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Current Press Releases
Houston Ballet Returns to Live Performances at Its Home Theater with the Margaret Alkek Williams Jubilee of Dance
[September 28, 2021] — Houston Ballet prepares to take the stage at its home theater, Wortham Theater Center, for the first time in 18 months. The Margaret Alkek Williams Jubilee of Dance opens Houston Ballet’s 2021-2022 season and marks the return to in-person performances on September 30.
Houston Ballet Announces Jennifer Sommers As Houston Ballet Academy Director
[September 24, 2021] — Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch AM is pleased to announce Jennifer Sommers as Houston Ballet Academy’s new Director. In her new role, Sommers will oversee all educational programming for Houston Ballet and its Academy, including education, training and community engagement.
Houston Ballet Presses Play On New Digital Work
[September 15, 2021] — As Houston Ballet prepares to take the Wortham Theater Center stage again for the first time in 18 months, it unveils a new digital project, Play, that gives fans a sneak peek at one of its upcoming performances. Stanton Welch took the “Run On” movement from his iconic Play, originally created in 2004 and set to music by Moby, to the streets of Houston for this latest digital creation.
Christopher Bruce CBE Steps Down as Houston Ballet’s Associate Choreographer
[September 3, 2021] — Houston Ballet and Christopher Bruce CBE jointly announce Bruce’s departure as Houston Ballet’s Associate Choreographer. The news to step down from the position comes after 32 years of service to the American ballet company’s mission.
Houston Ballet Joins New York City Centers 2021 Fall for Dance Festival Lineup
[September 1, 2021] — Houston Ballet announces it will perform during New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival this October. Houston Ballet principal dancers Karina González and Connor Walsh will perform excerpts from Stanton Welch AM’s iconic work Sons de L'âme. Originally premiering in Paris in October 2013 and performed globally since, this will be the first time this work graces the stage in New York. The work will be presented in Fall for Dance’s Program 2 on Friday, October 15 and Saturday, October 16 at 8 p.m.
Houston Ballet Proudly Announces Its 2021-2022 Season Roster
[August 11, 2021] — Houston Ballet proudly announces its 2021-2022 roster and the return of its professional company to Houston Ballet’s Center for Dance this week. Fans of Houston Ballet can get a behind the scenes look at the dancers’ first week back via Houston Ballet’s Instagram, where Principal Dancer Connor Walsh will take over @houstonballet on Thursday, August 12.
It’s Christmas in July as Houston Ballet Launches Single Tickets for Its Fall Performances
[July 26, 2021] — Houston Ballet prepares for the gift of live theater with its onsale of single tickets for fall performances, The Nutcracker and The Margaret Alkek Williams Jubilee of Dance, at 11 a.m. Monday, July 26, 2021.
Houston Ballet Proudly Announces Its 2021-2022 Season
Houston Ballet proudly announces its 2021-2022 season and return to live performances at its home theater at Wortham Theater Center this fall. After canceling part of its 2019-2020 season and the entirety of its 2020-2021 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Houston Ballet is thrilled to share the joy of its jubilant return to the stage.
Houston Ballet to Perform In-Person for the First Time in Over a Year
Audiences Can See Houston Ballet Live at Miller Outdoor Theatre May 7th & 8th
[April 12, 2021] — Houston Ballet returns to the stage after a year-long live performance hiatus for Houston Ballet Reignited, free at Miller Outdoor Theatre on May 7th and 8th. The world-class ballet company dusts off its pointe shoes to present a multi-media experience complete with live Pas de Deux pieces from iconic ballets alongside Houston Ballet’s dance films produced during the pandemic.
Houston Ballet Hosts Virtual Graceful Givings Event to Benefit Houston-Area Schools
Demonstrating its ongoing commitment to its community, Houston Ballet hosts its 13th annual Graceful Givings event virtually to inspire hope in Houston-area schools' arts communities. The event provides a unique experience for dance and theatre teachers from more than 30 Houston-area schools to choose from more than $49,000 worth of dance apparel for their programs and students, all free of charge.
Houston Ballet Dances to a New Beat for Launch of "In Good Company"
[March 10, 2021] — As a continuation of its commitment to creativity while away from the stage, Houston Ballet presents eight weeks of new dance film releases for free on its social media channels. In Good Company, set to music by The Dead South and generously underwritten by Leticia Loya, premieres March 10 and promises at least one new video per week through the end of April.
Theater District Houston Board of Directors Appoints Jim Nelson to Chairman
[Dec. 21, 2020] — Theater District Houston Board of Directors appoints Jim Nelson as its new Chairman. Nelson, Executive Director of Houston Ballet, will serve as the Chairman until September 2022.
Houston Ballet Prepares A Virtual Treat, Nutcracker Sweets
[Dec. 2, 2020] — While the ongoing pandemic presents challenges for performing arts organizations, Houston Ballet seizes the opportunity to make its beloved holiday tradition more accessible through an affordable digital program. Nutcracker Sweets presented by Houston Methodist Hospital launches for on-demand viewing December 15 – January 8 with an abbreviated version of Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker and new works for the holiday season.
Houston Ballet Celebrates Resiliency with Virtual Onstage Dinner and Jubilee of Dance
[Dec. 8, 2020] Houston Ballet celebrated its generous supporters and the resiliency and talent of its world-class company with two virtual events on Friday, December 4. The evening began with the virtual Onstage Dinner, followed by a gifted invitation for all Houston Ballet donors and subscribers to partake in the annual Margaret Alkek Williams Jubilee of Dance.
Houston Ballet Updates Fans on Changes to its 2020-2021 Season
[Nov. 18, 2020] Audiences will still enjoy Houston Ballet’s world-class talent, but it will remain virtual through the end the reimagined 2020-2021 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization cancels the rest of its intended in-person performances at the Wortham Theater Center through June 2021 and prepares for an array of digital experiences.
Houston Ballet Restores with New, Free Digital Work
[Nov. 10, 2020] Houston Ballet releases a new work created for the camera, Stanton Welch’s Restoration. With its dancers back to work after an extended layoff, the Company returns in full force to restore its palace of creation in the COVID era.
Frame x Frame Film Fest to Play on at Houston Ballet’s New Drive-In Theater
[Oct. 20, 2020] The third annual Frame x Frame Film Fest takes on a new format at Houston Ballet’s Drive-In. The parking lot of Houston Ballet’s Center for Dance will host the festival’s lineup of films, showing Thursdays-Saturdays from November 5- December 5.
Houston Ballet Principal Ian Casady Retires After 22 Years and Becomes Ballet Master
[Oct. 1, 2020] Houston Ballet announces Principal Dancer Ian Casady’s retirement and his new position as Ballet Master for its professional company. Casady concludes a rich 22-year career as a performer and assumes his new role in Houston Ballet’s reimagined 2020-2021 season, generously supported by Houston Methodist Hospital.
Houston Ballet Announces Its New Board President, Leigh Smith
[Sept. 8, 2020] Houston Ballet proudly announces its new Board of Trustees President, Leigh M. Smith. Smith succeeds S. Shawn Stephens, who will continue to shepherd the nonprofit as the Chairman of the Board.
Houston Ballet Announces Updates to its 2020-2021 Season
[July 20, 2020] Houston Ballet joins the ranks of many performing arts groups as it announces changes for its 2020-2021 season. The nonprofit reimagines its fall offerings and launches efforts to ensure its future.
Houston Ballet Academy Goes Global with Online Summer Saturdays
[May 18, 2020] After responding to the COVID-19 crisis with a successful shift to virtual classes this spring, Houston Ballet Academy announces its new online summer programming open to the public. During this time when dance enthusiasts are not able to gather in the studio, the Academy strives to reach new students near and far through Summer Saturdays.
Houston Ballet Cancels the Remainder of Its 2019-2020 Season
[April 6, 2020] Houston Ballet announces its cancellation of the rest of its 2019-2020 season due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Performances effected include the rescheduled dates for Forged in Houston (May 21-31), Romeo & Juliet (June 4-14) and From Houston to the World, which was in the works to be rescheduled later in the season. Additionally, its community performances at Miller Outdoor Theater and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and much-anticipated tour to Spain this summer have also been canceled.
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