclaimed Cult of Color: Call to Color, iconic ballet classic Giselle, a celebration of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and the 50th golden anniversary of Ballet Austin’s production of the beloved The Nutcracker.
Shakespearian humor opens Ballet Austin’s 2012/13 Season with The Taming of the Shrew, October 5-7, 2012, at The Long Center. Originally commissioned by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. with choreography by Ballet Austin’s Artistic Director Stephen Mills, the commedia dell'Arte style production is applauded as “warm, fresh, and instantly appealing” by Dance Magazine and “…endlessly ingenious and impressive” with a “rollicking physicality that…[twirls] slapstick into ballet” by The Austin Chronicle.
The Central Texas community will come together in December to celebrate and honor the 50th anniversary of Ballet Austin’s beloved production of The Nutcracker, which has been seen by nearly 2 million Central Texans. Hailed as Texas’ longest running production of the holiday classic, the audience can expect a commemoration on a truly grand scale during the production’s run December 8-23, 2012, at The Long Center.
Ballet Austin ushers in 2013 with the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s groundbreaking The Rite of Spring, with choreography by Stephen Mills. Audiences will experience a Valentine’s weekend treat February 15-17, 2013, at The Long Center when Stravinsky’s pulsating, rhythmic music is paired with George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and the Austin premiere of European choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Requiem for a Rose.
Cult of Color: Call to Color (The Art of Trenton Doyle Hancock) returns to its home, AustinVentures StudioTheater, March 28-30 and April 4-7, 2013. Stephen Mills brings the comic book-style characters of the exceptional work of visual artist Trenton Doyle Hancock to life in one of the most unique collaborations in Ballet Austin’s history. Paired with the outrageously creative commissioned score by Graham Reynolds, Cult of Color: Call to Color is praised by Art in America as a production in which “music, movement and visual elements blend seamlessly.”
For the first time in over a decade, Ballet Austin brings Giselle to the stage. Hailed as one of the most beautifully delicate and powerfully emotional of ballet’s classics, Giselle runs Mother’s Day weekend, May 10-12, 2013, at The Long Center. The timeless story of love, betrayal and ultimate forgiveness remains the cornerstone of classical ballet history.
Comedy...tradition...ground-breaking innovation...the classics. Ballet Austin’s 2012/13 season underscores the company’s promise of “Classic Innovation.” Season tickets are now on sale for Ballet Austin’s 2012/13 Season. Visit www.balletaustin.org, call 512.476.2163, or visit Ballet Austin’s Box Office at 501 W. 3rd Street to reserve the best seats available.
About Ballet Austin
As distinctive and dynamic as the city it calls home, Ballet Austin welcomes audiences near and far to participate in its “classically innovative” vision for the democratization of dance. With a rich history spanning five decades, acclaimed productions, a commitment to creating access to programs and one of the nation's largest classical ballet academies, the organization is poised for an even greater future. From their home at the Butler Dance Education Center in downtown Austin, Ballet Austin and Artistic Director Stephen Mills actively engage the community, dancers, and audiences alike. The New York Times proclaims Ballet Austin “a company with big ambitions” originating work that is “absorbing.”
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