Fresh off their successful run of “Carnival of Animals,” Avant Chamber Ballet is further establishing their position at the forefront of Dallas dance through their commitment to combining dance with live music topped with an ever-tasteful presentation. Now, enjoy the performance “Holiday Celebration” November 20 at White’s Chapel Methodist Church in Southlake presented by Apex Arts League.
“Everyone wants their offering to have something special and different,” said Artistic Director Katie Puder. “Instead of embellishing our production, we took a minimalist approach to make our mark by presenting everyone’s favorite sections of the Nutcracker.”
The evening consists of two ballets, “Nutcracker: Short and Suite” and “Sleigh Ride.” Internationally acclaimed pianist Konstantyn Travinsky will provide the only accompaniment for the selected Nutcracker pieces for which Puder has choreographed all new movement. “Sleigh Ride,” is a more jaunty collection of works performed by ACB’s Music Director David Cooper’s brass quintet, Bishop Arts Brass, with Cooper on the French horn, Steve Peterson on trombone, Clay Garrett on tuba and Kyle Sherman and Cody McClarty playing trumpet.
This year, ACB is comprised of 18 dancers, up from 15 last season, from a wide-range of backgrounds and experiences, a choice Puder said she made deliberately, to create a group of dancers who dance together beautifully, but who possess individual strengths.
Their already full season continues to grow, with more and more encore bookings.
“The support has been almost staggering,” said Puder. “Both from inside the dance community and outside, people really seem to respond to the combination of chamber music and dance.”
Tickets are $20 Adult | $15 Seniors-Students-Apex Members | $5 Children (12 and under) – AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR or contact Apex Arts League (email: email@example.com or call 1.800.481.8914)