Stephen Mills’ Poe / A Tale of Madness
MARCH 22, 23, & 24
COMMISSIONED BY THE BUTLER NEW CHOREOGRAPHY ENDOWMENT
Following the unprecedented success of Grimm Tales, the first ballet commissioned by the Butler New Choreography Endowment, join us for the second offering as Stephen Mills explores the haunted life and works of celebrated author Edgar Allan Poe in his latest World Premiere. With a newly commissioned score by award-winning composer Graham Reynolds, and libretto by Shawn Sides, this World Premiere work shares a perspective of the blurred lines between Poe’s chilling tales and complex life.
CONCEPT & CHOREOGRAPHY | Stephen Mills
MUSIC | Graham Reynolds (Commissioned)
LIBRETTO | Shawn Sides
LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT | Austin Symphony Orchestra
RUN TIME | TBA
Graham Reynolds’ original score is commissioned by Ballet Austin and funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts.
- Friday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, March 24 at 3:00 p.m.
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Costume designs by Margaret Mitchell
Scenic designs by Michael B. Raiford
Celebrate the opening of Stephen Mills’ POE / A Tale of Madness on Friday, March 22 and elevate your theater experience with a special Opening Night offer!
Crafted specially for this World Premiere, our POE Opening Night Experience includes:
- A pre-show charcuterie box with your choice of beverage, available in options for 1 or 2 people
This experience MUST be ordered in advance.
No Substitutions | No Refunds
Orders MUST be placed by Wednesday, March 20th.
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Concept & Choreography
MICHAEL B. RAIFORD
AUSTIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Known for his innovative and collaborative choreographic projects, Stephen Mills has works in the repertoires of dance companies across the United States and around the world.
His international career began in 1998 after being chosen Prix d’Auteur at les Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis in Paris. In his inaugural season as Artistic Director of Ballet Austin in 2000, Mills attracted national attention with Hamlet, hailed by Dance Magazine as “…sleek and sophisticated.”
Mills’ works showcased at The Kennedy Center include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, and performances at the Ballet Across America Festival in collaboration with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.
In 2005 Mills developed a community-wide human rights collaborative dialogue culminating in his signature work Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project for which he received the Audrey and Raymond Maislin Humanitarian Award from The Anti-Defamation League. Mills contributed a podcast about Light to the Voices on Anti-Semitism series at The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and was invited to speak about the work at The United Nations in 2014. Light has been performed in five U.S. cities, in three cities in Israel, and was recently featured in an Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary, Sharing Light.
Called “the quintessential modern composer” by the London Independent, Austin-based composer-bandleaderimproviser Graham Reynolds records and performs music for film, theater, dance, rock clubs, and concert halls. He recently scored Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Annapurna Pictures) with Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, and Laurence Fishburne, Happy Jail (Netflix), Stop Hitting Yourself (Lincoln Center Theater), Out of Her Mind (BBC), Grimm Tales (Ballet Austin), and a multi-year commission from Ballroom Marfa, The Marfa Triptych, culminating in his Creative Capital Award winning project Pancho Villa from a Safe Distance. Amidst his many other projects, Graham also serves as the Artistic Director of the new music focused non-profit Golden Hornet. In 2020, Graham signed with London-based record label Fire Records and released his original score for Alfred Hitchcock’s silent classic, The Lodger, with a forthcoming album of original material in 2024.
Shawn Sides has been a performer, director and producer in Austin, TX and occasionally New York for 20 years. She’s a founder and a Co-Producing Artistic Director of Rude Mechs in Austin, TX where she has co-conceived, co-adapted, and directed a new work every year, give or take, since 1996, including Off-Broadway and touring productions of Lipstick Traces, Get Your War On, Stop Hitting Yourself, rudes’ Creative Capital supported project The Method Gun, and their ”re-enactment” of The Performance Group’s Dionysus in 69. Current projects include Rudes’ adaptation of The Brothers Karamazov Field Guide, and From the Pig Pile: Requisite Gesture(s) of Narrow Approach by Sibyl Kempson. Shawn is an Alpert/Hedgebrook Prize recipient and was inducted with her fellow Rudes into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame in 2010. She recieved a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award in 2015.
Margaret Mitchell has designed costumes and scenery professionally for over 30 years across the USA and in New Zealand. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and is a Professor Emerita at the University of the Incarnate Word. Ms. Mitchell’s design work has represented the United States at the Prague Quadrennial three times and has also been exhibited at World Stage Design. Recently her costumes and costume designs have been included in two exhibitions at the McNay Art Museum and at El Centro Nacional a Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Ms. Mitchell’s costume designs are published in Rebecca Cunningham’s book, The Magic Garment, and in Brockett and Ball’s The Essential Theatre. Her design work is part of the permanent collection of Tobin Theatre Arts Collection housed in the McNay Art Museum.
Michael B. Raiford (Scenic Design) Scenic and Costume designer from Austin, Texas.
For Ballet Austin: The Magic Flute, The Mozart Project, Belle REDUX / A Tale of Beauty & the Beast, Exit Wounds.
Additional Ballet: Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Colorado Ballet. Upcoming: Oklahoma City And Nevada Ballet. His Designs for Septime Weber’s “Wizard of Oz” Ballet were honored by the “Benois de la Danse” at the Bolshoi Ballet. “Oz” will soon be seen at the Hong Kong Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet.
In Austin: ZACH Theatre, Rude Mechanicals, Hyde Park Theatre, and Zilker Summer Musical.
Additional Credits: Opera Boston, Central City Opera, South Coast Repertory Theatre, The Alliance Theatre (Atlanta), City Theatre (Pittsburgh), Cleveland Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, Playmakers Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Ford’s Theatre (Washington, D.C.), New Victory Theatre (New York), Merrimack Repertory Theatre, The Lyric Theatre (Oklahoma City), Antaeus Company (LA), Shelter VG4 Theatre (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico), 20 productions with Actors Theatre of Louisville, and twelve world premieres for the Humana Festival. Director of “Blast: The Music of Disney” in Tokyo, Japan. M.F.A. The University of Texas at Austin, where he taught for 10 years. He is a Member of United Scenic Artists.
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