Bolero is a full-company work from artistic director Stanton Welch, which commemorated Houston Ballet's 35th anniversary in 2004. This ballet was presented at Houston Ballet's "Jubilee of Dance: A 35th Anniversary Celebration."
"Set to Maurice Ravel's work of the same title, Bolero will show off the depth of the company, and every dancer will get to shine," Mr. Welch commented. This is the fifth piece Mr. Welch created for the company.
"Welch's choice to put the entire company and the school's junior troupe onstage (adding up to over seventy dancers)—and in nothing but regulation leotards and tights—was statement enough for a company celebrating an important anniversary. Here we are, the gesture seemed to say, ready to start anew without forgetting the classical past. And the audience responded enthusiastically," said Kena Herold of Maisonneuve Magazine.
Music by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Choreography by Stanton Welch
Costume by Pat Padilla
Lighting by Chritina R. Giannelli
World Premiere on December 3, 2004, by Houston Ballet in the Brown Theater at the Wortham Theater Center in Houston, Texas.
Dancers: Erin Patak and Carl Coomer
Dancers: Barbara Bears and Artists of Houston Ballet
All photos: Jim Caldwell