POE / A Tale of Madness
by Ballet Austin

Mar. 22 - Mar. 24

Following the unprecedented success of Grimm Tales, the first ballet commissioned by the Butler New Choreography Endowment, join us for the second offering as Stephen Mills explores the haunted life and works of celebrated author Edgar Allan Poe in his latest world premiere. With a newly commissioned score by award-winning composer Graham Reynolds, and libretto by Shawn Sides, this World Premiere work shares a perspective of the blurred lines between Poe’s chilling tales and complex life.


Feature by Kyra Laubacher, Pointe magazine, March 18, 2024

Review by Cat McCarry, Austin Chronicle, March 28, 2024

Review by Courtney Thomas for Glasstire, April 15, 2024


Video Promo



MUSIC | Graham Reynolds (Commissioned)

COSTUMES | Margaret Mitchell

SET DESIGN | Michael Raiford

LIBRETTO | Shawn Sides

LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT | Austin Symphony Orchestra


Directed, Produced & Edited by Paul Michael Bloodgood

Executive Producer, Stephen Mills

Virtual Production & Volume Stage by VIRTIGO PICTURES

"Poe," "Madeline Usher" & "Death" Costumes by Margaret Mitchell

Hair & Makeup by Wendy Sanders

Set Decoration by Valerie Sadorra & Paul Michael Bloodgood


"Poe" - Paul Martin, "Raven" - Ian J. Bethany, "Madeline Usher" - Vivien Farrell, "Death" - Edward Carr

POE / A Tale of Madness
by Stephen Mills, after Edgar Allan Poe
Ballet Austin

March 22 - March 24, 2024
Long Center
701 West Riverside Drive
Austin, TX, 78704

MARCH 22-24, 2024 | THE LONG CENTER, Austin

Tickets $19 - $99, available now! https://bit.ly/POE2324

Ballet Austin tel. 512 476-2163