The dancers of the Avant Chamber Ballet are back in the studio and eager to perform in front of the audience again. Katie Puder, artistic director of the Dallas Ballet Company, is happy to be of service, announcing a season full of in-person performances, including world premieres and the holiday classic, Nutcracker.
âMy main goal was to get back to live performances and give my dancers as many performances as possible! We perform stimulating and fun classical works like Napoli, Concerto Barocco and Brahms Trio but also new works by me and Fernanda Oliveira. Every time you create a new work, I think it reflects where we are as collaborating choreographers and dancers, âsaid Puder.
At the start of the pandemic, the ballet company turned to the production of digital works. Puder plans to create a digital work for free platforms.
âIt’s impossible to know 100% what will happen this year, but we are planning to perform in person all season long and the live broadcast of some of our free concerts in the parks at Klyde Warren Park,â said Puder.
Outdoor shows completed its digital programming during its 2020-2021 season. In March, Avant Chamber Ballet presented Together We Dance, a joint performance with the Dallas Black Dance Theater and Bruce Wood Dance in Annette Strauss Square at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
After the spring performance, the Avant Chamber Ballet returned to a more familiar routine to prepare for the new season.
âThis summer seemed a bit more normal to me. Last summer was our return to studio classes after a long period of home zoom dancing, which is not good for the body. We have replenished the stamina to jump and move through space again. This summer it was all fun and maintenance for the company and a lot of training for our student dancers. We’re also reverting to our normal fall schedule in mid-August, âPuder said.
As the Avant Chamber Ballet anticipates its 2021-2022 season, Puder recalls the lessons of the pandemic.
âI think it made me re-evaluate what we were doing for our community. Yes, we do some wonderful paid shows in the Arts District, but can we do more for all of Dallas? We are really expanding our free courses and performances as well as other projects on the horizon, âsaid Puder. âDance and creative movement are one of our first ways of expressing ourselves as humans and can be an amazing way to connect with other people, regardless of our differences. This is something I want to share with everyone in Dallas.
Avant Chamber Ballet 2021-2022 season
The season starts with ACB disconnected October 29-30 at the Sammons Center for the Arts. This non-traditional venue breaks the fourth wall and offers a close-up view of dancers and pianist Mikhail Berestnev with three genres of ballet. The first is that of Bouronville Naples Act 3 – a celebration of Neapolitan life which ends with the famous joyful tarantella. Next on the program, the return of Katie Puder Ragtime – a walk through the first American jazzy rhythms which was presented for the first time in February 2019. The program ends with a world premiere by Katie Puder with music by Philip Glass.
The next one for the company is that of Paul Mejia Nutcracker at Moody Performance Hall from December 9 to 12. This is the second time the Avant Chamber Ballet has presented this lush professional production with a live orchestra conducted by Brad Cawyer, the professional dancers from the ballet company and a large cast of children representing all DFWs from the local auditions.
Next year starts with Bach, Brahms and Bartok, from February 11 to 12, 2022, at Moody Performance Hall. This epic ballet evening features three ballets with live music. The 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 comes that of George Balanchine Baroque Concerto: one of George Balanchine’s greatest masterpieces. To close the evening, a world premiere by Katie Puder with music by Bela Bartok – a synthesis of folk music, classicism and modernism.
To close the Avant Chamber Ballet season, the company presents Diaghilev’s legacy: an exciting evening of world premieres. The program is a tribute to Serge Diaghilev and his company the Ballets Russes – who changed ballet forever with groundbreaking music, score and design commissions in the early 1900s. The performance will include the premiere by Fernanda Oliveira Games. This ballet has been described by its composer Claude Debussy as a âdance poemâ. This will be Oliveira’s second work created for the Avant Chamber Ballet. Also on the program, Katie Puder’s new production of Igor Stravinsky’s play The story of a soldier – a dramatic collaboration between the dancers, MAKE Trio, and a narrator.
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Learn more: http://avantchamberballet.org/