An Artful Affair

TITAS creates some enchanted evening with command performance at the Winspear

TITAS creates some enchanted evening with command performance at the Winspear

Jason Constantino, Dori Boone-Constantino
Jason Constantino , Dori Boone-Constantino Photo courtesy of TITAS
Gail Halperin, Ric Abel, Kim Abel
Gail Halperin , Ric Abel , Kim Abel Photo courtesy of TITAS
Charles Santos, Barbara Benac, Bill Benac
Charles Santos , Barbara Benac , Bill Benac Photo courtesy of TITAS
Read Gendler, Kathy Chamberlain
Read Gendler , Kathy Chamberlain Photo courtesy of TITAS
Delia Crossley
Delia Crossley Photo courtesy of TITAS
Carla Körbes, Patrick Fraser
Carla Körbes , Patrick Fraser Photo courtesy of TITAS
TITAS/Command Performance Gala 2013
The Winspear Opera House provided an elegant backdrop for the performance and seated dinner that followed. Photo courtesy of TITAS
Rachel Dupard, TITAS/Command Performance Gala 2013
The R&B ensemble from Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts lit up the Winspear post-ballet. Rachel Dupard Photo courtesy of TITAS
George Moussa, Erika Moussa, Lorri Michel, Michael Ginsberg
George Moussa , Erika Moussa , Lorri Michel , Michael Ginsberg Photo courtesy of TITAS
Janessa Touchet, Cervilio Miguel Amador
Janessa Touchet , Cervilio Miguel Amador Photo courtesy of TITAS
Michelle Gifford, Wendy Whelon
Michelle Gifford , Wendy Whelon Photo courtesy of TITAS
Yuan Yuan Tan, Charles Santos
Yuan Yuan Tan , Charles Santos Photo courtesy of TITAS
Rishi Ganti, Sarah Rothbaum
Rishi Ganti , Sarah Rothbaum Photo courtesy of TITAS
Jason Constantino, Dori Boone-Constantino
Gail Halperin, Ric Abel, Kim Abel
Charles Santos, Barbara Benac, Bill Benac
Read Gendler, Kathy Chamberlain
Delia Crossley
Carla Körbes, Patrick Fraser
TITAS/Command Performance Gala 2013
Rachel Dupard, TITAS/Command Performance Gala 2013
George Moussa, Erika Moussa, Lorri Michel, Michael Ginsberg
Janessa Touchet, Cervilio Miguel Amador
Michelle Gifford, Wendy Whelon
Yuan Yuan Tan, Charles Santos
Rishi Ganti, Sarah Rothbaum

Performing arts enthusiasts wait breathlessly all year for one of the hottest social events of the spring season: Command Performance La Fete du Ballet gala, presented by the Texas International Theatrical Arts Society (TITAS). The sophisticated springtime affair celebrates the arts through a beautiful series of dances starring world-renowned performers, followed by a seated dinner. 

Supporters, sporting tuxes and all manner of sheen and sparkle, descended on the Winspear Opera House for the 19th annual fundraiser. Before the performance began, Michael Ginsberg was honored with the Tom Adams Award for his dedication to the organization and the arts. Ginsberg has funded the Command Performance commissioning projects for five years and has been devoted to the arts since he was a young boy. 

The ethereal stage performance was divided into two acts with a series of movements. The show featured esteemed dancers Wendy Whelan, of New York City Ballet; Desmond Richardson, of Complexions Contemporary Ballet; Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith, of San Francisco Ballet; Carla Körbes and Karel Cruz, of Pacific Northwest Ballet; and Janessa Touchet and Cervilio Miguel Amador, of the Cincinnati Ballet. 

The thrilling, world-class performance ranged from the mellifluous Concerto Dsch Pas de Deux choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky to the mysterious excerpt from Fight or Flight choreographed by Lisa Giobbi.

After the show, guests moved to the main lobby of the opera house for an elegant dinner. With visions of ballet still dancing in their heads, they switched gears for a performance by the R&B ensemble from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. 

Joining TITAS executive director/artistic director Charles Santos were devotees Delia Crossley, Erika and George Moussa, Lorri Michel, Lucilo Pena, Kurt Anderson, Lee Cobb, Risha Ganti, Read Gendler and Kathy Chamberlain