TITAS Presents, in association with the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center, announces the 2017 TITAS Presents season featuring an exciting and diverse array of artists ranging from the passion of Argentinian Tango to the innovation of Pilobolus’ Shadowland to the absolute virtuosity of Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater. The TITAS Presents season is another stunning collection of the world’s most intriguing and awe-inspiring dance companies.
Virtuosic | Innovation: Two words that describe the collage and energy that is the upcoming 2017 TITAS Presents season – featuring the return of Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater; the incredibly innovative work of Bridgman|Packer Dance that fuses film, dance and a surrealistic set; the trailblazing work of Pilobolus’ Shadowland; and the debuts of two of Argentina’s most exciting companies. Year after year, our audiences have come to expect one thing: Innovation. This bold and diverse season, featuring 10 internationally acclaimed dance companies, delivers an unprecedented array of mixed media and blended art forms, the very definition of Innovation. TITAS Presents is attracting new audiences and developing new creative programs and cultural collaborations. It remains the coolest ticket in town.
2017 TITAS PRESENTS SEASON
Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater
8 p.m. Friday/Saturday
March 31 – April 1, 2017
Dallas City Performance Hall
Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. The Ailey company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents – and has reached millions more online and through television broadcasts.
In 2008, a U.S. Congressional resolution designated the Company as “a vital American cultural ambassador to the world” that celebrates the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance heritage. When Mr. Ailey began creating dances, he drew upon his “blood memories” of Texas, the blues, spirituals, and gospel as inspiration, which resulted in the creation of his most popular and critically acclaimed work, Revelations. Although he created 79 ballets over his lifetime, Mr. Ailey maintained that his company was not exclusively a repository for his own work. Today, the Company continues Mr. Ailey’s mission by presenting important works of the past and commissioning new ones. In all, more than 235 works by over 90 choreographers have been part of the Ailey company’s repertory. Before his untimely death in 1989, Alvin Ailey named Judith Jamison as his successor, and over the next 21 years, she brought the Company to unprecedented success. Ms. Jamison, in turn, personally selected Robert Battle to succeed her in 2011, and The New York Times declared he “has injected the company with new life.”
Argentina’s Che Malambo
8 p.m. Friday/Saturday
April 14/15, 2017
Dallas City Performance Hall
The Argentine based company, Che Malambo, excites audiences through precise footwork and rhythmic stomping, drumming of the bombos, and singing and whirling boleadoras (lassos with stones on the end). Presenting a thrilling, percussive dance and music spectacle, the company’s work celebrates the unique South American cowboy tradition of the gaucho. This powerhouse all-male company of 14 gauchos is directed by French choreographer and former ballet dancer, Gilles Brinas.
Che Malambo brings fiery Malambo traditions and virtuosic dancing to the contemporary stage for an exhilarating and entertaining show that is perfect for the entire family. Danced solely by men, the Malambo began in the 17th century as competitive duels that would challenge skills of agility, strength, and dexterity. Zapeteo, their fast-paced footwork, is inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses in their native Argentina.
Command Performance Gala
7 p.m. Saturday
May 13, 2017
Winspear Opera House
“…mesmerized the sold-out house with Superb Performances” – Marilee Vergati, Dallas Dance Examiner
“Ballet was stripped down to its rawest form…contemporary and progressive movements.” –Danielle Georgiou, Art & Seek
Year after year, Command Performance delivers one of the most exciting and jaw-dropping performances of the year. Dynamic and unforgettable, this truly is world-class dance! Twelve artists from leading companies light up the stage with spectacular and surprising performances. From gorgeous classics to breath-taking aerial works to stunning contemporary works, Command Performance is the pyrotechnics of dance—the most exciting, innovative and beautiful works being performed today. Command Performance also showcases newly commissioned works created specifically for this gala. Works by some of the world’s leading choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Dwight Rhoden, Jessica Lang, Mia Michaels, Adam Hougland and this year Sonya Teyah. Truly, a not-to-be-missed event!
Canada’s Ballet BC
8 p.m. Saturday
June 3, 2017
Winspear Opera House
Ballet BC, an internationally acclaimed collaborative and creation-based contemporary ballet company that is a leader and resource in the creation, production and education of contemporary dance in Canada. Founded in 1986, and under the leadership of Artistic Director Emily Molnar since 2009, Ballet BC is an internationally acclaimed collaborative and creation-based contemporary ballet company that is a leader and resource in the creation, production and education of contemporary dance in Canada. Bold and innovative, the Company’s distinctive style and approach has helped it make a unique and valuable contribution to the development of dance in Canada.
Ballet BC’s dancers are a group of open-minded and deep-thinking artists, each unique for their dynamic movement while sharing an intuitive passion for dance. Ballet BC is committed to its role as a leader in the community through dancer training opportunities, community and audience outreach, and professional development activities.
The Company presents a diverse repertoire of Canadian and international work from the late 20th and early 21st centuries, and is a hotbed for the creation and performance of new works. Since 2009, the Company has developed a repertoire of more than 35 new works by acclaimed Canadian and international choreographers including: William Forsythe, Itzik Galili, Jorma Elo, Cayetano Soto, Crystal Pite, Johan Inger, Walter Matteini, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Jacopo Godani, José Navas, Emily Molnar, Nicolo Fonte, Lesley Telford, Wen Wei Wang, Medhi Walerski, Serge Bennathan, Fernando Hernando Magadan, Kevin O’Day, Shawn Hounsell, Gioconda Barbuto, Simone Orlando, Robert Glumbek and Aszure Barton among others.
Under the artistic direction of Emily Molnar, former member of The National Ballet of Canada, Ballet BC and the Frankfurt Ballet, the Company actively fosters collaborations that support artists, choreographers and audiences alike, furthering the boundaries of contemporary dance. They embrace excellence in the practice of contemporary ballet, with its wide diversity of technique and style, honoring its roots and components. In our view, contemporary ballet is the ballet of today.
Ten Regular Season Shows and one Special Event, a spectacular season of innovative and awe-inspiring performances!
Tickets for TITAS Presents regular season performances begin at $12.
Performance tickets to TITAS Presents Command Performance also begin at $12.
TITAS Presents subscribers receive discounted pricing depending on the number of shows they purchase and season subscriptions are on sale now.
Individual tickets, should they remain available after subscription sales, will be made available at a later date.
TITAS Presents Official Hotel Sponsor: Sheraton Dallas
Season Sponsors include: Heritage Auctions, American Airlines, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts and Neiman Marcus.
Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.attpac.org/titas, by phone at 214-880-0202 or in person at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Information Center, 2353 Flora Street (Monday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesday thru Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.).
ABOUT TITAS PRESENTS
TITAS Presents, led by Executive Director/Artistic Director Charles Santos, is North Texas’ foremost presenter of high culture performance art. TITAS Presents has been presenting dance and music in Dallas for 34 years, consistently showcasing artistic excellence and innovative programming from around the world. TITAS Presents has presented over 500 performances with artists from more than 39 countries with over 150 debut events. Through the Neiman Marcus CROSSROADS Educational Outreach program, TITAS Presents has organized well over 600 educational outreach events that include master classes, lecture/demonstrations, artists-in-residencies and post- performance Q&A sessions reaching thousands of audience members. Now in partnership with the AT&T Performing Arts Center, TITAS Presents brings its eclectic and innovative mix of contemporary dance and music to the Dallas Arts District.
ABOUT THE AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
The AT&T Performing Arts Center is a nonprofit foundation that operates and programs a 10-acre campus comprised of three premier performance venues and a park in downtown Dallas. Opening in October 2009, the Center has helped complete the 30-year vision of the Dallas Arts District.
Audiences enjoy the best and most recent from Broadway and off-Broadway; the finest dance companies from across the globe co-presented with TITAS Presents; top concerts and performers with Center Presents; cutting-edge speakers; and a five-year initiative to present The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. The Center also offers free programming for audiences from every part of the community and produces the expansive, biannual light-based art event Aurora across the Arts District. Thousands of students explore and more deeply experience the arts through the Center’s education program, Open Stages. Working with local service agencies, the Center provides free tickets to underserved individuals and families through Community Partners. These programs are made possible by the ongoing support of donors and members.
The Center’s five resident companies are among the city’s leading arts institutions: Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, The Dallas Opera, Dallas Theater Center and Texas Ballet Theater.
Designed by internationally acclaimed architects, the Center’s performance spaces are some of the finest venues in the world:
- Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, designed by Foster + Partners of London, is a stunning 2,200-seat venue wrapped in red glass with outstanding acoustic performance halls.
- Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre is a 575-seat theatre with one of the most versatile stages in the world and a distinctive aluminum exterior. It was designed by REX/OMA, Joshua Prince-Ramus (partner in charge) and Rem Koolhaas.
- Annette Strauss Square, designed by Foster + Partners, is an open-air entertainment venue with lawn and patio seating for 2,000 surrounded by the downtown skyline.
- Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park is an urban park with native plants and grasses, landscaped lawns, performance spaces, a reflecting pool. Sammons Park was designed by Michel Desvigne and includes the Information Center designed by Foster + Partners.
The Center’s mission is to provide a public gathering place that strengthens community and fosters creativity through the presentation of performing arts. For more information about the AT&T Performing Arts Center and to purchase tickets, become a member, or make a donation, visit www.attpac.org