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west side story suite | DYAD 1929 | WINGS OF WAX

In its winter repertory program, Houston Ballet introduces three masterpieces into the company’s repertory in a thrilling evening of dance. Dyad 1929 is the first work by the celebrated British, Royal Ballet choreographer Wayne McGregor to be performed by Houston Ballet. Set to Steve Reich's Pulitzer Prize-winning Double Sextet and dedicated to the memory of modern dance legend Merce Cunningham, the work showcases Mr. McGregor’s trademark style of dynamic contrasts and intensely physical partnering. West Side Story electrified audiences when it premiered on Broadway in 1957, and this collection of dances and songs from that landmark production exemplifies the electricity, vitality and dramatic poignancy of this quintessentially American work.  Jiří Kylián’s Wings of Wax is a visually arresting work in which eight dancers perform to haunting pieces of music by four great composers, with their encounters unfolding underneath the canopy of a giant tree.

At 7:30 pm on March 10, 12, 18, 19, 2016

At 2:00 pm on March 13, 19, 20, 2016

DYAD 1929 - 2009 (Houston Ballet Premiere)

Music- Steve Reich
Double Sextet
By arrangement with Hendon Music, Inc., a Boosey & Hawkes company, publisher and copyright owner
Choreographer- Wayne McGregor
Set Design- Wayne McGregor and Lucy Carter
Costume Design- Moritz Junge
Lighting Design- Lucy Carter
Lighting Recreated- Simon Bennison
Staged by- Antoine Vereecken
Ballet Master- Barbara Bears


WINGS OF WAX (1997) (Houston Ballet Premiere)

Music- Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, John Cage, Philip Glass, Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreographer- Jiri Kylian
Costume Design- Joke Visser
Set Designe and Original Lighting Design- Michael Simon
Lighting Re-Design and Technical Supervision- Kees Tjebbes
Staged by- Brigitte Martin
Ballet Master- Louise Lester 

WEST SIDE STORY SUITE (1995) (Houston Ballet Premiere)

Music- Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., Sole Agent for Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Company LLC, publisher and copyright owner
Choreographer- Jerome Robbins
Co-Choreographed- Peter Gennaro
Costume Design- Irene Sharaff
Scenic Design- Oliver Smith
Scenic Supervision- Rosaria Sinisi
Lighting Design- Jennifer Tipton
Lighting Re-created- Perry Silvey
Staged by- Jean-Pierre Frohlich and Jenifer Ringer Fayette
Vocal Coaching- Joan Barber
Ballet Master: Steven Woodgate
Jack Beetle, tenor; Alicia Gianni, soprano; Chelsea McCurdy Sarratt, soprano; Kristin Warren, soprano; Danica Johnston, soprano


This performance lasts approximately two hours and fifteen minutes.
There will be two intermissions lasting twenty minutes each.

Sponsored By

Riviana Foods, Inc.

Performance in the Brown Theater at Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Street at Smith Street

Houston Ballet Age Recommendation

Greta Hodgkinson with Artists of National Ballet of Canada
West Side Story Suite, photo by Cylla von Tiedemann