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Houstonians cheer Houston Ballet's debut in Paris with pianist Lang Lang

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324 Houston Ballet patrons in Paris November 2013 group shot
Houston Ballet director Stanton Welch, the bearded one on the back row, joins with his 16 company members in a Paris celebration. Photo courtesy of Houston Ballet
108 Houston Ballet patrons in Paris November 2013 Anne Chao, left, and Patti Murphy
Anne Chao, left, and Patti Murphy at the post-performance party held at Paris' Gallerie Rauchfeld. Photo courtesy of Houston Ballet
109 Houston Ballet patrons in Paris November 2013 Stanton Welch, left, and Albert Chao
Stanton Welch, left, and Albert Chao at the post-performance party held at Paris' Gallerie Rauchfeld. Photo courtesy of Houston Ballet
188 Houston Ballet patrons in Paris November 2013 Jean May, from left, Nozomi Iijima, Machiko Yoshiyama and Akemi Saitoh
Jean May, from left, Nozomi Iijima, Machiko Yoshiyama and Akemi Saitoh at the post-performance party held at Paris' Gallerie Rauchfeld. Photo courtesy of Houston Ballet
131 Houston Ballet patrons in Paris November 2013 Nancy Haywood, from left, Jim Nelson and Ted Haywood
Nancy Haywood, from left, Jim Nelson and Ted Haywood at the post-performance party held at Paris' Gallerie Rauchfeld. Photo courtesy of Houston Ballet
77 Houston Ballet patrons in Paris November 2013 C.C. O'Conner, from left, Patti Murphy and David Groover
C.C. O'Conner, from left, Patti Murphy and David Groover at the post-performance party held at Paris' Gallerie Rauchfeld. Photo courtesy of Houston Ballet
59 Houston Ballet patrons in Paris November 2013 Ted and Melza Barr
Houston Ballet patrons Ted and Melza Barr at the post-performance party held at Paris' Gallerie Rauchfeld. Photo courtesy of Houston Ballet
154 Houston Ballet patrons in Paris November 2013 crowd, venue
The Gallerie Rauchfeld was setting for the late-night reception celebration Houston Ballet's debut in Paris. Photo courtesy of Houston Ballet
324 Houston Ballet patrons in Paris November 2013 group shot
108 Houston Ballet patrons in Paris November 2013 Anne Chao, left, and Patti Murphy
109 Houston Ballet patrons in Paris November 2013 Stanton Welch, left, and Albert Chao
188 Houston Ballet patrons in Paris November 2013 Jean May, from left, Nozomi Iijima, Machiko Yoshiyama and Akemi Saitoh
131 Houston Ballet patrons in Paris November 2013 Nancy Haywood, from left, Jim Nelson and Ted Haywood
77 Houston Ballet patrons in Paris November 2013 C.C. O'Conner, from left, Patti Murphy and David Groover
59 Houston Ballet patrons in Paris November 2013 Ted and Melza Barr
154 Houston Ballet patrons in Paris November 2013 crowd, venue

A privileged flock of Houston Ballet supporters swept across the Atlantic last week to be in the audience at Paris' famed Theatre des Champs-Élysées for the company's premier performance in the City of Light. Sixteen dancers joined renowned concert pianist Lang Lang on stage for his Sons de L'Ame (Sounds of the Soul) project that combined Chopin's music as performed by Lang Lang with dance choreographed by Houston Ballet artistic director Stanton Welch.

Following Friday night's performance, one of four, Anne and Albert Chao hosted a reception for the dancers, ballet leaders and patrons at the swank Gallerie Rauchfeld on the Left Bank. 

Mingling throughout the display of bold contemporary sculptures by Rafael Barrios were Houston Ballet managing director Jim Nelson, the company's C.C. Conner with David Groover, Melza and Ted Barr, Marian Wilfert Beauchamp and Gary Beauchamp, Patti Murphy, Richard Lapin, Nancy and Ted Heywood, Kelley Lubanko, Jean May, Didier Piot and Akemi Saitoh.

An interesting aside regarding the colorful theater, according to Classical Ballet News, "The theater is steeped in ballet history, including the famous word premiere of The Rite of Spring May of 1913, which caused audience members to riot during the show." No such happenings reported during the Houston Ballet performances.

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