Texas Ballet Theater Presents World Premiere:  Cirque du Ballet

Texas Ballet Theater Presents World Premiere:
Cirque du Ballet

Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) will begin its 2022-2023 season with Cirque du Ballet, a brand-new production from Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., September 16-18 at Winspear Opera House in Dallas and September 30 – October 2 at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.

Choreographed by Stevenson, TBT’s Artistic Director Laureate, the ballet will showcase characters and choreography from famous ballets brought together as acts in a nostalgic circus. Notable appearances include Cinderella, Dracula, Romeo and Juliet and more.

“This ballet gives me an opportunity to work with a lot of dancers on different things they’ve done in their repertoire,” Stevenson said. “We’ll have fun with it – I always love working with the dancers.”

TBT will also offer a kids’ craft area before each Saturday matinee. Stevenson says Cirque du Ballet is specifically created to be attractive to the whole family, with a ring master on stage to present and introduce the featured ballets and characters.

Cirque du Ballet is Stevenson’s first ballet since being named Artistic Director Laureate. He previously served as Artistic Director for 19 seasons. Former Associate Artistic Director Tim O’Keefe now serves as Acting Artistic Director for the nonprofit ballet company.

Cirque du Ballet will be a new and exciting experience for our ballet audience,” O’Keefe said. “It highlights the beauty of classical ballet, staged in an unexpected and fun setting.”

Patrons can purchase tickets by calling the Box Office at 877-828-2900 option 1 or visiting TBT’s website at https://texasballettheater.org/performance/cirque-du-ballet/.

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Texas Ballet Theatre Announces 2022-2023 Season

Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) announces its 2022-2023 season, including an additional production, a world premiere and classic favorites.

The nonprofit ballet company will open the season with Cirque du Ballet, a world premiere production featuring an array of characters and choreography from the world’s most popular ballets. TBT Artistic Director Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. will choreograph the production, running at Winspear Opera House in Dallas September 16-18, 2022, and at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth September 30-October 2, 2022.

The season will continue with the annual production of The Nutcracker, also choreographed by Stevenson. The holiday favorite will run at Winspear Opera House November 25-December 4, 2022, before moving to Bass Performance Hall December 9-24, 2022.

For one night only, TBT will present The Nutty Nutcracker, a pop culture-filled parody of the traditional ballet, at Bass Performance Hall December 16, 2022.

Next, the company will perform Modern Masterpieces, a mixed repertoire production featuring Stevenson’s Bartok and Image as well as choreographer Garrett Smith’s Imbue. Modern Masterpieces will run at Wyly Theatre in Dallas February 24-26, 2023, and Bass Performance Hall March 17-19, 2023.

TBT closes the season with the return of Stevenson’s Alice in Wonderland. This ballet follows the classic children’s story and includes a unique element – select dialogue and narration by characters, typically unseen in ballet. Alice in Wonderland will be on stage at Winspear Opera House May 19-21, 2023, and Bass Performance Hall May 26-28, 2023.

“The season truly has something for everyone,” Stevenson said. “It is full of fantasy and engaging stories, presented by our talented company of dancers. The whole family can come and enjoy the ballet all season long.

Patrons can purchase season package subscriptions now by visiting https://texasballettheater.org/season-packages or calling the Box Office at 877-828-9200 option 1. Single tickets go on sale July 5.

To support TBT or for more information about the upcoming season, visit www.texasballettheater.org.

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After a 19-month hiatus, Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) will return to its resident venues to present The Nutcracker at Winspear Opera House on the AT&T Performing Arts Center Campus November 26-December 5 and at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth December 10-26.

Choreographed by TBT Artistic Director Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., the family-friendly ballet features a classic story, festive choreography, and elaborate sets to put patrons in the holiday spirit. The show includes special effects that enhance Clara’s dreamland such as snow, clouds and flying dancers.

The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition for so many families in North Texas,” Executive Director Vanessa Logan said. “We are ecstatic to bring it back to the stage in 2021 and cannot wait to celebrate with our community in person again.” 

The Nutcracker will be TBT’s first full-scale production since the emergence of COVID-19 in March 2020. The nonprofit ballet company canceled The Nutcracker performances last year and offered a filmed version for patrons to view at home. Dancers and staff alike anticipate the return of this annual tradition.

“As we prepare for The Nutcracker, I am filled with so many feelings,” Company Dancer Carolyn Judson said. “I know I’ll be battling nerves that have been lying dormant for a while once performances begin, but I am looking forward to performing with new excitement, new love and new gratitude this season.”

Tickets start at $25. Patrons can purchase tickets online at texasballettheater.org or call the Box Office Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, at 877-828-9200 option 1. AT&T Performing Arts Center, Bass Performance Hall and Texas Ballet Theater all require patrons to wear masks.

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The nonprofit ballet company will open its season with The Nutcracker, choreographed by TBT Artistic Director Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., at Winspear Opera House in Dallas November 26. The production will run in Dallas through December 5, then move to Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth December 10-26.

For one night only, the company will trade tradition for whimsy in the December 17 performance of The Nutty Nutcracker at Bass Performance Hall. This annual parody features zany characters and pop culture moments woven into the conventional Nutcracker story.

Next, TBT dancers will perform A Tchaikovsky Evening, a mixed repertoire production featuring George Balanchine’s iconic Serenade and two world premieres – Star Crossed by Stevenson and Violin Concerto in D by TBT Associate Artistic Director Tim O’Keefe. A Tchaikovsky Evening will run February 11-13 at the Wyly Theatre in Dallas and February 18-20 at Bass Performance Hall.

The company will close its season with the world premiere of Stevenson’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, running May 6-8 at Winspear Opera House and May 20-22 at Bass Performance Hall. Audiences will finally see the long-awaited premiere, originally scheduled to close the 19-20 season.

“With a return to the stage and three world premieres, this may be Texas Ballet Theater’s most thrilling season yet,” Stevenson said. “Our dancers are looking forward to performing again, and we can’t wait to welcome both familiar and new friends into the audience.”

Patrons can purchase season package subscriptions now by visiting https://texasballettheater.org/season-packages or calling the Box Office at 877-828-9200 option 1. Single tickets go on sale August 2.

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Ballet al Fresco will be the nonprofit ballet company’s first live, onstage performance since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  It will feature select solos and duets from Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Sylvia and more, all choreographed by TBT Artistic Director Ben Stevenson, O.B.E.

The program also includes Afternoon of a Faun, a world premiere pas de deux by Stevenson.

TBT will present the production at Strauss Square, the outdoor theater at AT&T Performing Arts Center, which has lawn seating. Patrons can bring blankets and low-profile chairs for seating and will be required to wear masks or face coverings when not seated.

General admission lawn seating is $45 per ticket and VIP tickets, which include reserved table seating, are $75 each. Patrons can purchase tickets on TBT’s website or by calling the Box Office at 877-828-9200 option 1.

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The nonprofit ballet company invests in the creativity of its Company Dancers by presenting four world premieres.

FORT WORTH, Texas (February 12, 2021) – Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) will digitally present four world premiere ballets this spring, all choreographed by company dancers.

The nonprofit ballet company previously announced a shift to digital programming to replace its originally scheduled in-person mixed repertoire performances. Carl Coomer’s The Story of You and Riley Moyano’s VREC will premiere in March, while Andre Silva’s Bloom and Jiyan Dai’s unnamed ballet will be available in April.

“COVID-19 disrupted our original plans for the spring, as it did for so many other organizations,” Executive Director Vanessa Logan said. “However, that disruption created an incredible opportunity for this group of dancer-choreographers. We look forward to sharing their creativity and innovation with our patrons.”

All four choreographers are creating their pieces specifically for film, straying from the traditional theater experience.

TBT presented Coomer’s Henry VIII and Silva’s 11:11 in previous seasons. This is the first time the company will present works by Jiyan and Moyano.

“It’s amazing how arts organizations have found the positives in such a difficult time,” Artistic Director Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., said. “Through company projects, we recognized choreographic talent in our dancers. These programs are a wonderful way to display that.”

The programs will also be the company’s first opportunity to present new performances since Firebird in February 2020. Since the rise of COVID-19, TBT leadership has cancelled six in-person productions, causing a revenue loss of more than $3.5 million so far. TBT replaced its annual holiday production of The Nutcracker with a filmed version of the ballet from a previous year. The company shared this production with more than 44,000 patrons in homes, schools and hospitals, but without ticket sales for in-person performances, donations to the TBT Relief Fund now drive most of the company’s revenue.

Patrons can enjoy The Story of You and VREC March 18 – April 2, 2021, through the viewing portal on TBT’s website. Bloom and Jiyan’s piece will run April 15-30, 2021.

Tickets for each program are $30 per household and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 877-828-9200 option 1 or by visiting www.texasballettheater.org. Patrons can also support the TBT Relief Fund on the organization’s website.

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