Join us for our free Dance Talks lecture series to learn more about the works on Houston Ballet's stage and the artists behind them.
Unless otherwise noted below, all Dance Talks are held at Houston Ballet Center for Dance, 601 Preston Street in downtown Houston, 77002.
For more information on Dance Talks, please contact Jennifer Sommers, Director of Education & Community Engagement firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the dates below for our 2019/20 season Dance Talks!
TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2019 AT 7:15 PM
In December 1967, Houston Ballet performed Giselle in Jesse H. Jones Hall for the very first time. This performance was a defining moment in Houston Ballet’s history. Join us to hear how this production launched the formation of the professional Company. Current and former ballerinas who have danced the title role will share why this ballet remains a Houston favorite.
Locally Grown. World Renowned.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 AT 7:15 PM
Throughout its 50-year history, Houston Ballet has been committed to bringing new works to the stage. Join us as we talk with the creative team about their process developing ballets for Locally Grown. World Renowned.
Celebrating 50 Years of Creativity
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 AT 5:00 PM
Since 1975, Houston Ballet has had an Artistic Director at the helm who is also a choreographer. Join Stanton Welch as he discusses the Company’s rich creative history with former Artistic Director Ben Stevenson OBE and former Interim Artistic Director James Clouser. This is a special event in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary Alumni Weekend.
The Sleeping Beauty
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11 AT 7:15 PM
Ben Stevenson’s production of The Sleeping Beauty was built after the Company moved into its glorious performance space at the Wortham Theater Center. We will explore this timeless tale of good and evil from our 21st century perspective and identify moments in the story and ballet that have significance for dancers and audiences alike.
The moderator for the evening is Dr. Elizabeth Klett, author of Choreographing Shakespeare. Dr. Klett will discuss the traditional tale and lead a discussion with Houston Ballet dancers about the roles of Aurora, Lilac Fairy and Carabosse in Ben Stevenson’s The Sleeping Beauty.
Forged in Houston
TUESDAY, MARCH 3 AT 7:15 PM
The fourth program of the season features choreographers who have a long history with Houston Ballet. Trey McIntyre started in the Houston Ballet Academy and moved into the Company, where he launched his choreographic career. As an influencer of the company’s reputation and style, it is fitting to feature a world premiere by McIntyre during Houston Ballet’s 50th anniversary season.
Houston Ballet Director of Education Jennifer Sommers will lead the conversation with McIntyre about his new work Pretty Things. The panel will also include former Houston Ballet Principal Dawn Scannell and current dancers, Principal Connor Walsh and Soloist Harper Watters.
From Houston to the World
TUESDAY, MAY 12 AT 7:15 PM
Our final world premiere of the season is by Arthur Pita, who will create a work on the Company’s dancers for the first time. Come meet and hear from this South African native who will discuss his background, influences and inspiration for his new ballet.
Romeo & Juliet
TUESDAY, MAY 26 AT 7:15 PM
Stanton Welch’s production of Romeo & Juliet features exquisite dancing and dramatic opportunities for the Company’s male dancers. Listen in on a discussion with Verona’s men as they talk about the dancing, acting and sword fighting in this gorgeous ballet, one of the largest Company productions to date.