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Balanchine and Beyond

Texas Ballet Theater

Balanchine and Beyond

City Performance Hall
2520 Flora St.
Dallas, Texas 75201
March 28 - March 30, 2014

The flowing blue skirts of Serenade exemplify beauty and innocence in what George Balanchine called "a dance in the moonlight" that was inspired by the student dancers of the School of American Ballet. When Balanchine came in one day, a student was standing with her arm up, blocking her eyes from the sun, and he thought it was so beautiful that it became the opening pose. The movements are accompanied by Tchaikovsky's gorgeous Serenade for Strings in C. The composer claimed that the brilliant strings in the piece were "his favorite child," written from "inner compulsion from the heart." He also added, "I am terribly in love with this Serenade."

"L" is the first letter of many important words - laughter, love, and life. Choreographed by Ben Stevenson O.B.E. for eleven men, L is an expression of gratitude and a tribute to Liza Minnelli for the wonderful benefit performance she gave in 1974 to help the National Ballet of Washington. Set to an all-percussion score originally commissioned by the Houston Ballet, it is a tour de force for the men of Texas Ballet Theater.

Clann, a world premiere by Carl Coomer
Texas Ballet Theater is proud to present a world premiere ballet, choreographed by company member Carl Coomer. Clann is Coomer's second opportunity to debut a piece with Texas Ballet Theater. In April of 2012 his piece Evolving was unveiled at the Portraits Ballet Festival at the Wyly Theatre in Dallas. The Dallas Morning News stated that the production included "near flawless dancing" while Coomer described the piece as a mix of contemporary and classical with a touch of quirkiness thrown in. Don't miss your chance to see another moving piece from the imaginative mind of Carl Coomer.