State of the Arts
Houston Ballet dances into 2010-2011 season
After 25 years in their renovated clothing factory warehouse on West Gray, Houston Ballet will be pirouetting into a new, $53 million state-of-the-art headquarters in the Theater District in 2011. And the 2010-2011 season, just announced, will display plenty of sparkling new numbers, unexpected programs and audience favorites.
The season opens with "Body, Soul & Gershwin," a trio featuring the somber, emotional abstract Forgotten Land (which was ironically cut short in its first Houston Ballet run due to Hurricane Ike); the colorful, Klimt-inspired costumes of the playful ensemble piece Tu Tu; and a brash, Broadway-esque ode to New York in The Core: Gershwin, the Heart of the Big Apple (Sept. 9-19).
Next up: George Balanchine's classic Jewels (Sept. 23-Oct. 3), a sparkling, multifaceted ode to three schools of ballet: the ethereal, romantic Emeralds; sassy, confident Rubies; and elegant, grandiose Diamonds.
The spring repertory program, Raising the Barre (May 26-June 5, 2011), brings in the newest of the new, specifically a yet-unnamed world premiere by celebrated Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo, the Houston Ballet premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's triumphant Rush and the American premiere of Grinning In Your Face, Christopher Bruce's paean to 1930s Americana.
Classics and Crowd-Pleasers
The holiday standard The Nutcracker (Nov. 26-Dec. 26) will be followed by a classic of equal renown, Stevenson and Petipa's fairy tale wonder, The Sleeping Beauty (March 10-20, 2011). Also on tap: Artistic director Stanton Welch's masterpiece-in-the-making, Marie (March 4-6, 2011), based on the life of Marie Antoinette, and John Cranko's 1969 adaptation of the warring would-be lovers in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew (June 9-19, 2011).