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Theodore Bale

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Theodore Bale is a critic, journalist and musician. His writing has appeared in Dance Magazine, Dance International, Dance Chronicle, Contact Quarterly, Art Lies: A Contemporary Art Journal, The Cambridge Chronicle, The Boston TAB, Houston Press, Houston Chronicle, and many other publications. From 2000 to 2008 he was dance critic and columnist at The Boston Herald, and he has written extensively for the World Wide Web. He is the author of Texas, A Concept, an inter-disciplinary blog at Arts Journal. Mr. Bale attained the bachelor's degree from the Hartt School of Music, Theatre and Dance, majoring in piano, and the master's degree in technical and professional writing from Northeastern University. His interests range from the most idiosyncratic music, dance and art to the wonderful eccentricities of trash television.    

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The Review Is In

Crowd-pleasing Modern Masters showcases Houston Ballet dancers in best way

By Theodore Bale

Modern Masters. Oh, the understatement! Houston Ballet’s spring repertory program, which premiered Thursday night and continues through June 1, is hardly ho-hum, as the title might suggest. Yes, the ...


Houston Opera Bummer

More Carmen Miranda than stunning Carmen: Houston Grand Opera closes with a whimper after Ring glory

By Theodore Bale

When it comes to Bizet’s Carmen, it’s an “either/or” situation. It’s either about the lusty Carmen with her cigarettes and seguidillas, or it’s all about ...


The Review Is In

Solid Gold: Dazzling Das Rheingold elevates Houston Grand Opera to new heights

By Theodore Bale

I suppose I’ve been waiting all my life for the La Fura dels Baus production of Wagner’s Das Rheingold. And while my many columns and opera reviews might ...


The Review is In

Opera great Frederica von Stade triumphs one more time but can't redeem lackluster world premiere

By Theodore Bale

Is nonagenarian Myrtle Bledsoe an enduring little old lady or merely an irritating, self-absorbed racist? After sitting through Houston Grand Opera’s world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and Leonard ...


The Review is In

Houston Grand Opera's intoxicating production of A Little Night Music is a whole lot of fun

By Theodore Bale

Now, as the sweet imbecilities tumble so lavishly onto her lap! Would, oh would that I had written such a line! It’s funny, it’s elegant, it’s a ...


U.S. Premiere

Despite stellar dancing and lavish sets, Houston Ballet's Aladdin doesn't really fly

By Theodore Bale

The orchestra members played with gusto. The dancers gave their all. And the complicated production, with its flying carpets, Chinese dragons, and smoke-filled genie lamps, went off without a hitch ...


The Review Is In

A Houston Grand Opera high note: Rigoletto brings sublime moments and a new sensation

By Theodore Bale

Verdi’s Rigoletto is a tragedy about comedy. As the agonizing events surrounding a curse placed on the Duke of Mantua and his hunchback court jester unfold, there is constant ...


Houston Debut Tuesday

Changes in China and passion for dance boost Shanghai Ballet to international success

By Theodore Bale

Paris, London, Moscow, Copenhagen, St. Petersburg. And it goes without saying, of course, New York. When ballet enthusiasts ponder the world’s greatest companies, these cities quickly come to mind ...


The review is in

The funny opera: A silly and sumptuous Die Fledermaus shows HGO isn't afraid to laugh

By Theodore Bale

Lusty, laughable, even licentious, Johan Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus is an operetta everyone should put on their bucket list. Houston Grand Opera’s second production of the season has ...


The Review is In

Brilliant singing outshines kitschy costumes and stodgy staging in HGO's Aïda

By Theodore Bale

Surveillance. Why does it always feel like the Eye of Horus is upon you? Maybe it’s because you’re just another victim of human trafficking. You can’t find ...


From Oslo With Love

Former Houston Ballet dancer plots Return with world premiere in season opener

By Theodore Bale

Sometimes, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. These are the words of Garrett Smith, former Houston Ballet dancer who moved to Oslo last year to dance ...


Mermaids, fairies & pirates

Not just child's play: Why adults will love Houston Ballet's Peter Pan

By Theodore Bale

It’s evident children are going to adore Houston Ballet’s revival of Trey McIntyre’s critically-acclaimed 2002 story ballet, Peter Pan. Few would argue that the production, which opens ...


The Review Is In

A ballet to silence the doubters: Houston Ballet's Journey is beyond masterful — and funny

By Theodore Bale

This journey might have only three stops — Russia, Czechoslovakia, and America — but it’s still one of the most thrilling trips imaginable. Houston Ballet’s current rep program is elegant ...


Hans Graf's Grand Farewell

Hans Graf's farewell: Hang on to your Wunderhorn, this is Mahler like you've never heard it

By Theodore Bale

In 2000, he started at Houston Symphony with a program of Mozart, Schubert, John Adams and Carl Orff's popular Carmina Burana. Tonight, Maestro Hans Graf completes his impressive tenure ...


Long and strong

Tristan and Isolde is crowning achievement of Houston Grand Opera season, but it's likely to drive you mad

By Theodore Bale

Never underestimate the power of an opera. When it came to his own Tristan and Isolde, composer Richard Wagner felt only mediocre performances could save him, “for good ones would ...


Talk Opera To Me

Tsunami opera defies expectations: Composer of HGO premiere insists it's not "tragic"

By Theodore Bale

How do you write an opera on tsunami? That’s the first question that entered my mind when I heard about the latest installment in Houston Grand Opera’s Song ...


The Review Is In

A well-deserved standing O: Houston Ballet's Rite of Spring is a fresh, unforgettable spectacle

By Theodore Bale

You might be thinking that the most re-made ballet in dance history is The Nutcracker. At my last count, however, I had evidence that The Rite of Spring is coming ...


Mozart's Masterpiece

The world's greatest womanizer brings sex appeal to Houston Grand Opera's Don Giovanni

By Theodore Bale

It was hot and brazenly humid the morning I left my faded old hotel in Prague’s Wenceslas Square and walked towards the Vltava River. After crossing over one of ...


The Review Is In

Houston Grand Opera's Show Boat is a rudderless ship: Uninspired, unintelligible & strangely viewless

By Theodore Bale

It might sound strange, but I’ve always thought of Houston Grand Opera and Broadway in the same light. The first time I saw the company was on Broadway, in ...


The Review Is In

A true star even in her swan song: Amy Fote goes out on top in uneven, taxing Ballet Jubilee

By Theodore Bale

Like the clock that strikes midnight in The Nutcracker, Houston Ballet’s annual Jubilee of Dance marks the minutes as much as it marks important life passages. The one-night-only performance ...


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