September 21, 2008 |
TREY MCINTYRE'S initial experience with ballet did not augur well for a career in dance. "I would skip class a lot. My mom would drop me off, and I would go get a Slurpee next door." Ballet class, to this 11-year-old in Wichita, Kan., "felt so square and confining." But an enlightened teacher noticed that while her less-than-stellar student was spending time in the parking lot, he was also busy teaching steps he had invented to some friends.
June 12, 2003 |
Stanton Welch, a 32-year-old Australian choreographer who most recently served as artistic associate at BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio, will take over as artistic director of Houston Ballet in July. Welch succeeds Ben Stevenson, who led the Texas company from regional to international prominence during his 27-year tenure. Houston Ballet will dance a tribute to Stevenson at the Wortham Theater Center in Houston on Sunday. Welch has choreographed about 20 works.
August 5, 1999
What's happening the next few weeks: * Ray Charles, above, performs classical hits and personal favorites with the Houston Symphony as part of the Exxon Pops series Sept. 3-4, 8 p.m., and Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m. $21 to $65. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. (800) 828-ARTS. * Theatre Under the Stars presents "The Scarlet Pimpernel," a musical by Frank Wildhorn with book and lyrics by Nan Knighton. Aug. 10 to 22 in the Brown Theater at Wortham Center, 510 Preston. $15 to $75. (713) 558-8887.
January 22, 1998
What's happening in the next few weeks: * The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is this city's version of Mardi Gras, with roping, bareback and bronco rodeo action, parades, a world championship barbecue competition and concert performances by Clint Black, left, LeAnn Rimes, Brooks & Dunn, Tanya Tucker, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill and others. Events surrounding the rodeo run from Feb. 12 through March 8. Houston Astrodome. (800) 726-1313.
July 17, 1997 |
The undead no longer walk among us--they dance. Restlessly, endlessly, purposelessly they dance, in choreography without distinction to music without a pulse. Every hour or so they claim a new victim, which initiates an orgy of over-the-top pantomime and flamboyant stagecraft. Then it's back to the dancing: a wan, dim, never-ceasing classical hell-on-earth set amid the bat-gargoyles and bat-tapestries and blood-red swag curtains the undead call home.
July 13, 1997 |
Ben Stevenson, the artistic director of Houston Ballet, has always been a practitioner and a proponent of narrative in ballet. Stevenson's first original full-length "ballet ballet," as he puts it, was "Cinderella," made in 1970 for the National Ballet in Washington, and restaged in 1989 for American Ballet Theatre (which will perform it Aug. 1-3 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion).