Houston Ballet Premiere of Trey McIntyre's In Dreams (2007)
Houston Ballet Premiere of Stanton Welch's La Cathedrale Engloutie (1997)
Houston Ballet Premiere of Tim Harbour's Filigree and Shadow (2015)
Alexander Ekman's Cacti (2010)
NEW Dates: March 1-4, 2018
NEW Venue: George R. Brown Convention Center’s Resilience Theatre
Houston Ballet’s performances of Rock, Roll & Tutus generously sponsored by:
Trey Mclntyre is one of the most sought-after choreographers working today. Born in Wichita, Kansas, Mclntyre has created a canon of more than 90 works for companies such as American Ballet Theatre, Stuttgart Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, New York City Ballet and Ballet de Santiago (Chile). He served as Choreographic Associate for Houston Ballet from 1989-2008 and Resident Choreographer for Oregon Ballet Theatre, Ballet Memphis and The Washington Ballet before forming his acclaimed Trey Mclntyre Project in 2008 based in Boise, Idaho. In 2010, Mclntyre was named the United States Artists Wynn Fellow. He has received the Gold Medal of Lifetime Achievement from the National Society of Arts and Letters. He has also received two choreographic fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography, was named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" in 2001, one of People Magazine's "25 Hottest Bachelors" in 2003, and one of Out Magazine's 2008 "Tastemakers." The New York Times critic Alastair Macaulay said of Mclntyre, "...There's a fertility of invention and a modernity of spirit here that are all Mr. Mclntyre's own," The Los Angeles Times wrote, "...There is indeed such a thing as genuine 21st century ballet, and it belongs more to this guy from Wichita than any of the over-hyped pretenders from England, France or Russia." And in August 2012, The Boston Globe stated, "In a field overflowing with aspiring dance makers, Trey Mclntyre continues to stand apart from-and at times far above-the crowd." Focusing primarily on TMP, Mclntyre spends his time creating works that explore the human experience in transformative and captivating ways, while he constantly seeks and implements new ways to engage audiences in the experience of art.
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.
Tim Harbour joined the Australian Ballet as a dancer in 1995. He performed many soloist and principal roles, worked with Australian and international choreographers to create new work and toured all over the world. In 2007 he danced the role of Colas as a guest with the Royal Swedish Ballet in their production of Frederick Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardee. He retired that year as a Senior Artist. As a dancer Tim was nominated as Best Male dancer in both the Australian Dance Awards and Green Room Awards. As a choreographer Tim has created work internationally and within Australia for companies including the Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet, West Australian Ballet, The Dancers Company, Melbourne Ballet Company and Singapore Dance Theatre. In 2008 he created Tocatta for the New York City Ballet’s choreographic institute and in 2009 Christopher Wheeldon’s company Morphoses invited Tim to create Leaving Songs which they premiered at London’s Sadlers Wells Theatre and then toured to New York’s City Centre. Tim’s 2010 work Halcyon for the Australian Ballet received an Australian Dance Awards nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, a Helpmann Awards nomination for Best Female Dancer (Madeleine Eastoe, Halcyon) and a Greenroom Awards nomination for Best Musical Composition (Gerard Brophy, Halcyon). In 2012 Tim created Sweedeedee as part of the Australian Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations, which premiered at the State Theatre, Melbourne. In 2013 it was nominated an Australian Dance Award for Choreography and a Green Room Award for design. In 2014 the ‘Fall For Dance’ Festival at City Center, New York commissioned Tim to create Ostinato which was danced by Principal artists of the Australian Ballet. That year Tim was named a Resident Choreographer for the Australian Ballet. In 2015 Tim created Filigree and Shadow for the Australian Ballet. It received multiple Greenroom Awards nominations including for choreography, design, lighting and best ensemble. The Australian Ballet will present it again in 2018. In 2016 Tim travelled to Singapore to create Another Energy for Singapore Dance Theatre and in 2017 he made Squander and Glory for the Australian Ballet.
48nord examines the border, according to the current sense, exposing to realities. Creating contradictioness from it and counteracting any kind of purism. Experimental Music, New Music, Postpop, Neorock are flowing together and amalgamating. Drifting apart, breaking reciprocally in movable contexts. Indetermination meets determination. Open forms are confronting written-out structures with improvisational. Live Electronics expands soundspaces and transcends the instrumental basis. Literatures are interlacing sounds and condensing into sub- or meta-text. Freeing themselves as fragmented tones. Referring to the rough sonority. Melody is past. Rhythm pushes forward. Noise is now.
Alexander Ekman is an international choreographer/director creating pieces for Theatres, Opera Houses and Museums. He also directs films and creates live performances / events in pop up locations around the world. Ekman has created close to 40 works to date. His works are being performed worldwide by renowned companies such as Boston Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, Norwegian National Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Dresden Semper Oper Ballet, Vienna Staatsballet, Sao Paulo City Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo among others. Ekman's works are known for their clever ideas, fast-paced choreography and abundance of humor. Besides holding the choreographic credit, he regularly designs the set/costumes and co-composes the music for his creations. Ekman also creates unique performances / installations in collaboration with different disciplines. His dance film 40 M UNDER (2009 Cullberg Ballet) was shown on Swedish National Television. In 2012 he collaborated with Alicia Keys and incorporated her into his work Tuplet. In 2013 Ekman created his first commercial for the flooring Company Bolon which has won several design awards internationally. In 2014 Ekman made his debut on the main stage of the Norwegian Opera House in Oslo, with a surrealist interpretation of the classic ballet Swan Lake, creating his own version for Norwegian National Ballet ‘A Swan Lake’. Together with top designer Hendrik Vibskov for costumes and a new musical score by composer Mikael Karlsson, Ekman produced this groundbreaking performance in which he transformed the entire stage into an actual lake. In 2015 Ekman premiered to great acclaim ‘A Swedish Midsummer nights Dream’ with Royal Swedish Ballet. He received the Swedish Medea Award för “Inventor and renewer” in September 2015. In March of 2016 he premiered ‘COW’ a full evening for Dresden Semper Oper Ballet with music by Mikael Karlsson and costumes by Hendrik Vibskov.
In Dreams Repertory History
This will be Houston Ballet’s first time performing Trey McIntyre’s In Dreams. Previous ballets by Trey McIntyre in Houston Ballet’s repertoire are Skeleton Clock, Curupira, Touched, Second Before the Ground, Bound, Peter Pan, and The Shadow.
In Dreams Production Details
Houston Ballet Premiere
Choreography by Trey McIntyre
Music by Roy Orbison
Costume Design by The Bisou Consortium
Lighting Design by Nicholas Philips
Ballet Master: Steven Woodgate
World Premiere: February 10, 2007 by Ballet Memphis at Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee
La Cathedrale Engloutie Production Details
Houston Ballet Premiere
Choreography by Stanton Welch AM
Music by Claude Debussy
World Premiere: February 3, 1997 by San Francisco Ballet at
Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, California
Filigree and Shadow Production Details
Houston Ballet Premiere
Choreography by Tim Harbour
Music by 48nord (Ulrich Müller and Siegfried Rössert)
Costume Concept by Tim Harbour
Scenic Design by Kelvin Ho
Lighting design by Benjamin Cisterne
Ballet Master: Barbara Bears
World Premiere: August 27, 2015 by The Australian Ballet at
the State Theatre in Melbourne, Australia
Filigree and Shadow was commissioned and first produced by The Australian Ballet, David McAllister, Artistic Director.
Première 27 August 2015 as part of the Company’s 20:21 season at Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre.
Cacti Production Details
Music by Franz Schubert, Joseph Haydn, Ludwig Van Beethoven
Choreography by Alexander Ekman
Costume Design by Alexander Ekman
Scenic Design by Tom Visser
Lighting Design by Tom Visser
Lighting Re-created by Carl Skovgaard
Text by Spenser Theberge
Ballet Master:Steven Woodgate
Apollo Chamber Players
World Premiere: February 25, 2010 by Netherlands Dance Theatre at Lucent Danstheater in The Hague, Netherlands.
Houston Ballet Premiere: May 26, 2016 at the Brown Theater in the Wortham Theater Center in Houston, Texas.