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FOR RELEASE JULY 1, 2013
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HOUSTON BALLET
2013-2014 SEASON OVERVIEW

 

All performances listed here are in Wortham Theater Center.

 I  FOUR PREMIERES featuring:

WORLD PREMIERE BY JAMES KUDELKA

WORLD PREMIERE BY GARRETT SMITH

WORLD PREMIERE BY MELISSA HOUGH

INTIMATE PAGES (1984)
American Premiere
Music by Leoš Janáček, String Quartet No. 2
Choreography by Christopher Bruce
Staged by Christopher Bruce and Steven Brett

Houston Ballet launches its 44th season in grand style with a mixed repertory program of new works by emerging and established choreographers. Christopher Bruce, associate choreographer since 1989, will set him work stunning work Intimate Pages. Canadian James Kudelka, whom The New York Times has described as "the most imaginative voice to come out of ballet in the last decade," returns to Houston to stage his second commissioned work. Garrett Smith and Melissa Hough got their starts as dance makers at Houston Ballet, and went on to win prestigious awards from the New York Choreographic Institute.

At 7:30 p.m. on September 5, 7, 13, 14, 2013
At 2:00 p.m. on September 8, 15, 2013

II  THE MERRY WIDOW
(created in 1975, performed by Houston Ballet in 1995, 1999, and 2007)
Music by Franz Lehár
Musical adaptation by John Lanchbery and Alan Abbott
Choreography by Ronald Hynd
Scenery and Costume Design by Roberta Guidi di Bagno
Lighting Design by Randall G. Chiarelli
Staged by Ronald Hynd and John Meehan

Houston Ballet revives Ronald Hynd's deliciously comic love story, The Merry Widow, featuring spectacular scenery and costumes by Italian designer Roberta Guidi di Bagno. Set in turn of the century Paris, this production has it all: lilting waltzes by Franz Lehár; saucy can-can girls, glamour and champagne; and a wonderful love story featuring an unlikely couple, separated in their youth, who rekindle their lost romance.

At 7:30 p.m. on September 19, 21, 27, 28, 2013
At 2:00 p.m. on September 22, 28, 29, 2013

THE NUTCRACKER
Original choreography by Marius Petipa (1892)
New Staging by Ben Stevenson(1987)
Music by Peter I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Choreography by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E.
Scenic and Costume Design by Desmond Heeley
Lighting Design by Duane Schuler

A wonderful ballet for the entire family, The Nutcracker is the perfect way to introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical dance. Tchaikovsky's magical score, Desmond Heeley's fairy-tale scenery, and Ben Stevenson's vibrantly theatrical staging combine to create one of the most visually stunning productions of The Nutcracker in the world today. Join Clara on her unforgettable journey as she travels to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets, and marvel as the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince dance a pas de deux of crystalline beauty. It's a perfect holiday treat! 

November 29 -December 29, 2013
At 7:30 p.m. Nov.  29*, 30* and Dec. 1*, 7, 8*,  12*, 13, 14, 15*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20, 21, 22, 23,  26, 27*, 28
At 2:00 pm on November 30  and Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 28, 29
*-Indicates discounted performance.

JUBILEE OF DANCE
Houston Ballet will present Jubilee of Dance, a one-night-only event showcasing the depth and range of the company in a program of premieres and high-energy excerpts from signature works and beloved classics. The highpoint of the evening will be the company premiere of the dazzling the third act of Paquita, the Spanish-flavored classical showpiece.

At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2013

III  ALADDIN (2008)
American Premiere
Music by Carl Davis
Choreography by David Bintley
Scenic Design by Dick Bird
Costume Design by Sue Blane
Lighting Design by Mark Jonathan
Staged by David Bintley and Denis Boner

Houston Ballet presents the American premiere of the celebrated English choreographer David Bintley's full-length Aladdin, a magical tale of love, trickery and triumph. A run-in with palace guards leads young tearaway Aladdin into a whirlwind of adventure and romance, involving unbelievable riches, love at first sight, treachery, and a magical lamp. Originally created for the New National Ballet of Japan in Tokyo in 2008, the production features spectacularly scenery by the celebrated English designer Dick Bird and an original score by Carl Davis, who has created numerous well-known television scores including Pride and Prejudice, Cranford, The World at War and Up Pompeii

Aladdin is a co-production between Birmingham Royal Ballet and Houston Ballet Foundation.

At 7:30 p.m. on February 20, 22, 28, March 1, 2014
At 2:00 p.m. on February 22, 23, March 2, 2014

IV  THE YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRA featuring:
                       
THE YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRA
World Premiere         
Music by Benjamin Britten
Choreography by Stanton Welch

OF BLESSED MEMORY  (1991)
Houston Ballet Premiere
Music by Joseph Canteloube  (Chants d'Auvergne)
Choreography by Stanton Welch

MANINYAS (created in 1996, performed by Houston Ballet in 2005)
Music by Ross Edwards (Maninyas Concerto for Violin and Orchestra)
Choreography by Stanton Welch
Scenic and costume design by Stanton Welch
Lighting design by Lisa Pinkham

Houston Ballet celebrates the tenth anniversary of Stanton Welch as artistic director with a mixed repertory program featuring three works by Mr. Welch, including a world premiere set to Benjamin Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra designed to showcase the company's orchestra and dancers. Benjamin Britten created his The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra in 1946, and it has helped to introduce generations of children to the world of classical music. The evening will also feature the company premiere of Of Blessed Memory, a work Mr. Welch created for The Australian Ballet in 1991 to honor his mother, the celebrated Australian ballerina Marilyn Jones, O.B.E. The program also includes a revival of Maninyas, a sensual work for five couples created in 1996 that showcases the speed and physicality of Houston Ballet's dancers.

At 7:30 p.m. on March 6, 8, 14, 15, 2014
At 2:00 p.m. on March 9, 16, 2014

SPRING SHOWCASE
Houston Ballet Academy Spring Performance
The gifted young artists of Houston Ballet Academy cap their studies with two performances of a program featuring works tailor-made to show them at their best.

At 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 25, 2014
At 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014

V   MODERN MASTERS featuring:

THE FOUR TEMPERAMENTS
(created in 1946, performed by Houston Ballet in 1988, 1997, and 2003)
Music by Paul Hindemith
Choreography by George Balanchine
Lighting by Tony Tucci
Staged by Judy Fugate

IN THE MIDDLE, SOMEWHAT ELEVATED
(created in 1987, performed by Houston Ballet in 1999, 2003, and 2007)
Music by Thom Willems
Choreography by William Forsythe
Costume, lighting and scenic design by William Forsythe
Staged by Kathryn Bennetts

PETITE MORT (created in 1991, performed by Houston Ballet in 2007)
Music by W.A. Mozart
(Piano Concerto in A Major – Adagio, and Piano Concerto in C Major – Andante)
Choreography by Jiří Kylián
Costume Design by Joke Visser
Lighting Design by Joop Caboort
Staged by Roslyn Anderson

SECHS TANZE (SIX DANCES) (1986)
(Houston Ballet Premiere)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Choreography, scenery and costumes by Jiří Kylián
Lighting by Joop Caboort
Staged by Roslyn Anderson

Modern Masters will showcase the work of three of the most influential choreographers of the twentieth century. One of George Balanchine's masterworks, The Four Temperaments is an expression in dance and music of the ancient notion that the human organism is made up of four different humors, from which are derived the personality types: Melancholic, Sanguinic, Phlegmatic, and Choleric. In In the middle, somewhat elevated, American choreographer William Forsythe pushes thrillingly past the boundaries of classical ballet, in a work full of explosive energy, high attitude, and cool sexuality. Set to the slow movements of two of Mozart's most beautiful and popular piano concertos, Petite Morte (which literally means 'small death', serves as a paraphrase for orgasm in French and Arabic) features six women and six men in a work created by Czech master Jiří Kylián in 1991 to honor Mozart on the second centenary of his death. Highlighting the program will be the company premiere of  Kylián delightfully comic short work, Sechs Tanze (Six Dances)

At 7:30 p.m. on May 22, 24, 30, 31  2014
At 2:00 p.m. on May 25, June 1, 2014

VI  SWAN LAKE (created for Houston Ballet in 2006,  performed again by Houston Ballet in 2009)
Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Choreography by Stanton Welch, after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Scenic and Costume Designs by Kristian Fredrikson
Lighting Design by Lisa Pinkham

Houston Ballet caps its 2013-14 season with a revival of Stanton Welch's spectacular staging of the beloved classic, Swan Lake, created for the company in 2006 and featuring sumptuous scenery and costumes by Kristian Fredrikson. One of the great love stories of classical ballet, Swan Lake tells the story of Odette – a beautiful maiden transformed into a swan by an evil knight – and the Prince who swears his eternal love for her. In his staging, Mr. Welch imbues the main characters with greater psychological complexity, and gives the work a twenty-first century pace. 
     
At 7:30 pm on June 5, 6, 7, 13, 14, 2014
At 2:00 pm on June 8, 15, 2014
At 1:30 pm on June 7, 2014

SUBSCRIPTIONS

Full season subscriptions, with tickets to six productions, range in price from $93 to $1140 depending on seat location and date of performances. To subscribe, call (713) 5-BALLET (713-522-5538) or purchase online at www.houstonballet.org.

SINGLE TICKETS

Single tickets go on sale Monday, August 5, 2013 and may be purchased by calling 713 227 2787 (713-227 2787) or purchased online at www.houstonballet.org.

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