Spend Sunday afternoons at the ballet with this trio of world-class performances. This package has a little bit of everything, with two stunning story ballets, Cinderella and Mayerling, and a mixed repertory production that includes a world premiere ballet from Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.

Tutu - Sunday, October 1 at 2:00 PM
Cinderella - Sunday, March 3, 2024 at 2:00 PM
Mayerling - Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 2:00 PM 


Stanton Welch’s Tu Tu sets the stage with brilliantly colored costumes inspired by Gustav Klimt’s gold-hued paintings that help frame Welch’s fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek choreography. Making its Houston Ballet premiere, George Balanchine’s iconic Stars and Stripes features patriotic touches, set to five rousing marches from composer John Philip Sousa. The program is capped with a world premiere by internationally renowned choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, inspired by the life of the famous 20th century Uruguayan poet Delmira Agustini, one of the first female poets of the modernist era.

Make no mistake, this is not your childhood Cinderella! More tomboy than princess, Stanton Welch’s title character is a striking woman of substance, determination and spunk. Not waiting on a prince to rescue her, Cinderella is in control, fighting the will of her evil stepmother with wit and vigor. Set to Prokofiev’s classic score with spectacular set and costume design by Kristian Fredrikson, Welch’s unique spin on the storied classic brings the work into modern times, with a twist to suit the 21st century.

The psychological thriller of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling comes to the Wortham Theater stage for the first time after its Houston Ballet debut in 2017 as part of our Hometown Tour. This titillating three-act ballet weaves a masterful story of scandal and political intrigue through an unhappy marriage, sensuous dalliances and morbid obsessions – all leading to the tragic murder-suicide of Crown Prince Rudolf and his young mistress, Baroness Mary Vetsera. Accompanied by glamorous costumes and exquisite scenery, Houston Ballet dancers’ acting, and dancing strengths are on full display in this theatrical production.