By Isabelle Vail
Ballet Austin's upcoming season is all about women:
FEMME DE FORCE/Women of Strength THROUGHOUT HISTORY, WOMEN HAVE GIVEN LIFE TO ART AS CREATORS, PERFORMERS, PATRONS, COLLECTORS, TEACHERS, CRITICS, AND MUSES FOR THOSE SEEKING INSPIRATION...
The season will showcase Grimm Tales, inspired by the visual art of Natalie Frank, whose work "explores themes of power, sexuality, gender, feminism, and identity." Lar Lubovitch's The Firebird is in the lineup, followed by three pieces of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's choreography in Latin Lovers. While the inclusion of Ms. Ochoa's choreography hits the female marker for the company, we wonder why the Femme de Force Grimm Tales is only choreographed by artistic director Stephen Mills, a talented choreographer but still male. Perhaps a partnership with a female choreographer would benefit the message their initiative is sending? While there is progress in the work's inspiration by a female artist, DDP hopes female consultation will also be a theme in the choreographic process.
Nevertheless, DDP applauds Ballet Austin for its groundbreaking dedication to females this season and looks forward to seeing further inclusion of female choreography in this repertoire and others.
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