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Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — pure yoga madness included

By Joel Luks

January is just about over and done with. And hopefully so are any mentions of the biatch of a polar vortex.  Warm yourself up with this week's suggestions, which include a bendy gathe ...


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Death and Shakespeare: Houston Ballet's new season is more than secret kisses and high drama

By Joel Luks

Romeo, Romeo, Romeo. I suppose you can't blame an artist for wanting a turn at playing this archetypal Shakespearean character. Not even Houston Ballet artistic director Stanton Welch is i ...


The Arthropologist

Leap of faith: Society for the Performing Arts emphasizes power of dance in new season

By Nancy Wozny

Running, skipping, sliding across the stage with a whoosh, and finally leaping into a set of arms may be the most iconic combination of everyday movements in all of modern dance. This sequence &nbs ...


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 in a close second. Since the p ...


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Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — including a sexy pajama party

By Joel Luks

On tap this week are a special film festival, events that laud the arrival of springtime, gorgeous azaleas, a virgin sacrifice, a music competition and a gala that honors one of CultureMap's ow ...


'Tis the season

A ballet worth rioting over? Stanton Welch puts a new twist on the daunting "Rite of Spring"

By Joseph Campana

Spring is a time of renewal, but winter doesn’t always go quietly. As Houston Ballet prepares for its latest mixed repertory program, there’s definitely a sense of newness in the ai ...


Best Left To History

It's time to demand more of the Houston Ballet than Stevenson's tired, limp Romeo and Juliet

By Theodore Bale

Houston Ballet opened the final production of its 2011-12 season Thursday night with what company press releases called a “lavish production” of Ben Stevenson’s Romeo and Juliet. ...


Three ballets & one world premiere

Plenty of reasons to celebrate Houston Ballet's "Made in America"

By Joseph Campana

Twenty-five years, one mayor, three ballets, one world premiere, four chandeliers, one swinging stage light, and a lot of cupcakes. Or, another night at the ballet. At least it was another nigh ...


The Arthropologist

Choreographer Nicolo Fonte See(k)s a new ballet that's "Made in America"

By Nancy Wozny

It's rare that I get the urge to make dances these days. Watching Nicolo Fonte mid-move made me long for those dance-making days. Fonte's new ballet See(k) runs tonight through June 3 at th ...


Dance Fever

Peter Pan, Madame Butterfly and powerful women mark Houston Ballet's new look season

By Whitney Radley

With a new executive director (Jim Nelson assumes the role on Feb. 15), a new center for dance and six fresh, new works added to the repertoire, the Houston Ballet is set up for a 2012-2013 season ...


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