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Rites of Passage


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Join Houston Ballet for an extraordinary season of master works and world premieres, highlighted by: Trey McIntyre’s Peter Pan Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly and La Bayadère The world premiere of Stanton Welch’s The Rite of Spring Six new works added to Houston Ballet’s repertoire Plus subscriber favorites: Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker and our one-night-only Jubilee of Dance

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Choreography: Stanton Welch Music: Johann Sebastian Bach



Madame Butterfly Choreography: Stanton Welch Music: Giacomo Puccini, arranged by John Lanchbery


September 6 – 16, 2012

In her cocoon, the butterfly is protected, sheltered in naiveté. It is only when she

begins to emerge that she becomes vulnerable.

Madame Butterfly, the story of a beautiful

Japanese geisha who gives up her faith and her family to marry an American naval

lieutenant, is at once compelling and heartbreaking. Set to Puccini’s powerful score with costumes and sets by Peter Farmer, Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly is a

stunning achievement in neoclassical ballet

that has been an international success, with performances on three continents. Also on the program is Welch’s Clear, a poignant

ballet danced to Bach.

“ A vividly compelling piece of dance theater.” New York Post

7:30 PM • September 6, 8, 14, 15, 2012 2:00 PM • September 9, 16, 2012

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Top: Amy Fote in Madame Butterfly. Bottom (left to right): Artists of Houston Ballet in Madame Butterfly; Peter Franc and Connor Walsh in Clear; Artists of Houston Ballet in Clear.


Crossing Cultures

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Ketubah BY

Julia Adam Music: The Best Little Klezmer Band in Texas

A World Premiere by

Aszure Barton

The Brahms-Haydn Variations, A Houston Ballet Premiere by

Twyla Tharp Music: Johannes Brahms

b September 20 – 30, 2012

Three of the world’s leading female choreo-

graphers take Houston Ballet on a spectacular

odyssey of dance with a fall repertory program unlike any other. Julia Adam’s Ketubah was

originally created in Houston. The tale of a

traditional Jewish wedding, the ballet showcases the natural humor and story-telling style of

the affable choreographer. Already a Houston

favorite, acclaimed young Canadian choreo-

grapher Aszure Barton creates a theatrical work specifically for dancers of Houston Ballet.

And the legendary Twyla Tharp demonstrates why she’s recognized as one of the pioneers of contemporary dance with The Brahms-

Haydn Variations, a neoclassical milestone. 7:30 PM • September 20, 22, 28, 29, 2012 2:00 PM • September 23, 30, 2012 4

“ Variations on a Theme by Haydn… is not just a good work but a grand work.” The Boston Phoenix

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La Bayadère Choreography: Stanton Welch Music: Léon Minkus, arranged by John Lanchbery


Passport to the Exotic

February 21 – March 3, 2013

A brilliant fire god, opium dreams and a crashing temple. This is Stanton Welch’s La Bayadère,



classical ballet with a touch of Bollywood.

A colorful version of the Russian classic,

La Bayadère is the lively story of Nikiya

the temple dancer, her lover Solor, and the vengeance that keeps them apart – at least

in this life. With lavish scenery depicting the

jungles of India and costumes by Peter Farmer,

La Bayadère features mesmerizing classical

performances highlighted by the famous Shades scene, staged for the entire corps de ballet.

7:30 PM • February 21, 23 and March 1, 2, 2013

2:00 PM • February 24 and March 2, 3, 2013

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“This was easily one of the most incredible performances I’ve seen from Houston Ballet.” Dance Ho uston

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Top: Artists of Houston Ballet. Bottom (left to right): Sara Webb and Connor Walsh; Nozomi Iijima; Kelly Myernick and Connor Walsh.


The Rite of Spring A World Premiere by

Edwaard Liang



Pacific, a Houston Ballet Premiere by

Mark Morris Music: Lou Harrison

Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), A World Premiere by

Stanton Welch Music: Igor Stravinsky


March 7 – 17, 2013

When it was originally performed in 1913, The

Rite of Spring, a collaboration of Igor Stravinsky

and Vaslav Nijinsky, shocked the audience with its audacious music and controversial subject matter.

To mark the 100th anniversary of this exceptional work, Stanton Welch is honoring the tradition

of artistic collaboration with his own Le Sacre du

printemps, a world premiere featuring art by the

famed Australian painter Rosella Namok. Also

on the program is a world premiere by Edwaard

Liang, an internationally renowned choreographer

making his debut in Houston, and Pacific, a joyous ballet by American choreographer Mark Morris. 7:30 PM • March 7, 9, 15, 16, 2013 2:00 PM • March 10, 17, 2013 8

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Left: Kelly Myernick and Jessica Collado. Middle (top to bottom): Joseph Walsh; Artists of Houston Ballet. Right: Charles-Louis Yoshiyama.

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“ I was guided by no system whatever. I heard, and I wrote what I heard. I am the vessel through which The Rite of Spring passed.” I g o r S t r av i ns k y




Sinfonietta by

Jiří Kylián Music: Leoš Janáček

Ballet Imperial, a Houston Ballet Premiere by

George Balanchine Music: Peter I. Tchaikovsky The Concert by

Jerome Robbins Music: Frédéric Chopin

b May 30 – June 9, 2013

From the banks of the Vltava River to the grandeur of a Russian palace to the rain-

drenched sidewalks of Central Park, the spring repertory program is a fantastic voyage led by

the grand masters of choreography. Jiří Kylián’s

Sinfonietta is an exuberant tribute to the Czech choreographer’s homeland. Ballet Imperial is

George Balanchine’s homage to St. Petersburg, to the choreographer Marius Petipa, who

he referred to as “the father of classic ballet,”

and to Russia’s greatest composer. The Concert

is famed American choreographer Jerome

Robbins’s laugh-out-loud funny reflection on the active imaginations of New York City concert-goers.

7:30 PM • May 30 and June 1, 7, 8, 2013 2:00 PM • June 2, 8, 9, 2013

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Journey with the Masters

“The Concert, surely the most comic ballet in existence.� The New York Times

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Left (top to bottom): Artists of Houston Ballet in The Concert. Right: Amy Fote in The Concert.


Trip to Neverland

Peter Pan



Choreography: Trey McIntyre Music: Sir Edward Elgar, arranged by Niel DePonte


June 13 – 23, 2013

Join Wendy, Peter and the Darling boys as they

embark on a magical adventure to Neverland.

It’s a magnificent world where people fly, where

fairies are real, where crocodiles tick like clocks, and where boys never grow up. With swashbuckling swordfights, giant puppets, vibrant

masks and colorful sets by Thomas Boyd, Trey

McIntyre’s Peter Pan is an invigorating journey

from beginning to end. It’s a voyage navigated

by a choreographer who appreciates the fantasies of youth yet understands the complexities of

aging. Peter Pan may not have grown up, but his story has.

7:30 PM • June 13, 15, 21, 22, 2013 2:00 PM • June 15, 16, 23, 2013


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“The most impressive, original, multi-act ballet created by an American choreographer in recent memory.� Dance View

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Left: Ilya Kozadayev and James Gotesky. Middle (top to bottom): Sara Webb and Ilya Kozadayev; Nicholas Leschke, Photo: Jim Caldwell. Right: James Gotesky.


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“The crown jewel of holiday entertainment.” Houston Chronicle

The Nutcracker

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Choreography: Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Music: Peter I. Tchaikovsky b

November 23 – December 30, 2012

For mom, for dad, for brother and sis,

The Nutcracker is a family tradition you don’t

want to miss. Join Clara on her colorful, magical journey. You’ll travel through the Land of the

Sweets to Spain, Russia, China and France.

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You’ll see a Christmas tree that grows to enor-

mous heights, flying cooks, dancing flowers, and

snow. Lots and lots of beautiful snow. The music,

the magic, the laughter, the fun. It just wouldn’t be the holidays without The Nutcracker.

7:30 PM • November 23*, 24* and December 1, 2*, 7*, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27*, 29*

2:00 PM • November 24, 25* and December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 *Indicates discounted performance


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Orchestra Center $77.00


Orchestra Aisle $85.00


Founders Box $105.00


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The Nutcracker Seating

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2012 Performance Calendar November 23 - December 30, 2012 Sunday





Fr iday

S at ur day

November 23 7:30 pm n n indicates discounted performance

November 24 2:00 pm 7:30 pm n

November 27 November 28 November 29 November 30 November 25 November 26 2:00 pm n No Performance No Performance No Performance No Performance No Performanc e

December 1 2:00 pm 7:30 pm

December 3 December 4 December 5 December 6 December 7 December 2 2:00 pm No Performance No Performance No Performance No Performance 7:30 pm n 7:30 pm n

December 8 2:00 pm 7:30 pm

December 9 December 10 December 11 December 12 December 13 December 14 2:00 pm No Performance No Performance No Performance No Performance 7:30 pm 7:30 pm

December 15 2:00 pm 7:30 pm

December 16 December 17 December 18 December 19 December 20 December 21 2:00 pm No Performance 7:30 pm n 7:30 pm n 7:30 pm n 7:30 pm 7:30 pm

December 22 2:00 pm 7:30 pm

December 23 December 24 December 25 2:00 pm 2:00 pm No Performance 7:30 pm

December 29 2:00 pm 7:30 pm n

December 30 2:00 pm

December 26 2:00 pm 7:30 pm

December 27 December 28 2:00 pm 2:00 pm 7:30 pm n

Top (left to right): Mireille Hassenboehler and Linnar Looris; Charles-Louis Yoshiyama. Bottom: Artists of Houston Ballet.


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Jubilee of Dance b

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Friday, November 30, 2012

A glance back in time. A peek into the future. The Jubilee of Dance is a joyous and fleeting celebration of all that is Houston Ballet, a

chance to honor our legends and find our future stars. With highlights of productions past and

productions yet to come, this annual event is a


fast-paced evening that builds at a breathtaking


rate. If tradition holds true, the finale will be


a showstopper that allows each of the dancers


to shine. Reserve your seats early, for the

Jubilee of Dance is an evening not to be missed. 7:30 PM • Friday, November 30, 2012

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Pleasure Trips


Left to Right: Artists of Houston Ballet in The Ladies; Artists of Houston Ballet in Vivacious Dispositions; Melody Mennite in Velocity.

“ I ’ve learned that as a general rule with Houston Ballet, ‘one-night-only performance’ means go, or you’ll wish you would have.” H o u s t o n P r e ss


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Cullen Series: Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal Artistic Director: Gradimir Pankov Cantata Choreography: Mauro Bigonzetti Music: Gruppo Musicale Assurd Four Seasons Choreography: Mauro Bigonzetti Music: Antonio Vivaldi


February 1 – 2, 2013

Get your passports ready. You’re being

transported to Italy, via Les Grands Ballets

Canadiens de Montréal. This dynamic

ballet company will present two works by

choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti, a native of Rome. Set to the familiar and always stirring music of Vivaldi, Four Seasons is among Bigonzetti’s newest works, created specifically for the Canadian company. His recognized and ever-popular Cantata is a passionate homage to the Italian culture and music tradition, evoking a wild Mediterranean

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beauty. The program is co-presented with

Society for the Performing Arts.

8:00 PM • February 1, 2, 2013


Above and Right: Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal in Four Seasons. Photos: Robert Etcheverry.

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“ Dance at its drop-dead, dazzling best.” P i t t sb u r g h P o s t - G a z e t t e

Cullen Theater Wortham Theater Center MEZZANINE REAR MEZZANINE FRONT


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Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy

Spring Showcase b

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April 26 – 27, 2013

If the quality of students is any indication,

the future of Houston Ballet looks very bright indeed. In the Spring Showcase, the gifted

young artists of Houston Ballet’s professional

training program perform works that spotlight their multitude of talents. They will dance a

variety of ballets, some created on professional companies, others choreographed especially for the program and for the young dancers.

Come, see if you can spot the stars of tomorrow.

7:00 PM • April 26, 2013 1:30 PM • April 27, 2013

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Back to the Future


“ Don’t let the student label fool you. Most of these ‘pre-professionals’ have been perfecting their art for more than a decade.” Houston Chronicle

Left to Right: Sareen Tchekmedyian in Brigade; Liana Carpio and Chunwai Chan in Sylvia; Jacquelyn Long in A Time to Dance.



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Left: Aria Alekzander with a Junior Patrons member. Photo: Leonel Nerio/Art Institute of Houston North. Below: Members of the Houston Ballet Family. Photos: Zuzana Leckova/Art Institute of Houston North; PWL Studio; Valerie Reeves/Art Institute of Houston North; Bobby Moseley.


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2012-2013 Series Dates Here are the six T hursday E vening productions in

your subscription:

First S aturday E vening

F irst Sunday Friday M atinee Evening

Second S aturday Evening

S econ d S unda y M atin e e

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7:30 pm Se r ies B

2:00 pm Se r ies C

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1 Madame Butterfly 2 Women@Art 3 La Bayadère 4 The Rite of Spring 5 Journey with the Masters

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Peter Pan

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Our New Home: Center for Dance

With the passionate commitment of the entire

community and the generous support of countless individuals, foundations and businesses,

Houston Ballet took a spectacular leap into the

future with the opening of the Center for Dance in April 2011. With nine studios, a 200-seat

performance space, an enormous costume shop and more, our spectacular new home is the

largest professional dance facility in the nation.

Not only will the Center for Dance bring a new level of artistic excellence to Houston Ballet, it will allow the company to further the mission

of outreach, bringing dance to more Houstonians than ever.

Images courtesy of Gensler. Photos: Nic Lehoux.


“Houston Ballet’s Center for Dance is a visual reminder of Houston’s commitment to the performing arts and a living billboard for dance.” In t e r n a t i o n a l B u s i n e ss T i m e s

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Houston Ballet 2012-2013 Season Brochure  
Houston Ballet 2012-2013 Season Brochure  

The highlights of our new season will be the revivals of three blockbuster productions from our repertoire: Trey McIntyre’s magnificent Pet...