Fort Worth — The 2019-2020 season for Texas Ballet Theater has been announced, and while it opens with the warhorse The Sleeping Beauty and follows with the annual The Nutcracker, the second half of the season has some interesting surprises, including the U.S. premiere of Liam Scarlett's evening-length A Midsummer Night's Dream, which debuted at Australia's Queensland Ballet where Scarlett is artistic associate; and in one of the mixed repertory programs, the world premiere of Firebird by Ma Cong, a Chinese-born choreographer who has danced and choreographed at major ballet companies around the world, and choreographed the 2017 Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly. Firebird will be paired with TBT's second staging of Jonathan Watkins' Crash, which it premiered in 2015.
Scarlett's Midsummer uses the Mendelssohn music and will be presented in both Fort Worth and Dallas, each with an orchestra (Fort Worth Symphony and Dallas Opera Orchestra, respectively).
Below is the complete news release with descriptions, dates and subscription info:
Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) released its 2019-2020 season, which includes a world premiere and a U.S. premiere piece. As a resident company of both Winspear Opera House on the AT&T Performing Arts campus and Bass Performance Hall, the Company has the opportunity to perform in both Dallas and Fort Worth.
“Celebrating my 17th season with Texas Ballet Theater, this is sure to be an exceptional season with a delightful mix of contemporary and never-before-seen pieces, with well-loved classics” said Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., Artistic Director for Texas Ballet Theater. “We enjoy bringing world-class art in an exciting and moving way to our audience.”
The season opens at the Winspear Opera House on the AT&T Performing Arts campus with The Sleeping Beauty Sept. 6-8, accompanied by the Dallas Opera Orchestra. Then Oct.18-20, The Sleeping Beauty comes to Bass Performance Hall, accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. The piece is choreographed by Stevenson and is the first full-length production he choreographed in 1967.
The holiday season brings Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker at Winspear Opera House Nov. 29- Dec. 1 and Dec. 6-Dec. 8 before transitioning to Bass Performance Hall Dec. 13-15; Dec. 19-22; Dec. 23-29. The Nutty Nutcracker, Stevenson’s unconventional take on the holiday classic, will be at Bass Performance Hall Dec. 20.
The first mixed repertoire, to be performed Feb. 14-16, 2020, at Bass Performance Hall features the world premiere of choreographer Ma Cong’s Firebird alongside Crash, brilliantly choreographed by Jonathan Watkins.
Stevenson’s Image and Bartok together with choreographer Garrett Smith’s Imbue are on the bill for the second mixed repertoire. The pieces will be performed at Bass Performance Hall March 27-29, 2020.
TBT will conclude the season with A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bass Performance Hall May 8-10, 2020, accompanied by Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and at Winspear Opera House May 15-17, 2020, with accompaniment by the Dallas Opera Orchestra. This piece is a U.S. premiere by renowned choreographer Liam Scarlett.
For more detail on the season’s performances, visit https://texasballettheater.org/tickets. Subscriptions are on sale now and single tickets will be available July 1, 2019.