Director's Choice

A Treat for Valentine's Day Weekend

Artistic Director Stephen Mills introduces two extraordinary choreographic talents to local audiences, while presenting two of his favorite works.

Soak in the lusciously flowing Stream by Swedish choreographer, dancer and filmmaker Pontus Lidberg, who has created original works for SemperOper Ballet Dresden, Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Royal Swedish Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, Beijing Dance Theater and Norwegian National Ballet to name a few. Then be first to see a new work, Early That Summer, brought to Ballet Austin by New York City's Pam Tanowitz, winner of a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011 and a Bessie Award for choreography in 2009. Tanowitz mixes beauty with the unexpected to constantly challenge audiences' expectations.

Total Run Time: 2 hours

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CHOREOGRAPHY: Pontus Lidberg  |  MUSIC: Ryan Francis

Early That Summer

CHOREOGRAPHY: Pam Tanowitz  |  MUSIC: Julia Wolfe


CHOREOGRAPHY: Stephen Mills  |  MUSIC: Arvo Pärt


CHOREOGRAPHY: Stephen Mills  |  MUSIC: Steve Reich and Philip Glass 

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About the Works

Director's Choice is a series of performances that highlight short works by diverse choreographic artists. One of the most interesting aspects is the breadth of movement ideas and music used for the different pieces.


Run Time: 20 Minutes
Synopsis: Pontus Lindberg's Stream swirls and surges in calm and clear lines against a darkened stage. Ten dancers, wearing flowing blue/grey tunics, will capture you with their expansive movement. The power of a single dancer ripples outward, building in energy until the entire cast spins and dives in an exquisite, breathtaking cascade. If you enjoyed Requiem for a Rose, then Stream is the dance work for you.

Early That Summer

Run Time: 17 Minutes
Synopsis: New York dance maker, Pam Tanowitz presents her work Early that Summer. In Pam's words, this dance explores the tension between old and new. It showcases her humorous style with the raw physical energy of Ballet Austin's dancers. Her unique use of the stage space will give you a new vision of what the Long Center stage can look like, suspending reality and pulling you into the dance work. Pam's choreography has been creating a sensation with New York audiences for almost a decade and now it's Austin's turn. Early that Summer is a beautiful contrast to Stream and the perfect precursor to Desire.


Run Time: 9 Minutes
Synopsis: A beautiful pas de deux (dance of two people) between a female en pointe and a male dancer, this piece explores what it’s like to want something you can't have, to lose something you love. The ballet is about a woman who is leaving a man for a new lover. As she walks toward her new lover, she is happy, but as she turns back to her former lover, sadness takes over. If you enjoyed the sensual one / the body's grace, you’ll find Desire a similar experience.


Run Time: 25 Minutes
Synopsis: The movement in CARBON53 is made to mimic a carbon-copy effect through complicated repetition. With the knowledge that our cells regenerate every seven years, it’s as if we’re dying and growing at the same time. Stephen Mills explores this idea of life and death in his dance work. The music combines Steve Reich's Clapping Music and Pendulum Music with the first two parts of Philip Glass' Songs and Poems for Solo Cello. Propelled by the pulsing energy of the music, the dancers push themselves to meet the challenge. During its premiere in 2014, the audience erupted in a spontaneous ovation at the end of the first movement, each and every time it was performed. If you enjoyed the futuristic aura of Liminal Glam, then CARBON53 will absorb you.

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Parking at the Long Center

The Long Center 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704 North Entrance. The cost is $8.00 ($10 for special events), collected upon entry into the garage.
Palmer Events Center Garage 900 Barton Springs Rd Austin, TX 78704 South Entrance on Barton Springs Road. The cost is $8.00 ($10 for special events), collected upon entry into the garage.
The One Texas Center Parking Garage 505 Barton Springs Rd Austin, TX 78704 Overflow Parking for The Long Center (There are two entrances: a west entrance on S. 1st St. & a north entrance on Barton Springs Rd.)
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The Long Center  |  701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

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. 

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