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Houston Ballet
Free Performances at
Miller Outdoor Theatre

From May 9 - 11 at 8 p.m., Houston Ballet will present three free performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

These performances will showcase Houston Ballet's extraordinary versatility, featuring an excerpt from a great 19th century classic alongside two 21st century works choreographed by artistic director Stanton Welch.

Mr. Welch's imaginative and youthful work Play is city life made into ballet with classical technique. The dancers wear street clothes, but are on pointe, Mr. Welch's inspiration for this piece comes from the media-saturated, heavily politicized twenty-first century environment that urban dwellers experience. Play is set to several selections from the Grammy-nominated 1999 album Play by DJ/techno artist Moby.

Houston Ballet will also perform the third act of Paquita, a dazzling classical showpiece which Mr. Welch re-staged for the company in 2013, creating 11 variations for the dancers and giving the whole company the opportunity to shine.

Also on the program are excerpts from Mr. Welch's Sons de L'âme (Sounds of the Soul), a lyrical, sensuous work for 16 dancers, set to piano pieces by Frédéric Chopin and first performed in Paris in October 2013.

Free tickets to these performances are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating is available on the hill. This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area.

Miller Outdoor Theatre is located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive in Hermann Park, just south of the Museum of Natural Science and the Houston Garden Center.  Google Maps

Additional information can be found at http://www.milleroutdoortheatre.com, or call 281.373.3386.

These performances are sponsored in part by a grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.