1. The Velveteen Rabbit

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    Spark premieres a contemporary take on the well-loved story The Velveteen Rabbit by combining dance, shadow play, and puppetry to create an engaging show for families to enjoy together. This new twist on a classic has a resounding emphasis on the importance of play. In the show, the title character is tossed aside for more high-tech toys. Once the Velveteen Rabbit is picked up by its companion, the Boy, they go on many imaginary adventures together. From the Velveteen Rabbit and the Boy traveling to a magical garden to deep-sea diving, the audience witnesses how using one’s imagination has no limits. This show is for all ages.

    • Saturday, March 4 with shows at 2:30 PM and 4:30 PM
    • The Town School at 540 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021
    • Tickets $10 in advance or $15 at the door
    • Featuring Serena Chang, Matt Dittes, Melissa Herchakowski, Brent Radeke, Kristen Santos, Michelle Thompson Ulerich, and Reginald Webber Jr.
    • Guest performance by Ella Mansager
    • Choreography by Chelsea Koenig
    • Lighting by Steph Wessels
    • Puppet design by Patrick Weigand




  2. Austin 360 Review of Belle Redux

    Jeanne Claire van Ryzin reviewed Ballet Austin's premier of Belle Redux: A Tale of Beauty and the Beast for austin360:

    "...the final pas de deux of Belle (danced by Michelle Thompson who shared the role with Aare Krumpe) and Beast (Edward Carr who shared the role with Paul Michael Bloodgood), brought a refined elegance and emotional impact to the ending.... Thompson and Carr were at the most nuanced here too, their partnering dramatically seamless and heartfelt."



  3. Performances

    Ballet Austin's 2014–2015 Season

    The Firebird
    Sep 26–28, 2014 at The Long Center
    Choreography by Stephen Mills
    Music by Igor Stravinsky

    The Nutcracker
    Dec 6–23, 2014 at The Long Center
    Choreography by Stephen Mills
    Music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky

    Belle Redux / A Tale of Beauty & The Beast
    Feb 13–15, 2015 at The Long Center
    Choreography by Stephen Mills
    Score by Graham Reynolds

    Director's Choice
    Mar 27–29, 2015 at The Long Center
    Luminaria by Stephen Mills; music by Jordi Savall
    One / the body's grace by Stephen Mills; music by Bach and Handel
    World Premiere by Jennifer Hart

    Swan Lake
    May 8–10, 2015 at The Long Center
    Choreography by Marius Petipa & Lev Ivanov
    Music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky