In an already challenging year, Mother Nature launched one more to Texas Ballet Theater: Winter storm Uri, which caused a pipe burst, major flooding and catastrophic damage to their Fort Worth headquarters last month. In addition to offices and costume storage, specialized dance floors in the rehearsal rooms have been destroyed – in the midst of rehearsals for an upcoming world premieres show.
Thank goodness the company had already thought outside the box – or, in this case, traditional performance and rehearsal spaces.
They had previously planned to dance “on location” at hot spots around Fort Worth and Dallas – including a restaurant, distillery and museum – for two pre-recorded digital productions, the first of which, The poetry of expression: part I, Virtually premieres this weekend.
In Fort Worth, viewers can recognize the interior of Jon Bonnell’s Waters Restaurant in Sundance Square, Firestone & Robertson Distilling Company’s Whiskey Ranch, Inspiration Alley in the Foundry District, and the River Ranch event location in the Stockyards. . In Dallas, the company collaborated with the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
“We hope audiences will enjoy a new kind of performance experience through these productions,” TBT Executive Director Vanessa Logan said in a statement. “They show us all how the beauty and art of ballet can be found anywhere, even in unexpected places.”
The first production of TBT, The poetry of expression: part one, presents two new works choreographed by dancers from the company. The room VREC, choreographed by Riley Moyano, has been shot at several locations in Fort Worth, including Whiskey Ranch, River Ranch Stockyards and Waters.
“The way these places embodied different sections of my world premiere, VREC, was really inspiring, ”says Moyano. “The staff, including Robin Bangert, Craig Bonham and Jamie Holderby, were very accommodating. Without the collaborative spirit of the DFW community, none of this would have been possible.
The poetry of expression: part one also has The story of you, choreographed by Carl Coomer. It was filmed at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, celebrating a collaboration between two local nonprofits over a year of immense challenges and change for both, they say.
“Carl Coomer’s The story of you is a deeply inspiring and visionary work of art that perfectly captures the wonder and journey of self-exploration that our showrooms evoke in our visitors, ”said Linda Silver, President and CEO of Eugene McDermott of Perot museum. “We are delighted to partner with the Texas Ballet Theater for this important and timely creation and honored that the Perot Museum is presented in such a beautiful and moving room.”
The non-profit dance company says both pieces are representations of the era in which they were created – a time of creative problem-solving and community support, and continues to share ballet with North Texas. whereas traditional methods, such as in-person performances, are not feasible.
And while dancers and audiences alike look forward to returning to traditional performances at TBT’s home, Bass Hall, the company is grateful that this more “non-traditional” year has created opportunities for innovation in choreography, style. presentation, and now, location performance.
The poetry of expression: part one is available to stream now through April 9. Tickets cost $ 30 per household and can be purchased at www.texasballettheater.org.