Houston Ballet's 2017/18 Mixed Repertory Program Play (the program formERly titled Global Movements) Features:

Stanton Welch's Play

Stanton Welch's Bolero

World Premiere by Stanton Welch

New Work Choreographed by Houston Ballet Dancers

NEW DATES: June 8 - 10, 2018

NEW VENUE: George R. Brown Convention Center's General Assembly Hall


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For our second “Unconventional Ballet at the Convention Center,” Global Movements has been completely reimagined by Artistic Director Stanton Welch as Play with memorable ballets created just for this unique space.  Welch's beloved Play and Bolero return but both re-worked and re-choreographed and additional new works to be announced including a World Premiere ballet by Welch celebrating Houston's resilience. With a stage that extends into the audience on three sides, this theatre creates an immersive experience, bringing you closer to the dancers than ever before.  It's an event not likely to be repeated.

“Houston is a very resilient city. You can tell that about the fabric of this community by the way we all helped each other through Hurricane Harvey and returned to our lives as best we could so quickly.  When devastating and horrific things happen, the arts are the first to comes back.  We respond by making poems, songs and dances about our experiences. This program will celebrate our community. We all went through this, and now we are writing and creating about it together. We shared this experience. We love this city. This is our reaction.”

-Stanton Welch, Houston Ballet Artistic Director


Want to learn more about this exciting production? Don’t miss our FREE Dance Talk!

Location: Houston Ballet Center For Dance, 601 Preston Street, Houston TX 77002

DANCE TALK: Tuesday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Artistic Director Stanton Welch AM joins his collaborators to discuss the world premiere work inspired by the Houston community and its strength, creativity and resilience post-Hurricane Harvey.

Houston Ballet’s performances of Play generously sponsored by: 

ChevronGreen Bank


Stanton Welch


In July 2003, Australian choreographer Stanton Welch AM assumed leadership of Houston Ballet. Since then, the company has grown to 60 dancers, making it America’s fifth largest classical ballet company. Mr. Welch has revitalized Houston Ballet by raising the level of the company’s classical technique and commissioning new works from the world’s best dance makers. The company has made numerous appearances in the US and internationally including London, Germany, Spain, Montreal, Ottawa, Paris, Australia, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Mr. Welch has created works for some of the world’s most prestigious companies such as San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Australian Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and The Royal Danish Ballet. He has choreographed more than twenty works for Houston Ballet including the full-length narrative ballet Marie (2009), Romeo and Juliet (2015), Giselle (2016), The Nutcracker (2016) as well as spectacular stagings of Swan Lake (2006), La Bayadère (2010). Under his leadership, the Houston Ballet Academy teaches over one thousand students every year, and approximately 50% of the current company was trained by the Academy. 



June 8-10, 2018

Swan Lake

The Nutcracker

Nov. 23 - Dec. 29, 2018