The Little Match Girl Passion is a collaboration between Avant Chamber Ballet and Verdigris Ensemble with music by David Lang. Together on stage, the dancers of Avant Chamber Ballet and the singers of Verdigris Ensemble bring to life Lang's Pulitzer Prize-winning setting of the famous Hans Christian Andersen story in modern, new way. With choreography by Katie Cooper and conducting by Sam Brukhman, the performance will use the human voice and dance in innovative ways to create a compelling and relevant audience experience about poverty, faith, and hope. This is the first time a contemporary choral work will be staged with ballet in Dallas and promises to be a compelling and modern holiday performance using voice and dance in innovative new ways. Opening the evening is The Nutcracker Suite with live music by Cezanne Quartet and choreography by Katie Cooper and Paul Mejia.