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ACB Unplugged – October 29-30, 2021 – Sammons Center for the Arts
Avant Chamber Ballet opens the season with ACB Unplugged at Sammons Center for the Arts. This non-traditional performance space breaks down the fourth wall and is an up-close experience with the dancers and pianist Mikhail Berestnev with three genres of ballet.
First August Bouronville’s Napoli Act 3 is a celebration of Neapolitan life and Danish ballet technique which ends with the famous, joyful tarantella. Next on the program is the return of Katie Puder’s Ragtime – a romp through the early American jazzy rhythms of Scott Joplin. Closing the program is a world premiere by Katie Puder with music by Philip Glass.
The Nutcracker – December 9-12, 2021 – Moody Performance Hall
Celebrate the season with Paul Mejia’s joyful full-length production of The Nutcracker – accompanied by live orchestra 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 lush, professional production!
Bach, Brahms and Bartok – February 11-12, 2022 – Moody Performance Hall
This trilogy of epic ballets with live music is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!
First is Brahms Trio. This famous musical trio will be performed by violinist Lauren Haseltine, pianist Mikhail Berestnev, and horn Kevin Haseltine accompanied by a lavish, romantic production with choreography by Katie Puder and costumes by Ann Boyce.
Next is George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco. One of Balanchine’s greatest masterpieces, Concerto Barocco is music made visible as two elegant yet dynamic lead ballerinas each depict one of the instrumental soloists in Bach’s virtuosic double violin concerto.
Closing the evening is a world premiere by Katie Puder with music by Bela Bartok – a synthesis of folk music, classicism, and modernism.
The Legacy of Diaghilev – April 29-30, 2022 – Sammons Center for the Arts
To finish Avant Chamber Ballet’s season, the company presents an exciting evening of world premieres and commissions with live music! The program is an homage to Serge Diaghilev and his company the Ballet Russes – which changed ballet forever with groundbreaking commissions of music, score, and design in the early 1900’s.
The performance will include the premiere of Fernanda Oliveira’s Jeux. This ballet was described by it’s composer Claude Debussy as a “danced poem”. This will be Oliveira’s second work created for ACB.
Also on the program is Katie Puder’s new production of Igor Stravinsky’s theatrical A Soldier’s Tale – an dramatic collaboration between the dancers, MAKE Trio, and a narrator.