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21 | TuTu opens at the Houston Ballet (Downtown)




7:30pm or 2pm


Wortham Theater Center | 501 Texas Ave, Houston, TX


From the organizer:

We are thrilled to share the exciting news about The Houston Ballet’s upcoming 2023-2024 Season, which celebrates Stanton Welch AM’s incredible 20-year tenure as Artistic Director of the Company. This season promises to be one of the best yet, as it features a diverse range of works from some of the most notable choreographers in dance history and up-and-coming creators. With six world premieres and three Houston Ballet premieres on the program, audiences will experience a spectacular lineup of groundbreaking works from Welch’s remarkable 20-year tenure.

Tu Tu | Choreographer: Stanton Welch AM | Music: Maurice Ravel Stars and Stripes (Houston Ballet Premiere) | Choreographer: George Balanchine | Music: John Philip Sousa, arranged by Hershy Kay Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa (World Premiere) September 21 – October 1, 2023

The first triple bill of the season sets the stage with a playful look at classical ballet. Welch’s Tu Tu is full of agility and speed, with tongue-in-cheek choreography that showcases superb classical technique. Set to Ravel’s Concerto for Piano in G major, the dancers are outfitted in brilliantly colored costumes inspired by Gustav Klimt’s gold-hued paintings. The Company adds a new Balanchine work to its repertoire with the Houston Ballet premiere of the iconic Stars and Stripes. In all-American costumes with exuberant patriotic touches, this classic Balanchine work is set to five rousing marches from composer John Phillip Sousa. The program is capped with a world premiere by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, a Colombian-Belgian choreographer who has created works for internationally renowned companies such as Dutch National Ballet, Scottish Ballet, and Les Grand Ballet Canadiens. Her first commission for Houston Ballet, this new work is inspired by the life of the famous 20th-century Uruguayan poet Delmira Agustini, known as one of the first female poets of the modernist era.

  • At 7:30 PM on September 21, 23, 29, 30, 2023
  • At 2:00 PM on September 24 and October 1, 2023

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