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Belle Redux /
A Tale of Beauty & The Beast

A 3M Innovation Commission

Once upon a time...

Escape with Ballet Austin into the mysterious world of a beauty, a beast and a ballet, as Artistic Director Stephen Mills seduces you with a modern take on the timeless story of Beauty and the Beast. Commissioned by the global innovators at 3M, this sleek and sexy new production is an exciting evolution of the fairy tale you remember and more grown up and complex than any bedtime story. Fall into a dark and intoxicating world of passion and intrigue, featuring Mills' classically innovative choreography, sophisticated sets and costumes by Michael B. Raiford and a haunting new score by composer Graham Reynolds.

Choreography by Stephen Mills
Original Score by Graham Reynolds, commissioned by Ballet Austin and funded by the Texas Commission on the Arts
Production Design by Michael B. Raiford

Valentine's Weekend
The Long Center

8pm | Feb 13Audio description by VSA Texas available for this show, 14*
3pm | Feb 15

* Sold Out



An indepth look into the making of Belle Redux / A Tale of Beauty & the Beast


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Get an indepth look into the making of Belle Redux / A Tale of Beauty & the Beast, a 3M Innovation Commission, on the specialized World Premiere site.



Program Notes



Synopsis

Belle Redux / A Tale of Beauty & the Beast

Prologue
In a beautiful place a young boy lives. He is surrounded by roses and a life filled with things that are good. As he grows, the goodness surrounding him is subsumed by evil. As the boy matures, he resists the evil, but it cruelly marks him.

Act 1
A father is surrounded by his three daughters. One daughter, Belle, is particularly beautiful and the others are jealous. The father leaves his daughters for a trip and on his way finds himself at a mysterious place. Wandering into the garden alone, he picks a rose to bring home to his daughters when he is suddenly confronted by a great beast. The beast demands to meet his most beautiful daughter if he wants to spare his own life. Belle arrives at the castle of the beast and there tries to find comfort. Despite the beauty of the garden, Belle and the beast have an exchange that causes her to flee home.

Act 2
Arriving home, Belle finds herself unwelcomed by her sisters. In the evening as she sleeps, she has a terrible dream that causes her to return to the beast's castle. Upon arriving, she finds herself alone. She wanders the castle and comes upon a mirrored room. As she gazes upon her image, she reflects upon others in her life, her family, the beast and herself. In this moment, she sees herself fully for the first time.



History



Music



Costumes



Sets




Cast & Credits


Belle Redux / A Tale of Beauty & the Beast
Choreography -  Stephen Mills
Music - Graham Reynolds
Production Design - Michael B. Raiford
Lighting - Tony Tucci
Video Design - Colin Lowry
Video Design - Jeff Kurihara
Cinematographer - Eric Graham

Cast

Belle Redux / A Tale of Beauty & the Beast

Belle - Michelle Thompson (Feb. 13 & 15) / Aara Krumpe (Feb. 14)
Sisters - Ashley Lynn Sherman, Jaime Lynn Witts
Father - Frank Shott
Beast - Edward Carr (Feb. 13 & 15) / Paul Michael Bloodgood (Feb. 14)
Good - Brittany Strickland
Evil - Elise Pekarek
Prince - Christopher Swaim
Belle Double - Oren Porterfield

Act I Group -  Rebecca Johnson, Anne Marie Melendez, Grace Morton, Oren Porterfield, Ian J. Bethany, Orlando Julius Canova, James Fuller, Oliver Greene-Cramer
Horses - Ian J. Bethany, Orlando Julius Canova, James Fuller, Oliver Greene-Cramer
Dark Figures - Kevin Murdock-Waters, Preston Andrew Patterson, Christopher Swaim
Rose - Elise Pekarek
Rose Garden - Rebecca Johnson, Anne Marie Melendez, Elise Pekarek, Brittany Strickland, Ian J. Bethany, Orlando Julius Canova, James Fuller, Oliver Greene-Cramer
Act II Group - Anne Marie Melendez, Grace Morton, Elise Pekarek, Brittany Strickland, Ian J. Bethany, James Fuller, Oliver Greene-Cramer, Orlando Julius Canova
Adolescent Boy - Jake Howard
Boy - Luke Brummer
Adolescent Girl - Taylor Massa
Girl - Reese Youngblood

Production Acknowledgements

Set Construction
SRO Associates
Costume Construction Team:
Alexey Korygin - Supervisor
John Ahrens - tailor
Arlene Waghalter - tailor
Emily Cawood - masks, headpiece
Zhanetta Koryagina - millinery
Jamie Urban - stitcher
Miriam Jurgensen - stitcher
Lisa Sacaris - dyer
Wendy Sanders - wigs and makeup



Artist Profiles


Director's Notes


Reviews


Events


Studio Spotlight
Thurs Feb 5, 2015
12 - 12:45pm or 6 - 7pm
Ballet Austin's AustinVentures StudioTheater

Watch a professional dance company in action during these performance previews! Up-close, personal, and informal, Studio Spotlight gives guests a preview of the choreography and elements from the upcoming production while it is still in the works accompanied by a brief lecture and Q & A with choreographer Stephen Mills, composer Graham Reynolds, set designer Michael Raiford, and company dancers. Free.Learn more or sign up.

Footlights
One hour prior to all performances Feb 13 - 15
The Long Center

Enhance your experience at the ballet with a pre-show lecture and Q&A for all ages. Ballet Austin's Education staff gives a short, informal, interactive presentation on the historical, creative, and technical elements of the production. Free for ticket holders. Learn more.

Crew Call
45 minutes prior to all performances Feb 13 - 15
The Long Center
Children ages 10-15 join us backstage for a tour just before the curtain rises as the crew prepares the stage for the performance. More information or to join.

Encore
Immediately following all performances Feb 13 - 15
The Long Center

Immediately following all performances of Belle Redux / A Tale of Beauty & the Beast Ballet Austinís Artistic Director Stephen Mills invites audience members to a short post-performance discussion about the work just seen. Mr. Mills and guests including company dancers, composer Graham Reynolds, and set designer Michael Raiford will answer questions about the artistic process involved in creating a ballet. Free for ticket holders. Learn more.

The Long Center
8pm | Feb 13Audio description by VSA Texas available for this show, 14
3pm | Feb 15

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