Pegasus Contemporary Ballet aspires to be a national leader in its field; contributing world-class performances to the cultural landscape in Dallas and beyond. As innovators and artists, we will continue the legacy of ballet, expressing it as a meaningful and living art form.
Pegasus Contemporary Ballet’s mission is to use the classical foundation of ballet to express contemporary perspectives, engage diverse audiences, and enrich the human experience. We use contemporary ballet to create innovative performances, interdisciplinary collaborations, and exciting new works.
In addition to performances and collaborations, our education and outreach programs will provide inspiring opportunities for artistic exploration and expression across a broad spectrum of participants. We cherish opportunities to strengthen our community through partnerships, classes, and events that touch lives with contemporary ballet.
Diversity makes us stronger and more thoughtful artists, creators, presenters, and custodians of our art form. Discrimination and injustice are not tolerated in our workplace or in the artistic process of our work. Promoting a space for a multitude of diverse voices to create and engage with art, particularly in the field of ballet, is at the core of what we value. This includes all skin colors, ethnicities, religions, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities. We expect our community to hold us to these values and encourage open dialogue about how we can continue to listen, evolve, support, and engage with BIPOC and LGBTQ+ artists, audiences, and communities.
Our Commitment to Artists: We affirm our commitment to treat our artists with respect and integrity. We believe that a profession in the arts deserves an environment of creativity, encouragement, honesty, and authenticity. We encourage all who work with the company to embrace these values without fear of consequence or vulnerability. We believe that this ethos creates higher quality artistic output and performances.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER
Carolyn Ruth Trumbo
Board of Directors
Kerri Di Benedetto
In 1934, the iconic 32 foot neon red Pegasus was raised on top of the Magnolia building downtown, the tallest building in Dallas at the time. For decades, the Pegasus was a prominent beacon on the skyline, presiding over the growth and expansion of the city. It became a symbol of home for many Dallasites. Now, the image of Pegasus continues as a recognizable and beloved symbol of our culturally rich and vibrant city. Pegasus images can be found on city signs downtown, public artwork, local brand logos, and more. Read more here
Additionally, Pegasus is a mythological character from classical antiquity that is represented as a present-day Dallas icon. Much like the art form of contemporary ballet, which uses a classical foundation to create contemporary art. The intersection of classicism and creativity is at the heart of our passion.
In ancient mythology, Pegasus was an inspiration for the Muses. “At least two famous springs in Greece, both named Hippocrene (“Horse Spring”), were widely believed to have been issued forth by Pegasus’ hoof. The more famous one of the two was located on Mount Helicon, the sacred abode of the Muses; its waters, when drunk, enthused poets with inspiration and creativeness.” (Source)