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Posted: 3:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014

Ballet Austin announces 2014-2015 season -- and a new commission 

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Ballet Austin's production of Balanchine's "Agon" will be performed Sept. 26-28, 2014.

By Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Ballet Austin artistic director Stephen Mills will create a new ballet set to Philip Glass' score for Jean Cocteau's ground-breaking surrealist-infused 1946 film "La belle et la bête," Mills and Ballet Austin officials announced Friday.

Mills said he has tapped internationally-recognized video artists Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler to collaborate on a video component that will be an integral part of the ballet.

"La belle et la bête" will premiere Feb. 13-15, 2015, as part of the Ballet Austin's 2014-2015, also announced on Friday. The commission comes from the 3M coporation who last year tapped Mills to create a new ballet.

In 1995, Glass composed an opera perfectly synchronized to Cocteau 's black-and-white film, with Glass referring to his final piece as "an opera for ensemble and film." 

Most recently, Mills presented "The Glass Project" his homage to the composer's music in three short ballets.

Also featured on the Ballet Austin;s 2014-2015 season is Balanchine's "Agon" and a production of Petipa & Lev's "Swan Lake."

Ballet Austin's 2014-2015 season:

  • "The Firebird" and "Agon," Sept. 26-28
  • "The Nutcracker," Dec. 6-23
  • "La belle et la bête," Feb. 13-15
  • "Director's Choice: 'One/The Body's Grace' and 'Luminaria'," March 27-29
  • "Swan Lake," May 8-10

All Ballet Austin performances will take place at the Long Center.

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

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Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman where she has worked since 1999.

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