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Modern Masters

Modern Masters

Houston Ballet

"In the middle, somewhat elevated is…like going on safari, watching exotic creatures prowl through their native habitat and pounce into displays of territorial command." –San Francisco Chronicle

Explosive energy. High attitude. Cool sexuality. This mixed rep has it all - and then some. The Four Temperaments was a milestone for George Balanchine, introducing the spare classicism he would employ throughout his career. His choreographic influence is evident in the works that follow. William Forsythe's In the middle somewhat elevated is in-your-face dance. Jiri Kylián's Petite Mort is filled with eroticism and his delightfully comic Sechs Tanze (Six Dances) provides levity. From three of the most influential dance makers of the last hundred years comes a truly masterful program.

7:30 PM on May 22, 24, 30, 31, 2014
2:00 PM on May 25, June 1, 2014

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The Four Temperaments (1946)
Music: Paul Hindemith
Choreography: George Balanchine
Lighting Design: Tony Tucci

In the middle, somewhat elevated (1987)
Music: Thom Willems
Choreography: William Forsythe
Costume, lighting and scenic design: William Forsythe

Petite Mort (1991)
Music: W.A. Mozart
(Piano Concerto in A Major – Adagio, and Piano Concerto in C Major – Andante) Choreography: Jiří Kylián
Costume Design: Joke Visser
Lighting Design: Joop Caboort

Sechs Tanze (Six Dances) (1986)
(Houston Ballet Premiere)
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Choreography, scenery and costumes: Jiří Kylián
Lighting Design: Joop Caboort

Age Recommendation: at least 12 years of age


Performance in the Brown Theater at Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Street at Smith Street.

Ballet: TBA
Dancers: Artists of Houston Ballet
Photo by: Amitava Sarkar