Whether inspired by great literature or every day life, our world is full of remarkable stories... Humble, heroic, incredibly human stories that stay with us because they make us think and help us grow. Some stories are fantastical, with mythical monsters, beautiful beasts, enchanted objects and lovers who overcome every obstacle to save the day. Other tales are drawn from simple, every-day journeys we define for ourselves, where the character and purpose we explore is our own.
Great stories spark imagination and evolution. Based on fact or fiction, they encourage us to take a look within and find meaning in experiences both universal and individual. Whether you're drawn to elaborate spectacles or intimate encounters, to long-time favorites or something you haven’t seen before, there are unforgettable stories waiting for you in our 2016/17 season. So find your seat and find YOUR story with Ballet Austin.
*Please note that all production dates and times are subject to change.
We open our 2016/17 season anticipating Ballet Austin’s first-ever tour of the People’s Republic of China in October. Be first to see two of Artistic Director Stephen Mills’ handpicked selections (Wolftanzt and Liminal Glam) for this important cultural exchange and relish another performance first, as Mills brings esteemed American choreographer Lar Lubovitch and his contemporary ballet, Dvořák Serenade, to Austin. Composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonín Dvořák and Philip Glass provide the soundtrack for this sensational send off. Live accompaniment by Austin Symphony Orchestra.
CHOREOGRAPHY: Stephen Mills | MUSIC: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
CHOREOGRAPHY: Lar Lubovitch | MUSIC: Antonín Dvořák
CHOREOGRAPHY: Stephen Mills | MUSIC: Philip Glass
Production Sponsors: Sarah & Ernest Butler, GreenbergTraurig, Marriott Courtyard & Residence Inn Downtown
Individual Production Sponsors: Jannette & Patrick Keating, Dr. & Mrs. Craig C. Kuglen
The holiday season officially begins with the return of Ballet Austin's The Nutcracker, now celebrating its 54th year. Stephen Mills' seasonal classic, based on a version of the 200-year-old story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, follows Clara's wintry adventures, from her battle with rowdy rodents to her triumphs at the Court of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Enjoy enchanting sets and costumes, animated choreography, and a cast of hundreds, including Ballet Austin's professional company of dancers and the accomplished students of the Ballet Austin Academy. Share this heart-warming tradition with your family and friends! Featuring live accompaniment by Austin Symphony Orchestra.
CHOREOGRAPHY: Stephen Mills | MUSIC: Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky | LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT: Austin Symphony Orchestra
Production Sponsors: Austin Energy, H-E-B, Late European, JW Marriott Austin, Sterling Affairs & Events
Endowed in part by the generosity of the Kuglen Foundation–Dr. and Mrs. Craig Kuglen through the Ballet Austin Foundation.
Run Time: Approximately two (2) hours with one 20-minute intermission between Act II and Act II
Following its critically acclaimed debut to sell-out audiences in 2015, Stephen Mills brings this contemporary ballet back in time for Valentine's Day. A provocative and sensual retelling of the centuries-old tale, Beauty & the Beast, this innovative work draws inspiration from film noir and haute couture. The characters you remember search for love and acceptance while performing against a visually stunning digital backdrop created by Set and Costume Designer Michael Raiford. Austin composer Graham Reynolds contributes a powerfully romantic score, blending classical instruments with industrial sounds. Indulge in this exquisite dance work... and the chance to explore the real beauty and beast within.
CHOREOGRAPHY: Stephen Mills | MUSIC: Graham Reynolds
*Original score by Graham Reynolds commissioned by Ballet Austin and funded by the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Production Sponsors: 3M, National Endowment for the Arts, The Shubert Foundation, Boulette, Golden & Marin LLP, Texas Commission on the Arts
Individual Production Sponsors: Linda Ball & Forrest Preece, Alex & Heather Ladage, Judy & Michael Matula, Tom & Sally Welch
This production runs approximately one hour and 40 minutes and includes one, 20-minute intermission.
Set to a captivating, reimagined score of Mozart's timeless opera, Stephen Mills' production of The Magic Flute draws you into the world of Prince Tamino, Princess Pamina and their crafty ally, the bird catcher, Papageno. The three must survive trials and tribulations, romantic complications, and the scheming Queen of the Night to find their happy endings, while relying on a magical instrument that touches the hearts of all who hear it. Shadow puppetry mixed with fantastical costumes makes for a visually arresting ballet that will delight audiences of all ages. Featuring live accompaniment by Austin Symphony Orchestra.
CHOREOGRAPHY: Stephen Mills | MUSIC: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | ORCHESTRAL ARRANGEMENT: Dr. Donald Grantham
LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT: Austin Symphony Orchestra
Underwritten by: The Fifth Age of Man Foundation
Production Sponsors: Clara & Paul Bancroft, Lazy 8 Ranch, Ernst & Young
Individual Production Sponsors: Renee Gallagher, Nikki Bryant Irion & Terry Irion, Gail & Jeff Kodosky
This production features two acts and is approximately one hour and 50 minutes in length with one 20-minute intermission. It is recommended for all ages.
Enter the exotic world beloved author Lewis Carroll created through his time-tested story, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Our heroine, Alice, and all of the eccentric characters she encounters, jump from page to stage in this wacky, whimsical ballet, featuring fanciful sets, outlandish costumes and movement styles that fuse classical ballet with contemporary ballroom, modern and hip-hop choreography. You can't miss this giddy conclusion to a storybook season! Featuring live accompaniment by musicians from Austin Symphony Orchestra.
CHOREOGRAPHY: Septime Webre | MUSIC: Matthew Pierce | LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT: Austin Symphony Orchestra
Underwriter: Moreland Properties
Corporate Sponsors: Documation & Maxwell, Locke & Ritter
Individual Sponsors: Paula & Bob Boldt, Edie Rogat & Cotter Cunningham, Ann & James Downing, Georgia & Don Henrich, E.D. & Joe Hill, Aileen Hooks & Ray Donley, Jennene & K. Ray Mashburn, Marc & Carolyn Seriff, Cathy & Dwight Thompson
This production is recommended for all ages and runs approximately two hours with one, 20-minute intermissions between Acts I and II.