Texas Ballet picks Wyly over Winspear

Posted: July 5, 2011 in Texas Ballet Theater

Leticia Oliveira in "Giselle"/Photo by Ellen Appel

Texas Ballet Theater was scheduled to perform 16 shows at Winspear Opera House last season — that’s four productions four times each — in addition to its popular Nutcracker dates during the holidays. For 2011-12, that non-‘cracker number drops to zero, TBT deciding to take the more economical step of creating a festival of six performances at the much smaller Wyly Theater (600 seats vs. 2,000 at the ‘spear).

What’s behind the move, along with details of the festival and the season, which will mostly unfold at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, is here in my Dallas Morning News article. Subscriptions can be purchased here, tickets to individual shows here.  TBT’s season announcement is after the jump.

Texas Ballet Theater Announces Stunning 2011-2012 Season

 Featuring two new ballet festival weekends


North Texas – Texas Ballet Theater Artistic Director Ben Stevenson, today announced the 2011-2012 season titled “Works of Artistry.”  The new season will open with Stevenson’s production of the ballet classic Giselle, never before seen by audiences in North Texas, with sets and costumes from American Ballet Theater. Giselle will be followed by the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, and the 3rd annual The Nutty Nutcracker, a slightly naughty spoof using current events and pop culture icons in an adult take on this holiday classic. Ben Stevenson’s Dracula will follow in February, along with the TBT gala event, “An Evening to Die For”, which will carry on the haunting Dracula theme at Fort Worth’s Renaissance Worthington Hotel on February 11, 2012.

TBT is also very pleased to announce a new concept in its “Works of Artistry” season, with the introduction of its Portraits Ballet Festival, which will close the season with two weekends in Spring 2012, featuring six shorter works over the two weekends.

This exciting new season features TBT’s much-loved story ballets, new works by two young Company choreographers, a new venue and two new ballet festival weekends. Truly something for everyone.

2011-2012 Season

“Works of Artistry”

World Premiere: Ben Stevenson’s Giselle

October 21 @ 8 PM

October 22 @ 2 PM and 8 PM

October 23 @ 2 PM

Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth

Giselle is a young peasant girl driven to madness and an untimely death upon discovering that her true love, Albrecht, has deceived her. Giselle, who now resides in an otherworldly forest of beguiled female spirits, protects her remorseful lover from the Wilis evil vengeance.

Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker

November 25 – December 4, 2011 (numerous dates and times/check the web site for details)

AT&T Performing Arts Center Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House

December 9 – 24, 2011 (numerous dates and times/check web site for details)

Bass Performance Hall

Loved by young and old alike, don’t miss this holiday classic, featuring a little girl named Clara, the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets, the frightful Rat King, a Christmas tree that grows to 40 feet, and snow that falls on the audience. A family treat!

The Nutty Nutcracker

December 23, 2011 @ 7 PM (please note performance time/one performance only)

Bass Performance Hall

Tired of Sugar Plums and everything nice? Don’t miss our 3rd Annual The Nutty Nutcracker, a slightly naughty spoof using current events and pop culture icons in an adult take on this holiday classic. Get your tickets early. This show is sure to be a sell-out.

Ben Stevenson’s Dracula

February 24 @ 8 PM

February 25 @ 2 PM and 8 PM

February 26 @ 2 PM

Bass Performance Hall

Take a haunting trip to Transylvania where the evil Count seduces his victims. Featuring vampire brides flying through the air, a ghastly coach that winds on and off stage, and the haunting music of Franz Liszt.

Portraits Ballet Festival – Weekend I (three ballets in each performance)

April 20 @ 8 PM

April 21 @ 8 PM

April 22 @ 2 PM

AT&T Performing Arts Center Wyly Theatre

George Balanchine’s Apollo

Inspired by the Greek God Apollo, the patron god of music and poetry

Ben Stevenson’s Bartok

A showcase of neoclassical dance

World Premiere

Choreographed by Company member Carl Coomer

Portraits Ballet Festival – Weekend II (three ballets in each performance)

April 27 @ 8 PM

April 28 @ 8 PM

April 29 @ 2 PM

AT&T Performing Arts Center Wyly Theatre

Ben Stevenson’s Image

Based on the troubled life of Marilyn Monroe

Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena

A celebration of African rhythms infused with the melodies of Bach

World Premiere

Choreographed by Company Member Peter Zweifel


Season Subscriptions


This year, a season subscription is comprised of three productions:

The hauntingly beautiful Giselle at Bass Performance Hall,

The holiday classic The Nutcracker at either Bass Hall or Winspear Opera House,

And the dark and sinister Dracula at Bass Performance Hall


In addition to a season subscription, individual and group tickets

can be purchased for:

The 3rd Annual The Nutty Nutcracker at Bass Performance Hall

And the new Portraits Ballet Festival at the Wyly Theatre in Dallas

Individual and Group Tickets for all performances

Bass Performance Hall & Winspear Opera House: Tickets range from $19 – $99

Portraits Ballet Festival – Wyly Theatre : Tickets range from $20 – $40

Individual and group tickets and season subscriptions can be purchased at www.texasballet.org or by calling the TBT box office at 877-828-9200, or in person at the Texas Ballet Theater offices at 1600 Green Oaks Rd., Fort Worth, 76116.

About Texas Ballet Theater
Founded in 1961, Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) is the premier resident professional classical ballet company in North Texas. Under Artistic Director Ben Stevenson O.B.E., this magnificent company brings unprecedented talent, beauty and artistic expression to the stages of Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall and to the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Winspear Opera House and Wyly Theatre in Dallas. Now celebrating its 50th Anniversary, TBT has grown from a small civic dance company into the second largest professional ballet company in Texas, employing 39 superbly trained professional dancers from around the world. TBT is led by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., one of the most renowned Artistic Directors in the world.

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