Houston Ballet kicks off its 48th season with Poetry in Motion, September 8 – 17, 2017.
Houston Ballet is grateful for the outpouring of support received over the past two weeks. With significant post-Harvey challenges ahead, the company is heartened by the way the city has come together to begin the recovery process. Although this recovery will be difficult and prolonged, Houston Ballet joins all Houstonians in the steadfast belief that the great city of Houston will emerge stronger than ever.
Houston Ballet’s dancers, artists and staff are safe, although many have been displaced and suffered significant losses following Hurricane Harvey. Houston Ballet Center for Dance sustained substantial water damage from the flooding of the building’s garage and first floor. The studio floors of both the “Little Brown” Studio and the Margaret Alkek Williams Dance Lab have been lost, but repairs to these spaces and others in the lobby and throughout the first floor are well underway.
Despite this activity, the building returned to full operations on Sept. 6. Company dancers, who have continued to attend daily classes and rehearsals at METdance in preparation for Poetry in Motion and Mayerling, will return to the Center for Dance later this week. Houston Ballet Academy classes are scheduled to resume fully on Monday, Sept. 11.
All performances at Wortham Theater have been cancelled through October 15, leaving Houston Ballet unable to perform the opening two programs at the company’s home venue.
However, Houston Ballet is pleased to report that select performances of fall programming have been rescheduled at THE HOBBY CENTER – SAROFIM HALL, as follows:
Mayerling – rescheduled at HOBBY CENTER
-Friday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 PM
-Saturday, Sept. 23 at 1:30 PM
-Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 PM
-Sunday, Sept. 24 at 2:00 PM
Poetry in Motion – rescheduled at HOBBY CENTER
-Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 PM
– Friday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 PM
Ticketholders will be notified via email with how they can exchange or donate their tickets should they not be able to attend any of the rescheduled, relocated dates.
This mixed repertory program features George Balanchine’s Symphony in C, Christopher Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance), and the Houston Ballet premiere of Stanton Welch’s Powder.
Houston Ballet revives George Balanchine’s first commission for Paris Opera Ballet, Symphony in C. Choreographed to French composer George Bizet’s ravishing Symphony in C Major, this neoclassical ballet radiantly showcases the full company’s technical aptitude and poise. This will be Houston Ballet’s third time performing Symphony in C as part of its main season. The fourth movement from Symphony in C was performed at the Jubilee of Dance in 2008.
The enchanting ballet Carousel (A Dance) by award-winning British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon returns. Created as a tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein and their beloved Broadway musical, Carousel, Wheeldon poignantly adds his charming contemporary touch to this familiar score. This will be Houston Ballet’s second time performing Carousel (A Dance). Previous ballets by Wheeldon in Houston Ballet’s repertoire are Carnival of the Animals and Rush.
Originally commissioned for Birmingham Royal Ballet, Artistic Director Stanton Welch’s Powder is a sensuous contemporary ballet for fourteen dancers that explores the expressiveness of Mozart’s iconic Clarinet Concerto in A Major.
Houston Ballet’s performances of Powder, Carousel (A Dance), and Symphony in C are sponsored by Chevron.
Symphony in C (1947)
Music by George Bizet, Symphony in C Major (1855)
Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Costume Design: after Karinska
Scenic Design: Mark Stanley
Lighting Design: Christina Giannelli
Carousel (A Dance) (2002)
Music by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II; Music from Carousel (1945) by Rodgers and Hammerstein: “Carousel Waltz” & “If I Loved You”
Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon
Costume Design: Holly Hynes
Lighting Design: Mark Stanley
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Clarinet Concerto in A Major
Choreography by Stanton Welch
Costume Design: Kandis Cook
Lighting Design: Mark Jonathan
Pictured: Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet in Stanton Welch’s Powder