Ballet Hispánico

2020-21 for TITAS/Dance Unbound

Update! TITAS/Dance Unbound announces its first all-American season, to begin in October with a new opening night celebration.

published Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Photo: Paula Lobo
Ballet Hispánico


Update June 22, 2020: Since this story was published, the opening performance was changed from MOMIX to Complexions Contemporary Ballet.


Dallas — After assessing the landscape of dance companies planning tours in the coming season, given the complications brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, TITAS/Dance Unbound has announced a 2020-21 season of companies from the U.S., the first time in its history to not offer any international groups.

The season begins with an opening night gala to help make up for the group's canceled Command Performance, TITAS' biggest annual fundraiser. That's followed by two nights of the popular group Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

"There's a funny irony of starting our season at this time with going down the rabbit hole or going through the looking glass," says Santos.

Because the Dallas Opera won't start its next season until March 2021, that freed up some slots in the Winspear Opera House, so this TITAS season will be mostly at Winspear, with only the two final shows in spring 2021 at Moody Performance Hall.

"The Winspear gives more options for social distancing [in the audience], Santos says. There will also be more restrictions for the touring companies back stage, such as no guests.

Santos says planning an arts season is tricky given that rates of infections keep rising in some states, including ours.

"We have to make plans to move forward," he says. "One of the realities is that we're in the middle of this, we will get through this, and history has shown that we get through pandemics like Spanish Flu and polio. It about figuring out how to work and live while these problems are being solved by science."

"We're cautiously optimistic."





As we return to performances and life in general, TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND’S 2020/2021 season is focused on supporting our country’s working artists and is proud to announce an All-American season, featuring seven American dance companies:



ALONZO KING/LINES BALLET – November 6/7, 2020

PARSONS DANCE COMPANY – November 20, 2020

BALLET HISPÁNICO – January 15, 2021

DOUG VARONE AND DANCERS – February 12, 2021

KYLE ABRAHAM’S A.I.M - March 26/27, 2021

ASPEN/SANTA FE BALLET – April 2/3, 2021


Plus two TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND’S Special Events:

* NEW 2020 Opening Night Celebration – October 15, 2020

2021 Annual Command Performance – June 12, 2021


TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND, in association with the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center, announces its 2020/2021 All-American season, featuring seven dance companies from across the United States. 

For the first time in nearly 40 years, TITAS is focusing its entire season on artists living and working in the United States. During this time of rebuilding for DFW and for our country, TITAS is celebrating the American spirit and supporting our unique and remarkable artists with an “All-American” Season.

As we embark on a new chapter as a nation, with a renewed focus on our collective communities, the sentiments of “exceptional” and “All-American” guide us. TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND is celebrating and supporting our country’s broad range of styles, traditions and cultures. “We are always proud to present the coolest, most unique and remarkable dance artists from around the world,” said Executive and Artistic Director of TITAS, Charles Santos. “This year brings a special opportunity to support dancers here in the U.S. as we begin to once again shift our focus to live performances again.”

TITAS is thrilled to bring the creative economy back to life. During a time when we are in need of human connection and inspiration, the 2020/2021 season won’t disappoint. Creative, gymnastic and breathtaking imagery makes this very special set of American companies an exceptional season of seven extraordinary All-American companies.








7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 15, 2020 (Private TITAS Celebration Performance) See

Special Events

8 p.m. Friday, October 16, 2020

8 p.m. Saturday, October 17, 2020

Winspear Opera House


“…One expects to see magnificent athletic endeavors, intriguing movement invention, and perfectly contoured bodies – and the company always delivers.” – TheaterJones

Led by dance icons Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Complexions has awakened audiences to a new, exciting genre with their singular approach to reinventing dance and contemporary ballet. With stunning gifted dancers and powerful choreography. Complexions returns to TITAS with two divers and extraordinary works. An inspired work, WOKE, created in 2018, examines our humanity and today’s political climate. Wildly timely and awe-inspiring, WOKE is a powerful ballet. LOVE ROCKS, to the music of Lenny Kravitz is Rock meets Ballet! Fun, thrilling and the most amazing Kravitz music, LOVE ROCKS is the ”!” on this exciting program. Don’t miss one of the most powerful programs of our season.



Photo: RJ Muna
Alonzo King LINES Ballet


8 p.m. Friday/Saturday

Nov. 6 and 7, 2020 (2 shows)

Winspear Opera House


Gorgeous, stunning dancers with impeccable technique and powerfully visual works are what make Alonzo King/LINES Ballet so special. Like none other, Alonzo King creates an unforgettable dialogue between movement and music. Jason Moran, a MacArthur Fellow and artistic director for Jazz at the Kennedy Center says of Alonzo King, “Alonzo has a way of hearing.  His choreography becomes melodic content.”

Rich themes built with a focused commitment to cultural collaboration, Alonzo King creates works that enthrall audiences. Crazy beautiful and glorious on stage, this is always a TITAS Favorite. A must see LIVE performance experience!



8 p.m. Friday

November 20, 2020

Winspear Opera House


Exuberant, Virtuosic, Sexy. Parsons Dance is everything that is right about American modern dance. Innovative and exuberant, this company always delivers.

Their bold, joyous and athletic movement has solidified them as one of the world’s leading modern dance companies. Stunning works, like the iconic Caught, exemplify this company’s innovation and huge audience appeal. Always a hit, we welcome them back to Dallas.



8 p.m. Friday

January 15, 2021

Winspear Opera House


Bravura, Cultura Latina y Pasión Latina – Ballet Hispánico has stepped into the limelight of internationally touring dance companies. Stunning dancers, Latino choreographers with luscious choreography, the company fuses Latin dance with classical and contemporary techniques creating a new style of concert dance where theatricality and passion are at the core. The choreographers represent rich Latino cultures and nationalities including Venezuela, Cuba, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia. We are thrilled to have Ballet Hispánico back in Dallas on their 50th anniversary tour. 



8 p.m. Friday

February 12, 2021

Winspear Opera House


Doug Varone creates modern choreography that’s as accessible as it is sophisticated. These amazing dancers bring a special “human-ness” quality to Varone’s choreography. From the smallest gesture to the most powerful movement, Doug Varone and Dancers revels in the subtle beauty and raw energy in everyday moments. It draws you in, surprises you, and takes your breath away.

This season, Doug Varone takes the famed Bernstein West Side Story music and creates SOMEWHERE, something truly magical. An amazing work, to very familiar music, it’s a surprisingly fresh approach to music that we all know and carry in our hearts. The magic happens when the audience lets go of preconceived images and storylines, and fall prey to the gorgeous music and pure movement. Varone is a master, and we are thrilled to have them back in Dallas. ONE NIGHT ONLY. 



8 p.m. Friday/Saturday

March 26/27, 2021 (2 shows)

Moody Performance Hall


Bold, refreshing and completely relevant, An Untitled Love is Kyle Abraham’s newest evening-length work. Music by Grammy Award-winning R&B legend D’Angelo, this highly entertaining and captivating work celebrates culture, family and community. “As part of my extended exploration of personal identity through movement, it feels important for me to dive into a process that explores and celebrates that unity and that love, in all its facets.” -Kyle Abraham

Amazing music, amazing dancing, this will be a highlight of the season and an immediate TITAS Favorite.


Photo: Sharen Bradford/The Dancing Image
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet


8 p.m. Friday/Saturday

April 2/3, 2021 (2 shows)

Moody Performance Hall


Stunning performances, fantastic dancers and a wildly sophisticated collection of truly world-class choreographic works, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is certainly among the most sought after companies touring the world today. Fiercely talented and exciting, ASFB is at once powerful and graceful. TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND has quite a history with ASFB. Now celebrating their 25th anniversary tour, ASFB is truly among the best that U.S. dance has to offer. We are honored to have Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in our All-American season!

Due to the COVID-19 crisis and the Shelter-In-Place restrictions, our scheduled June 6, 2020 Command Performance was postponed. We hope you will join us for a special new event, OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION, on October 1, 2020.



OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION 2020 (Special Event)        

A New Time | A New Experience

7 p.m. Thursday

October 15, 2020

Moody Performance Hall


After an unprecedented spring and summer, TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND is proud, and grateful, to open our new season with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. In celebration of the American Spirit during this difficult time, we are creating a new celebratory fundraising event to honor our new All-American Season. Thursday, October 1. 2020 will be a special performance for our TITAS supporters. With very limited, socially distanced seating, please contact TITAS directly to secure your priority tickets for the private and specially created performance experience with DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion. | 214-978-2855 or 214-978-2891.


2021 COMMAND PERFORMANCE (Special Event)   

7 p.m. Saturday

June 12, 2021

Winspear Opera House


“It was glorious….TITAS Command Performances are always a sight to behold.” - TheaterJones

“Command Performance is always one of the most exciting performances of the year!” – Dallas Culturemap


Jaw-dropping and Awe Inspiring, Command Performance always deliveries 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 Presents 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!


Seven Season Shows - a spectacular season of innovative and awe-inspiring performances.

Tickets for TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND regular season performances. Performance tickets to TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND Command Performance (performance only) begin at $12.

TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND subscribers receive the most discounted pricing. Season subscriptions are on sale NOW. As a subscriber, not only do you get the best seats and preferred treatment, you receive the greatest value with discounts and fewer fees. Subscribers only pay one order fee. 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.

Season tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at 214-880-0202.



TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND, formerly TITAS Presents, led by Executive Director/Artistic Director Charles Santos, is North Texas’ foremost presenter of internationally touring dance companies and performance artists. TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND has been presenting dance and music in Dallas for 39 years, consistently showcasing artistic excellence and innovative programming from around the world. TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND has presented over 535 performances with artists from more than 40 countries with over 155 debut events. Through the Neiman Marcus CROSSROADS Educational Outreach program, TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND has organized well over 750 educational outreach events that include master classes, lecture/demonstrations, artists-in-residencies and post- performance Q&A sessions reaching thousands of audience members. Now in partnership with the AT&T Performing Arts Center, TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND brings its eclectic and innovative mix of contemporary dance to the Dallas Arts District.



There is no better place to explore and experience live performing arts than the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District. On its vibrant 10-acre downtown campus, the nonprofit Center operates three of the nation’s finest performance venues: the Winspear Opera House (the best stage for Broadway in North Texas), Wyly Theatre, Strauss Square and the welcoming public green space, Sammons Park.

The Center invites you to explore the best in live theatre, opera, pop, ballet, comedy, cutting-edge speakers and, through its partner TITAS/Dance Unbound the finest dance companies from across the globe. The Center’s stages are a launching pad for world premieres - more than 70 since the Center opened – and an incubator for the city’s emerging arts groups. And this is where you can see the award-winning work of its five resident companies: Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, The Dallas Opera, Dallas Theater Center and Texas Ballet Theater.

The Center serves our community through a range of donor and sponsor supported programs. Each year thousands of students experience our arts education programs like Open Stages, Backstage Spotlight and Disney Musicals in Schools, which lets students both explore the arts and boost education outcomes. Our Community Partners and ArtsBridge-Powered by Toyota programs help ensure access to the arts for Dallas families who have been culturally underserved.

At the AT&T Performing Arts Center, you’ll find a public gathering place for everyone. A place that entertains audiences, inspires creativity and makes the cultural fabric of our great community even stronger. AT&T Performing Arts Center. Yours to discover! Thanks For Reading

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