The Ballerina’s Legacy of GISELLE

Artistic Director Stanton Welch has crafted a new production of Giselle with sets and costume designs by Roberta Guidi di Bagno. For this production, Mr. Welch handpicked principal dancer Yuriko Kajiya as his muse for the iconic role of Giselle. For this blog post we’ll be digging into our archives to showcase four of the past Houston Ballet ballerinas who’ve portrayed Giselle, the loving country girl and supernatural wili. … More The Ballerina’s Legacy of GISELLE

Researching THE SLEEPING BEAUTY part 2

It’s our Artistic Director Emeritus Ben Stevenson’s 80th birthday this year! On February 16, we helped him celebrate with an informative and fun ‘Dance Talk’ at our Center for Dance. With Lauren Anderson at his side, he delighted our audience and staff with stories about his time in dance. When asked what inspires him, he simple repeated, “Music, music, music.” With so many ballet productions and reconstructions, ever wondered which historic version of The Sleeping Beauty Houston Ballet’s production derives from? Read on and you’ll soon find out! In part two of this two-part blog post, we dig into our archives and share some fun facts and photos about Ben Stevenson and his cherished production of The Sleeping Beauty now running at the Wortham Theater until March 6.… More Researching THE SLEEPING BEAUTY part 2

Zodiac Costumer Designer – Eduardo Sicangco

By Kalyn Oden, PR Intern   The stunning costumes and magical sets just appear for each performance, right? This thought might have crossed your mind a time or two but I am here to discuss the detailed thought process in the costume design process that took place for Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch’s world… More Zodiac Costumer Designer – Eduardo Sicangco

Swan Lake in the Costume Shop: Memories of Kristian Fredrikson

Guest Writer:  Laura Lynch, Houston Ballet Wardrobe Manager   Sara Webb and Connor Walsh in Swan Lake; Photo by Amitava Sarkar It’s opening day of Swan Lake. This production brings with it so many bittersweet memories. Kristian Fredrikson, the internationally acclaimed production designer who created the scenery and costumes for this Swan Lake, died in… More Swan Lake in the Costume Shop: Memories of Kristian Fredrikson

Behind the Scenes of Aladdin: Christopher Gray Flies High as the Djinn of the Lamp

Christopher Gray as the Djinn (Genie) with artists of Houston Ballet; Aladdin; Photo by Amitava Sarkar -by Stephanie Brown, Public Relations Intern David Bintley’s Aladdin, which continues in performance through Sunday, March 2, has a way of enchanting the audience with beautiful, unique props and exquisite, colorful costumes. I had the honor of attending Aladdin… More Behind the Scenes of Aladdin: Christopher Gray Flies High as the Djinn of the Lamp

Making Magic Happen Behind The Scenes In New York At The Joyce Theater

Houston Ballet has been extremely busy during the month of October, preparing for two major tours: to New York’s Joyce Theater from October 22-27; and to the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris, France October 31 – November 4. Image Courtesy of Houston Ballet Over the last decade Houston Ballet’s Director of Production Brian Walker… More Making Magic Happen Behind The Scenes In New York At The Joyce Theater

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

Developing a Dancer’s Toolbox: Setting the Stage

Guest writer: Jaclyn Youngblood, Academy intern Arts and crafts aren’t just for elementary school children. Half of the Level 8 students, the highest level at Houston Ballet’s Summer Intensive Program, are taking Set Design for their career studies class. Like its partner course, Costume Design, the Set Design class aims to introduce students to other… More Developing a Dancer’s Toolbox: Setting the Stage

Houston Ballet brings new tutus to the stage with the help of Holly Hynes

Guest writer: Lorena Capellan, PR intern Costume designer Holly Hynes has worked closely with choreographer Jorma Elo to create costumes for his newest ballet, ONE/end/ONE, to be premiered by Houston Ballet in late May. Holly Hynes served as director of costumes at the New York City Ballet for over 20 years and has been entrusted… More Houston Ballet brings new tutus to the stage with the help of Holly Hynes