Ballet Austin performance airs 4/29

KLRU continues the station’s commitment to showcasing the arts in Central Texas with a special presentation of Ballet Austin’s Truth & Beauty/The Bach Project. Recorded in February at The Long Center, IN CONTEXT will showcase this contemporary dance work at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, on KLRU. The show will air again in May dates and times to be determined.

Choreographed by Stephen Mills, Ballet Austin’s Truth & Beauty/The Bach Project utilizes music both composed and inspired by J.S. Bach for a dance work that includes a variety of sensual movement styles with live accompaniment by The Austin Chamber Music Center, Dr. Michelle Schumann (solo and with ensembles) and Graham Reynolds.

“This project was of special interest because so many local artists came together to make something beautiful,” said Bill Stotesbery, CEO of KLRU. “KLRU got to capture not only Stephen Mill’s original choreography but also the music of Graham Reynolds and the Austin Chamber Music Center. All these layers of artistry in one production is a testament to Austin’s creativity.”

IN CONTEXT Producer Dutch Rall, who received a Lone Star Emmy Award for a short feature on the Austin Ballet for In Context’s pilot episode in 2005, said “I always look forward to seeing what Stephen and Ballet Austin have come up with for audiences at the Long Center. Truth and Beauty, like all of their work, is filled with quiet, powerful moments of grace and I feel lucky to be able to point a few cameras in their direction.”

This special is the third in the station’s unprecedented five-part series of arts specials from the Lone Star Emmy-winning IN CONTEXT show. KLRU’s art series will present performances from some of Austin’s leading artists and cultural organizations. Shot and edited in high definition, each IN CONTEXT special will celebrate Austin’s artistic community in programs broadcast on KLRU (18-1) to a viewing area of 1.5 million people in 18 counties across Central Texas. In addition, program content will be made available online at klru.tv and klru.org/incontext.

“As part of KLRU’s commitment to reflect life in Central Texas, we are thrilled to be able to bring these artists into people’s homes. Opening these aspects of Austin’s culture to a broader audience is key to the mission of public broadcasting,” said Stotesbery. In recent years, KLRU has worked with Austin Lyric Opera, Blanton Museum of Art, Conspirare and other arts organizations to bring local art to television. The IN CONTEXT specials will continue established partnerships with Austin cultural icons like Ballet Austin, while establishing new collaborations with other arts organizations.

KLRU has already presented specials this year on Austin choirs and jazz musicians. Future specials are scheduled to focus on visual arts and classical music.