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 Post subject: Ballet Austin
PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2002 2:03 pm 
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<B>Fun With Shakespeare</B><BR>Pluck and Puck in Ballet Austin's Family Show. By Sarah Kaufman for The Washington Post <P><BR>Who knew that pratfalls were at the heart of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"?<P>In Stephen Mills's version, performed by Ballet Austin at the Kennedy Center over the weekend, fairy dust gets a foursome of frustrated lovers desperately mixed up. What follows is less Shakespearean than Nickelodeon -- Lucy Ricardo meets Larry, Curly and Moe.<P>The slapstick missed embraces, conked heads and spread-eagle belly-flops may be what most of the children in the Terrace Theater audience remember of the hour-long ballet. But the production was also fortified by exceptionally clear storytelling and spirited dancing, qualities that can be missing from many a more serious evening at the ballet.<P><A HREF="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A6454-2002Jan6.html" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A>


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet Austin
PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2002 8:43 am 
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Wilma Salisbury interviews choreographer and AD Stephen Mills as he embarks on setting "Hamlet, The Ballet" on other ballet companies:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Movements speak the words of a tragic life<P>Wilma Salisbury, Cleveland Plain Dealer<P>To be or not to be. That is the question. <P>But it will not be voiced in "Hamlet, The Ballet." <BR> <BR>Choreographer Stephen Mills' evening-length dance drama strips away the eloquent words, intricate subplots and several characters from Shakespeare's great tragedy. The play is the thing, and it's concisely told in expressive movement, minimalist music, stark scenery, sophisticated costumes and magical stagecraft.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><a href=http://www.cleveland.com/artsandevents/plaindealer/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/entertainment/10174843532949584.xml target=_blank>More</a>


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet Austin
PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2002 11:05 pm 
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News 8 Austin Staff, 10/1/2002:
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Ballet Austin to get new digs

The company celebrates plans for its new downtown home and the creation of a new Dance Education Center. Board members announced the $3.5 million purchase of the new center Tuesday
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 Post subject: Re: Ballet Austin
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Ballet Austin replays greatest hits
The story behind 'Director's Choice': There are no stories
By Michael Barnes

AMERICAN-STATESMAN ARTS WRITER

Sunday, February 2, 2003

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Next week, sometime during performances of Ulysses Dove's numinous "Vespers," Dwight Rhoden's ritualistic "Ave Maria," Gina Patterson's Tibetan-influenced "Life Wind" or Stephen Mills' poignant "My Wall of Names," a spectator will whisper to a companion: "I don't get it. Where's the story?"

Unlike the commonly known 19th-century ballets or even more recent story-based performances, none of the dances in Ballet Austin's omnibus production of "Director's Choice" are structured around an identifiable narrative.
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Ballet Austin fuses form with stripped-down power
By Sondra Lomax

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Monday, February 10, 2003

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Bare legs and torsos aren't typical of ballet, but Ballet Austin's "Director's Choice" showed lots of skin as the classical company shed its ladies' tights and men's shirts for contemporary dancing.

Ranging from swirling ensembles to a hard-driving pas de deux, the mixed-bill program on Friday night departed from tutus, tiaras and full-length narrative ballets. Instead, the audience saw sleek, often fast-paced classical technique infused with the sensual freedom and raw physicality of modern dance.
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Ballet Austin should Jeté for joy

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Ballet Austin is the arts group with the most mojo right now. Just days before Artistic Director Stephen Mills unleashes his latest multimedia creation, "Touch" (April 4-6), the company announced its 2003-2004 season. It's crammed with premieres, powered by grants from the Kennedy Center and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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 Post subject: Re: Ballet Austin
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Mills crafts ballet with frenetic 'Touch'

By Sondra Lomax

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Monday, April 7, 2003

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Stephen Mills packs more creative moves per minute into a ballet than his competitors. And he does it with a contemporary flair.

Ballet Austin's premiere of Mills' "Touch" journeyed outside the classical ballet comfort zone, where familiar steps and predictability gave way to slippery, nonstop movements and complex patterns. Basically modern dance in pointe shoes, "Touch" caused purists in the audience Friday night at Bass Concert Hall to squirm, while others relished the innovation.
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 Post subject: Re: Ballet Austin
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When worlds `Touch'
Uptown dance, downtown music and multimedia design collide in Ballet Austin's daring non-narrative creation

By Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

Thursday, April 3, 2003

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In a bigger city, Ballet Austin would be an "uptown" troupe and Glover Gill would be a "downtown" composer. Even in Austin, which doesn't really use those terms, the distinction holds up -- the rising dance company usually performs on the UT campus; the iconoclastic tango creator can be heard in clubs within shouting distance of Sixth Street.
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 Post subject: Re: Ballet Austin
PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2003 3:34 pm 
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Arabesques in Armani
Ballet Austin leaps into the front ranks of Texas ballet companies, thanks to its unconventional style and energetic leader
By Wayne Lee Gay
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AUSTIN -The woman in the row behind me at Bass Concert Hall in Austin was not pleased.

"I just want to see some ballet," she complained to her companion during Ballet Austin's matinee performance of the full-length abstract ballet Touch.

One might forgive her: What was happening onstage was not traditional ballet by any definition. Costumes ranged from jeans and tank tops to plaid kilts.
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 Post subject: Re: Ballet Austin
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Review: 'Dream' puts fun in frolic

05/11/2003

By MARGARET PUTNAM / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News

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AUSTIN – Ballet Austin laced equal amounts of fairy dust and pratfalls Friday at Bass Concert Hall with its charming Midsummer Night's Dream .

The pratfalls, pranks and sheer silliness, served in heavy doses, almost took on a life of their own, leaving the pure dance to fend for itself.

Mendelssohn's music worked its own magic, setting the mood of fantasy and frolic. But once the curtain opened, showing a whimsical forest, it took a while for the story to get a jump-start. Titania and Oberon, flanked by their own rows of fairies, immediately battled over the child changeling that Titania has just triumphantly trailed in. The fairies quivered and rustled. Oberon seized the changeling, Titania gave him a baleful glare and then snatched her charge back. She won.
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Laughter and ballet? Only for a 'Midsummer'

By Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

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Monday, May 12, 2003

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Waves of laughter rippled through Bass Concert Hall Friday night while Ballet Austin danced onstage.

Laughter? Ballet? Absolutely — if it's Stephen Mills' "A Midsummer Night's Dream," reprised this weekend after impressing audiences and critics last year in Washington D.C.

As Puck, Anthony Casati set the tone of the ballet, sometimes impishly contorting, other times elegantly leaping.
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Ballet Austin ready to pirouette into season
Stephen Mills leads a troup of dancers into the future
By Kyu-Heong Kim for The Daily Texan

In a city dubbed the "Live Music Capital of the World," it is live performance of another variety that has Austin on the map.

With countless bands hitting the stages downtown, "Austin is one of 17 communities around the country who has a ballet and opera and a symphony," said Stephen Mills, the artistic director of Ballet Austin.

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Classical Conventions Turned on Their Heads, Quite Literally
by ROSLYN SULCAS for the New York Times

Perhaps Mr. Mills's full-length narrative pieces are better than the three abstract works presented at the Joyce, which have their merits but are hampered by a blurry sameness and a convoluted striving for originality.

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