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HOUSTON BALLET 2013-14 SEASON DANCE TALKS

Join Houston Ballet for its free Dance Talks lecture series to learn more about the works on Houston Ballet's stage and the artists behind the works. 

Unless otherwise noted below, all Dance Talks are held at Houston Ballet Center for Dance, 601 Preston Street in downtown Houston, 77002

For more information on Dance Talks, please contact Education and Outreach Manager Chase Cobb at CCobb@houstonballet.org


 

STAGING BALANCHINE AND FORSYTHE: A CONVERSATION WITH JUDITH FUGATE AND KATHRYN BENNETTS

Houston Ballet

Wednesday, May 14th, 6:00-7:00 PM
The Four Temperaments and In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated were both ground-breaking ballets when they had their world premiere. Find out why, from the people who worked with the choreographers, danced the roles, and travel the world to re-stage these ballets today. Former principal dancer Mireille Hassenboehler will moderate a discussion with Judith Fugate, who is staging George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, and Kathryn Bennetts, who is setting Williams Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, for the Modern Masters program, running May 22 – June 1.

Photo: Ian Casady and Amy Fote in In the middle, somewhat elevated. Photo by Amitava Sarkar.

 


WHAT DO REAL BALLERINAS THINK OF BLACK SWAN?

Houston Ballet

Tuesday, May 27 from 7:00 – 9:30 pm at Sundance Cinemas at 510 Texas Avenue, Houston 77002.

Join current and former Houston Ballet dancers at Sundance Cinemas for a for a free screening of Darren Aronofsky’s Academy Award-winning 2010 film Black Swan, followed by a panel discussion led by former principal dancer Dawn Scannell.  The film traces the psychological breakdown of a ballerina preparing to dance the leading role in Swan Lake in a fictional New York ballet company.  Following the movie, former Houston Ballet principal dancers Lauren Anderson, Barbara Bears and Mireille Hassenboehler will join current principal dancers Karina Gonzalez and Sara Webb and share their thoughts about the film’s portrayal of the lead dancer, life in world-class ballet company, and what it’s like to prepare for and dance the lead role Odette/Odile in Swan Lake.  Ms. Webb and Ms. Gonzales will be in the midst of preparing to perform the role when the company presents Swan Lake June 5-15.

Seating for the free screening of Black Swan is first-come, first-served, and tickets may not be obtained in advance.  Please note that Black Swan is a psychological horror film, and is not suitable for younger or more sensitive audiences.