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TITAS’ New Season: Pilobolus, Mark Morris, the Trocks & Other Goodies

Shen Wei Dance Arts

TITAS will present a remarkable array of international musical talent and genre-defining dance companies next season, including Pilobolus, chamber music with Philip Glass, the Mark Morris Dance Group and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.

Lesser-known but innovative attractions include the Dallas debuts of SCRAP-ARTS-MUSIC (featured in the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Olympics), Shen Wei Dance Arts (Chinese-born choreographer Shen Wei himself was a Meadows Prize winner at SMU last year) and the English performance-art-dance company, Motionhouse.

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The full release follows:


TITAS in association with The AT&T Performing Arts Center announces the 2013-2014 TITAS Season
TITAS lineup to feature a diverse and exciting roster of international artists:

Jessica Lang Dance
Canada’s SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC
Pilobolus
Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Philip Glass- An Evening of Chamber Music
(Featuring Philip Glass and Tim Fain)
Israel’s Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
England’s Motionhouse
TITAS Command Performance Gala
Mark Morris Dance Group
Shen Wei Dance Arts

DALLAS (May 3 ) – With a defining theme of Innovation and Collaboration, TITAS, in association with the AT&T Performing Arts Center, announced today the 2013-2014 TITAS season will feature an exciting and diverse array of artists ranging from Philip Glass to Pilobolus.

“This TITAS 13/14 season focuses on what we do best, collaborations and dance. This amazing lineup features an unprecedented level of artistic innovators that both TITAS and the Center are excited to present. Collaborations and Innovation continue to be the hallmark of our artistic profile.” Charles Santos, TITAS executive director/artistic director.

TITAS in association wth the AT&T Performing Arts Center 2013-2014 SERIES

Jessica Lang Dance
8 p.m. Saturday, September 09, 2013
Winspear Opera House
DALLAS DEBUT
“… a master of visual composition.” (Dance Magazine )
The most exciting new contemporary ballet company touring today. Luscious choreography and beautifully gifted, seasoned dancers are what make this remarkable new company so special. JLD’s goal is to perform dance works associated with music, opera, mixed media compositions delivering an organic blend of classical and contemporary styles. This performance will feature their collaboration with visual artist Shinichi Maruyama, composer Jakub Ciupinski and Vancouver-based design firm, Molo. In association with this presentation, The Crow Collection of Asian Art will host an exhibition of Maruyama’s artwork and a salon conversation with the artists.

SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC
8 p.m. Friday, November 22, 2013
Winspear Opera House
DALLAS DEBUT
“ (Out of Five). High Kicking, virtuosic and adrenaline–packed.” (Winnipeg Free Press)
SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC’s performances are a spectacular and intoxicating mix of music and movement that transcends language, culture and age – great for the entire family. With hand-crafted instruments using found materials such as accordion parts, aluminum scraps and even artillery shells, composer-percussionist Gregory Kozak and designer-muse Justine Murdy take musical invention, recycling and environmental consciousness to new heights. Their “upcycled” creations transform into over 100 unique mobile sculptures capable of fresh and exhilarating music. Exciting and mesmerizing, three billion viewers watched them world-wide as they were featured at the Closing Ceremonies of the 2010 Olympics.

Pilobolus
8 p.m. Friday / Saturday, January 17/18, 2014 (2 shows)
Winspear Opera House
“… a large part of what the best in contemporary dance is all about: discovery.” (The Washington Post)
Ingenious, funny and intriguing, Pilobolus redefines modern dance with their unique use of the body as a prop. Radically innovative and always intriguing, Pilobolus is one of the world’s most beloved dance illusionist companies—and a TITAS audience favorite. Having been seen around the world and featuredon such shows as the 79th Academy Awards to 60 Minutes, Pilobolus continues to thrill audiences, remaining as surprising as ever.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet
8 p.m. Saturday, January 25, 2014
Winspear Opera House
“Gripping, urgently beautiful choreography.” —(San Francisco Chronicle)
Alonzo King LINES Ballet is a celebrated contemporary ballet company whose works draw on a diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions, imbuing classical ballet with new expressive potential. Articulated, technical and profoundly inventive, LINES Ballet has created a very special niche for themselves in the international cultural landscape. A must see performance, Alonzo King’s luscious, visionary choreography is renowned for connecting audiences to a profound sense of shared humanity.

Philip Glass – An Evening of Chamber Music
Featuring Philip Glass and Tim Fain
8 p.m. Monday, February 24, 2014
Winspear Opera House
“The most powerful composer of our time… ” (The Daily Telegraph)
An intimate evening with one of the world’s most important living composers, Philip Glass. This chamber music concert is a rare opportunity to hear Philip Glass with the exceptional violinist Tim Fain. “Fain is one of the few soloists for whom Glass has composed solo material; asked why, Glass answered, ‘Because he’s that good.’,” The Village Voice. Hauntingly beautiful music, Philip Glass compositions always transport the listener to a beautiful state of musical bliss.

Israel’s Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company
8 p.m. Saturday, March, 01, 2014
City Performance Hall
DALLAS DEBUT
“The committed performance of the cast and the purity of the choreography will win you over.” (Anna Kisselgoff – The New York Times)
On a recent cultural trip to Israel, the TITAS Director became intrigued with the work of choreographer Rami Be’er and his company Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. Beautifully crafted work, KCDC exemplifies the sophisticated work being created in Israel’s cultural scene. Be’er’s creations have brought the company much international acclaim making KCDC into one of Israel’s most prominent dance companies. Unique, innovative and highly stylized, KCDC has earned a reputation for sophisticated choreography with stunning dancers.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
8 p.m. Friday/Saturday, April 4/5, 2014 (2 shows)
City Performance Hall
“… a guaranteed hoot for people who know nothing of ballet and an absolute must for those who think they know the originals.” (The Sydney Star Observer)
Always hilarious, and always a TITAS favorite – the Tocks are back! Founded in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts for the purpose of presenting a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form and en travesti, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has established itself as a major dance phenomenon throughout the world. Their comedy is achieved by incorporating and exaggerating the foibles, accidents, and underlying incongruities of serious dance. The fact that men dance all the parts – heavy bodies delicately balancing on toes as swans, sylphs, water sprites, romantic princesses, or angst-ridden Victorian ladies – enhances, rather than mocks, the spirit of dance as an art form, delighting and amusing the most knowledgeable, as well as the novices in the audiences.

England’s Motionhouse
8 p.m. Saturday/Sunday, April 12/13, 2014 (2 shows)
City Performance Hall
DALLAS DEBUT
“A jaw-dropping, eye-popping work of creation that … comes close to a hallucinogenic experience… a mesmerising combination of physical dance and film that thrills the senses and tricks the eye.” (Bournemouth Daily Echo)
An exciting performance art/dance company not to be missed! Acclaimed for striking use of imagery and theatricality, Motionhouse delivers an extraordinary multi-disciplinary dance performance. Visually surprising with dazzling special effects, Scattered, is a unexpected and welcomed assault on your senses. The result is a unique and magical visual performance that is a surprising interaction between film and live performance. Performed on a huge curved floor, Scattered uses stunning projection technology to create a special world in which the dancers move in, on and through the images. A must see event for the entire family.

Mark Morris Dance Group
8 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014
Winspear Opera House
“America’s most exciting modern dance choreographer.” (The New Yorker)
Mark Morris is an influential and celebrated choreographer whose once-controversial pieces have become the standard of creativity for a new generation of dancers, choreographers and critics. Morris has changed the way audiences see modern dance. The Washington Post observed, “Morris’s ability to surmount musical difficulties that would flummox most anyone else is awe-inspiring.” The company of exuberant dancers lives up to its reputation of wit, grace, with a refined musicality that is further reinforced by Morris’s use of live musicians for every performance.

Shen Wei Dance Arts
8 p.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014
Winspear Opera House
DALLAS DEBUT
“One of the great artists of our time.” (The Washington Times)
Internationally recognized for the breadth and scope of his artistic vision, Shen Wei is a prolific choreographer and stage director; set, costume, lighting and make-up designer; painter; and filmmaker. He is perhaps best known as the lead choreographer for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which won worldwide acclaim. The New York Times proclaimed, “If there is something to write home about in the dance world, it is the startlingly imaginative work of the Chinese born choreographer Shen Wei.” This amazing performance is in collaboration with an exhibition and salon discussion hosted by the Crow Collection of Asian Art.

SPECIAL EVENT:
TITAS Command Performance Gala
7 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014
Winspear Opera House
“A mix of classical and modern dance…awe inspiring, powerful and dazzling.” (The Dallas Morning News)
Stunningly beautiful and creative, Command Performance is the definitive dance event of the year. A spectacular evening featuring ten of the world’s most renowned stars performing today’s best in dance. From classic pas de deux to awe-inspiring contemporary works, TITAS’s annual gala performance is simply not-to-be-missed. It is the pyrotechnics of dance – the most exciting, innovative and beautiful works all in one evening. Command Performance has also become the showcase for TITAS-commissioned new choreographic works by some of the dance world’s brightest stars including Dwight Rhoden, Mia Michaels, Jessica Lang and Twyla Tharp. Year after year, Command Performance brings thrilled audiences to their feet with one of the most dynamic and unforgettable evenings of truly world-class dance.
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Ten Regular Season Shows and one Special Event, a spectacular season of innovative and awe-inspiring performances!
Tickets for TITAS regular season performances range from $12 to $135.
Performance Tickets to TITAS Command Performance Gala range from $12 to $200.
TITAS Subscribers receive discounted pricing depending on the number of shows they purchase.