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Announcing the 2010/11 Season

In thinking about the works to share with you during my 10th anniversary season, it reminds me how proud I am to be in Austin with the opportunity to collaborate with the rich artistic talent in our community; the honor of being the steward of Austin’s oldest holiday tradition; the joy of Valentine’s Day and sharing a touch of romance with you; the excitement of your desire for new and innovative works; and the opportunity to connect to the child inside us all through flights of fantasy.

Carmina Burana. Photo: Amitava Sarkar

To open this special season, I look forward to collaborating with my friend, Craig Hella Johnson, and the exquisite voices of four-time Grammy nominated Conspirare, partnered with the Austin Symphony Orchestra in Carmina Burana. Though you may not know the work by name, you will likely recognize the powerful music often used in movies and television. Composer Carl Orff created this bold and breathtaking work in 1937.

The Nutcracker. Photo: Tony Spielberg

In December, the Long Center becomes the sweetest place on earth as we spend the holidays with you in the Court of the Sugar Plum Fairy. With the enduring Tchaikovsky score (Austin Symphony Orchestra) and a cast of 200 sharing the sights and sounds of this festive season, Ballet Austin’s production of The Nutcracker reminds us each year what an honor it is to be part of your traditions with family and friends…we enjoy this time with you.

Valentine’s weekend we will whisk you away to Scotland with a love story, La Sylphide, created in 1836 by legendary Danish choreographer, August Bournonville. I am pleased to present this Austin premiere… an exquisite full-length work in the great tradition of romantic ballets. Bagpipes, kilts, love and intrigue…who could ask for more?

Songs of Innuendo, Part of 2009's Studio Theater Project. Photo: Tony Spielberg

In March/April, the Studio Theater Project showcases choreographers and their work. This production provides you the opportunity to visit us in our home… the AustinVentures StudioTheater in Ballet Austin’s Butler Dance Education Center and to see the dancers up close in their work space. The focus of the production is on creativity and innovation … and the mood is intimate, casual and fun. Enjoy the energy of night life in Austin’s urban core.

Mother’s Day Weekend we close my anniversary season with a work I’ve dreamed of creating for years… The Magic Flute. Mozart’s fantastical, fairy-tale music and magical story inspire my new adaptation.

Since the year 2000 it has been my great honor to both create and curate work for you. Thank you for the opportunity to share the artistic journeys of our dancers, some of the finest professional artists in the country. Your support of their careers and artistry, as well as the art they bring to life, makes Austin an exceptional home for the Company and me.

I hope you will join us for this special 2010/11 anniversary season.


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