Dallas — The fourth season for Avant Chamber Ballet has been announced. The big news is that its two major productions in the spring are moving to the Dallas Arts District, with a season-opening riff on The Nutcracker in Southlake in December. In the spring comes a revival of Artistic Director Katie Puder's Alice in Wonderland (Texas Ballet Theater will also perform Ben Stevenson's version of that story in the spring), and the Women's Choreography Project. Plus George Balanchine's Walpurgisnacht Ballet.
Here is the news release about the season:
Now in its fourth season, Avant Chamber Ballet takes another huge step with the addition of six new dancers, the continuation of the groundbreaking Women’s Choreography Project, their biggest Balanchine ballet yet, and an expanded season with even more performances in the heart of Dallas including their highly-acclaimed version of Alice in Wonderland.
"I am delighted to announce our new season predominantly in the Dallas Arts District," said Artistic Director Katie Cooper. "The Dallas City Performance Hall is a perfect space for us and this season we are doing multiple performances there each production."
ACB’s new dancers come from Atlanta, Japan, New York and Chicago, bringing with them years of training at prestigious schools and diverse backgrounds to a company already bursting with unique artists. The addition of apprentices is a big step for any grassroots company, said Cooper, as she prepares to lead the company into their fourth season.
“Thanks to the ever-increasing support over these four short years, I’m thrilled to be able to bring in so many dancers,” said Cooper. “We started very small, and now that we’re established enough to add more performances in more prestigious venues, we need more dancers, and it’s rewarding to take on up-and-coming artists and give them the opportunity to grow with us.”
The season opens with the return of Nutcracker: Short and Suite in Southlake, TX at White's Chapel presented by Apex Arts League. The production will build on the success last season, including new and expanded sections from the Christmas classic and new costumes. Finishing the holiday season, ACB will premiere a completely new full-length holiday production, A Ballet Christmas Carol, featuring a brand-new score by Chase Dobson, ACB's composer-in-residence. Audiences will see the classic Charles Dickens story but with a dance twist, a female Scrooge and the whole story taking place in the dance world: classes, rehearsals and on stage.
"It has been so much fun creating the libretto," says Katie Cooper. "The story unfolded with so much ease in the flashbacks of our lives as dancers in the studio and also our choices we all make in love and life that anyone goes through."
In February just in time for Valentine's Day, ACB will restage Katie Cooper's smash-hit Alice in Wonderland, which first was performed by Avant Chamber Ballet in 2014 at the Eisemann Center. Described by the Dallas Morning News as "flawlessly designed,” this season’s rendition of Alice will include an extended cast and more production elements at the larger Dallas City Performance Hall with over 20 professional dancers and a cast of 40 students.
April closes the season with the mixed repertoire program Rhythm and Romance. On the program will be George Balanchine's Walpurgisnacht Ballet - the biggest Balanchine ballet ACB has done to this point with 25 dancers. Part of this performance will include the third year of Women's Choreography Project. Women's Choreography Project gives emerging female choreographers a chance to premiere new work performed by ACB’s dancers and accompanied by the company’s equally talented musicians. To close the program Katie Cooper will premiere her new ballet to Astor Piazzolla's fiery and sensual music. Subscriptions are available on www.ticketdfw.com or by calling 214-871-5000.