“Mills created a movement vocabulary that was wholly and wonderfully otherworldly. Here was ballet-based modern dance that was sensuous, yes, but also simian and earthbound; funky but also feline.”
-Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin American-Statesman
One of Ballet Austin’s proudest moments came months after the production when the collaboration was featured for the first time in Art in America. Art in America magazine covers the visual art world, both in the United States and abroad, and is widely read by art dealers, collectors, historians, art professionals, and others. It is considered one of the top art magazines in the industry and exposed Ballet Austin and the artists to a new audience. The magazine did a three-page color feature on the work in last month’s issue (September). Click here to read the article.
I was proud to be a small piece of this wonderful project. From beginning to end it proved itself to be the epitome of what can happen when a shared artistic vision of excellence and creativity are the goals. Synergy was realized in every step of the process and the success of the production is a testament to the vision of the artists, collaborating organizations and supporting staff members that made the entire project possible.
Ballet Austin has spread its wings once again. Like most of you, I cannot wait to see which new doors open when the next envelope-pushing project tears its way out of the mind of Stephen Mills.
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