Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater
"...Her features conform to some traditional ideal of human attractiveness; his are in some way inhuman, feral, grotesque. And that much applied to Ballet Austin's Belle Redux: A Tale of Beauty & the Beast, just remounted by the company for the first time since its 2015 premiere..."
"...There isn't a buckled shoe in sight, and you'll find neither hide nor hair of, well, hide or hair. For Belle Redux/A Tale of Beauty & the Beast, premiering this weekend, BA Artistic Director Stephen Mills has conjured a very different Beast – and Beauty, too...."
"...Earning the most attention from the group were two premieres: Ballet Austin's Belle Redux/A Tale of Beauty & the Beast and the UT Department of Theatre & Dance's Refugia, created with the Moving Company, each of which received seven nominations. Four productions captured six nods apiece: Zach Theatre’s Texas premiere of the Robert Schenkkan political drama All the Way; Austin Opera's modern-day staging of Verdi's A Masked Ball; Salvage Vanguard Theater's undead riff on Chekhov, Thr3e Zisters; and the Texas State University Department of Theatre & Dance's spirited revival of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate...."
"...Most of the time, the art at the awards came in the form of dance, erupting spontaneously from those at the mic: Austin Arts Hall of Fame inductee Heloise Gold, who vibrated with excitement to the music of house band the Invincible Czars; members of the A'lante Flamenco Dance Ensemble (including Critics Table member Claire Spera) giving a furious sample of the stamping and clapping that won the company Outstanding Ensemble, Dance; and the very young son of retiring Ballet Austin ballerina Michelle Thompson, who joined his mother on the stage when she accepted her Outstanding Dancer award for her work in Belle Redux and shook his preschool booty for all it was worth, proving the apple hasn't fallen far from that family tree. [image-3]..."
"...That irreverent riff on Chekhov earned the most love in the Table's 23rd presentation of honors for notable artistic achievements, but close behind were LOLA Austin's La Femme Bohème and Texas State University Department of Theatre and Dance's Kiss Me, Kate with three awards each. Nine projects took home two prizes each: Ballet Austin's Belle Redux; Zach Theatre's Cenicienta; Half & Half Productions' Chicago; Hyde Park Theatre's The Christians; Theatre en Bloc's Cock; Physical Plant Theater's Everything Is Established; the Austin Classical Guitar/Conspirare/Texas Performing Arts collaboration How Little You Are; Performa/Dance's Ignite: Three Works; and Trouble Puppet Theatre's The Wars of Heaven, Part I..."
"...1) BELLE REDUX: A TALE OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Ballet Austin) In a world of midnight intensity and unease, choreographer Stephen Mills revealed the light and shadow inside both beauty and beast – and in us all...."
"...Ensemble Ballet Austin, To China with Love/Belle Redux Cast of Las Cuatro Estaciones: A Story of Human Trees Dance Repertory Theatre, Momentum Frank Wo/Men Collective, Loose Gravel Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company, More or Less..."
"...10) STEPHEN MILLS For respite in fairy tales: Ballet Austin will reprise his The Magic Flute and Belle Redux: A Tale of Beauty and the Beast this spring...."
"...Reynolds is a composer, bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, and general all-around maestro of works complex and classical; he's the man who did the music for, among other things, Ballet Austin's Belle Redux/A Tale of Beauty & the Beast and Cult of Color: Call to Color, Forklift Danceworks' The Trash Project and The Trees of Govalle, Salvage Vanguard Theater's The Intergalactic Nemesis, Richard Linklater's films Bernie and A Scanner Darkly, and a ridiculous number of Rude Mechanicals theatre productions. Sides is an actor and director and one of the co-producing artistic directors of that Rude Mechs company responsible for such heady, internationally acclaimed spectacles as Lipstick Traces, Requiem for Tesla, The Method Gun, Now Now Oh Now, and Stop Hitting Yourself..."
"...With a little help from her two children, recently retired Ballet Austin company member Michelle Thompson accepts the Dancer award for her performance in Belle Redux..."