Houston Ballet to Perform Series of Free Performances at Miller Outdoor Theater in May

Houston Ballet to Perform Series of Free Performances at Miller Outdoor Theater in May

May 9-11 at 8 p.m., Houston Ballet will present three free performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre. These performances will showcase Houston Ballet's extraordinary versatility, featuring an excerpt from a great 19th century classic alongside two 21st century works choreographed by artistic director Stanton Welch.

Mr. Welch's imaginative and youthful work Play is city life made into ballet with classical technique. Writing at the work's New York premiere on May 28, 2004, Anna Kisselgoff, chief dance critic of The New York Times, observed, "Play takes off from Moby's album of the same name into a quirky exploration of youthful alienation.... Mr. Welch begins Play with dancers sitting as if on a lawn, clothes on the ground. The men put on ties and jackets, the women layered costumes. They move haltingly and come to life in a variety of propulsive gaits. At one point they look like bent-over speed skaters. Everyday gestures (putting on makeup) alternate with confrontational thrusts and parries. The dancers, like voyeurs, watch a couple kiss. This is Mr. Welch in a witty disco and minimalist mode, not his usual classical self."

Houston Ballet will also perform the third act of Paquita, a dazzling classical showpiece which Mr. Welch re-staged for the company in 2013, creating 11 variations for the dancers and giving the whole company the opportunity to shine.

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