February 1, 2023

The Line-up: Five dance concerts not to miss


Austin choreographers step out this spring, a post-pandemic burst of creativity. Let’s call it a dance party.

Swan Lake: Ballet Austin

Ballet Austin
Ballet Austin’s ‘Swan Lake.’ Photo by Anne Marie Bloodgood

May 6-8
Long Center for the Performing Arts
Just in time for Mother’s Day, reprises its production of the ballet classic Swan Lake. It features Marius Petipa’s original choreography and breathtaking corps de ballet sequences, set to Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s sweeping score.

Knock, Knock: Heloise Gold & Henna Chou

Heloise Gold
Heloise Gold and Henna Chou

May 13-15
Women & Their Work outdoor garden, 1311 E. Cesar Chavez St.
A multimedia dance and music performance created by the inimitable Heloise Gold and Henna Chou. This intimate and informal presentation will share the work Chou and Gold have been collaborating on slowly and intermittently over the past two-and-a-half years. Experimenting with sound and movement loosely based on themes from the ancient Chinese Classic the Tao Te Ching, which has directly or indirectly influenced both of their lives.

The Magnificent Conjuring of You and Me: KDH Dance Company

KDH Dance
Ann Bauer of KDH Dance Company. Photo by Sarah Annie Navarrete

May 27-29
Cafe Dance, 3307 Hancock Dr.
A new work by Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company, “The Magnificent Conjuring of You and Me,” features an original score by composer Michael Wall and performed in the intimate studio at Cafe Dance.

Beautiful World: Ventana Ballet

Ventana Ballet
Ventana Ballet. Photo by by Farid Zarrinabadi.

June 2-4
Draylen Mason Music Studio, KMFA, 41 Navasota St.
A celebration of planet Earth. Ventana Ballet and chamber music ensemble Austin Camerata will premiere ‘A Million Alien Gospels,’ an original ballet composed by Michael Alec Rose and choreographed by by AJ Garcia-Rameau and Dorothy O’Shea Overbey.


The Mad Scene: PerformaDance

June 10-11
Austin Ventures Studio Theater, Ballet Austin, 501 W. Third St.

From dancemaker Jennifer Hart comes “The Mad Scene,” a darkly absurdist dance-drama, that dives into the human longing for fame. Follow the ten characters as they battle to win your attention. Starting in the 17th century court of Louis XIV, “The Mad Scene” rockets ahead to the our social media-soaked times. The 90-minute ballet mashes up pop fiction with black comedy, skewering the veneer of performance, propaganda, and artificiality.

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