joffrey ballet
Photo by Herbert Migdoll

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 8:00 pm
Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 8:00 pm
Bass Concert Hall

Part of the 2012-2013 Texas Performing Arts Season

Ashley C. Wheater, artistic director
Vaslav Nijinsky, choreography
Igor Stravinsky, composer

The University of Texas Symphony Orchestra
Gerhardt Zimmermann, music director
Scott Speck, guest conductor

Made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the Dean of the College of Fine Arts and the Executive Vice President and Provost of The University of Texas at Austin

Presented in partnership with the Butler School of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance

The University of Texas Symphony Orchestra joins the world famous Joffrey Ballet for a spectacular evening of classical dance and music, highlighted by a performance of Le Sacre du Printemps ( The Rite of Spring ), celebrating the centennial of the work’s world premiere in Paris in 1913. The Joffrey Ballet’s Rite of Spring explores Stravinsky’s revolutionary score and Nijinsky’s radical choreography with a remarkable reconstruction of the 1913 production with original costumes, choreography, and design.

The Joffrey Ballet, now with a permanent residence in Chicago, has been hailed as “America’s Company of Firsts.” The namesake of the late Robert Joffrey, The Joffrey Ballet has a long list of “firsts” including the first dance company to perform at the White House at Jacqueline Kennedy’s invitation, the first to appear on television, the first American company to visit Russia, the first classical dance company to go multi-media, the first to commission a rock ‘n’ roll ballet, the first and only dance company to appear on the cover of Time magazine, and the first company to be the subject of a major motion picture, Robert Altman’s The Company.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see, first hand, why this 100 year-old masterpiece continues to have such a radiating influence on contemporary art, culture, and aesthetics.

“One had to applaud the impeccable continuity and dynamic logic of Nijinsky’s choreography. One had to be grateful to Joffrey for taking us on this fascinating trip through a dark time tunnel.”


Son of Chamber Symphony
Choreography by Stanton Welch
Music by John Adams


After The Rain
Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon
Music by Arvo Pärt


Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring)
Choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky
Music by Igor Stravinsky


Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet rolls out acclaimed new commissions in New Orleans – The Times-Picayune


Post-Performance Talkback
• Tuesday 03/05/13
• Immediately following the performance
• Bass Concert Hall

Artists In Residence: UT Dance Master Class
• Wednesday 03/06/13
• 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
• Anna Hiss Gym
Limited Space: call or make a reservation – 512.471.6376 or

Pre-Performance Lecture

• Wednesday 03/06/13
• 7:00 pm
• Bass Concert Hall Lobby
Tina Curran, Assistant Professor, Theatre and Dance, is co-developing the BFA in Dance: Dance Studies Option leading to Texas State dance teacher certification. As an artist, educator and scholar, Curran’s focus is on developing dance literacy and promoting dance legacy.

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