Texas actor Jaston Williams (Greater Tuna and A Tuna Christmas) narrates the world premiere of Stanton Welch’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra in a mixed-repertory program of the same name. Via press materials, Welch says the work “marks a very significant collaboration between our dances and the orchestra.” The program celebrates Welch’s tenth anniversary as the Houston Ballet’s artistic director.
The schedule also includes Maninyas: A Process of Unveiling, a series of pas de deux and pas de trois set to Ross Edwards’s Maninyas Concerto for -Violin and Orchestra. The dancers, in fragile costumes designed by Welch, move in, out and around a series of veils or curtains. Welch says, “The piece is a process of unveiling. It examines how in relationships you gradually unlayer yourself, and how scary, dark and open it is to reveal yourself to another without pro-tection. The dancers are undressing themselves spiritually as well as physically.” Of Blessed Memory, which Welch created for his mother, famed ballerina Marilyn Jones, rounds out the program.
501 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77002
Category: Performing Arts Venues
Region: Downtown/ Midtown
7:30 p.m. March 6, 8, 14 and 15, 2 p.m. March 9 and 16. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. For information, call 713‑227-2787 or visit houstonballet.org. $19 to $190.
Thu., March 6, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., March 8, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., March 9, 2 p.m.; Fri., March 14, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., March 15, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., March 16, 2 p.m., 2014