Cinderella has barely left the stage, and it’s already time for Rock, Roll & Tutus, the Houston Ballet’s winter repertory program. The wildly sexy, exuberant program includes Rooster, which is the rock and roll part. Created by HB Associate Choreographer Christopher Bruce, the multilayered piece is set to hit songs by The Rolling Stones including”Paint It Black” and “Ruby Tuesday.” On the surface, Rooster, filled with strutting male dancers, is about the sensual dating rituals of young Londoners during the 1960s. But there’s a deeper level to the work, a discussion of the fact that all the swagger and machismo in the world won’t save these young men from the hopeless future that awaits them.
Two pieces by the company’s artistic director Stanton Welch, Divergence and Tapestry, are also on the program (that’s the tutus part). Divergence is a classical piece with an edge. Via press materials, Welch has said, “Divergence reveals the mechanics of ballet. So much of classical ballet is about making hard things look easy, so I let the dancers make the hard things look hard — and then made them harder.” Tapestry, in its world premiere here, is set to Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5. According to Welch, it’s a “subtle, pastel, romantic work.” 7:30 p.m. March 8. Through March 18. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. For information, call 713-227-2787 or visit www.houstonballet.org. $18 to $175.
Thu., March 8, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., March 10, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., March 11, 2 p.m.; Fri., March 16, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., March 17, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., March 18, 2 p.m., 2012