Ballet Austin pliés into new season with new world premiere and timeless classics
On the heels of Texas Performance Arts releasing their 2023-24 season schedule, one of Austin’s most sophisticated ballet companies has also revealed the lineup for their highly anticipated upcoming season.
From critically-acclaimed favorites to a world premiere, Ballet Austin’s five-production 2023-24 season is bringing big titles to the stage, with big names to match.
Ballet Austin Artistic Director Stephen Mills will open the season in a bold fashion with his exalted, contemporary production of Hamlet. The tragic rendition is one of Mills’ most licensed and traveled works nationwide and internationally. American composer Philip Glass will set the music, while costumes will take inspiration from designer Giorgio Armani. Hamlet will run September 15-17.
Following the dramatic Shakespearean performance is the 61st annual production of The Nutcracker. This beloved classic is Austin’s longest-running live production, which will ring in the holiday season all month long in December. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s score will feature a live accompaniment by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. The Nutcracker will run December 2-23.
The enthralling Triad: Three Bold Dances will be Ballet Austin’s first production of 2024. Triad is a choreographic combination of George Balanchine’s neoclassical Concerto Barocco, Amy Siewert’sRenaissance, and Mills’ Carbon53 (stylized CARBON53). Contemporary composers Glass and Steve Reich will set the music alongside Johann Sebastian Bach, Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble, and the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Triad: Three Bold Dances will run February 16-18, 2024.
In its world premiere as the second work of the Butler New Choreography Endowment, Mills’ POE / A Tale of Madnesswill explore famed poet Edgar Allen Poe’s haunted life through dance. A newly commissioned score by award-winning composer Graham Reynolds and libretto by Rude Mechanicals co-producing artistic director Shawn Sides will help bring this production to life. This brand new performance was created following the unparalleled success of Mills’ first endowment-funded work Grimm Tales in 2019. Poe / A Tale of Madness will run March 22-24.
The final production of the 2023-24 Ballet Austin season is another beloved classic: The Sleeping Beauty. The Austin Symphony Orchestra will return for another live accompaniment to Tchaikovsky’s familiarly beautiful score. The sets, costumes, and well-known characters were designed and constructed in England, with mesmerizing choreography by Marius Petipa. The Sleeping Beauty will run May 10-12.
More information about Ballet Austin’s 2023-24 season can be found on balletaustin.org.