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Stanton Welch’s Falling is a classical, playful piece for five couples set to Mozart’s “Salzburg Symphonies.” The work was originally created for San Francisco Ballet in 2005. It features costumes by Holly Hynes, who created pastel-colored leotards with flowers embroidered on the front. In a review of Falling, Michael Wade Simpson of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “The whole work has a sense of fresh direction and musicality. . . Falling is a delight in shades of pastel, with good ideas and excellent dancing delivered in a joyful, Mozartian spirit.”

Paul Parish, in a review of Falling for DanceView Times wrote, “I can’t resist its energy, playfulness, sweetness, and I am so grateful to see how classical it is and how inventive Welch is at finding the fun in doing things classically. He’s also made a ballet that’s great for the dancers, every one of whom looks smashing in it.”

FALLING (2005)
Music by W. A. Mozart
Choreography by Stanton Welch
Costume Design by Holly Hynes
Lighting Design by Lisa Pinkham

Houston Ballet Premiere on May 22, 2008, by Houston Ballet in the Brown Theater at the Wortham Theater Center in Houston, Texas.  

Dancers: Ian Casady and Melody Herrera 
Dancers: Amy Fote and Jonathan Davidsson
Dancers: Peter Franc and Hitomi Takeda
All photos by: Amitava Sarkar