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A Special Evening With Stephen Mills: With him, it's special all the time
As Ballet Austin presents a Special Evening With Stephen Mills, some of the artists from the ballet explain why they think their artistic director is a special guy
"...even more so – is Ballet Austin's artistic director, Stephen Mills. After dancing with the company for a dozen..."

May 11, 2007 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Myth Steps
Trenton Doyle Hancock's mythic creatures rise from the canvas, with help from Stephen Mills and Graham Reynolds
"...dance is the brainchild of Ballet Austin Artistic Director Stephen Mills, who approached Hancock about bringing his work to..."

April 4, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Adopting a Survivor's Tale
Stephen Mills' journey into the Holocaust leads a community toward tolerance
"...The Holocaust was not supposed to be Stephen Mills' story to tell. He is not a survivor...."

April 1, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Shakespeare-ouette
Ballet Austin's Stephen Mills has a deft touch at getting the Bard to the barre.
"...being performed by classical dancers. Ballet Austin Artistic Director Stephen Mills has turned The Taming of the Shrew into..."

Oct. 10, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Dance of the Prodigal Son
Soft-spoken and self-effacing choreographer Stephen Mills seems an unlikely candidate for rebellious Prodigal Son. But he was, breaking away from Ballet Austin in 1996, only to return two years later. Now the newly named artistic director of Ballet Austin, Mills talks about his departure, his return, and the future of the company.
"...story of Dorothy Gale. And it's the story of Stephen Mills. In 1987, Mills made his artistic home in..."

April 28, 2000 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Austin Arts Hall of Fame Class of 2016
These inductees – Ballet Austin's Cookie Ruiz and Stephen Mills, and the Austin Symphony Orchestra's Peter Bay – are cultural heroes who lead by example
"...is concerned, we couldn't have done it without her. Stephen Mills..."

May 6, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Ballet Austin's Belle Redux: A Tale of Beauty & the Beast
In its striking concept and execution, Stephen Mills' take on the fairy tale was his most fully realized story ballet since Hamlet
"...representation of the name, the Beast in Artistic Director Stephen Mills' adaptation read as such: A thick scarlet stripe..."

Feb. 17, 2017 Arts Review by Robert Faires

A Different Beast
For Belle Redux, Stephen Mills takes an innovative approach to Beauty and the Beast
"...& the Beast, premiering this weekend, BA Artistic Director Stephen Mills has conjured a very different Beast – and..."

Feb. 13, 2015 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Courage Moves in Ballet Austin's Exit Wounds
For his new dance, choreographer Stephen Mills turned to moments of inspiration in his own life
"...human experience with no connection except their place in Stephen Mills' life. The older woman was the Ballet Austin..."

April 6, 2018 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Choosing Peace
On the second anniversary of being named Ballet Austin's permanent artistic director, Stephen Mills reflects on his first two years and the company's current program, Director's Choice.
"...is fitting since February marks the second anniversary of Stephen Mills being named the company's permanent artistic director. It..."

Feb. 7, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Astonishing comedic dancing by the enchanted lovers stole the show in this revival of Stephen Mills' Shakespearean ballet
"...and realities represented by Helena, Demetrius, Hermia, and Lysander. Stephen Mills' choreography – performed by Jaime Lynn Witts, Christopher..."

Sept. 20, 2013 Arts Review by Jonelle Seitz

Risen From the Ashes
"...Stephen Mills in Ashes When Austin has a winner, everybody..."

March 19, 1999 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Gifts of the Magi
A conversation about community and creativity with three wise men of the Austin arts
"...As Dave Steakley works in theatre, Stephen Mills in dance, and Craig Hella Johnson in music,..."

Dec. 4, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

An Evening With Stephen Mills: Versatility and Anxious Warmth
Ada Calhoun critiques Ballet Austin's An Evening With Stephen Mills
"...An Evening With Stephen Mills: Versatility and Anxious Warmth..."

Feb. 18, 2000 Arts Review by Ada Calhoun

Dancing the Christmas Spirit
An eight-year-old fan of The Nutcracker has her dream come true when she gets to talk to a choreographer and ballerina -- Ballet Austin's Stephen Mills and Gina Patterson -- about the ballet that helps Christmas feel like Christmas.
"...Firehouse where Ballet Austin has its studios to interview Stephen Mills, the artistic director of Ballet Austin and the..."

Dec. 8, 2000 Arts Feature by Rosalind Faires

The Next Steps
Ballet Austin seeks out tomorrow's Balanchines with a new and unique choreographic showcase
"...early-career painters and sculptors, wondered Ballet Austin artistic director Stephen Mills, why couldn't something similar work for the country's..."

Feb. 17, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Movers & Shakers
A guide to Austin dance
"...grown in technique and style during the tenure of Stephen Mills, BA's artistic director since 2000. But Mills' brave..."

Dec. 4, 2015 Arts Feature by Jonelle Seitz

Hamlet
The revival of Stephen Mills' Shakespearean ballet is rich in visuals and moving passion
"...Hamlet, which premiered in 2000 as part of Stephen Mills' inaugural season as Ballet Austin's artistic director, comes..."

Feb. 20, 2009 Arts Review by Michael Kellerman

The Playing of the Shrew
Ballerina Allysin Paino reveals more about taming Kate for Ballet Austin's 'Shrew'
"...When Ballet Austin Artistic Director Stephen Mills first turned The Taming of the Shrew into..."

April 6, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Taming of the Shrew
Choreographer Stephen Mills packed Ballet Austin's adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew with a rollicking physicality that spun ballet into slapstick and twirled slapstick into ballet and revealed an impressive grasp of Shakespeare's characters.
"...a fool's errand but a damned entertaining one. Choreographer Stephen Mills packed his adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy with a..."

Oct. 31, 2003 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Articulations
Candidates in the running for artistic director of Ballet Austin.
"...Stephen Mills, currently associate artistic director of Ballet Austin...."

Dec. 31, 1999 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Balanchine, by the Muse
Working with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Ballet Austin gets in step with history
"...is not exactly easy listening. Ballet Austin Artistic Director Stephen Mills has clear memories of the first time he..."

Oct. 24, 2008 Arts Feature by Jonelle Seitz

The Magic Flute
This new balletic adaptation boasted fantastic visuals but stodgy choreography
"...For his new ballet version of The Magic Flute, Stephen Mills rounded up shadow puppetry artists, a composition scholar..."

May 13, 2011 Arts Review by Jonelle Seitz

Retracing Their Steps
Two choreographers explain why it's tough to get old dances back on their feet
"...dance calendar Ballet Austin's Valentine's Day weekend revival of Stephen Mills' Hamlet from 2000, and we've got a month..."

Feb. 6, 2009 Arts Feature by Jonelle Seitz

Hamlet
Through the vision and skill of choreographer Stephen Mills, Ballet Austin told the story of 'Hamlet' with an urgency and imagination made the prince's pain palpable
"...Denmark as adapted for Ballet Austin by Artistic Director Stephen Mills. Through the vision and skill of this insightful..."

March 19, 2004 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Hamlet
Long after everyone who was in Bass Concert Hall the night of October 29 has shuffled off this mortal coil, Stephen Mills' ballet of Hamlet will live. Ballet Austin's world premiere production looked and sounded sublime.
"...world premiere production of Hamlet, choreographed by artistic director Stephen Mills, looked and sounded sublime. Tony Casati, as Hamlet,..."

Nov. 3, 2000 Arts Review by Rob Curran

'silence within silence'
How four love poems shaped a suite of dances and affect the dancers themselves
"...part of this year's Studio Theater Project, Artistic Director Stephen Mills used love poems by E.E. Cummings – some..."

March 25, 2011 Arts Feature by Jonelle Seitz

'Coppélia'
Stephen Mills programs this comic work to help develop Austin's ballet palate
"...the original mad scientists," says Ballet Austin Artistic Director Stephen Mills of Dr. Coppélius, the strange toymaker who, in..."

May 7, 2010 Arts Feature by Jonelle Seitz

Moving Toward the Light
On the heels of its balletic colleagues, Chrous Austin melds music and movement to voice the unutterable
"...an unmistakably transformative experience. Choreographed with searing rawness by Stephen Mills, who conceived and first programmed the work with..."

March 30, 2012 Arts Feature by Adam Roberts

Dancing What's Overwhelming
Two choreographers tackled weighty topics onstage last week in a remarkable fashion
"...Of course, Stephen Mills had already proven this with Light seven years..."

March 30, 2012 Arts Column by Robert Faires

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