Dallas has become a showcase for ballet. Now Titas has a full season of dance. And it is often sold out.

So imagine how excited serious ballet connoisseurs are about this final event of the Dallas dance season.  I have attended this event over a dozen times and each time it seems more compelling. Sometimes I feel like I am watching fireworks. I have a silent “oh” and “ah” as the dancers push new boundaries in their performances.

Year after year, Command Performance delivers one of the most exciting and jaw-dropping performances of the year. Dynamic and unforgettable, this truly is world-class dance! Twelve artists from leading companies light up the stage with spectacular and surprising performances. It is the pyrotechnics of dance—the most exciting, innovative and beautiful works being performed today. Command Performance also showcases newly commissioned works created specifically for this gala performance; works by some of the world’s leading choreographers. A not-to-be-missed event!

After the performance, supporters get an opportunity to see one more dance—leaving them with a good taste in addition to a delicious dessert.

PERFORMANCE DETAILS

A SONG FOR YOU (PREMIERED 1972)

• Choreography | Alvin Ailey

• Music | Music and Lyrics by Leon Russell; Performed by Donny Hathaway

• Costume | Ursula Reed

• Lighting | After Shirley Prendergast

• GLENN ALLEN SIMS

WALK ALONE (WORLD PREMIERE)

• Choreography | Wang Yuanyuan (王媛媛)

• Music | En Amaryllis Jour by Kangding Ray, from OR album

• FENG LINSHU (冯琳舒) ZHENG JIE (郑杰)

TABLE TALK

• Choreography | Moses Pendleton

• Assisted by | Karl Bauman

• Music | Safe from Harm R Del Naja, A. Vowles, G. Marshall (KA Massive Attack)

• STEVEN EZRA

LOLITA (EXCERPT FROM SWIMMER)

• Choreography | Yuri Possokhov

• Music | Tom Waits

• DORES ANDRÉ LUKE INGHAM

INVERTED DUET

• Choreography | Amelia Rudolph in collaboration with the dancers

• Music | Gideon Freudmann

• Rigger | Braden Mayfield

• RACHAEL LINCOLN MELECIO ESTRELLA

• Inverted Duet was originally conceived and choreographed as part of BANDALOOP’s mountain work Crossing, which paired footage of the company in the Sierra Nevada with indoor theatrical work.

INTERMISSION

ECHOES OF NARCISSUS (BOTANICA)

• Choreography | Moses Pendleton and Cynthia Quinn

• Music | Space Weaver by Lisa Gerrard

ROMEO & JULIET BALCONY PAS DE DEUX

• Choreography | Helgi Tomasson

• Music | Sergei Prokofiev

• DORES ANDRÉ LUKE INGHAM

DECEMBER IN BEIJING (WORLD PREMIERE)

• Choreography | Wang Yuanyuan (王媛媛)

• Music | Ben Frost Demolition by Kangding Ray, from album Pruitt Igoe

• FENG LINSHU (冯琳舒) ZHENG JIE (郑杰)

UNCHARTED TERRITORY

• (World Premiere, Commissioned by TITAS Presents)

• Choreography | Bridget L. Moore

• Music | Kangding Ray

• Understudy | Kimara Wood

• MATTHEW RUSHING CLAUDE ALEXANDER, III

GROWTH (A PART OF A BIGGER PICTURE)

• Choreography | Dwight Rhoden

• Music | The Four Sections by Steve Reich, IV. Full Orchestra

• Costume | John Ahrens

• Lighting | After Michael Korsch

• ALBERT DRAKE (SMU Meadows School of the Arts Dance Alum/Bruce Wood Dance Project)

POST-CONCERT DONOR PERFORMANCE

HOISTING BLOCK RELEASE

• Choreography | Amelia Rudolph in collaboration with the dancers

• Music | Frost

• Rigger | Braden Mayfield

• RACHAEL LINCOLN KOURTNEY MORENO MELECIO ESTRELLA

• This work is an adaptation of the 2013 indoor work Harboring, recently performed in February, 2017 on a decommissioned crane in Norway for the Barents Spektakel festival in the Arctic.

COMMAND PERFORMANCE 2017

7:00PM SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017 WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE

2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201