There are two big changes with Texas Ballet Theater happening in its 2013-'14 season. One of them will please Fort Worth audiences, but not so much for Dallas: With the exception of a few performances of The Nutcracker, all the ballets will be in Cowtown next season. In recent years, the area's biggest ballet company has performed a festival of mixed rep works at the Wyly Theater, and last year, performed a full-length ballet at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Next year, the three full-lengths (including Nutcracker) and one mixed-rep program will all be at Bass Performance Hall.
The even bigger news is that one of those show, Swan Lake in spring 2014, will feature live music. That's a first for TBT since economics forced them to cut out live orchestra several years ago. This performance will be accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra thanks to a gift from Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust.
The season opens with a Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, followed by The Nutcracker at Dallas' Winspear Opera House and then Bass Hall. Yes, The Nutty Nutcracker will return. In February 2014, we'll get a program of Balanchine's Serenade and Sir Kenneth McMillan's Gloria.
Below is the complete news release, with subscription and ticket info at the bottom.
Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) and Artistic Director Ben Stevenson O.B.E. announce the 2013-2014 Season, entitled EPIC. TBT is proud to represent the Metroplex as the only resident professional ballet company in North Texas and is excited to bring another thrilling season of ballet to DFW stages. TBT will continue a legacy of excellence in its upcoming 53rd season at the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, and at the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House in Dallas.
About the 2013-2014 Season
The season opens Friday, October 18 at Bass Hall with the dramatic production of Ben Stevenson’s Romeo and Juliet. Back by popular demand and performed by ballet companies worldwide, TBT will present this production for five performances October 18-20, 2013.
Next TBT presents the return of the all new production of Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker. Audiences raved about the debut of this new production last year and rewarded performances with standing ovations throughout the five week run. Complete with simulated flying, lavish sets and breathtaking costumes, TBT will transport families to a magical holiday place at the Winspear Opera House November 29 - December 8 (8 performances) and at Bass Hall December 13 – 27 (17 performances). For the past two years, Texas Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker sold out multiple performances in both cities, so audiences are encouraged to subscribe and buy tickets early.
For the PG-13+ audience that would like to add extra “Nutty” spice to their holidays, TBT will present The Nutty Nutcracker, the hilarious spoof of the original production. This holiday show has had audiences laughing out loud for 4 consecutive years, and this season’s production is sure to do the same and more! The Nutty Nutcracker will be performed at Bass Performance Hall for one night only December 20th at 8:00 pm at Bass Performance Hall.
TBT continues the season with Epic Masterpieces: Two Magnificent Performances, One Glorious Event at Bass Hall for four performances February 28-March 2, 2014. This weekend, TBT will enthrall audiences with two very different and important works: George Balanchine’s beautiful Serenade and Sir Kenneth McMillan’s powerful Gloria. The first ballet the Balanchine created in America, Serenade will give audiences the opportunity to celebrate the 79th anniversary of its creation.
Based on Vera Brittain’s autobiographical Testament of Youth, Gloria will move audiences with this dramatic lament for the lives affected and cut short by the Great War.
Texas Ballet Theater will close the 2013-2014 Season with five glorious performances of Swan Lake at Bass Performance Hall, May 30-June 1, 2014. Choreographed by Ben Stevenson after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, Swan Lake will be the perfect ending to an exciting EPIC season. TBT is thrilled to have the opportunity to present the most famous of all classical ballets on North Texas stages and looks forward to leaving audiences captivated.
Subscription and Ticket Information
Subscriptions are on sale. Season ticket subscribers save 20 percent off regular single ticket prices, so the cost of enjoying this EPIC Season is very affordable. Patrons can subscribe or receive further season information by calling The TBT Patron Service Center at 877-828-9200 or by visiting the Patron Service Center at 1540 Mall Circle, Fort Worth, Texas 76116.
Subscribers receive many fabulous benefits including a brand new Exclusive Subscriber Special Event. TBT Subscribers will receive a special invitation from Artistic Director Ben Stevenson O.B.E., to attend a private in-studio performance and an opportunity to meet and mingle with the Texas Ballet Theater dancers.
In addition, Subscribers receive a 20 percent discount on tickets to The Nutcracker, and have the opportunity to purchase tickets to The Nutcracker and The Nutty Nutcracker prior to the general public. Subscribers also receive an exclusive reward voucher that is redeemable for one of several valuable benefits: a free adult dance class at the Texas Ballet Theater studio, a glass of wine at Bass Hall, a signed photograph or point shoe signed by a TBT dancer or the opportunity to upgrade seats for a performance.
Three performance subscription packages start at just $36 and range to $264, depending upon performance date, time and seating location. Subscriber tickets to The Nutcracker range from $12 to $96, and for The Nutty Nutcracker range from $27 to $99.