The Snow Queen, by Ventana Ballet
Ventana Ballet is back this holiday season with their imaginative retelling of The Nutcracker. Watchmaker’s Song comes to life from the mind of Dorothy O’Shea Overbey, Artistic Advisor for the company. Featuring the Austin Jazz Band, the immersive show will be taking place again at the Neill-Cochran House Museum, with different scenes unfolding within the many rooms. The show will begin outside, with each member of the audience becoming a part of the story in the party scene, bar included.
The Doll, by SLAB Love
The ballet company was taking part in the East Austin Studio Tour this past weekend, an annual self guided tour. Check our their website for more information regarding this opportunity “for the public to meet the artists of Austin in their creative spaces.” The event aligned perfectly with their season photo shoot with photographer Farid Zarrinabadi. Their photo shoot was open for those on the tour to step into First Street Studio to learn more about the Ventana Ballet and get to meet the members of the company. Nerd News Social was able to speak with Dorothy at the event regarding the upcoming show.
The Party Dancers, by Ventana Ballet
The inspiration for Watchmaker’s Song stems from a poem in The Nutcracker itself that is whispered in Clara’s ear. Dorothy used this and the original darkness of the tale to bring her interpretation to life. She also drew creative influence from Sleep No More, an immersive dancing experience in New York city. Renting out the top 3 floors if the McKittrick Hotel, guests can explore and indulge in being inside the tale being woven. Ventana Ballet would like for their audience to be drawn down a similar path with their holiday show. The Watchmaker himself has the power to control time, and so you may wander the many rooms of the Neill-Cochran House Museum in any order to get the full thread of the story. Duke Ellington’s arrangement of The Nutcracker will be featured as well, with the show paying homage to the work. Each night’s showing will provide a unique experience – with a rotation of new performers in the different rooms, no two shows will be quite the same. With their immersive shows and welcoming atmosphere, Ventana Ballet is drawing in audience members from all walks of life, and promises to provide a stunning showing this season. Make sure to book your tickets soon, as they are rightfully selling out quickly. Showtimes include: December 12th, 13th, 14th, 19th, 20th, and 21st at 7:30pm, with a children’s show taking place on December 15th at 1:00pm. You don’t want to miss this new spin on a holiday classic.
Argentinian Tango, by Esquina Tango
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For a sneak peak, check out their promo video on YouTube:
Neill-Cochran House Museum
2310 San Gabriel St, Austin, TX 78705