Since its inception in 2009, the El Paso Ballet Theatre (EPBT) has grown in the size (both dancers trained and audience members reached), improved in artistic quality, become more diverse in its repertoire, and become more professional (both artistically and administratively.) EPBT has demonstrated stable and sustained growth, delivering large scale productions of full-length ballets while also providing outreach to local schools, recreation facilities, senior centers, libraries, and other locations serving artistically under-served populations.
For the last eleven years, EPBT has been the only regional company to produce a full-length, locally- produced “Nutcracker.” With the exception of 2020 during which “The Nutcracker” was not held due to the coronavirus pandemic, the company’s “Nutcracker” performances have drawn larger and larger audiences and to meet demand the number of performances has been increased. In another step forward, for the 2019-2020 Season EPBT hired a 46 member professional orchestra featuring musicians from El Paso, Juarez, and Las Cruces to provide live music for four public “Nutcracker” performances.
In contrast to the early years when its performers were primarily local ballet students, EPBT’s productions now feature professional dancers, including guest artists who have performed across the globe. El Paso Ballet Theatre is also expanding into more modern work and neo- classical ballet, as reflected by “Fragmentos”, the modern piece premiered in April 2017 and “Extravaganza” in April 2018. An example of the Company’s innovative spirit is the costuming for “Extravaganza”, made almost entirely from recycled materials.
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