This season marks my 20th year working with the exceptionally talented dancers and staff of Ballet Austin. It has been an honor serving our community for the past two decades, and I appreciate the trust you have placed in me to explore, expand, and celebrate the art of ballet.
We’re beginning our 2020/21 season during an unprecedented time in modern history, with a worldwide health crisis impacting our ability to spend time with you in person, in the theater. The dancers and I are working on new, transformative ways to perform and share the joy of dance with you, and we look forward to the new things we will experience, learn and create for you as we rise to this occasion, including the chance to bring Austin’s favorite holiday tradition, THE NUTCRACKER, “home for the holidays” while we await the chance to return to the Long Center for live performances.
We have the power to make the season ahead one that will impact the course of history for the better, and I invite you to join us on this journey of reflection, introspection, and celebration.
Stay safe and be well!
Sarah & Ernest Butler Family Fund Artistic Director
2020/21 SEASON SUPPORT:
Season Presenter: The Wallace Foundation
Season Underwriter: Silicon Labs
Season Sponsors: The Shubert Foundation, Dell Technologies, Heritage Title, Baylor Scott & White
THE NUTCRACKER – Home for the Holidays
Coming to YOUR home this December!
58th annual production presented by the Georgia B. Lucas Foundation Fund
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
FEB. 12-14 | THE LONG CENTER
The ultimate battle of the sexes is back by popular demand—and in just in time for Valentine’s Day weekend! Artistic Director Stephen Mills reimagines William Shakespeare’s popular tale of marital mismatch with modern energy and classic humor. Commissioned by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Mills’ light-hearted retelling of this saucy Elizabethan love story boasts dynamic choreography, striking sets, lavish costumes, and unforgettable characters. Experience Kate’s fire, Petruchio’s charm, Lucentio’s cunning, and Bianca’s sweetness in a must-see work for anyone who loves the Bard and romantic comedy.
CHOREOGRAPHY: Stephen Mills
MUSIC: Antonio Vivaldi, Alessandro Scarlatti, Domenico Scarlatti & Vincenzo Tommasini
THERE IS NO OTHER
MARCH 26-28 | THE LONG CENTER
Words are powerful. They can heal. They can harm. They can unite. And they can alienate. What happens to our humanity and ability to understand and appreciate one another in a world where words are increasingly used to divide and diminish? Award-winning Artistic Director/Choreographer Stephen Mills explores this social crisis, its definite costs, and its possible cure in a provocative new contemporary ballet. Experience the work and take part in this important conversation.
CHOREOGRAPHY: Stephen Mills
MUSIC: Goldfrapp, Kylie Minogue, Pentatonix, Max Richter
MAY 7-9 | THE LONG CENTER
Join us Mother’s Day weekend for the world’s best-known ballet and a romantic love triangle for the ages. A sorcerer transforms an innocent girl into a White Swan, and when a prince falls in love with her, creates the Black Swan, her evil twin, to entice him away. A story of devotion, infatuation, heartbreak, and forgiveness, SWAN LAKE features Marius Petipa’s original choreography and breathtaking corps de ballet sequences, set to Peter Tchaikovsky’s sweeping score. It’s the ballet classic you must experience.
CHOREOGRAPHY: Marius Petipa
MUSIC: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky