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Photo Flash: First Look at Houston Ballet's MAYERLING at The Hobby Center

Due to Hurricane Harvey, Houston Ballet is unable to perform the opening two productions at the company's home venue. However, Houston Ballet is pleased to report that select performances of fall programming have been rescheduled at THE HOBBY CENTER - SAROFIM HALL. For a limited time from September 22-24 at The Hobby Center, Houston Ballet presents Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Mayerling, and will be the first North-American company to perform this compelling production. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the show below!

Originally premiering on February 14, 1978 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden by the Royal Ballet, Mayerling also had a triumphant American premiere in Los Angeles that same year and was the subject of a London Weekend Television film, winning the 1978 music category of the prestigious Prix Italia - the first ballet to do so.

A captivating three-act narrative ballet, the production is based on the historic 1889 incident involving the murder-suicide of the sole heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Crown Prince Rudolf, and his 17-year-old mistress, Baroness Mary Vetsera. Set to John Lanchbery's powerful arrangement of Franz Liszt compositions, Sir Kenneth's last full-length ballet boldly requires dancers to fully embody intense characters through dramatic acting and dancing. Houston Ballet will feature Costume and Scenic Designs by Pablo Núñez, Scenario by Gillian Freeman and Lighting Designs by Lisa J. Pinkham.

For tickets and more information, visit houstonballet.org.

Photo Credit: Amitava Sarkar, courtesy Houston Ballet

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Photo Flash: First Look at Houston Ballet's MAYERLING at The Hobby Center
Ballet: Mayerling Choreographer: Sir Kenneth MacMillan Dancer(s): Connor Walsh as Prince Rudolf and Sara Webb as Countess Marie Larish Photo: Amitava Sarkar Year: 2017

Photo Flash: First Look at Houston Ballet's MAYERLING at The Hobby Center
Ballet: Mayerling Choreographer: Sir Kenneth MacMillan Dancer(s): Connor Walsh as Prince Rudolf and Jessica Collado as Empress Elizabeth Photo: Amitava Sarkar Year: 2017

Photo Flash: First Look at Houston Ballet's MAYERLING at The Hobby Center
Ballet: Mayerling Choreographer: Sir Kenneth MacMillan Dancer(s): Connor Walsh as Prine Rudolf and Melody Mennite as Pricess Stephanie Photo: Amitava Sarkar Year: 2017

Photo Flash: First Look at Houston Ballet's MAYERLING at The Hobby Center
Ballet: Mayerling Choreographer: Sir Kenneth MacMillan Dancer(s): Connor Walsh as Prine Rudolf and Melody Mennite as Pricess Stephanie Photo: Amitava Sarkar Year: 2017

Photo Flash: First Look at Houston Ballet's MAYERLING at The Hobby Center
Ballet: Mayerling Choreographer: Sir Kenneth MacMillan Dancer(s): Connor Walsh as Prince Rudolf and Sara Webb as Countess Marie Larish Photo: Amitava Sarkar Year: 2017

Photo Flash: First Look at Houston Ballet's MAYERLING at The Hobby Center
Ballet: Mayerling Choreographer: Sir Kenneth MacMillan Dancer(s): Connor Walsh as Prince Rudolf Photo: Amitava Sarkar Year: 2017

Photo Flash: First Look at Houston Ballet's MAYERLING at The Hobby Center
Ballet: Mayerling Choreographer: Sir Kenneth MacMillan Dancer(s): Karina Gonzalez as Baroness Mary Vetsera and Connor Walsh as Prince Rudolf Photo: Amitava Sarkar Year: 2017

Photo Flash: First Look at Houston Ballet's MAYERLING at The Hobby Center
Ballet: Mayerling Choreographer: Sir Kenneth MacMillan Dancer(s): Karina Gonzalez as Baroness Mary Vetsera and Connor Walsh as Prince Rudolf Photo: Amitava Sarkar Year: 2017

Photo Flash: First Look at Houston Ballet's MAYERLING at The Hobby Center
Ballet: Mayerling Choreographer: Sir Kenneth MacMillan Dancer(s): Karina Gonzalez as Baroness Mary Vetsera and Connor Walsh as Prince Rudolf Photo: Amitava Sarkar Year: 2017

Photo Flash: First Look at Houston Ballet's MAYERLING at The Hobby Center
Ballet: Mayerling Choreographer: Sir Kenneth MacMillan Dancer(s): Karina Gonzalez as Baroness Mary Vetsera and Connor Walsh as Prince Rudolf Photo: Amitava Sarkar Year: 2017

Photo Flash: First Look at Houston Ballet's MAYERLING at The Hobby Center
Ballet: Mayerling Choreographer: Sir Kenneth MacMillan Dancer(s): Connor Walsh as Prince Rudolf Photo: Amitava Sarkar Year: 2017

Photo Flash: First Look at Houston Ballet's MAYERLING at The Hobby Center
Ballet: Mayerling Choreographer: Sir Kenneth MacMillan Dancer(s): Karina Gonzalez as Baroness Mary Vetsera and Connor Walsh as Prince Rudolf Photo: Amitava Sarkar Year: 2017

Photo Flash: First Look at Houston Ballet's MAYERLING at The Hobby Center
Ballet: Mayerling Choreographer: Sir Kenneth MacMillan Dancer(s): Artists of Houston Ballet Photo: Amitava Sarkar Year: 2017


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