The Houston Ballet mounts a mixed repertory program filled with firsts in The Rite of Spring. Stanton Welch's reinterpretation of the seminal work with the same title that was first performed in 1913 sees its world premiere. Wildly dramatic, the piece has been on Welch's to-do list since he was very young. ''Rite of Spring, for me, has been on my dream list of ballets to choreograph for a very long time,'' he says via press materials. ''I've seen many versions of Rite of Spring. It just felt, coming up on the 100th anniversary…I wanted to create something that's unique just for us.'' The first ever performance of the ballet, with music by Stravinsky and choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky for Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes company, nearly caused a riot among the audience. Each reinterpretation since then has also pushed the accepted boundaries of ballet, and a century after it was written, the music has remained untamed. ''It's something that still sounds modern and new and dangerous,'' Welch says.
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Also on the program is Edwaard Liang's Murmuration; it's the first commissioned work the internationally renowned choreographer has created for the Houston Ballet. And Mark Morris's Pacific sees its company debut.
Thu., March 7, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., March 9, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., March 10, 2 p.m.; Fri., March 15, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., March 16, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., March 17, 2 p.m., 2013