Masterful Footwork

It’s not boastful and it’s not a big leap…though it very well contains a few. It’s perfectly logical that you’d call centerpiece performances of three bold and diverse pieces of choreography, Masterworks. The Texas Ballet Theater presents abstract beauty, life and death through dance, and heady, lilting romance in the trio of vignettes by different choreographers. TBT tackles George Balanchine’s “Rubies,” a jewel-toned but otherwise plot-less piece (an excerpt from the first wholly plot-less ballet, Jewels) paired with an Igor Stravinsky score. Jiri Kylian’s “Petite Mort” is set to Mozart and features choreography as challenging as its theme. TBT artistic director Ben Stevenson offers up his own “Five Poems,” set to Wagner and inspired by the atmosphere at sunset, with sets and costumes were designed by Jane Seymour. Masterworks takes the stage 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St. Tickets are $20-$150. Visit
Fri., April 17, 8 p.m.; Sat., April 18, 2 & 8 p.m., 2015
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