Breaking: TITAS announces new season lineup of 11 shows

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If the 2015-16 season of TITAS was one of premieres, the 2016–17 season — just announced by executive director Charles Santos — is one of mostly familiar, but innovative, dance companies.

Four Texas debuts — Argentina’s Estampas Portenas Tango and Che Malambo, Canada’s Ballet BC (pictured above) and Guggenheim Fellowship recipients Bridgman|Packer Dance — join returning favorites including Pilobolus, Diavolo, Alvin Ailey and more for the 11-show lineup.

The season, titled Virtuosic Innovation, kicks off at the City Performance Hall with two performances from the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (Sept. 16–17). That will be followed by Estampas Portenas, which brings the flamboyant tango to the stage of the hall (Oct. 28–29). Jessica Lang Dance, which impressed audiences with its Dallas debut in 2013, is back at the Winspear Opera House on Dec. 10.

High-Res_DougVaroneandDancers_ReComposed_2_photocredit-Grant-Halverson_copyright-The-American-Dance-Festival2017 begins with the return of Pilobolus (CPH, Jan. 13–14), one of the most popular and quirky of modern dance troupes, followed soon thereafter by Bridgman|Packer (Jan. 27–28).

It’s back at the Winspear for the return of the kinetic Doug Varone and Dancers (Feb. 18, pictured). Diavolo‘s stylist Architecture in Motion demonstrates the relationship between man and his environment at the CPH (March 10–11). Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater settles in for three shows at CPH (March 31–April 1), followed by another Argentine company, Che Malambo (CPH, April 14–15), known for its rhythmic stomping and speedy footwork. The season concludes at the Winspear on June 3 with the local premiere of Ballet BC.

As always, the season also includes Command Gala Performance (May 13), which treats audiences to a director’s choice of the best dance artists around. Season tickets are available at ATTPAC.org. Individual tickets are available for as little as $12/each.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

TITAS announces dance-centric season

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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

Santos celebrates 10 years at TITAS

Charles Santos has told the story many times — last in Dallas Voice here — about how, just days after accepting a job in Dallas, he dodged catastrophe, being near  the World Trade Center when the towers were attacked in New York.

That was 10 years ago last month. Which means that 10 years ago this month, Santos celebrated a decade as the executive director of TITAS. Thus, the board of TITAS, along with luminaries like Veletta Lill, Matrice Kirk, Chris Heinbaugh and city councilwoman Ann Margolin, noted the anniversary with a surprise party for Santos at Komali last night.

Santos was bestowed a sculpture, pictured, to mark his time here, and he indicated his desire to be around for another 10 years.

TITAS next brings the inventive dance troupe Pilobolus to the Winspear on Nov. 19.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones