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Dance Talks


Join Houston Ballet for its free Dance Talks lecture series to learn more about the works on Houston Ballet's stage and the artists behind the works. 

Unless otherwise noted below, all Dance Talks are held at Houston Ballet Center for Dance, 601 Preston Street in downtown Houston, 77002

For more information on Dance Talks, please contact Education and Outreach Manager Chase Cobb at CCobb@houstonballet.org


Friday, September 5th -  6pm (Ballet PicturesHBand the Bard.)

Join Stanton Welch, Dr. Elizabeth Klett, Associate Professor of Literature at UH-Clear Lake, and members of the artistic staff as they discuss dance interpretations of Shakespeare and preview the season's three Shakespeare ballets. Dr. Klett is the author of numerous articles on adaptations of Shakespeare in theatre, film, television and dance. Houston Ballet opens the 2014-15 season with the company premiere of John Neumeier's A Midsummer Night's Dream, September 4-14.


Friday, September 19th - 6pm (A Conversation with Jorma Elo, Choreographer of One End One)

Listen in on a conversation between principal dancer Simon Ball and Jorma Elo, one of the most renowned choreographers in ballet today. Mr. Elo, who has created new ballets for companies around the world, choreographed One/end/one for Houston Ballet in 2011 for which he was supported by the first-ever Rudolf Nureyev Prize for New Dance. He is back in Houston to restage this acclaimed piece for the From Houston to the World program September 18-28.

Saturday, February 7th, 2015 - 6pm (Our New Romeo and Juliet: The Artists Behind the Production)

Go behind the scenes with the artists who created Houston Ballet's new production of Romeo & Juliet! Join Stanton Welch, designer Roberta Guidi di Bagno, and members of the artistic staff as they discuss their collaboration and creative process. Houston Ballet performs Romeo & Juliet February 26-March 8.


Friday, March 13th, 2015 - 6pm (August Bournonville – Celebrated Danish Coach Johnny Eliasen leads Academy Students in a Demonstration of the Style)

Celebrated Danish coach Johnny Eliassen will lead Houston Ballet Academy upper division students in a demonstration of the Bournonville style. Mr. Eliassen will lead the students through sequences that show how this style is distinct from others in classical ballet, and he will discuss August Bournonville's specific contribution to classical ballet. This presentation will culminate in a presentation of a traditional Bournonville ballet. Houston Ballet will present Harald Lander's Etudes, which is considered an homage to the Bournonville tradition, as part of the Modern Masters program March 12-22.

Thursday, May 21st, 2015 - 6pm (Preview of a World Premiere with choreographer Mark Morris)

Stanton Welch will interview Mark Morris, who is creating a world premiere for Houston Ballet. Mr. Morris is an award winning choreographer who has created more than 140 works for his own company, the Mark Morris Dance Group, and dozens of ballets for companies across the country. This promises to be a lively conversation between two important voices in 21st century dance. Mr. Morris' world premiere ballet will be presented Morris, Welch & Kylian program May 28-June 7.

Tuesday, June 2nd , 2015 - 6pm  (Looking Back on the Bard: Join a panel of  leading dancers as they discuss their roles in all three  Shakespeare ballets from the season)

We come full circle for our last Dance Talk of the season as a panel of leading dancers look back over the season's diverse group of Shakespeare ballets. They will discuss the characters, choreography and the process of bringing the ballets from studio to stage. Houston Ballet closes its 2014-2015 season with John Cranko's Taming of the Shrew June 11-21.