Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

2015-16 for TITAS

Next season for TITAS is huge, and includes a world premiere commission by Twyla Tharp; plus Cloud Gate, BalletBoyz, Kyle Abraham and more.

published Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Photo: Ian Douglasd
Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion

Dallas — The seasons for TITAS, North Texas' premiere presenter of touring dance, have been getting bigger in recent years, possibly leading up to what looks to be the organization's biggest season ever. 2015-16 features 10 dance companies, plus the annual Command Performance Gala, and it kicks off with what's going to be the biggest news-making show of the year: Twyla Tharp Dance, featuring a world premiere commissioned by TITAS and other national organizations.

The season also includes a number of first-timers to North Texas, and for the first time, there are no music acts, just dance. Below is the news release with the complete season line-up, descriptions, dates and more:


TITAS Presents, in association with the AT&T Performing Arts Center, announces the 2015-2016 TITAS Presents Season featuring an exciting and diverse array of artists ranging from the world premiere of Twyla Tharp’s 50th Anniversary Tour to the Dallas debut of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan.

Breaking Normal: A phrase that describes the collage that is the upcoming 2015-2016 season—featuring the world premiere of the Twyla Tharp 50thAnniversary Tour, and groundbreaking, trailblazing dance companies lighting up stages across the globe. Year after year, our audiences have come to expect one thing: Innovation. This bold and diverse season of nine debut performances, two world premieres, and an unprecedented roster of international artists delivers just that. TITAS Presents is attracting new audiences and developing new innovative programs and cultural collaborations. It remains the coolest ticket in town.


Twyla Tharp Dance 50th Anniversary Tour (World Premiere)

8 p.m. Friday/Saturday September 18/19, 2015 (2 shows)

Winspear Opera House


Photo: Marc von Borstel
Twyla Tharp

Vibrant, radiant and genius barely begin to describe a Tharp Dance experience. A legendary dance artist, Twyla Tharp is one of the most important dancer/choreographers of our time. The program will feature two new works to music by J.S Bach, John Zorn, and the jazz of Henry Butler and Steve Burnstein. TITAS Presents with the AT&T Performing Arts Center and four national powerhouse presenters have partnered to commission Tharp’s new works celebrating five decades of groundbreaking dancemaking. And this rare world premiere by a seminal artist is taking place here in Dallas. A bold TITAS season led by the bold and remarkable Twyla Tharp: definitely a MUST-SEE!


TITAS Presents opens 2015-2016 Season and proudly launches the world premiere of Twyla Tharp’s 50th Anniversary Tour. TITAS Presents is co-commissioning an evening of new work by Twyla Tharp, one of the most important and influential choreographers of our time. The ten-week North American tour will celebrate Tharp’s five decades of dance-making for both modern and ballet companies, television, the Broadway stage and Hollywood films.

The commissioning of new work by Twyla Tharp marks an important collaboration between Dallas nonprofits TITAS Presents/AT&T Performing Arts Center and four leading dance presenters/performing arts centers across the United States. The Twyla Tharp 50th Anniversary Tour will be the first time since 2002 that Tharp has toured a group of dancers. The Tour is comprised of 12 dancers, many of whom have worked with Tharp over the years. The music for the new dances was composed by J.S. Bach, Henry Butler, Steve Bernstein, and John Zorn.

“This commissioning project has been years in the making. The national partnership and commissioning of an artist as important as Twyla Tharp, with the world premiere taking place here in Dallas, is enormously important for the missions of TITAS Presents, the Center and our city. We are establishing, internationally, our commitment to fostering new works and that the city of Dallas is committed to the arts,” said Charles Santos, Executive and Artistic Director of TITAS Presents.

TITAS Presents, under the leadership of Charles Santos, has a long history of commissioning new works by such choreographers as Twyla Tharp, Mia Michaels, Dwight Rhoden, Jessica Lang, Adam Hougland and locally, Bruce Wood, Bridgett Moore, Ben Stevenson, Lily Weiss and Kitty Carter.

"There is a reason Twyla Tharp is called a legend: her creative engine never stops producing exciting and landmark works,” said Doug Curtis, president and CEO of the AT&T Performing Arts Center. "This premiere and commission, alongside the premieres of our resident companies, is a testament to the Center’s commitment to supporting artists and the creative process."

The Joyce Theater in New York City and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, initiated the commissioning of the evening. Besides TITAS Presents/AT&T Performing Arts Center, the other members of the consortium include the Ravinia Festival Association/Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. The tour will also include stops in over 15 cities (venues and locations to be announced at a later date).


Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion (Debut) (World Premiere)

8 p.m. Thursday/Friday October 29/30, 2015 (2 shows)

Dallas City Performance Hall

“Avant-garde aesthetic, an original and politically minded downtown sensibility that doesn’t distinguish between genres, but freely draws on a vocabulary that is as much Merce and Martha as it is Eadweard Muybridge and Michael Jackson.” – Rebecca Bengal, Vogue Infectious Music and Magnetic Dancers—that’s Abraham.In.Motion. Urban funk meets modern dance. MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient Kyle Abraham has forged a meteoric rise to stardom for his unique and compelling choreography. His dancers move with truth, earthiness and an elegance that is unique to Abraham’s choreographic genius. Absolutely accessible and immediately sophisticated defines this dance experience. A must-see world premiere performance with live music and phenomenal dancers. 


Akram Khan Dance Company (UK) (Debut)

8 p.m. Friday/Saturday November 6/7, 2015 (2 shows)

Dallas City Performance Hall

Akram Khan is one of the most acclaimed choreographers of his generation working today. British born and of Bangladeshi decent, Khan is celebrated internationally for stunningly crafted works that demand the audience’s attention. His work takes you to new and unexpected places through human themes and exploration. Thoughtful, provocative and surprising, Kaash is a stunning collaboration with famed artist Anish Kapoor and composer Nitin Sawhney. This is a masterwork of artistic collaboration.


BodyTraffic (Debut)

8 p.m. Friday, January 22, 2016

Winspear Opera House

Named one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch, in just three short years BODYTRAFFIC has skyrocketed to international acclaim. Virtuosic, stylized, confident, with a diverse repertoire of some of the world’s most sought after choreographers, this company has taken its place on the international touring scene. Choreographers include Hofesh Shechter, Sidra Bell, Andrea Miller, Richard Siegal and Stijn Celis, BODYTRAFFIC is now touring the world to rave reviews. Their debut performance in Dallas will be surprising, refreshing and unforgettable.


Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan (Debut)

8 p.m. Friday, February 5, 2016

Winspear Opera House

Together with the Crow Collection of Asian Art, we present a visually stunning and thought-provoking dance, Rice, by the internationally celebrated choreographer, Lin Hwai-min. The formidable Cloud Gate dancers, trained in Qi Gong and internal martial arts, enact a human drama parallel to the life cycle of rice. The inspiration for Rice came from the landscape and story of Chihshang in the East Rift Valley of Taiwan. A cinematographer spent two years on location capturing the cultivation of rice: flooding, sprouting, harvesting and burning. Choreographer Lin Hwai-min has created exuberant yet powerful movements woven through Soil, Sunlight, Wind, Water and Fire, telling the story of the land. Visually stunning, with awe-inspiring choreography, Cloud Gate is a remarkable and unforgettable performance experience.


BalletBoyz (Debut)

8 p.m. Saturday, February 13, 2016

Winspear Opera House

A company of men, BalletBoyz® has quickly established itself as one of the most original and innovative forces in modern dance: revolutionizing traditional programming and collaborating with a wide range of cutting-edge talents. Technical, athletic and stunning artistry has quickly made BalletBoyz® an international sensation. Founders Michael Nunn and William Trevitt have been hailed as pioneers for making dance accessible and reaching a wider audience through their celebrated stage and television work. We enthusiastically welcome them to Dallas.


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La Compagnie Hervé Koubi Dance


Mr. & Mme Revé (France) (Debut) (Mr. & Mrs. Dream)

8 p.m. Friday/Saturday, March 18/19, 2016 (2 shows)

Dallas City Performance Hall

A new genre of performance, Mr. and Mrs. Dream is a groundbreaking three dimensional dreamlike world unlike any performance experience TITAS Presents has ever brought to Dallas. Based on the writings of the absurdist playwright Eugene Ionesco, the duo dancers use themes from his plays to create a fantastical, visually baffling piece of modern dance where all the elements are morphing before your eyes via 3D technology. Virtual reality backgrounds, ranging from a claustrophobic home, to breathtaking mountain landscapes that move through the seasons. This is all accompanied by a fitting musical score, arranged by Laurent Garnier. Unlike anything in our season, Mr. & Mme. Rêve will be the talk of the season.



La Compagnie Hervé Koubi Dance (France) (Debut)

8 p.m. Friday/Saturday March 25/26, 2016 (2 shows)

Dallas City Performance Hall

Bold, masculine and exciting barely begin to describe Hervé KOUBI. Drawing from his Algerian roots, Hervé KOUBI’s work What the Day Owes To The Night, combines capoeira, martial arts, urban and contemporary dance. Powerful and breathtaking imagery, this group of 12 male Algerian and West African dancers defying gravity. Fed by Orientalist paintings and the stone filigree of Islamic architecture, KOUBI traces his own path made of entanglements: a complex weave.


Kidd Pivot Dance Company (Canada) (Debut)

8 p.m. Thursday/Friday April 21/22, 2016 (two shows)

Dallas City Performance Hall

Integrating movement, original music, text, and rich visual design, Kidd Pivot’s performance work is assembled with recklessness, risk and rigour. Their newest work, Betroffenheit, co-produced with Electric Company Theatre and created by internationally renowned Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite and director Jonathan Young, is an innovative, boundary-stretching hybrid of theatre and dance. Kidd Pivot has a unique choreographic language fusing classical elements with the complexity and freedom of structured improvisation, marked by a strong theatrical sensibility and a keen sense of wit and invention. The company brings their newly premiered production to Dallas for their debut performance in Texas.


Command Performance Gala

7 p.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016

Winspear Opera House

Year after year, Command Performance delivers one of the most exciting and jawdropping performances of the year. Dynamic and unforgettable, this truly is world-class dance! Twelve artists from leading companies light up the stage with spectacular and surprising performances. It is the pyrotechnics of dance—the most exciting, innovative and beautiful works being performed today. Command Performance also showcases newly commissioned works created specifically for this gala performance. Works by some of the world’s leading choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Dwight Rhoden, Jessica Lang, Mia Michaels and Adam Hougland. A not-to-be-missed event!


Complexions Contemporary Ballet

8 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016

Winspear Opera House

Overflowing with virtuosity, technique and cutting-edge choreography, Complexions is the future of contemporary ballet. Embracing diversity with 16 dancers of different ethnic and dance backgrounds, this company is pure dance, pure excitement. Founded by two former stars with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, the performance will feature new works and stunning, complex and rich choreography.

Ten Regular Season Shows and one Special Event, a spectacular season of innovative and awe-inspiring performances! Tickets for TITAS Presents regular season performances begin at $12. Performance tickets to TITAS Presents Command Performance also begin at $12. TITAS Presents subscribers receive discounted pricing depending on the number of shows they purchase and priority seating. Currently, patrons may purchase either the full season subscription or a minimum of six titles on a flex-subscription plan. Individual tickets, should they remain available after subscription sales, will be made available at a later date.

Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 214-880-0202 or in person at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Information Center, 2353 Flora Street (Monday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesday thru Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.). Thanks For Reading

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Next season for TITAS is huge, and includes a world premiere commission by Twyla Tharp; plus Cloud Gate, BalletBoyz, Kyle Abraham and more.
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