Ballet Ensemble of Texas, one of Dallas’ best-reviewed pre-professional ballet companies, is ushering in the holiday season with its 22nd annual production of The Nutcracker. American Ballet Theatre’s Patrick Frenette will perform the role of Sugar Plum Cavalier.
The holiday ballet opens on Friday, Nov 30 at 7:30 pm. Additional performances are Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2:30 p.m. at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for students/seniors and can be purchased by calling the Irving Arts Center box office at 972-252-2787 (ARTS) or at www.irvingartscenter.com.
Thom Clower joined Ballet Ensemble of Texas as artistic director in August 2018. Clower’s career spans more than 40 years as a professional dancer and master teacher, including eleven seasons with Dallas Ballet.
“I’m thrilled to return to the Dallas area to work with such gifted young dancers who represent the future of dance,” Clower said. “This updated production of The Nutcracker showcases the iconic choreography of the original Ballet Russe version of the Snow pas de deux, surrounded by the exhilarating snowflake scene, a favorite of audiences from previous Dallas Ballet productions.”
Clower also is bringing back choreography for Arabian and Mirliton variations that hasn’t been presented in Dallas in 20 years, and new choreography for the Russian dancers. “The energetic performance is wonderful and expected to bring the house to its feet,” added Clower.
The Nutcracker is supported by The Texas Commission on the Arts, the City of Coppell and The City of Irving through the Irving Arts Board.