Footnotes Library

Footnotes were educational performance guides published by our Community Education Department until 2009. They offer in-depth looks at Ballet Austin’s productions as well as discussion questions, activities and behind-the-scenes facts. Each Footnotes publication is available in an easy-to-print PDF format. If you do not already have Adobe Reader installed, you may download a copy here.

To view our current online interactive educational performance guides, please visit our Interactives Library.

Ballet Austin's Hamlet FootnotesHamlet

Shakespeare's age-old chilling story of love and revenge is modernized by Stephen Mills' evocative ballet Hamlet. Set to Philip Glass' poignant music, with Armani-inspired costumes, and an innovatively futuristic set, Hamlet is a gripping balletic portrayal of suspenseful and tragic human struggles.

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Ballet Austin's Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project FootnotesLight / The Holocaust & Humanity Project

An original work by Artistic Director Stephen Mills, Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project is an evening-length ballet that explores the issues surrounding the Holocaust. The piece explores the process of and response to extreme degradation, suffering and genocide. And while the work will explore the human ability to survive and triumph it also attempts to be a warning that nobody is immune to hatred and discrimination.

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Ballet Austin's A Midsummer Night's Dream FootnotesA Midsummer Night's Dream

Delight in the magic and antics of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Artistic Director Stephen Mills' choreography showcases the hilarity and beauty of Shakespeare's classic dreamlike tale. Whimsy, romance, fun and enchantment await!

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Not Afraid of the Dark - The Show that Glows! FootnotesNot Afraid of the Dark - The Show that Glows

Take a journey with Joe Scruggs and Ballet Austin II into a marvelous “glow-in-the-dark” world, a world where turning off the lights isn’t scary at all– it’s funny, it’s exciting, it’s fantastic! As we follow a young child through his nighttime ritual of bath time, bedtime and beyond we discover that there really are lots of wonderful things that can happen when you turn out the lights.

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Ballet Austin's The Nutcracker FootnotesThe Nutcracker

Ballet Austin's The Nutcracker is Texas' longest running production of this classic, and with a different "celebrity" playing the role of Mother Ginger in each performance, every show gaurantees an extra bit of memory-making merriment.

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Ballet Austin's Romeo & Juliet FootnotesRomeo & Juliet

From the first fateful meeting of the star-crossed lovers to their untimely deaths, this most famous of love stories is brought to life with Artistic Director Stephen Mills' brilliant choreography. Story by William Shakespeare and music by Sergei Prokofiev.

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Ballet Austin's The Taming of the Shrew FootnotesThe Taming of the Shrew

Ballet Austin's Artistic Director Stephen Mills sets Shakespeare's timeless battle of the sexes to music of the Italian baroque - all with a nod to the Cole Porter classic, Kiss Me Kate. The Washington Post called Mills "the Bard of the Ballet" for this colorfully enchanting production, which features stunning period costumes and scenery.

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Arts Blitz - Trail of Tears: Walking the Choctaw Road Footnotes

Trail of Tears: Walking the Choctaw Road

Trail of Tears: Walking the Choctaw Road is based upon the historical tales of Choctaw storyteller and author Tim Tingle. Ballet Austin and Pollyanna Theatre combine dance and dialogue to explore three of Mr. Tingle’s stories, chronicling the experiences of a Choctaw family on their forced migration along the Trail of Tears from Mississippi to Oklahoma. Recommended for students in grades 4-7.

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