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Poetry in Motion

Friday, September 08
7:00PM - 9:00PM

501 Texas Ave.
Houston, Texas 77002

Houston Ballet kicks off its 48th season with Poetry in Motion, September 8 – 17, 2017.

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

Powder (1998)
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


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