Houston Ballet Artistic Director, Stanton Welch AM, announces the company’s lively 2020-2021 season. Houston Ballet, continuing to paint the town gold this season, will embrace the next chapter and decade in vivid color this fall.
“I’m excited to launch our next 50 years with critically acclaimed works by Forsythe, Peck and Balanchine, plus a new creation by our own Principal Dancer Melody Mennite,” says Welch. “Alongside these premieres comes the return of audience favorites Aladdin, Mayerling and La Bayadère. As we forge into our future with the masters and today’s wunderkind, Houston Ballet always aims to lead the way in innovation and creativity.”
The spectacular season ahead does just that. The headline three story ballets include Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling, David Bintley’s Aladdin and Welch’s La Bayadère. Houston Ballet made history by bringing Mayerling to North America in 2017, but only for a few performances as the city had just been hit by Hurricane Harvey. The company is ready to bring this thriller to the Wortham Theater Center stage for the full run it deserves. The season’s mixed repertoires include Houston Ballet premieres from acclaimed choreographers William Forsythe and Justin Peck as well as audience favorites from Christopher Bruce, Wayne McGregor and Welch. Welch continues to foster Principal Dancer Melody Mennite’s talent for choreography, signing her on for another commission following her first solo gig with the company in 2018. The Nutcracker, Margaret Alkek Williams Jubilee of Dance and the Academy Spring Showcase return as part of the cherished season add-on offerings.
“Following a spectacular 50th anniversary season celebrating the rich collection of ballets created on Houston Ballet, we’re excited to continue that tradition with three works new to our Houston audiences,” says Houston Ballet Executive Director Jim Nelson.
With 61 professional dancers, a full-time staff of 103, an exceptional training school and the finest dance facility in the country, Houston Ballet is well poised to continue its brilliant trajectory. A trajectory that includes presenting full-length ballets that showcase company strengths as well as one-act ballets that showcase its diversity. The colorful 2020-2021 season is no exception.
Season ticket packages start at $114 and are on sale now through the Box Office at 713.227.ARTS(2787) and online at houstonballet.org.
The 2020-2021 season programming includes:
Mixed Rep I
Rubies (1967) | Choreographer: George Balanchine | Music: Igor Stravinsky
Blake Works I (2016) | Choreographer: William Forsythe | Music: James Blake
Young Person’s Guide to Orchestra (2014) | Choreographer: Stanton Welch AM | Music: Benjamin Britten
September 11 – 20, 2020
From three choreographers come three ballets composed as love letters to ballet and the orchestra. Rubies by George Balanchine was created as an ode to vintage Americana and the dynamic energy and rhythm of American ballet choreography. Set to seven songs by the young English musician James Blake, William Forsythe created the joyous Blake Works I as a love letter to the history and evolution of ballet. Stanton Welch’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra is set to Benjamin Britten’s iconic work of the same title, a score created by Britten as way to educate youth on the art of the orchestra. Created on Houston Ballet in 2014, this huge, collaborative piece features the entire company and the talented musicians of the Houston Ballet Orchestra in a colorful love letter to music. [Houston Ballet’s performances of Rep I generously sponsored by: ConocoPhillips]