Ballet Austin Presents Romeo & Juliet
A Mother’s Day weekend she’ll remember always:
Shakespeare’s timeless tale featuring breathtaking dance, exquisite costumes, and majestic live music
WHO: Ballet Austin
Choreography by Stephen Mills
Music by Sergei Prokofiev
Musical Accompaniment by Austin Symphony Orchestra
WHAT: Ballet Austin’s Romeo & Juliet
WHEN: 8:00 pm on May 11 & 12; 3:00 pm on May 13
WHERE: Dell Hall at The Long Center for the Performing Arts
TICKETS: $15 - $74 at www.balletaustin.org, 512.476.2163
Ballet Austin Box Office at 501 W. 3rd Street
AUSTIN, TX – March 29, 2012 – Ballet Austin’s 2011/12 season closes with the timeless classic,Romeo & Juliet, at The Long Center for the Performing Arts May 11-13, 2012. Passionate pas-de-deux, dramatic sword fights and elegant ball scenes set the stage for the star-crossed lovers’ journey, while the Austin Symphony Orchestra provides accompaniment with Sergei Prokofiev’s compelling score.
Shakespeare’s familiar tale of Romeo & Julietgets a breath of fresh air through Artistic Director Stephen Mills’ sleek yet complex choreography.When asked about his predominant message in his critically acclaimed version of Romeo & Juliet, Mills replied, “The ballet focuses on Romeo and Juliet’s purity of love: so pure, they saw past the struggle of their families.”
This Mother’s Day weekend, the romance comes to life through elaborate costumes, fluid movements, and breathtaking sets featuring an Italianate tapestry of stained-glass colors. Appealing to the romantic and the adventurous alike, Romeo & Juliet awakens the passions of the soul.
For tickets to Ballet Austin’s production of Romeo & Juliet, visitwww.balletaustin.org
Family Dance Workshop – Romeo & Juliet
Sunday, April 29, 2012 | 2 – 3:30pm
Ballet Austin’s AustinVentures StudioTheater
See excerpts from Ballet Austin’s Romeo & Juliet, and create your own choreography with the help of Ballet Austin dancers. Recommended for ages 3 to 12 years old and their family members. Learn more or sign up.
Studio Spotlight – Romeo & Juliet
Thursday, May 3, 2012
12 – 1pm or 6 – 7pm -- FREE
Ballet Austin’s AustinVentures StudioTheater
Up-close, personal, and informal, Studio Spotlight gives guests a behind-the-scenes look at choreography and elements fromRomeo & Juliet while it is still in the works: the perfect lunchtime break or happy hour activity. Free admission for those who RSVP. Learn more or sign up.
Footlights – Romeo & Juliet
One hour prior to all performances | May 11 – 13, 2012
The Long Center
Enhance your experience at the ballet with a pre-show lecture and Q&A for all ages. See the last-minute preparations unfold in the background while gaining a unique understanding of the performance. Learn more.
About Ballet Austin
As distinctive and dynamic as the city it calls home, Ballet Austin welcomes audiences near and far to participate in its “classically innovative” vision for the democratization of dance. With a rich history spanning five decades, acclaimed productions, a commitment to creating access to programs and one of the nation's largest classical ballet academies, the organization is poised for an even greater future. From their home at the Butler Dance Education Center in downtown Austin, Ballet Austin and Artistic Director Stephen Mills actively engage the community, dancers, and audiences alike. The New York Times proclaims Ballet Austin "a company with big ambitions" originating work that is "absorbing."
501 West Third Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Box Office: 512.476.2163
General info: 512.476.9151
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Production Sponsors Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP; Moreland Properties; BMW of Austin, Maxwell, Locke & Ritter; James Armstrong & Larry Connelly; Paula & Bob Boldt; Dr. & Mrs. Ernest Butler; Jo & Jon Ivester; Janis & Joe Pinnelli; Peter Schram & Harry Ullmann; Cathy & Dwight Thompson; Anne & Cord Shiflet
Season Underwriter Austin Ventures
Season Sponsors Vintage IT Services, The Ampersand Agency, Reavis Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc., Get Page One, YNN
Media Sponsors KVUE, Austin American-Statesman, MAJIC 95.5
Education Underwriter JPMorgan Chase Foundation
This project is funded in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division, by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.