Posts Tagged ‘ballet’

Texas Ballet Theater Turns 50

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It’s been a rocky road over financial and sometimes artistic potholes, but Texas Ballet Theater made it to 50 this year. Artistic director Ben Stevenson and company will celebrate the anniversary with two programs at Bass Per...


Black Swan: Danse Macabre

This ain’t The Nutcracker. Natalie Portman pirouettes into madness.
KRISTIAN LIN
Black Swan closely observes the world of high culture, and yet its thrills are distinctly, trashily lowbrow. That’s a difficult balancing act to pull off, but this movie does it with all kinds of skill and emerges as both one...



Nutcracking Times Two

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Both Texas Ballet Theater and Metropolitan Classical Ballet will open their annual Nutcracker productions this weekend: TBT in Bass Performance Hall and MCB in Texas Hall on the University of Texas at Arlington campus.


Texas Ballet Theater Digs In

TBT has a new headquarters but still no live music.
LEONARD EUREKA
It’s taken a while, but Texas Ballet Theater finally has quarters that allow it to rehearse in the same size space as the Bass Performance Hall stage, TBT’s main performing venue. The benefits were seen in season-opening pe...



Glass Toe Shoes

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Cinderella, her prince, and two “ugly” stepsisters highlight Texas Ballet Theater’s season-opening performances at Bass Performance Hall this weekend. Carolyn Judson will dance the title role in Cinderella, TBT director B...


Mao’s Last Dancer

TBT’s Ben Stevenson is a character in this rags-to-riches tale of Li Cunxin.
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Mao’s Last Dancer is the ultimate rags to riches saga. The film is based on the life of dancer Li Cunxin. Born dirt-poor in a remote Chinese village, he made it halfway around the world by age 20 to become a principal dancer ...



MCB is Back

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After a six-month absence, Metropolitan Classical Ballet is back with a four-ballet program Saturday at Texas Hall on the campus of University of Texas at Arlington. Guest dancers and returning principals from previous years wi...


Ballet Concerto’s Summer

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For the first time in 25 years, Ballet Concerto’s annual summer program will not include flamenco dancing. Instead, choreographer Luis Montero has created a major balletic setting of Medea for Margo Dean’s company. Michele ...



TBT Revives The Sleeping Beauty

Texas Ballet Theater’s only slightly marred productions were rousing overall.
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The Sleeping Beauty is a lot for any ballet company to chew on. It includes an enormous cast, many solos, lots of character dances, large ensembles, three changes of elaborate costumes over four acts, crowd scenes galore, and a...


The Sleeping Beauty

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Texas Ballet Theater rounds out its season with four performances of Ben Stevenson’s sumptuous production of The Sleeping Beauty in Bass Performance Hall this weekend.