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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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Demon Barber of Fleet Street returns

Musical theater or opera? Sondheim's "grusical" masterpiece is on the cutting edge

By Theodore Bale

Now, let’s see… we’ve got tinker. Something pinker! Tailor?  Paler.  Butler?  Subtler.  Potter?  Hotter. Locksmith?  And with that last interrogative, Stephen Sondheim indicates in the libretto that Todd ...


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Love is a burning thing: Fascinating Die Walküre heralds opera of the future

By Theodore Bale

Here in Houston, I know a brilliant woman who said, “The worst failures are always those of the imagination.” I thought about my well-spoken friend during the second act of ...


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Simply brilliant: Houston Ballet loses the frills and keeps all the chills in showing off its Masters

By Theodore Bale

The costumes? Plain and for the most part, unremarkable. The sets? Well, none, except for an assortment of poles suggesting a fence in the second piece. The lighting design? Largely ...


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Ballet bore: Murder giggles, bad acting and a tedious tone expose Welch's Romeo and Juliet as nothing new

By Theodore Bale

What is there left to say when audience members respond to Tybalt’s murder with . . . giggles? Perhaps it was Christopher Coomer’s banging fist, synchronized with those pounding bass drums ...


Alberta Ballet wins Houston's heart

Ballet rocks out to Elton John songs in intelligent, naughty, spectacular performance

By Theodore Bale

Ballet and rock ‘n’ roll have long been fast friends. That might sound strange to some readers, but the two forms paired up as early as 1973, when Twyla Tharp ...


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Where is Tiny Tim when you need him? Houston Grand Opera's one-man A Christmas Carol falls flat

By Theodore Bale

“Spirit, no more. Why do you delight to torture me?” sang Jay Hunter Morris as Narrator, the only character in Iain Bell and Simon Callow’s new opera A Christmas ...


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Stand-in steals the show in HGO's bland Cosi fan tutte, but the music still scores

By Theodore Bale

Mozart’s Così fan tutte has always been, for me, just like an old friend. You know, the one who bugs you at times, and then comforts you at others ...


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From Houston to the World: Recycled ballets suffer from a Midsummer Night's letdown

By Theodore Bale

A bevy of swans, a murder of crows, a charm of finches, a host of sparrows. It seems that all bird groups have their own collective nouns. Last Sunday, while ...


Best Ballet Ever?

A Houston Ballet stunner: Midsummer Night's Dream is a sexy vision, one of company's best works ever

By Theodore Bale

I suppose it was a trip last year to northern India that got me contemplating Buddhist and Hindu perceptions of time. In the ancient Hindu Puranas, one “deva” year is ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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