Queen of the Wilis: A Conversation with Ai-Gul Gaisina

Guest Writer: Nao Kusuzaki, Soloist White romantic tutus fill the studios at Houston Ballet Center for Dance, where the company and Houston Ballet II intensely prepare for Ai-Gul Gaisina’s staging of Giselle. “more body forward.  The style is very, very important”, “Focus outward and downward”, Ai-Gul and Louise Lester instruct during one of the latest… More Queen of the Wilis: A Conversation with Ai-Gul Gaisina

Last Chance

Return of the Masters offers the chance to see three ballets by some of the world’s most esteemed choreographers: Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan and Jerome Robbins.  Here are some beautiful photos of Houston Ballet dancers in each of the pieces. You still have time to come see Return of the Masters through September… More Last Chance

Return of the Masters: A Wardrobe Perspective

Guest Writer: Laura Lynch, wardrobe manager Photo by Leonel Nerio of Art Institute of Houston North As we open our 2011-2012 season, Wardrobe is just wrapping up a whirlwind Academy Summer Intensive and a partial build of costumes for Cincinnati Ballet’s new Nutcracker. The new season begins with Wardrobe requesting fittings on the dancers’ first… More Return of the Masters: A Wardrobe Perspective

Return of the Masters: A Musical Perspective

Guest Writer: Rick Reeves, orchestra manager Houston Ballet Orchestra looks forward to performances of Mahler’s expansive Das Lied von der Erde, or Song of the Earth in the Return of the Masters program (Sept. 8-18). It is rare that any ballet company has the opportunity to present a musical work of this magnitude. It is… More Return of the Masters: A Musical Perspective