2014-15 for Avant Chamber Ballet

The fledgling company announces an adventurous season with new works and festival performances, and, as has been its calling card, live music.

published Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Photo: Brian Guilliaux
Avant Chamber Ballet dancer Rachel Meador

Dal,as — The 2014-15 season for Avant Chamber Ballet, one of the most exciting new dance companies to appear on the scene in the last few years, has been announced. It's a biggest season to date for the group, which is devoted to live music, and kicks off in the fall at the Eisemann Center with Artistic Director Katie Puder's take on Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals. Also on that program is a new work by Joshua L. Peugh of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, and Puder's Exactly Woven. The season also includes performances in Southlake and at the Dallas Symphony's new Soluna Festival in the summer of 2015. The spring show, at the Eisemann, features new works by women choreographers.

Find out more about the season and how to get tickets at


Here's the line-up and more about the company from the news release:

Dallas, TX - Avant Chamber Ballet’s artistic director Katie Puder and music director David Cooper announced the company’s 2014-2015 season today featuring four productions throughout the metroplex. The season includes the premieres of works by Katie Puder, Joshua Peugh, Elizabeth Gillaspy, Emily Hunter, as well as a completely new, full-length holiday production.

“I am delighted to announce that four programs fill our 2014-15 season,” said Puder. “World premieres and commissions, being a part of SOLUNA Festival and founding our Women’s Choreographic Project make for a dynamic and adventurous season.”

Avant Chamber Ballet opens its 2014-15 season in October with a fresh take on the classic Carnival of Animals. Dancers will perform Puder’s original choreography to the classic score performed live, while a collaboration with local costume designers and artists help to complete the transformation from ballerina to animal. Opening the evening will be Puder’s well-received Exactly Woven which premiered last season. Joshua Peugh, artistic director of Dark Circle Contemporary Dance, will premiere a new work to the U.S. on Avant Chamber Ballet’s dancers for the second half of the program. Peugh’s award-winning choreography is raw and emotionally stirring. While his own company’s dancers are strong ballet technicians, Dark Circles is not driven by a balletic aesthetic, making this work set on Avant Chamber Ballet a must-see.

The upcoming season will also include Avant Chamber Ballet’s first evening-length winter program on November 20 presented by Apex Arts League. Avant Chamber Ballet’s core musicians will perform music by Tchaikovsky as well as carols and holiday favorites. Holiday Celebration, choreographed by Puder, is classic, striking and distinctly different from the Nutcracker and other local holiday-themed productions. Performed in front of beautiful stained glass windows in the high, vaulted ceilings of Whites Chapel in Southlake, the music, dancing and ambiance together will leave audiences in the spirit of the season, satisfied, and wanting more.

In March, Avant Chamber Ballet will premiere the exciting and much-anticipated Women’s Choreographic Project at the Eisemann Center. The mixed program will feature works by only female choreographers. This year’s commissioned artists include Elizabeth Gillaspy and Emily Hunter as well as others to be announced.

May closes the season with Avant Chamber Ballet’s most exciting endeavor yet, as a featured dance company of the inaugural Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s SOLUNA: International Music and Arts Festival. Avant Chamber Ballet will develop a program on this year’s theme “Destination: America”, recognizing artists who came to America to create and contribute to the shared American experience.

Avant Chamber Ballet’s upcoming season is packed, and still growing. The company will also perform as part of the 254 Dance Festival in Waco in September and at the Plano Dance Festival in April. Committed to providing not only dance but quality music to the Dallas area, Avant Chamber Ballet will continue their free chamber music series next season. Dates will be announced soon for the increasingly popular series.




Eisemann Center, Richardson, TX 

October 11 & 12, 2014 8:00 and 3:00 PM


Carnival of Animals – World Premiere

Choreography by Katie Puder

Music by Camille Saint-Saens


Title to be Announced – U.S. Premiere

Choreography by Joshua Peugh

Music to be announced


Exactly Woven

Choreography by Katie Puder

Music by Dimitri Shostakovich



November 20, 2014

Whites Chapel, Southlake, TX

Presented by Apex Arts League


Choreography by Katie Puder

Music by Tchaikovsky, Carols and more



March 7 and 8, 2015

Eisemann Center, Richardson, TX


Mixed program featuring commissions of female choreographers including Elizabeth Gillaspy, Emily Hunter and Katie Puder.


SOLUNA: International Music and Arts Festival 

May 7 - 24, 2015

Dallas, TX




254 Dance Festival

September, 2014

Waco, TX


Plano Dance Festival

April, 2015

Plano, TX 

Programming and casting for all productions are subject to change without notice. Thanks For Reading

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