Avant Chamber Ballet Announces 2019-20 Season

Avant Chamber Ballet Announces 2019-20 Season

Avant Chamber Ballet's artistic director Katie Cooper and music director David Cooper announce the company's 2019-20 season, featuring four subscription productions at Moody Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District and the return of the Family Saturdays series. The season includes four world premieres by choreographers Katie Cooper, Kimi Nikaidoh, Jennifer Mabus, as well as five company premieres by Paul Mejia, Christopher Wheeldon and George Balanchine. "This season is an incredible expansion for us in so many ways," says Katie Cooper. "We are adding a fall mixed repertoire program and for the first time presenting a full-length Nutcracker with live music!"

The subscription season opens with Morphoses in September, a mixed repertoire program of three ballets: Christopher Wheeldon's Morphoses, Katie Cooper's Sisterhood and a world premiere by Katie Cooper to the famous Brahms Horn Trio. The Trio will be performed by internationally known musicians Anastasia Markina (piano), Alexander Kerr (concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra) and David Cooper (principal horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra).

In December, Avant Chamber Ballet presents a full-length production of The Nutcracker for the first time designed and choreographed by Paul Mejia with live orchestra accompaniment conducted by Brad Cawyer. This holiday classic is designed to take the whole family on a magical trip to the Land of Sweets through Clara's eyes with Tchaikovsky's rich score and ACB's professional production.

Paul Mejia's romantic and tragic Romeo & Juliet is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day. The performance features live music which brings the famous Tchaikovsky score and this timeless story to life. Opening the performance is George Balanchine's beloved Raymonda Variations (company premiere) which celebrates the beauty of classical ballet and the sparkling score by Glazunov. Next is a world premiere collaboration between ACB director Katie Cooper and local composer Quinn Mason. The ballet marks the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote and is inspired by the women who made it happen. Also featured will be a guest company appearance by Ballet Frontier from Fort Worth.

Closing the season will be Beauty and Beyond featuring four ballets with live music: the company premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's Five Movements, Three Repeats which includes the famous "This Bitter Earth" pas de deux, world premieres by Kimi Nikaidoh and Jennifer Mabus- commissions of the 2020 Women's Choreography Project, and Katie Cooper's staging of Aurora's Wedding: Sleeping Beauty Act III.

This season also marks the return of the Family Saturdays Series. This year all four performances are free. The shows are a family-friendly one hour designed to introduce the performing arts to kids of all ages.

Subscriptions go on sale now at TicketDFW.com. Single tickets will go on sale August 1. Subscribers will receive a 40% discount on all four productions.



The 2019-2020 Season


SUBSCRIPTION SERIES:

Moody Performance Hall, Dallas, TX

MORPHOSES

September 7th, 2019, 7:30pm

September 8th 2019, 2:30pm

Morphoses - Christopher Wheeldon/Ligeti, Company Premiere

Brahms Horn Trio - Katie Cooper/Brahms, World Premiere

Sisterhood - Katie Cooper/Quinn Mason


THE NUTCRACKER

December 20th, 2019, 7:30pm

December 21st, 2019, 7:30pm

December 22nd, 2019, 2:30pm

Paul Mejia/Tchaikovsky, Company Premiere


ROMEO AND JULIET

February 14-15th, 2020, 7:30pm

Romeo and Juliet - Paul Mejia/Tchaikovsky, Company Premiere

Raymonda Variations - George Balanchine/Glazunov, Company Premiere

New Katie Cooper/Quinn Mason

Guest company Ballet Frontier


BEAUTY AND BEYOND

April 17-18th, 2020, 7:30pm

Five Movements, Three Repeats - Christopher Wheeldon/Richter, Company Premiere

Kimi Nikaidoh - Women's Choreography Project Commission, World Premiere

Jennifer Mabus - Women's Choreography Project Commission, World Premiere

Aurora's Wedding: Act 3 Sleeping Beauty - Katie Cooper after Petipa


FREE FAMILY SATURDAYS SERIES:

Moody Performance Hall, Dallas, TX

Peter and the Wolf

September 7th, 2019, 2:30pm


The Nutcracker Suite

December 21st, 2019, 2:30pm


I Heart Ballet

February 15th, 2020, 2:30pm


Aurora's Wedding: Sleeping Beauty Act III

April 18th, 2020, 2:30pm


Additional performances:

NUTCRACKER: SHORT AND SUITE

November 21, 2019, 7:30pm

White's Chapel, Southlake, TX

Presented by Apex Arts League


Programming and casting for all productions are subject to change without notice.

Tickets on sale this fall through TICKETDFW.COM

Additional information is available on Avant Chamber Ballet's website at www.avantchamberballet.org



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