Maninyas | Choreographer: Stanton Welch AM | Music: Ross Edwards

Celts | Choreographer: Lila York| Music: The Chieftains, Mason Daring, William J. Ruyle, Bill Whelan, and Celtic Thunder

In the Night | Choreographer: Jerome Robbins | Music: Frédéric Chopin

 

Three expressive ballets on this program offer a fascinating fusion of classical and contemporary artistry. Among them is Stanton Welch’s powerful Maninyas, a breathtaking work that delves into the gradual and sometimes daunting process of revealing oneself in a relationship. Featuring a series of fierce pas de deux and pas de trois, Maninyas earned acclaim as Welch’s first American commission for San Francisco Ballet, inspiring Ben Stevenson, Houston Ballet Artistic Director Emeritus, to invite Welch to create his inaugural piece 

for the Company.

 

Jerome Robbins’s In the Night, which premiered in 1970 for New York City Ballet, is a poignant one-act ballet for three couples, set to four piano nocturnes by composer Frédéric Chopin. This beautiful work by the acclaimed American choreographer delves into the dynamics of romantic relationships, capturing a range of moods from serene intimacy to agitation and aggression, before culminating in a powerful ensemble finale.

 

Lila York pays homage to her Irish heritage with Celts, a bold and vigorous work. Premiering at Boston Ballet in 1996, a year before Michael Flatley’s Riverdance gained worldwide fame, Celts is a stunning fusion of Irish folk dance and ballet. Created to celebrate her roots and her parents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary, it remains a testament to the enduring spirit of Irish culture.

The Little Mermaid

September 6 - 15, 2024

Velocity

September 19 – 29, 2024

In the Night

February 27 – March 9, 2025

The Sleeping Beauty

March 13 – 23, 2025

Raymonda

May 29 – June 8, 2025

Sparrow

June 12 – 22, 2025