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.
Music: Matthew Pierce
Choreography: Septime Webre
Concept and Costume Design: Liz Vandal
Set Design: James Kronzer
Puppet Design: Eric Van Wyk
Lighting Design: Clifton Taylor
Staging by: Jared Nelson, Johanna Wilt, CeCe Farha
Flying by Foy
SYNOPSIS AND CAST
Alice daydreams as her family swirls around her chaotically. She is mesmerized by the mysterious and quirky Lewis Carroll, a family friend, who takes Alice on a boat ride and picnic in the country.
Alice Jaime Lynn Witts
Mother Aara Krumpe
Father Paul Michael Bloodgood
Twin Sisters Elise Pekarek, Brittany Strickland
Butler Ian J. Bethany
Grandfather Jordan Moser
Grandmother Chelsea Marie Renner
Lewis Carroll Christopher Swaim
Guys in White Orlando Julius Canova, Edward Carr, Matthew Gattozzi, Julian Goodwin-Ferris, Oliver Greene-Cramer, Jake Howard, Paul Martin, Leo McGrath, Preston Andrew Patterson
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE
During their picnic, Lewis Carroll begins telling Alice an astounding story of a little girl’s adventures in a wonderland. As Alice drifts to sleep, a White Rabbit hops by. The nervous Rabbit checks his pocket watch because he’s late. He quickly leaps into a rabbit hole; Alice follows. She falls for what seems like miles. Alice lands with a thud in a hallway filled with closed doors. She drinks a potion and grows quite tall; she fans herself and shrinks quite small. Through a keyhole, the tiny Alice catches her first glimpse of the evil Queen of Hearts. When Alice eats a bit of cake and returns to normal size she can no longer fit through the tiny door that leads to the wondrous world.
White Rabbit Ian J. Bethany
Large Doors James Fuller, Matthew Gattozzi, Julian Goodwin-Ferris, Jake Howard, Paul Martin, Leo McGrath, Preston Andrew Patterson
Small Doors Kathryn Archacki, Moira Barta, Jazlyn de la Rosa Creasey, Hadley Norris, Henry Schaefer, Jessica Tan, Katie Tarin
Key Emma Malouf
Queen of Hearts Aara Krumpe
POOL OF TEARS AND THE CAUCUS RACE
Frightened and confused, Alice cries a pool of tears. The Dormouse swims by and befriends Alice. Then a Dodo Bird, an Eaglet and a flock of Flamingos plop into the pool. The Dodo Bird decides the best way to get everyone dry is to dance a Caucus Race.
Dormouse Chelsea Marie Renner
Dodo Bird Kevin Murdock-Waters
Eaglet Oren Porterfield
Flamingos Amanda Black, Abby Chen, Nicole Del Bene, Katherine Deuitch, Constance Doyle, Hailey Dupont, Courtney Holland, Rebecca Johnson, Madeline Mass, Grace Morton, Brittany Strickland, Cassia Wilson
Baby Flamingos Shakti Anthony, Aleksandra Belov, Lauren Buerger, Caroline Marie Carper, Parmida Jamali, Katelyn Merritt, Willow Mueller, Liliana Romriell
Four Flamingos Rebecca Johnson, Grace Morton, Brittany Strickland, Cassia Wilson
PIG AND PEPPER
Alice comes upon a Fish footman who is delivering an invitation to the Queen of Hearts’ croquet game to the Frog footman who works for the Duchess. Inside the Duchess’s cottage, bedlam reigns. The Duchess is agitated because the Cook has put too much pepper into the soup.
Fish James Fuller
Frog Jordan Moser
Duchess Mickey Erickson
Cook Leo McGrath
Piglets Sophie Lee, Chloe Moyer, Sage Murphy, Lara Murray Palma, Maya Prow-Nemerhoff, Ava DeLa Torre
THE CHESHIRE CAT/ADVICE FROM A CATERPILLAR/ THE MAD HATTER’S TEA PARTY
While walking along, Alice comes upon a Cheshire Cat, who appears and disappears on a whim. Later, when Alice looks up to the sky she finds he has become the moon. She then meets a peculiar Caterpillar who smokes a hookah pipe before metamorphosing into a butterfly before her eyes. Next, Alice stumbles into a puzzling tea party with the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Dormouse.
Cheshire Cat Orlando Julius Canova
Caterpillar Elise Pekarek
Mad Hatter Christopher Swaim
March Hare Jordan Moser
Dormouse Chelsea Marie Renner
Gerber Daisies Victoria Barbieri, Zerleanah Buhrig, Katie Alice Chong, Nya Mitchell, Nadia Saba, Sofi Savarese, Sakura Willingham, Amanda Wolff
QUEEN’S GARDEN PARTY AND CROQUET GAME
Card gardeners have accidentally planted white roses in the Queen’s garden. The Queen of Hearts only wishes to grow red roses. Fearing her wrath, they paint the roses red. The Queen’s court spills by, and Alice sees her friend the White Rabbit and the Queen’s Joker. Alice is invited by the Queen to play a very different game of croquet using Flamingo mallets and Hedgehogs as croquet balls. Blaming the Hedgehogs for losing the match, the Queen proclaims, “off with their heads.” Alice saves the Hedgehogs and the angry Queen chases her into the forest.
Queen of Hearts Aara Krumpe
King of Hearts Paul Michael Bloodgood
Joker Preston Andrew Patterson
Roses Rebecca Johnson, Elise Pekarek, Brittany Strickland
Painting the Roses Red Orlando Julius Canova, James Fuller, Julian Goodwin-Ferris, Jordan Moser
The Cards Abby Chen, Nicole Del Bene, Constance Doyle, Hailey Dupont, Courtney Holland, Grace Morton, Chelsea Marie Renner, Cassia Wilson Orlando Julius Canova, James Fuller, Matthew Gattozzi, Julian Goodwin-Ferris, Jake Howard, Paul Martin, Jordan Moser, Kevin Murdock-Waters
Junior Cards Matthew Vargas
Bella Friedrich, Lilly Grogono, Cate Jesser, Erika Jones, Emma Malouff, Violet Reid, Ava Schultz, Josephine Willman
Card Guards Rachel Cai, Cameron Marie Carper, Elyse Daniels, Emily Ilukevich, Violet Lincoln, Anika Monsivais, Isadora Pirkey, Georgia Seeboth, Madolyn Siela, Kaleigh Stewart, Ella Tovo-Hurt, Mikaela Washlesky
Flamingo Mallets Amanda Black, Katherine Deuitch, Madeline Mass
Hedgehogs Natalia Lule, Qui Li Tovo-Hurt, Ava Wang
TWEEDLE DUM AND TWEEDLE DEE AND THE JABBERWOCK
In the forest Alice happens upon a Rocking-Horse-Fly, a Bread-and-Butterfly and beautiful Snap-Dragon-Flies. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum playfully argue as they pass by. Alice reflects on her amazing journey with the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and the Tweedle Twins. The languid group is suddenly threatened by the ultimate danger: the Queen’s Jabberwock. To protect her new friends, Alice slays the beast.
Tweedle Dum Edward Carr
Tweedle Dee Oliver Greene-Cramer
THE TRIAL AND HOME AGAIN
Back at the Queen’s palace, Alice is arrested and put on trial for her crime. Utter confusion breaks out in the court while the Queen shouts, “off with her head.” Alice realizes the silliness of the Queen and her court, and they fall like a house of cards. She awakens from her dream and finds herself at home.
Choreography: Septime Webre
Music: Matthew Pierce
Concept and Costume Design: Liz Vandal
Set Design: James Kronzer
Puppet Design: Eric Van Wyk
Staging by: Jared Nelson, Johanna Wilt, CeCe Farha
Flight Sequences: Flying by Foy
Lighting Design: Clifton Taylor
World Premiere in 2012 by The Washington Ballet in Washington, D.C.
Also performed by Colorado Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and Ballet Hawaii.
ABOUT THE GUEST CHOREOGRAPHER – SEPTIME WEBRE
ABOUT THE WORK
Cast and Choreography
Inspirations for the work
Septime Webre serves as artistic director of Halcyon Stage, now in its inaugural season, presenting a fusion of innovative performances, transformative conversations and immersive experiences that challenge how creativity is defined. From 1999 to 2016, Webre served as artistic director of The Washington Ballet, after six years as artistic director of American Repertory Ballet in New Jersey. Much in demand as a choreographer, he has created works that appear in the repertoires of many companies in North America, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Ballet Austin, Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Hawaii, and Colorado Ballet, among others. As a dancer Webre was featured in works by George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Antony Tudor, Alvin Ailey, and Merce Cunningham, as well as in principal and solo roles from the classical repertoire. Webre graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in history/pre-law.
Matthew Pierce was born into a family rich in artistic talent and started in the world of music in 1976 with formal violin training. After completing his masters of music at The Peabody Conservatory, he moved to New York, abandoned classical violin performance and became a prominent member of the downtown Off-Broadway theater scene. As resident composer of HERE Theater, he won a “Meet the Composer” grant, wrote many incidental and dance scores and performed a selection from his opera, The Cry Pitch Carrolls at the 1999 Village Voice Obie Awards. Because of his early exposure to the ballet world (his brother Benjamin is a former principal dancer with the San Francisco Ballet), Pierce developed a special passion for the music of dance. He has written ballet scores for Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Atlanta Ballet, Ohio Ballet, Ballet Met, Cincinnati Ballet, Miami Ballet, New York City Ballet, Houston Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. Night, a full orchestra score set to a Chagall-inspired dreamscape ballet, has been seen at the Opéra Garnier in Paris, Covent Garden in London, and City Center in New York. His work for San Francisco Ballet, Imaginal Disc, was voted “Best Cultural Event of 2003” by the San Francisco Chronicle.
James Kronzer resides in Washington, D.C., where he has designed shows for The Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theater, Signature Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and Studio Theatre among others. He has also designed scenery for Washington Ballet’s production of Cinderella. His work has been seen on Broadway, Off- Broadway and regionally in Philadelphia, Portland, San Diego, Atlanta, Denver, Florida, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Boston, Vermont and Knoxville. His numerous national tours include The Wizard of Oz, Seussical the Musical, Thomas Live!, Backyardigans, Showboat and Barbie Live in Fairytopia. He has been design coordinator for the national tours of Spamalot for Phoenix Productions and Shrek, Drowsy Chaperone, The Producers, Fosse, and Annie for NETworks. He has designed shows for Norwegian Cruise Lines as well as a new musical for Disney Cruise Lines called Twice Charmed. His work has also been seen on TV for numerous comedy specials for Showtime and Comedy Central, featuring Whitney Cummings, DL Hughley, Louie Anderson, and Jim Gaffigan, among others. He began his career as a design assistant for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theater in London. He has received eight Helen Hayes Awards (Washington, D.C.) and two Barrymore Awards (Philadelphia). He is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and is a member of United Scenic Artists.
Liz Vandal began her career as a fashion designer in 1988. Her style was inspired by futuristic superheroes and medieval armour, and she used materials such as vinyl, plastic and polyurethane to bring her fantastic creations to life. In 1990, Vandal began working with Édouard Lock, founder of the Montreal dance company La La La Human Steps, where she designed the costumes for Infante c’est destroy (1991), 2 (1995), Exaucé/Salt (1999), Amelia (2002), André Auria (2002) and for Opéra de Paris, Amjad (2007) and Nouvelle Création (2012). Other choreographers and dance companies regularly approached her because of her ability to combine costumes and body movement. She has worked for la Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Margie Gillis, Bill Coleman, José Navas, O Vertigo, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, the National Ballet of Canada, Mannheim Theater and Stuttgart Ballet (Germany), among others. Since founding her company in 1992 with partner Yveline Bonjean, For Alice (in wonderland),Vandal partnered with MTI Company on the high technology fabric transformation, bringing technology into tradition.
Eric J. Van Wyk received his M.F.A. in scenic design from the University of Maryland, College Park and his B.A. in fine arts from Dordt College. His credits at the Children’s Theatre Co. in Minneapolis include being scenic designer for Mercy Watson to the Rescue!, Babe, The Sheep-Pig, puppet and scenic designer for The Biggest Little House in the Forest, puppet designer for A Wrinkle in Time, Cinderella and puppet consultant for Bert & Ernie, Goodnight!. Minneapolis credits also include Open Eye Figure Theatre’s Milly & Tillie as scenic designer, The Holiday Pageant as assistant scenic designer and the Guthrie Theater’s 39 Steps as assistant shadow puppet designer. Regional credits include the scenic design of Breath, Boom! at Studio Theater 2ndstage and the puppetry design of The Neverending Story at Imagination Stage. He is a recipient of a 2009 Jim Henson Foundation Seed Grant for his shadow puppet work O the Sky! and a Puppeteers of America grant for his puppet design of Aslan for the production of The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe with Imagination Stage and The Washington Ballet.
Clifton Taylor’s work has been featured at the Kennedy Center, National Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Lar Lubovitch, Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco, Sardono Dance Theater, and Dance, the Spirit of Cambodia. Taylor has created lighting, projection and scenic designs for theater, dance and opera companies around the world. Broadway credits include Jay Johnson: The Two and Only (Ovation Award & LA Drama Critics Circle Nomination), Frozen (Lortel Nomination), and Hot Feet (Henry Hewes Nomination). Taylor is a teacher and lecturer on theatrical lighting especially in the area of color.
Jared Nelson joined California Ballet last season as a guest artist, stager, choreographer and principal dancer. Since his retirement from The Washington Ballet in 2015, he has been staging and creating ballets for several companies around the country, both on his own and as an assistant for former Washington Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre. During California Ballet’s 2015-2016 48th Season, Mr. Nelson staged The Great Gatsby, choreographed three new ballets (Ruled by Secrecy, Work Song, Samson et Delila), and assisted California Ballet artistic staff with the training of the resident company of professional dancers.
Johanna Bernstein Wilt joined Cincinnati Ballet in 1981 and danced for 11 seasons before becoming ballet mistress in 1992. She was promoted to artistic associate in 2013 and to associate artistic director in 2015. Bernstein Wilt has staged ballets for notable choreographers such as Victoria Morgan, Septime Webre, Kirk Peterson, David Nixon, Peter Anastos, Val Caniparoli, William Whitener and Jessica Lang for Cincinnati Ballet and other prominent ballet companies. Bernstein Wilt has toured extensively since 2001, staging Septime Webre's Peter Pan and Alice (in wonderland). The 2016-17 season is her 35th year at Cincinnati Ballet.
Cece Farha began teaching on the faculty of The Washington School of Ballet in 1999 under the direction of Mary Day and she serves as children’s ballet master for TWB’s The Nutcracker. She works within multiple levels of the school as well as the professional company. She is a founding company member of Ballet Oklahoma. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma and was a member of the Festival Ballet Company. She has been recognized with numerous choreography awards for her outstanding choreography.
Ian J. Bethany is from Long Island, N.Y. He started dancing as a tap and jazz student at Robert Mann Dance Centre. He started ballet at the age of 12 at Tap to Pointe Dance Center. Ian then went on to train at the Frank Ohman School of Ballet, at the School of Ballet Chicago with Daniel Duell and Patricia Blair, at Ballet Academy East with Darla Hoover and Francis Patrelle, and then as a full scholarship student in the Professional Division of Pacific Northwest Ballet School with Peter Boal, Elaine Bauer, Marjorie Thompson, Bruce Wells, and Nicholas Ade. With Ballet Austin, Ian has enjoyed performing in George Balanchine’s Agon and Allegro Brillante, Nicolo Fonte’s Lasting Imprint, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Requiem for a Rose, Gabrielle Lamb’s Dovetail, Bradley Shelver’s The Last Just, Stephen Mills’ Carmina Burana, The Magic Flute, and The Nutcracker, and the Bluebird Pas de Deux in The Sleeping Beauty. Ian has performed with project-based company Performa/Dance, has sung with the Austin Opera, was seen as Dream Curly in Zilker Theatre Production’s presentation of Oklahoma!, and does numerous juggling gigs around Austin. He also teaches in the Ballet Austin Academy. Ian would like to thank Jesus Christ, his wife, Grace, and his family for the support they give him each day.
Hailing from Seattle, Paul Michael Bloodgood began his training with Don Snyder at the L'Acadamie de Danse, and then continued on full scholarship with the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, with summers under the Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet. Now in his 18th professional season, Paul has performed with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Pacifica, Terpsicorps, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, and Ballet Austin, with tour highlights to Europe, Israel, Puerto Rico, the Kennedy Center, The Joyce Theater, and most recently a 14-city tour of China. Professionally, he has had the privilege of principal roles such as Hamlet in Hamlet, Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, Albrecht in Giselle, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Prince Ivan in The Firebird, Prince Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty, Young Warrior in The Rite of Spring, James in La Sylphide, Franz in Coppelia, Prince Charming in Cinderella, Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cavalier in The Nutcracker, Le Chevalier in Liaisons, as well as a principal in George Balanchine's Episodes, Allegro Brillante, and Agon, Antony Tudor's Sunflowers, and Choo-San Goh's Double Contrasts. Paul was one of two dancers to originate the role of The Beast in Stephen Mills' Belle REDUX / A Tale of Beauty & the Beast. Past repertoire includes works by Twyla Tharp, Lynne Taylor-Corbet, Marius Petipa, Peter Pucci, Nicolo Fonte, Septime Weber, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and over 50 original works including Dwight Rhoden, Kent Stowell, Anne Marie DeAngelo, Jacques Heim, Paul Vasterling, David Allan, Gina Patterson and Thaddeus Davis, among others. A three-time Austin Critics Table Award recipient, Paul is a union member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA, appearing in film, music videos and television; with work in director Michael Bay's Transformers, Forest Whitaker's First Daughter, Richard Linklater's Bernie, and more than 25 independent films, some of which have toured the international film festival circuit. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts from St. Edwards University and holds the rank of pum dan in Tukong Moosul martial arts under Grand Master Yi (Sin City). He runs a photography and film production company, Bloodygood Pictures, with his wife, a former dancer, Anne. His studio band, Floating Pockets, released an album entitled Panacean Vacancy currently on iTunes/Amazon/Spotify/Pandora Radio among other distributors. Trenches of Rock, Paul's premier film as director, was awarded "Best Documentary" by SND Variety Film Festival in Los Angeles and will be represented at the Marché du Film at Cannes Film Festival with an anticipated release in 2017. Paul welcomed his son in the fall of 2015, and he would like to thank God, his wife, Anne and his family. Twitter: @paulmbloodgood Instagram: bloodgood
Orlando Julius Canova began his ballet training in Southern California with Lawrence and Sarma Rosenberg at the Anaheim Ballet School. At age 16 he moved to New York City to train at the School of American Ballet. There, he received a full tuition merit scholarship and was sponsored by Debbie Allen. Orlando furthered his ballet training with Miami City Ballet School. In 2001, Orlando became an Arpino Apprentice with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago and in 2003 he joined as a full company member. While at Joffrey, Orlando played the part of apprentice in Robert Altman's movie, The Company.
At Ballet Austin Orlando has danced lead roles in The Nutcracker, Cult of Color: Call to Color, Truth & Beauty: The Bach Project, Romeo & Juliet, Nine Sinatra Songs, silence within silence and The Magic Flute. He has worked with such choreographers as Stephen Mills, Twyla Tharp, KT Nelson, Dominic Walsh, Nicolo Fonte, Sonya Delwaide, Toni Bravo, Michelle Thompson, Reginald Harris, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Orlando has also had the pleasure of dancing for Molly Lynch’s National Choreographers Initiative in 2012 and 2013. There he worked with Darrell Moultrie, Melissa Barak, Val Caniparoli, Frank Chavez, Kitty McNamee, and Susan McCullough. In addition, Orlando teaches dance at the Ballet Austin Academy, the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness, Saint Mary’s Hall, Austin City Ballet, and Alamo Heights High School.
Growing up in Pittsburgh, Penn., Edward received his first 12 years of ballet training at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School. After graduating high school, he continued his training at Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto under the instruction of Lindsay Fischer. While there, Edward performed works by James Kudelka, Toer van Schayk, and Rudi van Dantzig. Since joining Ballet Austin, he has been featured in Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs, Bradley Shelver’s The Last Just, Nicolo Fonte's Left Unsaid and Lasting Imprint, originated roles in Stephen Mills' Angel of My Nature, Though the Earth Gives Way, and Belle Redux / A Tale of Beauty & the Beast, and has portrayed Claudius in Mills' Hamlet and Tybalt in Mills’ Romeo & Juliet. He has appeared as Drosselmeyer in every performance of Mills’ The Nutcracker since 2009. When not dancing with Ballet Austin, Edward teaches in the Ballet Austin Academy and works with local choreographers such as Jennifer Hart.
James Fuller is from Irvine, Calif., and was trained at Ballet Pacifica Conservatory. In 2004, James received a Youth America Grand Prix scholarship to study at the Boston Ballet School, where he completed his final year of training. James apprenticed with Oregon Ballet Theatre for a year before enrolling at Harvard University. At Harvard, James performed works by choreographers such as Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, George Balanchine, and Alvin Ailey. In the summers, James studied modern dance with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, American Dance Festival, and Beijing LDTX. James directed the Harvard Ballet Company in 2009 and graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Philosophy, a secondary field in dramatic arts, and a language citation in Urdu-Hindi. Since joining Ballet Austin, James has performed in original works by Stephen Mills, including Luminaria and Though the Earth Gives Way, danced in Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, performed with the National Choreographers Initiative, and choreographed for Houston City Dance.
Julian Goodwin-Ferris grew up in Houston, Texas. He started his training at the Houston Ballet Academy where he danced for more than 10 years. While at Houston Ballet, he danced with the main company in Ben Stevenson’s Romeo and Juliet and The Nutcracker and in Stanton Welch’s La Bayadere and La Sylphide among numerous other ballets. Julian was a guest student at the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz in Dresden, Germany. He attended summer intensives at Houston Ballet, American Ballet Theater and the Royal Danish Ballet. Last year Julian studied ballet at Indiana University where he danced featured roles in Michael Vernon’s The Nutcracker and Twyla Tharp’s Surfer on the River Styx, as well as Franz in Coppelia with the IU pre-college program. Between 2007 and 2009 Julian sang in the children’s chorus for Houston Grand Opera’s productions, and he sang a solo in Jane Weiner’s The Village of Waltz for Hope Stone Dance Company in 2009 and 2010. He has also performed roles in several Shakespeare plays including Anthony in Julius Caesar, Oberon in A Midsummer’s Night Dream, and Feste in Twelfth Night.
Oliver Greene-Cramer is originally from Marlboro, Vt. He received his early training at the Brattleboro School of Dance and Burklyn Ballet Theatre. He graduated from SUNY Purchase College cum laude with a BFA in Dance - Ballet Concentration and was given the award for Outstanding Senior in Modern Dance. While at Purchase he danced works by George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham, Lar Lubovitch, Nicolo Fonte, John Heginbotham, and premiered works by Ori Flomin and Jonathan Riedel. In 2012 he was honored to join Purchase on a tour to Taipei to perform Dvorak Serenade by Lar Lubovitch. Immediately after graduation Oliver joined the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. Since joining Ballet Austin he has performed works by Stephen Mills, Jimmy Orrante, Jennifer Hart, and Nelly van Bommel. Oliver also works with Performa/Dance, an Austin company directed by Jennifer Hart and Edward Carr.
Courtney Holland was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and at the age of 11 began her professional training at Canada’s National Ballet School. During her time at NBS, Courtney attended various summer intensives through an exchange program that included École Supérieure de Danse Rosella Hightower in Cannes, France, San Francisco Ballet school, Houston Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. After graduating from NBS in 2010, Courtney moved to New York City to continue her training at the Dance Theatre of Harlem on full scholarship. In June 2012, she was a finalist at Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition. She was awarded a full scholarship to the Banff Centre’s Professional Dance Program where she appeared as a guest artist in the Arts Summer Festival performing George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco and Christopher Wheeldon’s Souvenirs. In 2013, Courtney was invited to join Charlotte Ballet II where she performed works by George Balanchine, Dwight Rhoden, Sasha Janes, Mark Diamond and Jean- Pierre Bonnefoux. There she had the privilege to perform featured roles in The Nutcracker and the role of the Autumn Fairy in Cinderella, under the direction of Kennedy Center Honoree Patricia McBride. Courtney feels very blessed to have the love and support of her family and excited to be starting her first season with Ballet Austin.
Rebecca Johnson is originally from Ann Arbor, Mich., where she received her early training from Marjorie Randazzo. From there she attended Virginia School of the Arts, as well as summer programs at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theater, and Ballet Austin. She has danced roles in Stephen Mills' Carbon53, Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project, Liminal Glam, Hamlet, and Wolftanzt among others, as well as works by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Amy Seiwert, and Jimmy Orrante. Rebecca has also enjoyed dancing the role of Myrtha in Giselle, Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream. In 2014, Rebecca received an Austin Critic's Table Award for Outstanding Dancer.
Aara Krumpe is originally from Corpus Christi, Texas. She received her early training from Nancy Sulik and studied for three years at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School under David Holladay. Since joining Ballet Austin, Aara has enjoyed dancing in many Stephen Mills ballets, including the title roles in Belle Redux / ATale of Beauty & The Beast, Romeo & Juliet, The Firebird, and The Taming of the Shrew, as well as Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Gertrude in Hamlet, Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, and The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. She has also danced the principal roles in the classics Swan Lake, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Bournonville's La Sylphide as well as Dark Angel in Balanchine's Serenade. In 2007 and 2011, she was recognized with Outstanding Dancer awards by the Austin Critics' Table. Aara is most thankful for the opportunity to perform the role of the Survivor in Mills' Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project. Aara and her husband, Ambrose, are the proud parents of two wonderful boys, Leo and Lucas.
Grace Morton is from Seattle, Wash. She received her early training from Vivian Little and Mary Reardon, school directors of Dance Fremont. In 2010 she began training under the direction of Damara Bennett in Oregon Ballet Theater's professional division. She had the chance to tour to Korea and performed in company productions of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker and Nicolo Fonte's world premiere of Petrushka. As a member of Ballet Austin II, she enjoyed performing featured roles in Stephen Mills' Luminaria, Jennifer Hart's Wavemakers, and Nelly Van Bommel's Snow White. After joining the company, Grace has performed roles in classical ballets such as French in Stephen Mills' The Nutcracker, Puss 'n Boots in The Sleeping Beauty, and Four Little Swans in Swan Lake. She has also had the pleasure to appear in George Balanchine's Agon, Stephen Mills' One/the body’s grace, Gabriel Lamb's Dovetail, James Gregg's The Space Between, and Jennifer Hart's To Here. Grace has danced in project-based company Performa/Dance, and appeared in Zilker Theatre Production's presentation of Oklahoma! as Dream Laurie. She is also a teacher in the Ballet Austin Academy.
Jordan Moser is originally from Santa Ana, Calif. He received his training at Academy of Dance under Merle Sepel and Rebeca Tsvkin where he earned distinction in Advanced 2 RAD examination. He has danced with Los Angeles Dance Theater and performed in Beijing, China. He has also been a guest artist in Japan. Since joining Ballet Austin, he has been featured in Stephen Mills’ Cinderella as Master of Ceremonies, The Taming of the Shrew, Carmina Burana, and Light / The Holocaust Humanity Project. Jordan has been featured in classical roles, such as Peasant Pas de Deux from Giselle, Allegro Brillante and La Sylphide. He has performed in many contemporary ballets, namely, Dominic Walsh's The Whistling, Nicolo Fonte's Left Unsaid and Lasting Imprint, Loni Landon's Wild Card and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Requiem for a Rose. He is currently studying Humanities at St. Edward's University.
Jordan is also an active Austin musician who has had the opportunity to accompany renowned singer Khann Ly in the world premiere of Thang Dao's Quiet Imprint and has had two ballets, Path You Came Here By and Hiding Places created to his own compositions by Michelle Thompson. He would like to thank his parents for their love and support and his teachers for their generosity, support and inspiration over the years.
Originally from Roseville, Calif., Kevin Murdock-Waters began his training at Hawkins School of Performing Arts. He then went on to train at the San Francisco Ballet School where he performed roles in multiple main company ballets, including John Cranko's Onegin, Rudolf Nureyev's Raymonda, Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella and Helgi Tomasson's The Nutcracker and Romeo & Juliet. During the San Francisco Ballet student showcase, Kevin performed the second movement principal in George Balanchine's Western Symphony. With Ballet Austin II, he enjoyed performing as Hansel in Nelly van Bommel's Hansel and Gretel, the judge in Nick Kepley's Season of Innocence, and in Stephen Mills' Belle Redux / A Tale of Beauty & The Beast.
Preston Andrew Patterson was born in Atlanta, Ga., and began his dance studies at the Ballethnic Academy of Dance. At age 17 he attended the School of American Ballet and later the National Ballet School of Canada. As a member of Ballet Austin, Preston Patterson has had the privilege of performing in Stephen Mills’ Wolftanzt, Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project, Belle Redux / A Tale of Beauty & The Beast, George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, the Peasant Pas de Deux from Giselle, and the Blue Bird in Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty.
Elise Pekarek is originally from the Chicago area and began her early ballet training with the Judith Svalander School of Ballet. With the school's performing company, she had the opportunity to dance leading roles as well as perform in Dance Chicago for several years. Elise attended summer programs at Ballet Austin and Pacific Northwest Ballet. She continued her training with Ballet Austin as a trainee and then as a member of Ballet Austin II. As an apprentice, Elise was privileged to perform Stephen Mills' Touch, Carmina Burana, and Red Roses as well as Thang Dao's Quiet Imprint. Since joining the company, she has been honored to perform the role of the Rose Girl in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Requiem for a Rose in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as well as in Austin. She also has enjoyed performing the first pas de trios in George Balanchine's Agon and The Rose in Stephen Mills' Belle Redux / A Tale of Beauty & The Beast. In 2014, Elise completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration through Columbia College of Missouri. She also teaches classes for Ballet Austin's Butler Center for Dance & Fitness and Pilates Center.
Oren Porterfield hails from Dallas, Texas, where she trained with Tanju and Patricia Tuzer of Tuzer Dancenter. She continued to study under revered master teacher Truman Finney as a trainee and an apprentice with Ballet Austin. Oren has danced with Ohio Ballet and Dayton Ballet where she had the pleasure of performing the featured roles of Blanche DuBois in Karen Russo Burke's A Streetcar Named Desire and as Lucy Westenra in Stewart Sebastian's Dracula. Oren has been a guest artist with Verb Ballets, Motion Dance Theatre, and Performa Dance. Since returning to Austin, she has been featured in works by Nicolo Fonte, Annabelle Lopez Achoa, Loni Landon, Jennifer Hart, and James Gregg as well as in director Stephen Mills’ Angel of my Nature, Luminaria, and One/the body’s grace. Oren has recently enjoyed the role of Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, and the iconic pas de deux in George Balanchine's Agon.
Chelsea Marie Renner, originally from Bozeman, Mont., received her early training from Ann Bates of Montana Ballet and Campbell Midgley of Queen City Ballet. Since joining Ballet Austin's main company, Chelsea has enjoyed performing in Stephen Mills' Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project, The Magic Flute, Kai, Hamlet, and as Waltz soloist in The Nutcracker, along with Nicolo Fonte's Lasting Imprint, and works by Nelly van Bommel, Gregory Dolbashian, Gabrielle Lamb and Jimmy Orrante. In June of 2013, Chelsea was honored to travel to Washington, D.C., to perform Stephen Mills' Hush for Ballet Across America III at The Kennedy Center, and in September of that year joined the company in Israel for a three-city tour of Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project. Chelsea was the first recipient of the Sarah and Ernest Butler Scholarship in 2006. She also teaches in the Ballet Austin Academy. Chelsea would like to thank her husband Aaron, her parents, and her grandparents for their endless love and support. On April 14, 2015, Aaron and Chelsea welcomed their first child, Landon Jay Katz, into the world. He is the light in their eyes and the love in their hearts and they feel so blessed to have him. Chelsea is excited to be returning to the stage this season and to have an amazing son to share it with.
Ashley Lynn Sherman grew up in the Chicago area, where she trained with Ms. Sherry Moray. She spent four years with Alabama Ballet before joining Ballet Austin. With the company, Ashley has had the honor of premiering many works by Stephen Mills and performing in Italy, Slovenia, The Joyce Theater, and the Kennedy Center, where she was featured in Balanchine's Episodes with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet. She has enjoyed dancing principal roles in Don Quixote, Hamlet, Swan Lake, Coppelia, La Sylphide, The Magic Flute, and Romeo & Juliet. Ashley has been featured in works by Thang Dao, Mats Ek, Nicolo Fonte, Gina Patterson, Dwight Rhoden, and Twyla Tharp and has made guest appearances with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater. In 2009, Ashley received an Austin Critic's Table Award for Outstanding Dancer. Ashley is a graduate of St. Edward's University and is on faculty with the Ballet Austin Academy and a yoga instructor at Dharma Yoga.
Brittany Strickland is originally from Winston-Salem, N.C. She attended the North Carolina School of the Arts (now the University of NCSA) from 2001-2007 where she trained under Melissa Hayden, Nina Danilova, and Kee-Juan Han. With NCSA, Brittany was privileged to perform George Balanchine’s Serenade at the Hollywood Bowl as well as performing featured roles in The Nutcracker, La Fille mal Gardee, La Sonnambula and Jardin Anime. Following graduation she continued her training with Ballet Austin under full scholarship. With Ballet Austin II she was privileged to perform featured roles in works such as Thang Dao’s Quiet Imprint and Stephen Mills’ Touch as well as performing with the company in Mills’ Coppelia and his world premiere of The Firebird. Since joining the company, she has enjoyed performing in works such as Mills' The Taming of the Shrew, The Nutcracker, Carmina Burana, and Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project. In her free time, Brittany also teaches in the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness.
Christopher Swaim is originally from Bryant, AR, where he began his training with Kirt and Linda Hathaway at the Academy of Ballet Arkansas. He then went on to graduate with distinction from the University of Oklahoma with a B.F.A. in Ballet Pedagogy. Chirstopher has danced principal roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, The Nutcracker and Valse Fantaisie, and has been featured in works by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Stephen Mills, Thaddeus Davis, Amy Seiwert, James Clouser, Miguel Terekhov, Septime Webre, Nelly Van Bommel, Loni Landon, Bradley Shelver, Sidra Bell, Gina Patterson, Nicolo Fonte, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Ben Stevenson. He has also performed at the 2010 San Francisco International Arts Festival as a guest with Amy Seiwert's company Imagery, at the Kennedy Center in 2008 with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet and again in 2013 with Ballet Across America III, with Ballet Arkansas as a guest in 2012, and at the 2011 Festival des Arts de Saint- Sauveur. Mr. Swaim teaches in the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness, Ballet Austin Academy, and has guest taught across the country.
Cassia Wilson completed her formal and pre-professional training at the Dallas Ballet Center and Company under the direction of Brent and Judy Klopfenstein. There she performed lead roles in The Nutcracker and Le Corsaire and in works by Jason Fowler and Thom Clower. She also received professional training with Kim Able. Cassia is the recipient of the 2009 Natalie Skelton Scholarship by the Dance Council of North Texas, the 2010 Outstanding Student - RDASW, the 2010 Lynn Kubinec Heart of a Dancer Scholarship, and three Guild Merit Scholarships. She attended summer intensives at the School of American Ballet, Ballet Magnificat!, and Nashville Ballet, and was offered a full-tuition scholarship to Pacific Northwest Ballet. Cassia was a member of Nashville Ballet II before joining Ballet Austin.
Jaime Lynn Witts is originally from Bucks County, Penn., where she received most of her training from Maxim Ponomarenko, Oleg Briansky, and Mireille Briane. She attended summer programs at CPYB, Boston Ballet, and Ballet Austin. There, she continued her studies with Truman Finney in Ballet Austin's Trainee program before joining Ballet Austin II. Since joining the company, Witts has performed in works by numerous choreographers including Stephen Mills, Thaddeus Davis, KT Nelson, Nicolo Fonte, Sidra Bell, Viktor Kabaniaev, Nelly van Bommel, Loni Landon, Jennifer Hart, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Gabrielle Lamb and Gina Patterson. She has enjoyed performing principal roles in George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante and Agon,Swanhilda in Coppelia, Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty and Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, for which she earned her second Austin Critics Table Award. Most recently she has made her premier as the title role in Mills’ The Firebird. Witts has also had the honor of performing the role of The Survivor in Mills' Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project in Austin and on tour in Miami and Israel. When she is not dancing, Witts enjoys spending her time off with her husband and daughter, Evaline.
Be in the know, before the show!
Immerse yourself in the world of dance before every performance at the Long Center by checking out Ballet-o-mania!
Arrive early early and explore our interactive discovery lounge, featuring informational videos, costume and music samples, and behind-the-scenes info on the production, the chorographers, the dancers and musicians. You can "ask a dancer" anything you'd like to know about the art form, see and touch pointe shoes and learn more about the dance works and the creative process at their own leisure.
Ballet-o-mania! is located on Mezzannine Level in the Kodosky Lounge. The exhibits open 90 minutes before show time and remain open to guests during all intermissions. So take your time and explore our engaging exhibits at your leisure.
Free for all Ticket Holders
An hour before every show, join us for a look at the final preparations for the ballet during our Footlights pre-show information session. Enjoy the last-minute workings of dancers and production crew as you learn about the historical, choreographic, and artistic aspects of the production you are about to see. Footlights for Families offers the same preview with content tailored for families with children ages 12 and younger and is offered before designated matinee performances. This informal lecture takes place inside the theater on the Mezzanine Level one hour prior Ballet Austin performances at the Long Center.
Length of Program: Approximately 25 minutes
Free for all Ticket Holders
Join Ballet Austin dancers and staff, including Artistic Director / Choreographer Stephen Mills, for an informal post-performance conversation and Q&A.
Encore takes place inside the theater at the orchestra level immediately following all performances at The Long Center.
Length of Program: Approximately 15 minutes
Free for all Ticket holders
Before the performance begins, please remind children not to talk or ask questions during the performance and to remain seated without touching or kicking the seat in front of them. Remember, when the lights dim and the music which is part of the performance begins, it is quiet time.
Is My Child Ready to Attend?
Parents know best if their child is able to quietly enjoy a full-length performance. The following questions will help you decide if your child is ready:
Please note that there are no refunds, credits, or exchanges if you must leave the theater because your child was unhappy or disruptive.
Water and beverages purchased from the bar with a lid are allowed inside the theater during the performance. Food is not allowed inside the auditorium. Please be courteous of other guests enjoying the performance.
Tickets are revocable and may be taken up at any time for any reason.
Ballet Austin does not enforce a formal dress code for performances; however, we are often asked by guests for suggested attire.
While our audience members tend to dress more formally for evening shows, "business casual" attire, including dresses/sundresses, blouses, skirts, dress pants, nice polo shirts, button-up shirts, sports coats and/or suits are always welcome at evening and matinee performances held at the Long Center and at our own AustinVentures StudioTheater at Ballet Austin.
Both performance venues are air-conditioned, and if you typically need a sweather, shawl or jacket in places like restaurants or movie theaters, it's a good idea to bring one with you to the ballet.
If you have questions or need advice on what to wear, contact Audience Services at 512.476.2163, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT. We're happy of offer guidance!
Ballet Austin's Audience Services Team is available via phone at 512.476.2163, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT (available weekdays except major holidays). Call us if you need help purchasing season or individual performance tickets and if you need your tickets replaced or reprinted. We can also assist you with online ticket purchases, give you directions to the Butler Dance Education Center (501 W. 3rd Street) and our performance venues, and share tips on parking, special events and attractions near our downtown studios.
If you need to reach the Audience Services Team during the weekends, please email us at email@example.com.
During performance dates, Audience Services Team members will be available in person at the Long Center Box Office 90 minutes before the performance begins. Audience Services Team members will also be available in person for performances scheduled in our Austin/Ventures Studio/Theater (located in the Butler Dance Education Center | 501 W. 3rd Street) 90 minutes before show time.
Please note: Ballet Austin does not operate a walk-up box office location in the Butler Dancer Education Center. Give us a call at 512.476.2163 any time you need personal assistance!
Tickets may be purchased through Ballet Austin's official website, at my.balletaustin.org, 24 hours a day. Please note that online ticket sales for individual performances will close two hours prior to show time on the day of the performance. Audience members interested in purchasing tickets within two hours of show time may do so at the Long Center Box Office (701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78704), which opens 90 minutes prior curtain. Tickets are subject to availability.
Accessible seating is available at both the Long Center and the Butler Dance Education Center. Elevators at the Long Center can be accessed in the Rollins Lobby on the ground level and service all levels.
Upon request, Ballet Austin can make an audio describer available for visually impaired individuals. Those seeking audio decription services should contact Ballet Austin Audience Services at 512. 476.2163 at least one month prior to scheduled performances in order to arrange for audio description services at the chosen performance(s).
For more information regarding these accommodations or to purchase tickets in accessible seating locations, please contact the Ballet Austin box office at 512.476.2163.
College students can purchase up to two tickets with a valid college ID for $10 a ticket (best available seating) on the day of the performance at the Ballet Austin box office. The box office will open 90 minutes prior to curtain at the Long Center. Student tickets will be offered based on availability.
Lap seating is available for children under the age of 3 free of charge. A lap seat ticket is required for entry and may be picked up at the box office prior to the performance.
Please be courteous of other guests and step outside the theater into the lobby if your child is crying or being disruptive.
As a benefit to current Ballet Austin Season Ticket Holders, tickets may be exchanged for a different performance date or a different production. Exchanges are offered only to Season Ticket Holders. There is no guarantee that tickets can be exchanged for the exact seats purchased.
Please contact Ballet Austin's Audience Services Team at 512.476.2163 no later than 24 hours prior to the originally scheduled performance to return your tickets.
Please be courteous of other guests enjoying the performance.
Tickets are revocable licenses that may be taken up at any time for any reason upon refunding the purchase price.
The primary parking structure for patrons of The Long Center is the City of Austin's Palmer Events Center Garage. It is located behind and to the east of the Long Center. This structure has two entrances—the South Entrance on Barton Springs Road and North Entrance on Riverside Drive. There is an $8 charge per vehicle to park in this structure.
Paid valet parking is available for $18 per car. For valet parking drop-off by driving eastbound on Riverside Drive and entering the first drive on your right past the Long Center (please stay in the right hand lane of the Keller Williams Circular Drive).
Overflow Parking for the Long Center is located at The One Texas Center listed in the map below.
ADA Accessibility: The Palmer Events Center garage has 24 accessible/handicapped parking spaces located closest to the garage elevators on each level. Patrons may also enter the valet line through the first entrance to the Long Center off of Riverside Drive and pull up to the curb to drop off at the main entrance. Elevator access is available through the ground level doors for Rollins Lobby next to the Box Office. Staff will be available to direct you should you need assistance.