The Houston Ballet Announces the 2014-2015 Season, Which Includes A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, ROMEO AND JULIET and More

The Houston Ballet Announces the 2014-2015 Season, Which Includes A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, ROMEO AND JULIET and More

April 26, 2014 marks the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth. In honor of this milestone in world culture, Houston Ballet will present dance interpretations of great Shakespearean works by choreographers from three continents: a lavish new production of Romeo and Juliet by Stanton Welch; the company premiere of John Neumeier's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and a revival of John Cranko's The Taming of the Shrew.

All performances listed here are in Wortham Theater Center.

I A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (1977) Houston Ballet Premiere

Music by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847) and Gyorgy Ligeti (1923-2006) Choreography by John Neumeier
Scenic design by Jurgen Rose
Stagers: Janusz Mazon and Niurka Moredo

American choreographer John Neumeier, artistic director of the The Hamburg Ballet since 1973, is one of Europe's most highly regarded dance makers. Houston Ballet is pleased to introduce the first work by Mr. Neumeier into the company's repertoire: his 1977 staging of William Shakespeare's beloved romantic comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream, acclaimed by the Hamburger Morgenpost as the "jewel in John Neumeier's œuvre". Featuring lavish scenery and costumes by the acclaimed German designer Jurgen Rose, the ballet brings to vivid life Shakespeare's beloved romantic comedy. This production is made possible by the generous support of Phoebe and Bobby Tudor.

At 7:30 pm on September 4, 6, 12, 13, 2014 At 2:00 pm on September 7, 13, 14, 2014

II FROM HOUSTON TO THE WORLD featuring: ONE/end/ONE (2011)

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Violin Concerto No. 4

Costume Design by Holly Hynes Lighting Design by Christina R. Giannelli Choreography by Jorma Elo

Music by Ezio Bosso, Violin Concerto No. 1 "Esoconcerto" Choreography by Edwaard Liang
Costume Design by Edwaard Liang and Laura Lynch Lighting Design by Lisa J. Pinkham

PAQUITA (created 1846, Welch version performed in 2013) Choreography by Stanton Welch, after Marius Petipa
Music by Leon Minkus (1826-1917)
Lighting Design by Lisa J. Pinkham

Houston Ballet's fall mixed repertory program showcases three works that were created for Houston Ballet. Inspired by video of flocks of birds flying in breathtaking unison in the skies of Northern Europe, Edwaard Liang's Murmuration is a deeply spiritual work for eight couples and one male dancer. Set to Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4, Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo brings wit and humor to the extreme technical virtuosity that he demands of the four women and four men featured in ONE/end/ONE. A highpoint of the program will a performance of the dazzling third act of Paquita, the Spanish-flavored classical showpiece that Stanton Welch staged for Houston Ballet in 2013.

At 7:30 pm on September 18, 20, 26, 27, 2014 At 2:00 pm on September 21, 28, 2014


Original choreography by Marius Petipa (1892) New Staging by Ben Stevenson (1987)
Music by Peter I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Choreography by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E.
Scenic and Costume Design by Desmond Heeley Lighting Design by Duane Schuler

A wonderful ballet for the entire family, The Nutcracker is the perfect way to introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical dance. Tchaikovsky's magical score, Desmond Heeley's fairy-tale scenery, and Ben Stevenson's vibrantly theatrical staging combine to create one of the most visually stunning productions of The Nutcracker in the world today. Join Clara on her unforgettable journey as she travels to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets, and marvel as the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince dance a pas de deux of crystalline beauty. It's a perfect holiday treat!

November 28 - December 28, 2014

At 7:30 pm Nov. 28*, 29,*30* and Dec. 6, 7*, 12*, 13, 14, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28*

At 2:00 pm on November 29, 30 and Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, *-Indicates discounted performance.

Houston Ballet will present Jubilee of Dance, a one-night-only event showcasing the depth and range of the company in a program of premieres and high-energy excerpts from signature works and beloved classics.

At 7:30 pm on Friday, December 5, 2014

Performed by Alberta Ballet as part of the Cullen Series Choreography by Jean Grand-Mai?tre
Music by Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin

As part of its Cullen Series, Houston Ballet welcomes guest company Alberta Ballet with a spectacular celebration of the music of rock legend Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

The undeniable joy of pop-rock meets the breathtaking athleticism of ballet in the sequined spectacle, Love Lies Bleeding. Alberta Ballet's artistic director Jean Grand-Mai?tre, choreographer of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies, conjures a romping and visually spectacular tribute to the work of Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Featuring 14 classic songs, this wild and whimsical piece explores the trials, victories, and sacrifices of achieving super stardom with an unforgettable story of rock 'n' roll, drama, passion - and above all - love. At 8:00 pm on January 30-31, 2015