Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Complexions Comtemporary Ballet plus a Bonus

May 13: Complexions Contemporary Ballet (presented by TITAS in association
with AT&T Performing Arts Center)

Complexions has been described as the future of contemporary ballet based on its
technique, virtuosity and cutting-edge choreography. The company, embracing diversity with 16 dancers of different ethnic and dance backgrounds, is pure excitement to watch.
With its dazzling range of work encompassing everything from big, dynamic ensembles to poignant duos and solos, this performance will have something for everyone.
Complexions was founded by two former Alvin Alley American Dance Theater stars, Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden. The New York Times called Richardson “one of the great modern dancers of our time,” and Rhoden “one of the most sought-out choreographers of the day.”
Featured on the program will be the world premiere of a new work commissioned by TITAS.

At 6:45pm, this Friday, TITAS will present a pre-show conversation with the key artistic players in the TITAS commissioned work Testament having its world premiere Friday night at the Winspear Opera House. TITAS entered into a year-long residency with Complexions Contemporary Ballet to develop a work centered around old Negro Spirituals sung live and choreographed with a cutting edge contemporary ballet company. The work, already garnishing much international attention, will have its premiere on Friday and marks the beginning of a new initiative by TITAS to foster cultural collaborations and new works.

If you can't attend, this 40 minute talk will also be streamed live onto the Web and promises to provide insight into the creative process with one of the world's most interesting contemporary ballet companies.

What’s coming up Next

May 17 - 29: Rock of Ages (AT&T Performing Arts Center Lexus Broadway Series)Tony Award Nominee and “American Idol” finalist Constantine Maroulis reprises his acclaimed performance as Drew in the first national tour of the five-time Tony Award nominated smash hit musical, Rock of Ages.

Rock of Ages is a hilarious, feel-good love story told through the hit songs of iconic rockers Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake and many others. In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl meets a big city dreamer at one of Los Angeles’ most legendary rock clubs and they fall in love to the greatest hits of the ‘80s.

Rolling Stone magazine said: “Rock of Ages has found a perfect lead in Maroulis.”
A New Line/Warner Bros. film of Rock of Ages is scheduled to be completed later
this year. Don’t miss this awesomely good story about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on.

Performances will be at 8 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on
Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. There will be additional performances on Sunday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, May 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $150 with prime location orchestra seats available for $75 for select performances.

June 8 - 19: Billy Elliot The Musical (AT&T Performing Arts Center Lexus
Broadway Series)

Billy Elliot The Musical, featuring an original score by music legend Sir Elton John, is a joyous celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dream come true. Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into ballet class, discovering a surprising passion that inspires his family and his whole community.

Thrilling audiences worldwide and winning 10 Tony Awards in 2009, including Best Musical, Billy Elliot The Musical has been called “The best show you will ever see” by the New York Post. This feel-good celebration of one boy’s triumph against all odds wins rave reviews wherever it plays. Ben Brantley of The New York Times said it was “the most inspiring show I’ve seen in years.”

Based on the international hit film, Billy Elliot is brought to life by a phenomenal cast, including Faith Prince, who has been dazzling Broadway audiences with her award winning performances.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. There will be additional performances on Sunday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 9 at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, June 15 at 2 p.m.

Single tickets prices range from $30 to $150 with prime location orchestra seats available for $90 for select performances.

Tickets for all of the shows can be purchased online at, by phone at 214.880.0202, at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Box Office at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street (Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday 11 am – 4m), or at the remote Box Office at Park Place Lexus Plano at 1025 Preston Road.

About the AT&T Performing Arts Center
Open since October 2009, the AT&T Performing Arts Center is a vibrant destination for entertainment in the heart of the downtown Dallas Arts District. The Center presents a variety of programs, including its Lexus Broadway Series, Brinker International Forum, JAZZ ROOTS and, in association with TITAS,
contemporary dance and music, and other performances. The Center also provides performance space for The Dallas Opera, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, in unparalleled venues set within a 10-acre urban park.

The Dallas Fort Worth Lexus Dealer Association is the title sponsor of the Center’s Lexus Broadway Series. Lexus is the official vehicle of the Center and its resident companies, the official valet sponsor and the naming rights holder for the Center’s two underground parking areas.

Madelyn Miller is a travel and food writer who tries to attend every Titas performance when she is in town. Read her stories on,,,,,

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