Houston Ballet Presents Play
Style Magazine Newswire | 6/8/2018, 3:25 p.m.
WHO: Houston Ballet
WHEN: Friday, June 8 at 7:30 PM • Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 PM • Sunday, June 10 at 2:00 PM
WHERE: General Assembly Hall at the George R. Brown Convention Center
TICKETS: On Sale Now at www.houstonballet.org or 713-227-ARTS(2787)
HOUSTON, TEXAS [May 21, 2018] — Houston Ballet presents the final mixed repertory program of the season, Play, an incredible, one-of-a-kind event celebrating the Houston community in an artistic response to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. After such an historic natural disaster and the destruction it caused for the local community—including flooding Houston Ballet’s Center For Dance and home venue, the Wortham Theater—Houston Ballet strives to transform a challenging situation into a positive artistic reaction as they approach the end of the Hometown Tour across the city. This immersive three-sided performance experience has been created specifically for the Hometown Tour’s unique venue at the George R. Brown Convention Center’s General Assembly Hall, with performances held June 8-10.
“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. We shared this experience. We love this city. This is our reaction,” said Stanton Welch AM, The Harris Masterson III Artistic Director.
The unprecedented event will include Stanton Welch’s Play and a reimagined Bolero Triptych, and will showcase artistic collaborations with Houston’s Poet Laureate, Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, and local performance poet Outspoken Bean who have created spoken-word pieces to be performed and premiered. Also premiering at this historic event will be a new work by three of Houston Ballet’s own dancers: Oliver Halkowich, Melody Mennite, and Connor Walsh, and rounding out the celebratory evening will be the world premiere of Welch’s class. The event’s complete programming includes:
Performed to Moby’s iconic album, Welch’s beloved Play is a contemporary commentary on the beauty in our daily routines.
Stanton Welch reimagines this sensational masterpiece for our unique venue as dancers perform to Ravel’s famous score.
Welch’s new work, embodying the grace of in-studio ballet, set to a selection from Bach’s legendary “Goldberg Variations.”
Revisit, Rebirth, Revolt
Houston’s Poet Laureate, Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, performs a Hurricane Harvey-themed poem as Welch’s choreography brings the reflection to life.
What the H Stands For
Acclaimed local poet Outspoken Bean brings his spoken-word talents to Welch’s piece celebrating Houston’s resilience.
What We Keep
Houston Ballet dancers Oliver Halkowich, Melody Mennite, and Connor Walsh choreograph a stunning new piece designed specifically for this immersive space.
Public Preview Event:
Learn more about this exciting, one-of-a-kind performance at Houston Ballet’s FREE upcoming Dance Talk “Creating with the Community” on Tuesday, May 29 at 7:00 PM at the Houston Ballet Center for Dance. Audiences will get a behind-the-scenes take on the production from Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch AM and some of his collaborators, including performance poet Outspoken Bean and dancers Oliver Halkowich, Melody Mennite, and Connor Walsh.