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Jubilee of Dance

Houston Ballet's Jubilee of Dance: A One-Night-Only Extravaganza

On Friday, December 6, 2013, Houston Ballet presents its tenth annual Jubilee of Dance, a special one-night-only performance showcasing the talent and artistry of the company dancers in a program of high-energy excerpts from signature works and beloved classics. This year Houston Ballet will perform the third act of Paquita, a dazzling classical showpiece. Paquita was premiered by the Paris Opera in 1846, and Marius Petipa produced the ballet in 1847 for the Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg as his debut production. The ballet tells of Paquita, a Spanish gypsy, who saves the life of a French officer named Lucien. In the end, once it is revealed that she is of noble birth, Paquita and Lucien are able to marry. Houston Chronicle dance critic Molly Glentzer called the 2006 Jubilee of Dance "the event of the season," noting, "the audience gave it a rousing standing ovation."