A final look behind the scenes of Ben Stevenson’s THE NUTCRACKER

By Jessica Maria MacFarlane On a snowy night in 1892, The Nutcracker (originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Balletmaster Lev Ivanov) made its first appearance at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. With a dazzling original score by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and classical ballet choreography, The Nutcracker became a holiday tradition in the… More A final look behind the scenes of Ben Stevenson’s THE NUTCRACKER

DANCING BALANCHINE AND KYLIAN: AN INTERVIEW WITH SOLOIST LAUREN STRONGIN

-by Stephanie Brown, Public Relations Intern Houston Ballet is exploring the diverse artistic genius of George Balanchine, William Forsythe, and Jiří Kylián in its program Modern Masters, currently running now through June 1st. The imaginative and powerful choreography of these three masters can be described as immensely challenging, yet a pure joy and honor to perform.… More DANCING BALANCHINE AND KYLIAN: AN INTERVIEW WITH SOLOIST LAUREN STRONGIN

Dancing the Black Swan

-by Jennifer Sommers, Houston Ballet Outreach Coordinator and Curriculum Specialist Mireille Hassenboehler and Andrew Murphy, artists of Houston Ballet; Swan Lake; Amitava Sarkar   Darren Aronofsky’s 2010 film Black Swan traces the psychological breakdown of a ballerina preparing to dance the leading role in Swan Lake in a fictional New York ballet company. When it… More Dancing the Black Swan

Holly Hynes Creates Tuxedos “Worthy of the Red Carpet” in The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

From March 6 – 16, Houston Ballet will unveil the world premiere of Stanton Welch’s new version of The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, set to the beloved score by Benjamin Britten and featuring costumes designed by Holly Hynes.  Costume sketch for The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Holly Hynes Ms. Hynes has… More Holly Hynes Creates Tuxedos “Worthy of the Red Carpet” in The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

In Memoriam: Administrator Henry Holth

Houston Ballet mourns the passing of longtime ballet administrator Henry Holth, former general director of the Houston Ballet Foundation from 1972-1977, who died August 15, 2013 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he was president and general director of the Ballet Pro Musica Festival. He was 86 years old, and the cause of death was a heart… More In Memoriam: Administrator Henry Holth

Join us for Houston Ballet’s Dance Talk on Tuesday, May 21

On Tuesday, Tuesday, May 21 from 8:00 – 9:00 pm, join Houston Ballet for a free Dance Talk featuring former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Bart Cook discussing Jerome Robbins’s comic masterpiece The Concert, and Roslyn Anderson about her work staging Jiří Kylián’s signature work, Sinfonietta. Both The Concert and Sinfonietta will be featured on… More Join us for Houston Ballet’s Dance Talk on Tuesday, May 21

HBII’s Satoko Konishi and Dillon Malinski To Shine On Miller Stage

Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy has continuously shown its capacity to cultivate and reach talent on an international level. This season alone, they have traveled to Australia, Switzerland, and soon Canada for the Assemblee Internationale 2013. Dancers: Satoko Konishi and Dillon Malinski; Ballet: Impromptu; Photo: Amitava Sarkar However, right here in Houston, Texas, on April… More HBII’s Satoko Konishi and Dillon Malinski To Shine On Miller Stage

HGOco Premieres New Opera Inspired By the Experiences of Soloist Nao Kusuzaki

From April 9-14, Houston Grand Opera will present The Memory Stone, a new opera loosely inspired by the experiences of Houston Ballet Soloist Nao Kusuzaki. The opera, which is composed by Marty Regan with a libretto by Kenny Fries, will be performed free of charge April 9-11 at 7:30 p.m. at Asia Society Texas at… More HGOco Premieres New Opera Inspired By the Experiences of Soloist Nao Kusuzaki