2016-17 for TITAS

The next season has many happy returns, such as Alvin Ailey, Jessica Lang and Doug Varone, plus four Texas premieres, including Ballet BC and two Argentinean groups.

published Sunday, May 15, 2016

Photo: Estampas Portenas
Estampas Portenas


Dallas — The 2015-16 season for TITAS—its first all-dance season—has been remarkable for the high number of area debuts and edgier work. While the 2016-17 season sticks to the all-dance format, there are a number of big-name ballet and modern dance companies making at least their second trip to North Texas (many of them have been here much more): Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Jessica Lang Dance, Pilobolus, Doug Varone and Dancers, Diavolo and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. New to TITAS, and Texas, are two stylistically different groups from Argentina, Estampas Porteñas Tango and Che Malambo, an all-male troupe that uses drums and boleadoras; plus Canada’s Ballet BC and the "video partnering" outfit Bridgman|Packer Dance.


Here's the complete news release with descriptions, dates and subscription info at the bottom:

TITAS Presents, in association with the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center, announces the 2016/2017 TITAS Presents season featuring an exciting and diverse array of artists ranging from the ­ passion of Argentinian Tango to the innovation of Pilobolus’ Shadowland to the absolute virtuosity of Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater. The TITAS Presents season is another stunning collection of the world’s most intriguing and awe-inspiring dance companies.

Virtuosic | Innovation: Two words that describe the collage and energy that is the upcoming 2016/2017 TITAS Presents season - featuring the return of Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater; the incredibly innovative work of Bridgman|Packer Dance that fuses film, dance and a surrealistic set; the trailblazing work of Pilobolus’ Shadowland; and the debuts of two of Argentina’s most exciting companies.  Year after year, our audiences have come to expect one thing: Innovation. This bold and diverse season, featuring 10 internationally acclaimed dance companies, delivers an unprecedented array of mixed media and blended art forms, the very definition of Innovation. TITAS Presents is attracting new audiences and developing new creative programs and cultural collaborations. It remains the coolest ticket in town.



Photo: Kelly Gottesman
Bridgman-Packer Dance


Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

8 p.m. Friday/Saturday

September 16/17, 2016

(2 shows)

Dallas City Performance Hall

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's bold vision – top global choreographers, distinctive groundbreaking repertoire, and virtuoso dancers – has fostered a jewel of a dance company in the American West.

The company’s pioneering spirit arises from a dual set of home cities: Aspen, nestled in the Rocky Mountains, and Santa Fe, gracing the Southwestern plateau. Shaping the cultural landscape of these communities – and influencing the dance field at large – is a contemporary ballet company now two decades old.

A deep commitment to curating new ballets while cultivating choreographic talent has resulted in a catalog of adventurous repertoire. A European sensibility glossed with American ebullience forges ASFB’s aesthetic, as the company has come to epitomize the contemporary-classical genre.

The dance company sits at the heart of an unusually multifaceted arts organization. ASFB dance invention flows from this solid foundation, a wellspring of creativity.


Argentina’s Estampas Porteñas Tango

(Texas Debut)

8 p.m. Friday/Saturday

October 28/29, 2016

Dallas City Performance Hall 

The Buenos Aires tango company, Estampas Porteñas presents its newest production, Deseos...Stories of Longing and Desire told through Argentine tango and music. Deseos is a celebration of the greatest artistic elements of Argentina including the indomitable tango, the athletic malambo of the gauchos, and musical styles that range from the melancholic to celebratory. This new creation of Artistic Director, Carolina Soler, will also include advanced technical elements such as projection mapping, a method of illumination and projection that will allow the stage to be transformed instantaneously from a train station in rural Argentina, to a milonga in an urban barrio, to an outdoor plaza in Buenos Aires. Deseos promises to be the height of technical production matched by flawless and emotive dancing, and ardent, soul-filled music.

Estampas Porteñas company was founded in Buenos Aires in 1997 by the distinguished dancer and choreographer Carolina Soler. Beginning her career in classical ballet, Ms. Soler was celebrated for her dazzling portrayals of traditional classical ballet roles. With Estampas Porteñas she turns to the dance form that is the heart and soul of Argentina.

In its first year, Estampas Porteñas toured China, performing more than 60 successful shows. On its return to Argentina, the company performed at the Cultural Centre General San Martin, enjoying popular and critical acclaim.


Photo: Jessica Lang Dance
Jessica Lang Dance

Jessica Lang Dance

8 p.m. Saturday

December 10, 2016

Winspear Opera House

Founded in 2011, Jessica Lang Dance (JLD) is a New York City-based dance company dedicated to creating and performing the work of Jessica Lang. JLD enriches and inspires global audiences by immersing them in the beauty of movement and music.

Since the company's inception, marked by Lang's receipt of a Joyce Theater Artist Residency supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, JLD has made rapid success performing at renowned venues and festivals throughout the country including Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, New York City Center's Fall for Dance Festival, the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, the Harris Theater, the Joyce Theater and the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, TX where the company's performance was chosen as the best dance event of 2013.

In 2014, JLD received rave reviews for Scape, commissioned by the Kennedy Center and the National Symphony Orchestra to John Adams' Violin Concerto and played live by violinist Leila Josefowicz with the NSO. JLD has received numerous grants and funding from organizations including the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, Japan Foundation New York, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and Harkness Foundation for Dance. In summer 2015, JLD performed a rare two-week run of The Wanderer at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, marking the company’s third Pillow season since its company debut at Festival 2012. In November 2015, JLD made its Chicago debut with a world premiere by Lang co-commissioned by the Harris Theater and the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial featuring a set by world-renowned architect Steven Holl.

The company will tour to eight U.S. cities this winter/spring and perform a week-long season at The Joyce Theater in June 2016.



8 p.m. Friday/Saturday

January 13/14, 2017

(2 shows)

Dallas City Performance Hall

Pilobolus—named after a barnyard fungus that propels its spores with extraordinary speed, accuracy and strength—is a dance company founded by a group of Dartmouth College students in 1971. Pilobolus continually forms diverse collaborations that break down barriers between disciplines and challenge the way we think about dance. Physically and intellectually, the company engages and inspires audiences around the world through performance, education and consultation. 

Pilobolus propels itself in a variety of directions to reach these goals. The original company, Pilobolus Dance Theater, has been touring its 115 pieces of repertory to more than 64 countries over the last 42 years. Pilobolus Shadowland, the company’s evening length show currently touring Europe, the Middle East and Asia, has been seen by more than a half million people in the three years since it was created. 

Pilobolus’s collaborative creative and educational work takes place through the Pilobolus Lab, in which the company both convenes diverse artists in the development of new work and teaches its creative method to individuals and institutions. To date, the Pilobolus Lab has produced collaborations with Penn & Teller, the MIT Distributed Robotics Laboratory, Art Spiegelman, Maurice Sendak, OK Go, Radiolab, and many others. 

The Lab's educational programming—which applies Pilobolus’s unique collaborative process to help all kinds of groups work better and achieve common goals—includes workshops, master classes, residencies and children’s programming. Educational partners include Brooklyn Academy of Music, and NYC and CT Public Schools. 

Pilobolus Creative Services applies this same method of invention to business, offering a wide range of educational, directorial, design and movement services for film, advertising, publishing, and corporate groups and events. The company has collaborated with clients such as Avon, UTC, Wharton Business School, Google, the US Olympic committee, the NFL Network, Pfizer and many others. 

Pilobolus has been featured across the world at the 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007), and on Sesame Street, Oprah, 60 Minutes and Late Night with Conan O’ Brien. It has been recognized with prestigious honors, such as the Berlin Critic's Prize, the Scotsman Award, the Brandeis Award, a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cultural Programming, the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement in Choreography, and a TED Fellowship for presenting at the TED conference in 2005. Pilobolus holds the 2011 Guinness World Record for fitting the most people into a Mini Cooper (26), and in 2012, the company was nominated for a Grammy® Award for its interactive music video collaboration with OK Go and Google Chrome Japan, All is Not Lost. Recently, Pilobolus was honored as the first collective to receive the Dance Magazine Award, which recognizes artists who have made lasting contributions to the field.

Photo: Ballet BC
Ballet BC


Bridgman|Packer Dance

(Texas Debut)

8 p.m. Friday/Saturday

January 27/28, 2017

Dallas City Performance Hall

Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, Artistic Directors of Bridgman|Packer Dance, have collaborated as performers and choreographers since 1978. Their innovative work developing "Video Partnering" — the integration of live performance and video technology — has been acclaimed for its highly visual and visceral alchemy of the live and the virtual.

The 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship awarded to Bridgman and Packer was the first in the history of the Guggenheim Foundation to be given to two individuals for their collaborative work. Bridgman and Packer are recipients of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts for nine consecutive years from 2007 through 2015 and grants from New England Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, National Dance Project, USArtists International, Performing Americas Project, and La Red. They have received two Choreography Fellowships and a BUILD grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts, four National Performance Network Creation Fund Awards, and choreographic commissions from Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts), Portland Ovations, Danspace Project, the 92nd Street Y New Works in Dance Fund, and Dance New Amsterdam.

Based in New York City, they have been presented by City Center Fall For Dance Festival, Lincoln Center, The Baryshnikov Arts Center, The 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Performance Space 122, Dance New Amsterdam, and Central Park's Summerstage.

They have toured throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Central America, performing in festivals, art centers, and universities. These include:

  • Spoleto Festival USA
  • Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
  • Munich International Dance Festival
  • The Institute for Contemporary Art/Boston
  • The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts (St. Paul)
  • Festival Internacional de Artes Escenicas (Panama)
  • Aronoff Center for the Arts (Cincinnati)
  • Bates Dance Festival
  • Kintetsu Theater (Osaka, Japan)
  • Festival Internacional Chihuahua, Encuentro en la Cultura (Mexico)
  • Tancforum (Budapest)

Bridgman and Packer have been guest artists at over one hundred universities including New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, California Institute of the Arts, Ohio State University, Arizona State University, and the University of Utah. Bridgman and Packer are recipients of a Dance Theater Workshop Digital Fellowship. They have been highlighted in Dance Magazine's issue on “Great Partnerships”. Their work in live performance and video technology is featured in the book Gegenwelten, Zwischen Differenz und Reflexion (Against Worlds, Between Difference and Reflection) by Jurgen Schlader and Franziska Weber, published in Munich in 2009.


Photo: Andrew Eccles
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Doug Varone and Dancers

8 p.m. Saturday

February 18, 2017

Winspear Opera House

Since its founding in 1986, Doug Varone and Dancers has commanded attention for its expansive vision, versatility, and technical prowess. On the concert stage, in opera, theater and on the screen, Varone's kinetically thrilling dances make essential connections and mine the complexity of the human spirit. From the smallest gesture to full-throttle bursts of movement, Varone's work can take your breath away.

At home in New York City, Doug Varone and Dancers is the resident company at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center. On tour, the company has performed in more than 100 cities in 45 states across the U.S. and in Europe, Asia, Canada, and South America. Stages include The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, San Francisco Performances, London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, Toronto's Harbourfront, Moscow's Stanislavsky Theater, the Venice Biennale, and the Tokyo, Bates, Jacob's Pillow and American Dance Festivals. In opera and theater, the company regularly collaborates on the many Varone-directed or choreographed productions that have been produced around the country.

Doug Varone and Dancers are among the most sought after ambassadors and educators in the field. In 2013, the Company toured Argentina, Paraguay and Peru, courtesy of DanceMotionUSA, a program of the US Department of State produced by Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) which showcases contemporary American dance abroad.

For the past 29 years, annual summer intensive workshops at leading universities attract students and professionals from around the country. The company's multi-discipline residency programs on tour capture their concepts, imagery and techniques across disciplines and for people of all ages and backgrounds, reaching out to audiences in ways that directly relate to their lives and interests.

Varone, his dancers and designers have been honored with 11 New York Dance and Performance Awards (Bessies). In celebration of their 29th year, the Company will be touring and reconstructing major dances from past repertory, as well as recent new works and Company premieres. 



8 p.m. Friday/Saturday

March 10/11, 2017

Dallas City Performance Hall

DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion uses dance to explore the relationship between the human body and its architectural environment. Artistic Director Jacques Heim steers DIAVOLO’s diverse team of dancers, designers, choreographers and engineers to create visceral and awe-inspiring works that reveal how we are affected emotionally, physically and socially by the spaces we inhabit. Meticulously designed bespoke architectural structures serve as the central inspiration for each work, activated by the stylistically varied and intensely physical choreography which has become the hallmark of this truly original company throughout its rich 25 year history. Through The DIAVOLO Institute the company also provides educational and outreach opportunities to people of all ages and abilities while touring internationally and at home in Los Angeles, sharing the pioneering art form and the power of dance as a means of social impact.


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

8 p.m. Friday/Saturday

March 31 – April 1, 2017 (3 shows)

Dallas City Performance Hall

Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. The Ailey company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents – and has reached millions more online and through television broadcasts.

In 2008, a U.S. Congressional resolution designated the Company as “a vital American cultural ambassador to the world” that celebrates the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance heritage. When Mr. Ailey began creating dances, he drew upon his "blood memories" of Texas, the blues, spirituals, and gospel as inspiration, which resulted in the creation of his most popular and critically acclaimed work, Revelations. Although he created 79 ballets over his lifetime, Mr. Ailey maintained that his company was not exclusively a repository for his own work. Today, the Company continues Mr. Ailey's mission by presenting important works of the past and commissioning new ones. In all, more than 235 works by over 90 choreographers have been part of the Ailey company’s repertory. Before his untimely death in 1989, Alvin Ailey named Judith Jamison as his successor, and over the next 21 years, she brought the Company to unprecedented success. Ms. Jamison, in turn, personally selected Robert Battle to succeed her in 2011, and The New York Times declared he “has injected the company with new life.”


Argentina’s Che Malambo

(Texas Debut)

8 p.m. Friday/Saturday

April 14/15, 2017

Dallas City Performance Hall

The Argentine based company, Che Malambo, excites audiences through precise footwork and rhythmic stomping, drumming of the bombos, and singing and whirling boleadoras (lassos with stones on the end). Presenting a thrilling, percussive dance and music spectacle, the company’s work celebrates the unique South American cowboy tradition of the gaucho. This powerhouse all-male company of 14 gauchos is directed by French choreographer and former ballet dancer, Gilles Brinas.

Che Malambo brings fiery Malambo traditions and virtuosic dancing to the contemporary stage for an exhilarating and entertaining show that is perfect for the entire family. Danced solely by men, the Malambo began in the 17th century as competitive duels that would challenge skills of agility, strength, and dexterity. Zapeteo, their fast-paced footwork, is inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses in their native Argentina.

Photo: Watson Media
Che Malambo


Command Performance Gala

7 p.m. Saturday

May 13, 2017

Winspear Opera House

Year after year, Command Performance delivers one of the most exciting and jaw-dropping 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. From gorgeous classics to breath-taking aerial works to stunning contemporary works, Command Performance 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. Works by some of the world’s leading choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Dwight Rhoden, Jessica Lang, Mia Michaels, Adam Hougland and this year Sonya Teyah. Truly, a not-to-be-missed event!


Canada’s Ballet BC

(Texas Debut)

8 p.m. Saturday

June 3, 2017

Winspear Opera House

Ballet BC, an internationally acclaimed collaborative and creation-based contemporary ballet company that is a leader and resource in the creation, production and education of contemporary dance in Canada.  Founded in 1986, and under the leadership of Artistic Director Emily Molnar since 2009, Ballet BC is an internationally acclaimed collaborative and creation-based contemporary ballet company that is a leader and resource in the creation, production and education of contemporary dance in Canada. Bold and innovative, the Company’s distinctive style and approach has helped it make a unique and valuable contribution to the development of dance in Canada.

Ballet BC’s dancers are a group of open-minded and deep-thinking artists, each unique for their dynamic movement while sharing an intuitive passion for dance. Ballet BC is committed to its role as a leader in the community through dancer training opportunities, community and audience outreach, and professional development activities.

The Company presents a diverse repertoire of Canadian and international work from the late 20th and early 21st centuries, and is a hotbed for the creation and performance of new works. Since 2009, the Company has developed a repertoire of more than 35 new works by acclaimed Canadian and international choreographers including: William Forsythe, Itzik Galili, Jorma Elo, Cayetano Soto, Crystal Pite, Johan Inger, Walter Matteini, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Jacopo Godani, José Navas, Emily Molnar, Nicolo Fonte, Lesley Telford, Wen Wei Wang, Medhi Walerski, Serge Bennathan, Fernando Hernando Magadan, Kevin O’Day, Shawn Hounsell, Gioconda Barbuto, Simone Orlando, Robert Glumbek and Aszure Barton among others.

Under the artistic direction of Emily Molnar, former member of The National Ballet of Canada, Ballet BC and the Frankfurt Ballet, the Company actively fosters collaborations that support artists, choreographers and audiences alike, furthering the boundaries of contemporary dance. They embrace excellence in the practice of contemporary ballet, with its wide diversity of technique and style, honoring its roots and components. In our view, contemporary ballet is the ballet of today.


» 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 season subscriptions are on sale now. 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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The next season has many happy returns, such as Alvin Ailey, Jessica Lang and Doug Varone, plus four Texas premieres, including Ballet BC and two Argentinean groups.
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