As folks were leaving the Perot Museum Of Nature And Science at closing the other night, something was going on upstairs on the third level. Among the glass cases displaying Grape Jelly Amethyst Geode, The Eyes of Africa and other glistening crystals and quartz in the Lyda Hill Gems and Mineral Hall was a small group of people. Some were setting up lighting equipment and cameras; some were Texas Ballet Theatre ballerinas warming up stretching on the floor; and some were presenting jewelry cases containing a magnificent array of Eiseman Jewels diamonds and rubies… lots of rubies.
As Richard Eiseman and Cristina Salas carefully arranged and placed the jewelry on the ballerinas, the Perot’s Eugene McDermott CEO Linda Silver beamed at the sight of this after-hour happening taking place. The pandemic had been daunting for the museum as it had been for many. Emerging from the shutdown she admitted that most gratifying was the return of school buses full of kids coming to the museum and discovering the exhibits, films and activities.
Just before the cameras started rolling, Texas Ballet Theatre Acting Artistic Director Tim O’Keefe reviewed with the dancers how he envisioned their parts.
Then all was ready for the production to get underway. When asked what had brought these groups together, Texas Ballet Theatre Executive Director Vanessa Logan coyly smiled and only admitted that it had to do with the upcoming announcement of the Texas Ballet Theatre’s 2023-2024 season.
While Texas Ballet Theatre subscribers received an email sneak preview of the season’s rollout on Wednesday, February 22, additional missives will be arriving via snail mail this month, with a full presentation of plans at the end of the month.