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Frenzied bodies: Daring and provocative dance takes over in Houston Ballet season opener

By Joseph Campana

What's in a name? "Four Premieres" may be an accurate title for Houston Ballet's season opener, which runs through Sept. 15 at Wortham Theater Center, but the p ...


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 with Norwegian Nationa ...


Theater District Cheat Sheet

Art discounts: How to take advantage of Theater District Open House and save big bucks

By Joel Luks

For two decades, the Theater District Open House has created an alliance between the many moving parts that make Downtown Houston a destination for world-class productions. The family-friendly, ...


Food for Thought

What fuels Houston Ballet dancers during The Nutcracker? You might be surprised

By Marene Gustin

Houstonians love the holiday tradition of Houston Ballet's The Nutcracker. More than one million folks have seen the holiday classic, choreographed by former artistic director Ben Stevenso ...


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 ...


Through Sunday at the Wortham

World premiere of inventive Tapestry highlights Houston Ballet's "Rock, Roll & Tutus"

By Nichelle Strzepek

If any company can rock a goofy strut and some tutus made of air conditioning filters it’s Houston Ballet. They proved it at the opening of "Rock, Roll & Tutus" last week. ...


The Arthropologist

A bounty of good: It's been a year of "farewell" and "hello" on Houston's arts scene

By Nancy Wozny

Don't mind me. I'm just camped out on the docks, waiting for the white smoke to signal that DiverseWorks has hired a new executive director. Can you tell how the amount of change I' ...


The Review Is In

Skating on the edge: Houston Ballet's Return of the Masters doesn't play it safe and that's refreshing

By Joseph Campana

The masters are back. Where have they been all this time? Houston Ballet's opened its season Thursday night with Return of the Masters, a program composed of three masterworks by choreograp ...


Through June 5

Houston Ballet raises the Barre for modern dance with devilish Elo world premiere

By Joseph Campana

A title is like a wager, or a gauntlet thrown down. When Houston Ballet announced a spring show called Raising the Barre, it promised wit, ambition, and virtuosity. Happily, opening night deli ...


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