The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Choreography: Stanton Welch AM | Music: Benjamin Britten
World Premiere: Melody Mennite
Music: Rene Aubry, Ezio Bosso and Max Richter
featuring Dance Theatre of Harlem
Choreography: Stanton Welch AM | Music: Antonio Vivaldi
World Premiere: Connor Walsh
Music: Quinn Mason
Known for innovation and forward thinking, Houston Ballet fosters artists both on and offstage. Originals showcases two ballets by Artistic Director Stanton Welch and the premiere of a new one-act ballet by Houston Ballet Principal Dancer Melody Mennite. After the great success of her earlier work for the Margaret Alkek Williams Jubilee of Dance in 2018, Mennite presents her first full commissioned work for the Company, a very important achievement for the 20-year Company member and Houston Ballet Academy alum. Audiences can expect enticing design and thrilling music from the growing choreographer’s new work. Originals will also feature a world premiere from Principal Dancer Connor Walsh, set to music composed and conduced by Dallas native Quinn Mason.
Orange, one of Welch's color series of ballets inspired by the colors of the chakra, will be performed in tandem with globally acclaimed Dance Theatre of Harlem. This will mark the first time that both Companies share the stage. The program is anchored by Welch’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra is set to Benjamin Britten’s iconic work of the same title, a score written by Britten as a way to educate youth on the art of the orchestra. Created on Houston Ballet in 2014, this large-scale, collaborative piece features the entire Company and the talented musicians of the Houston Ballet Orchestra while demonstrating art’s place in our culture and city. Costume designs by Holly Hynes and lighting by Lisa J. Pinkham harmonize with this exquisite work for a truly exhilarating performance.
THE YOUNG PERSON’S GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRA MARKS A VERY SIGNIFICANT COLLABORATION BETWEEN OUR DANCERS AND THE ORCHESTRA . . .
Jubilee of Dance
Sept. 30 - Oct. 3, 2021
Nov. 26 - Dec. 24, 2021
Feb. 24 - Mar. 6, 2022
March 10-20, 2022
May 20-29, 2022
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