ACB will open its season in Setpember with Morphoses, a mixed repertoire program featuring Wheeldon’s Morphoses, Katie Cooper’s Sisterhood and a world premiere by Cooper to the famous Brahms Horn Trio. David Cooper, ACB’s musical director and the newly appointed horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, will be lending his talents to the Trio alongside musicals Anastasia Markina and Alexander Kerr.
I will miss Cooper’s clever take on a holiday classic like she had done previous years with A Ballet Christmas Carol and Little Match Girl Passion, but I am eager to see how she manages her first full-length Nutcracker. With choreography by local ballet legend Paul Mejia and a live orchestra, this Nut is already at the top of my list to see this year.
Mejia’s name appears again on ACB’s February program with his rendition of Romeo & Juliet. The company will also present Balanchine’s Raymonda Variations (a first for the company) in addition to a world premiere collaboration between Cooper and local Composer Quinn Mason. Mason also composed the music for Cooper’s Sisterhood.
The program I am most looking forward to is ACB’s Beauty and Beyond in April because of these three names: Cooper, Kimi Nikaidoh and Jennifer Mabus. Their voices and disciplines may be different, but I feel they share a common thread when it comes to storytelling and choreographic intent. Can’t wait to see what they do!
You can view the full press release below:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AVANT CHAMBER BALLET ANNOUNCES 2019-20 SEASON
DALLAS, TX (June 25, 2019)
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 OVERVIEW
Moody Performance Hall, Dallas, TX
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
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
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
About Avant Chamber Ballet:
Avant Chamber Ballet’s mission is to bring exceptional live dance and chamber music together for audiences in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Our ensemble of classically trained dancers presents a diverse repertoire of classical and contemporary works from local choreographers, as well as internationally acclaimed artists. Since our inaugural season in 2012, ACB has presented over twenty world premiere ballets. The organization is in its eighth season, and is led by artistic director Katie Cooper and music director David Cooper.
Additional information is available on Avant Chamber Ballet’s website at www.avantchamberballet.org