A Graceful Pivot

Texas Ballet Theater adjusts 2020-21 season in light of COVID-19 upheaval

Texas Ballet Theater adjusts 2020-21 season in light of COVID-19

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Dallas will now get The Nutty Nutcracker. Photo by Steven Visneau

Just two months after announcing its 2020-2021 season, Texas Ballet Theater has done a pirouette on its original plan thanks to COVID-19 and released an updated schedule.

There are still four productions planned, just with a different order, and one very exciting addition for Dallas.

Artistic director Ben Stevenson's The Nutcracker now leads off the season, beginning November 27-December 6 at Winspear Opera House and then December 11-27 at Bass Performance Hall.

For the first time ever, Dallas is also receiving a performance of The Nutty Nutcracker, the company's irreverent, pop culture-filled take on the holiday classic. It will play December 4 in Dallas and December 18 in Fort Worth — and both are expected to sell out quickly.

Remaining on February 5-7, 2021, is the company's first mixed repertoire production: George Balanchine's Serenade, the world premiere of Ben Stevenson's Star Crossed, and the world premiere of a piece by TBT associate artistic director Tim O'Keefe, all set to music by composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The run at Bass Performance Hall is followed by two added performances February 13-14, 2021, at Winspear Opera House.

TBT canceled its production of Bartok/Image/Imbue just weeks ago because of COVID-19, but due to popular demand, will be able to bring back this mixed repertoire in 2020-21. It features work by Stevenson and choreographer Garrett Smith, ranging from neoclassical to contemporary styles, and will run March 5-7, 2021, at Bass Performance Hall.

Beauty and the Beast, originally slated to open the season, will now close it. The company will perform the ballet at Winspear Opera House May 14-16, 20201, and Bass Performance Hall May 21-23, 2021.

"We are looking forward to the new season, including the exciting performances we're adding in Dallas," executive director Vanessa Logan says. "We cannot wait to come together again with the North Texas community and welcome everyone back into the theater."

For more information and tickets, visit www.texasballettheater.org.