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2019-20 for TITAS/Dance Unbound

The organization has a new name, and next season is full of acclaimed national and international dance companies.



published Sunday, April 7, 2019

Photo: Yin Peng
BEIJINGDANCE/LDTX

 

 

Dallas — TITAS Presents has officially rebranded itself as TITAS/Dance Unbound, considering that the past few seasons have been all dance (the organization used to present a music series). And with that, the organization also announced its 2019-2020 season, revealed Friday at the Pilobolus concert.

The season 10 companies from six countries, and four of them are making their Dallas debuts: Mexico's Delfos Danza Contemporánea, China's BEIJINGDANCE/LDTX, South Korea's ChangMu Dance Company, and Canada's RUBBERBAND.

The season also has the return of USA's Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, BODYTRAFFIC, MOMIX, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Canada's Ballet British Columbia; and France's Malandain Ballet Bairritz.

The season concludes with the signature event, Command Performance.

 

Below is the full news release, with descriptions, dates and venues:

TITAS/Dance Unbound, in association with the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center, announces its 2019/2020 season featuring companies from six countries with four Texas debuts.

With a stunning season of the world’s most diverse, captivating and ground-breaking dance companies, TITAS/Dance Unbound continues to bring international artists to Dallas solidifying our city’s place on the international performing arts landscape and as an international cultural destination.

These words speak to what sets TITAS/Dance Unbound apart: Surprising, Captivating, International. Dance is such a special art form. Athletic, difficult, luscious, inspiring and surprising. Time and time again, these are the reactions TITAS hears from audience members. First-time audience members saying they had no idea dance was so cool, something our longtime subscribers have always known. For more than 37 years, TITAS has presented the coolest, the most innovative, the most remarkable dance artists touring the world today, hence our new name. A name that is more in line with who we are and what we do.

The 2019/2020 season won’t disappoint. Creative, theatrical, gymnastic and breathtaking imagery makes this a very special set of international companies. Funny, stunning, inspiring and exciting, we proudly present a season of ten extraordinary companies from the United States, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, France and China. Four of these companies are making their Texas debuts in Dallas with TITAS.

 

TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND 2019/2020 SEASON

 

Photo: Courtesy RKB/Evidence
Ronald K. Brown/Evidence

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence

(USA)

8 p.m. Friday

September 20, 2019

Winspear Opera House

Profound, Soulful and Absolutely Moving – Ron Brown’s choreography is to be experienced, not watched. His stories and movement express traditional themes of community, ritual, and collective experience. In Brown’s words, he wants his work to represent “all the information that has gone into us – the stories, the history. It is really the human experience.” Ronald K. Brown/Evidence’s highly anticipated return to Dallas will feature a mixed rep including this extraordinary work Grace, originally created for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. A soulful evening of dance not to be missed. One night only.

 

BODYTRAFFIC

(USA)

8 p.m. Friday/Saturday

October 25/26, 2019 (2 shows)

Moody Performance Hall

Surprising and unforgettable, BODYTRAFFIC is “one of the most talked-about companies nationwide,” L.A. Times.  Named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2013, and a definite TITAS favorite, BODYTRAFFIC has surged to the forefront of the dance world. After a decade of stellar performances and world tours that inlcuded Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Netherlands, BODYTRAFFIC has solidified its place as a force to be reckoned with on the international dance landscape. Hofesh Shechter, Ohad Naharin, Andrea Miller, Richard Siegal and Stijn Celis are just a few of the world’s top choreographers who have chosen to set works on BODYTRAFFIC, and TITAS has them back in Dallas! Don’t miss BODYTRAFFIC.

 

Ballet British Columbia

(Canada)

8 p.m. Friday/Saturday

November 8/9, 2019 (2 shows)

Moody Performance Hall

In the recent Vancouver Festival of Dance, Ballet British Columbia was nothing short of astonishing! Dynamic, intelligent, passionate and artistic sophistication are the hallmarks of this extraordinary Canadian company. Brilliant dancers, and an outstanding artistic director, Emily Molnar, Ballet British Columbia has become one of the most sought-after companies in the world today. A remarkable repertoire by the world’s leading contemporary choreographers including Crystal Pite, Cayetano Soto, William Forsythe, Itzik Galili, Jorma Elo, and Adi Salant puts this company in an elite category of the world’s best. Ballet British Columbia has taken the world stage by storm and has established itself as one of the most compelling companies touring the world today. Don’t miss this stunning performance.

 

MOMIX

(USA)

8 p.m. Friday

December 13, 2019

Winspear Opera House

With unbound creativity, MOMIX holds a unique place in on the world stage today. It was once said that “MOMIX use props as body,” never a truer statement about the enormous creativity in VIVA MOMIX. Innovation meets ingenuity meets creativity and you have the secret to the genius of MOMIX. With their unrestrained ingenuity and fearless athleticism, Viva MOMIX is unfettered creativity. Surreal, surprising and wondrous, there’s nothing like the MOMIX live performance experience. If you have ever questioned if dance is something for you, MOMIX is your ticket! Grab your family and BFFs - this is the show to see! One night only.

 

Photo: Martin Gavica
Delfos Danza Contemporánea

Delfos Danza Contemporánea

(Mexico) (Debut)

8 p.m. Friday

January 31, 2020

Winspear Opera House

Founded in 1992 in Mexico City by Mexican choreographers/dancers Claudia Lavista and Victor Manuel Ruiz, Delfos Danza Contemporánea is Mexico’s premiere contemporary dance company, ranking among the best in Latin America. Cuando los Disfraces se Cuelgan (When the Disguises are Hung Up) is an evening-length reflection on appearances and the disguises we put on in order to navigate a world. Brilliant imagery, powerful dancers and compelling movement make Delfos a stellar addition to the TITAS roster. Exciting and mold-breaking, this one-night-only performance is not to be missed.

 

Malandain Ballet Biarritz

(France)

8 p.m. Friday/Saturday

February 7/8, 2020 (2 shows)

Moody Performance Hall

In the 2014/2015 season, TITAS presented Malandain Ballet Biarritz with Cinderella. But alas, in a true live theatre moment, the sets, props and costumes never made it off the boat from France. On the fly, and after a scramble, the company presented a spectacular repertory performance. Now in the 2019/2020 season, the Cinderella sets, props and costumes are arriving! We are thrilled to bring back to Dallas this stunning company and the brilliant Cinderella/Cendrillon that our audience missed. One of the most important companies on the world stage, Thierry Malandain has forged an extraordinary reputation. A visionary if ever there was one, he has taken hold of a ballet monument, Cendrillon, score by Prokofiev, and provided us with a fresh vision of an iconic story ballet. Ingenious, ethereal, sometimes gossamery and always inspirational, the remarkable dancers of Malandain Ballet Biarritz brilliantly capture his magical and inventive vision, and audiences leave astonished and thrilled. Cinderella has finally arrived! A must-see! 

 

Photo: Yin Peng
BEIJINGDANCE/LDTX

BeijingDance/LDTX

(China) (Debut)

8 p.m. Friday/Saturday

February 28/29, 2020 (2 shows)

Moody Performance Hall

BeijingDance/LDTX (LDTX) is China’s first officially registered private professional contemporary dance company, co-founded in 2005 by Willy TSAO and LI Han-zhong. LDTX, Lei Dong Tian Xia, translates into “thunder rumbles the universe.” Willy TSAO, an influential figure in China’s contemporary dance, has created a remarkable company of artists full of individuality and technique. 

With exquisitely trained dancers from across China, LDTX provides a platform for Chinese dance artists to experiment and present multi-dimensional works. LDTX makes its debut in Texas with a stunningly crafted evening-length work, ARC. We welcome them to the U.S. and to Dallas.

 

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

(USA) 

8 p.m. Friday/Saturday

March 13/14, 2020 (2 shows)

Winspear Opera House

When Alvin Ailey and a small group of African-American dancers took the stage on March 30, 1958 at New York City's 92nd Street Y, the engagement was for one night only, but it turned out to be the start of a new era in the arts. 60 years later, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater continues its reign as an American “cultural ambassador to the world”—having performed live for an estimated 25 million people in 48 states, 71 countries, and six continents. The gifted and gorgeous Ailey dancers infuse energy and emotion to classics and new works alike. Guided by the visionary artistic director Robert Battle, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater remains the nation’s leading modern dance company. TITAS welcomes Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater back to Dallas!

 

Photo: ChangMu
ChangMu Dance

ChangMu Dance Company

(South Korea) (Debut)

8 p.m. Saturday

April 11, 2020

Winspear Opera House

Recognized today as the leading performer and creator of Korean contemporary dance, and over the past 35 years touring 100 cities in 20 countries, KIM MaeJa/ChangMu Dance Company has introduced the world to the artistry and beauty of Korean dance. Steeped in rich Korean culture, with a mastery of traditional Korean dance, including shaman dance, Buddhist dance, folk dance, and court dance, ChangMu Dance Company has helped bring Korean dance to the world stage. Ms. KIM’s stunning blending of contemporary and traditional choreography celebrates the future of Korean dance while honoring the past. Gorgeous cultural representation and remarkable dancers, TITAS/Dance Unbound welcomes KIM Maeja/ChangMu Dance Company in their Texas debut in the beautiful Winspear Opera House – one night only.

 

RUBBERBAND

(Canada) (Debut)

8 p.m. Friday/Saturday
May 1/2, 2020 (2 shows)

Moody Performance Hall

Photo: Mat Doyon
RUBBERBAND

Founded in 2002 by Victor Quijada, RUBBERBAND immediately imposed itself in Canada and abroad as an explosive one-of-a-kind troupe. In 15 years, RUBBERBAND has not only redefined breakdance, but they have opened the way for new creators fascinated by this dance form. Delivering delicacy, finesse, brutality, and high-voltage action, Victor Quijada’s Ever So Slightly, performed with live music, is an exciting addition to the TITAS season. We are thrilled they are making their Texas debut with TITAS in Dallas.

 

 

Command Performance

(Special Event) 

8 p.m. Saturday

June 6, 2020

Winspear Opera House

Jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring, Command Performance always delivers one of the most exciting performances of the year. Dynamic and unforgettable, this is world-class dance! Artists from leading companies light up the stage with spectacular, surprising, jaw-dropping performances. It is the pyrotechnics of dance—the most exciting, innovative and beautiful works being performed today. Command Performance also features TITAS/Dance Unbound 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, Sonya Tayeh, Bridget L. Moore and WANG Yuanyuan. Truly, a not-to-be-missed event!

 

Ten Regular Season Shows and one Special Event, a spectacular season of innovative and awe-inspiring performances! Tickets for TITAS/Dance Unbound regular season performances begin at $12. Performance tickets to TITAS/Dance Unbound Command Performance (performance only) also begin at $12.

TITAS/Dance Unbound 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.

TITAS/Dance Unbound Official Hotel Sponsor: Sheraton Dallas

Season Sponsors include: Heritage Auctions, American Airlines, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District (TPID), Neiman Marcus, and Sheraton Dallas.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.attpac.org/titas, by phone at 214-880-0202 or in person at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House Box Office at 2403 Flora Street. The Box Office is open 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and before performances – closed Saturdays and Sundays. Thanks For Reading





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