What Houston Ballet Center for Dance Means to Me

 

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Houston Ballet Center for Dance - June 19, 2010. Photo by Zuzana Leckova of Art Institute of Houston North.

Guest writer: Nao Kusuzaki, soloist

The creation of Houston Ballet Center for Dance is undeniably a significant step forward in Houston Ballet history. It is a rebirth, a new beginning, and I’m proud to be a part of this generation of Houston Ballet. Through the process of planning, discussing, and witnessing the growth of our baby by day has brought our HB family closer—not just the dancers, but the entire organization as one super-family. 

And this facility, created strictly FOR dance, is a dream home for dancers.  It will not only be brand new, but more importantly, it will be an environment of inspiration.  Inside this beautiful design, the studios will be a blank canvas where we can let our creative energy flow freely, where we will paint with our individual blend of colors.  It’s an ideal space where we can keep evolving as artists.  The well thought-out, state of the art facility will allow the dancers and staff to work efficiently and productively, creatively and obsessively.

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Houston Ballet Center for Dance - June 19, 2010. Photo by Zuzana Leckova of Art Institute of Houston North.

In the community, the Houston Ballet Center for Dance will become a landmark hub for the dance and performing arts.  The location can’t be any better than this. The Center for Dance will be the gateway into the city of Houston.

The installation of the black box theater will provide opportunities for Houston Ballet to hold more informal showcases, as well as performances for Houston Ballet II.  The community will be able to rent the space, and we can welcome more guest companies.  How fortunate is Houston to have this space—a creative gathering spot where artists and fans of dance from all walks of life can exchange ideas.  I can see Houston Ballet and the performing arts community evolving and growing with the Center for Dance. 

Carl Jung once said, “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” The Houston Ballet Center for Dance is the realization of the figures imagined by a team of Houston Ballet supporters.  Within this handsome facility will always be artists working to sculpt their images, to make emotions into motions, and to unleash energy to make art come to life.  This place of enlightenment is soon to make its debut from the dark, and it’s thrilling to be a part of this significant step forward.

-Nao

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