Texas Ballet Theater announces new season

Cinderella-3-422-printThe company just performed its latest production, Prokofiev’s Cinderella, last weekend in Richardson, and will reprise it next week in Fort Worth, but the upcoming season of the Texas Ballet Theater will continue to share performances with Dallas audiences.

The season kicks off with Carmen & Danse a Grande Vitesse, accompanied by live music from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, starting at the Winspear (Sept. 16–18) and moving to Bass Hall (Oct. 7–9). Next up is the annual treat The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky (Winspear Nove. 24–27, Dec. 2–4; Bass Hall, Dec. 9–24), plus the fun twist on it, The Nutty Nutcracker  (Bass Hall only, Dec. 16). It’s Fort Worth only with Rooster & Smith & Scher (March 3–5), and back to Dallas for the season finale, Alice in Wonderland (Bass Hall, May 19–21, Winspear, June 2–4). Season tickets are available at TexasBalletTheater.org.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

TITAS announces dance-centric season


The Trocks.

The return of Pilobolus, Philip Glass and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo — “The Trocks,” a drag ballet troupe — mark the 2013-14 TITAS season, but it’s what’s new about the season that makes the biggest impact.

For decades, TITAS has programmed about 10 shows a year — five music, five dance — until the last two seasons when dance has predominated slightly. That domination is full-force now, with nine of the 11 performances (including the bonus Command Performance Gala) dance.

“We needed to stop thinking about what [TITAS] has done in the past and look to the future,” said Charles Santos, the arts organization’s executive director. “We need to be curatorial as part of ATTPAC.” The center, he noted, already programs music (the interview took place even as the music of Rodriguez wafted from Annette Strauss Square adjacent to the Winspear Opera House), but TITAS does dance “better than anyone.”

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

“A Gathering — 30 Years of AIDS” tonight at the Winspear

Come together

The Dallas arts community is coming together for a spectacular One-Night-Only performance commemorating 30 Years of AIDS. An unprecedented collaboration between some of the finest arts organizations in Dallas, A Gathering: The Dallas Arts Community Reflects on 30 Years of AIDS will feature eleven Dallas cultural institutions coming together and sharing their talents to create a powerful evening of entertainment. With a cast of more than 200 singers, dancers and actors, A Gathering promises to be a soul-stirring performance, and a night to remember.

All the organizations involved are donating their time and talent for this unique performance. 100% of the proceeds will directly benefit four of Dallas’ leading AIDS service organizations. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to be a part of an extraordinary night of song, dance, hope and solidarity.

Participating organizations: AT&T Performing Arts Center, Booker T. Washington High School of the Performing and Visual Arts, Bruce Wood Dance Project, CharlieUniformTango, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Opera, Dallas Theater Center, SMU Meadows School of the Arts, Texas Ballet Theater, TITAS and Turtle Creek Chorale

—AT&T Performing Arts Center

DEETS: Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. 7 p.m. $12–$100. ATTPAC.org/Gathering

—  Rich Lopez

That sucks.

The Texas Ballet Theater has been touting its upcoming tour to China to perform “Cleopatra” in the fall for months. Recently came word that costs the troupe expected to be covered would not be — necessitating a last-ditch effort to raise the funds.

Alas, it didn’t work. The TBT just announced it will be canceling its China trip and will not be seen by half a billion TV watchers.  online mobilпродвижение сайта ютуб

—  Arnold Wayne Jones