Texas Ballet Theater to dance to live music twice next season

04/16/2014 7:02 PM

04/16/2014 7:03 PM

Things are slowly getting less painful for fans of Texas Ballet Theater and live music. First came news that the company’s Swan Lake performances in May will feature the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra — the first time the ballet theater has had a live orchestra since it cut live music for budgetary reasons in the 2009-10 season.

In its 2014-15 season, the company has announced, two ballets will have FWSO accompaniment: Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, which kicks off the season in October, and Lehar’s The Merry Widow in February.

The season will be officially celebrated when the organization presents its first free live performance, at 11:30 a.m. April 29 in Sundance Square.

Beauty and Widow bookend the annual holiday productions of The Nutcracker and Nutty Nutcracker, which will not be danced to live music.

Also, spring mixed repertory programs in Dallas and Fort Worth will feature a world premiere from British choreographer Jonathan Watkins, as well as a work from one of the most acclaimed international dancemakers, Czech choreographer Jiri Kylian, who ran Nederlands Dans Theater for from 1976 to 1992.

Kylian’s Petite Mort (1991) is on the program at Dallas City Performance Hall (in April 2015) and Bass Hall (in May 2015); Watkins’ untitled premiere will be only at the Bass Hall concerts. Both programs will also feature George Balanchine’s Rubies. Rounding out the Dallas program will be Ben Stevenson’s Five Poems, with music from Richard Wagner and scenery designed by actress Jane Seymour, Stevenson’s former student.

Although the roster of dancers isn’t finalized, look for some changes, as Lucas Priolo, longtime principal dancer, is retiring.

Season tickets are on sale; individual tickets go on sale Aug. 15; call 877-828-9200 or visit www.texasballettheater.org.

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