The Houston Ballet goes from the whimsical to the weighty with the three works its performing tonight in Masters of Movement, all of them new to the HB repertoire. First is the late, great Antony Tudors ultra-romantic The Leaves Are Fading, a dreamy, lilting work he created in 1975 and set to chamber music by Antonín Dvorák. Next, the company will pick up the pace with William Forsythes 1996 The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, a cheerful work that sets three women and two men whirling across the stage for pas de deux, pas de trois, ensembles and solos, all in 12 minutes. Seriousness descends with Soldiers Mass, which the masterful Jirí Kylián choreographed for 12 men, who even sing momentarily as they act out both the order and the chaos of war. 7:30 p.m. March 12, 14, 20 and 21; 2 p.m. March 15 and 22. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. For information, call 713-227-2787 or visit www.houstonballet.org. $17 to $150.
Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., March 20, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., March 22, 2 p.m. Starts: March 12. Continues through March 22, 2009