The Houston Ballet gives fans an opportunity to once again enjoy past favorites at Return of the Masters, an evening-length program comprised of seldom-seen works by legendary choreographers. There is Les Patineurs (1937) by Sir Frederick Ashton, In the Night (1970) by Jerome Robbins and Song of the Earth (1965) by Sir Kenneth MacMillan. The stage is transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with falling snow, for the 27-minute Les Patineurs, in which young ice-skaters take turns twirling around the ice rink. Some of the skaters are more proficient than others, but all of them are delightful. In the Night, by Robbins, captures the various stages of romantic relationships, including that first, passionate blush of love. MacMillan's Song of the Earth, which has rarely been performed in America, rounds out the program. In it, intense, explosive music provides the backdrop for the telling of an ancient Chinese poem, with the dancers moving from an ominous mood to a joyous one as the story unfolds. 7:30 p.m. September 8. Through September 18. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. For a full schedule, call 713-227-2787 or visit www.houstonballet.org. $18 to $152.
Thu., Sept. 8; Sun., Sept. 18, 2011