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Texas Ballet Theater Presents Henry VIII and Seven Sonatas

Texas Ballet Theater presents world premiere of Henry VIII (choreographed by company dancer Carl Coomer) along with Alexei Ratmanksy’s Seven Sonatas


Fort Worth, Texas (Jan. 23, 2018) – Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) will present a mixed repertoire March 2-4 at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. It features TBT company dancer Carl Coomer’s world premiere ballet, Henry VIII, together with Seven Sonatas, an iconic work of American Ballet Theatre’s Alexei Ratmansky.

Coomer’s world premiere is based on the notorious Tudor monarch, Henry VIII, and his six wives. The ballet is set to Gustav Holst’s famous work, The Planets, and will include a custom-built, Tudor-esque set, dramatic period costumes and 3D mapping and projections. This world premiere is underwritten in part by Terri and Greg Sexton.

Henry VIII will be coupled with Seven Sonatas, choreographed by globally-renowned American Ballet Theatre Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky. This serene and graceful ballet is set to music by Domenico Scarlatti. In a special collaboration with the Cliburn, Sean Chen, third place winner of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will perform on stage with this TBT premiere. Seven Sonatas is underwritten in part by Dana and David Porter.

The double-bill ballet lasts approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes, including a 20-minute intermission. Henry VIII has a run time of approximately 55 minutes, while Seven Sonatas is approximately 35 minutes. A “Wiggle Room” is available for restless children to play while still watching the performance via a screen.

Tickets range from $20-$115 and are available at or 877-828-9200. Performances are at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth (March 2-4).


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