Jubilee of Dance: Catch a Rising Star

This is what the audience saw at the 2015 Jubilee. Can you spot the stars?
This is what the audience saw at the 2015 Jubilee. Can you spot the stars?
Photo by Amitava Sarkar

Why do so many people love to go to minor league baseball games? In large part it's a way to earn future bragging rights by spotting talent on the way up, an opportunity to be able to say knowingly three or four years later that you saw so-and-so back then and knew right off he would be a star and hit the bigs some day.

The annual Jubilee of Dance put on by the Houston Ballet has some of the same appeal. Yes, you're going to see established dancers like principals Jared Matthews and Karina Gonzalez at the top of their form. But you're also going to see more of the others, the ones who maybe haven't had a chance to break out of the group of purple dancers in the story ballet you saw last year.

And you can be amazed.

This will be the third year Matthews is performing and he’s paired in two of the three acts with Gonzalez. The ballet is presenting everything from company premieres to excerpts from the classics. The program, split into three acts, runs a little over two hours, he says.

“It’s nice to be able to do this, hit a home run and then go back to the season run of The Nutcracker,” Matthews said.

So go for the home runs. And the future bragging rights. It's more than worth the trip.

One performance on December 2 at 7 p.m. at the Wortham Theater, 501 Texas. For information call 713-227-2787 or visit houstonballet.org. $35-$125.

Here's the complete program:

SERENADE
Excerpt
Music by Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Serenade for Strings. OP. 48
Choreography by George Balanchine (1904-1983)
©The George Balanchine Trust
Costume Design by Ray Delle Robbins, after Karinska (1886-1983)
Lighting Design by Tony Tucci
Artists of Houston Ballet

CINDERELLA
Act II Pas de Deux
Music by Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
By arrangement with G. Schirmer, Inc., publisher and copyright owner
Choreography by Stanton Welch AM
Scenery and Costume Design by Kristian Fredrikson (1940-2005)
Lighting Design by Lisa J. Pinkham
Melody Mennite and Ian Casady

LA BAYADERE
Excerpts
Music by Ludwig Minkus (1826-1917)
La Bayadere, as arrnaged by John Lanchbery (1923-2003)
Used by permission of Mario Bois and Theodore Presser, publishers.
Choreography by Stanton Welch AM, after Marius Petipa
Scenery and Costume Design by Peter Farmer
Lighting Design by Francis Croese
Act II Gamzatti Variation
Soo Youn Cho

THE NUTCRACKER
Act II Pas de Deux
Music by Peter I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Choreography by Stanton Welch AM
Scenic and Costume Design by Tim Goodchild
Lighting Design by Lisa J. Pinkham
Projection Design by Wendall Harrington
Katharine Precourt and Linnar Looris

CACTI
Excerpt
Music by Franz Schubert, Joseph Haydn, Ludwig Van Beethoven
Choreography by Alexander Ekman
Costume Design by Alexander Ekman
Scenic and Lighting Design by Tom Visser
Lighting Re-created by Carl Skovgaard
Sound Design Consultant: Andrew Harper
Text by Spenser Theberge
Jessica Collado and Connor Walsh

LA BAYADERE
Act I Pas de Deux
Karina Gonzalez and Jared Matthews
Act I Performers
Derek Dunn, Christopher Gray, Zecheng Liang, Hayden Stark

SON OF CHAMBER SYMPHONY
Second Movement
Music by John Adams
Son of Chamber Symphony
By arrangement with Hendon Music, Inc., a Boosey & Hawkes company,
publisher and copyright owner
Choreography by Stanton Welch AM
Costume Design by Travis Halsey
Lighting Design and Scenic Concept by Jack Mehler
Sara Webb and Chun Wai Chan

THEME AND VARIATIONS
Excerpt
Music by Peter I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Suite No. 3 for Orchestra in G major, Op. 55
Choreography by George Balanchine (1904-1983)
©The George Balanchine Trust
Costume Design after Karinska (1886-1983)
Lighting Design by Tony Tucci, recreated by Lisa J. Pinkham
Yuriko Kajiya and Charles-Louis Yoshiyama
and Artists of Houston Ballet

INTERMISSION

WEST SIDE STORY SUITE
Excerpts
Music by Leonard Bernstein
By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., Sole Agent for Leonard Bernstein Music
Publishing Company LLC, publisher and copyright owner
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Choreography by Jerome Robbins
Co-Choreographed by Peter Gennaro
Costume Design by Irene Sharaff
Scenic Design by Oliver Smith, Scenic Supervision by Rosaria Sinisi
Lighting Design by Jennifer Tipton, Lighting Re-created by Perry Silvey
Performed by permission of The Robbins Rights Trust
Cool
Rhodes Elliott
and Artists of Houston Ballet
America
Melody Mennite and Karina Gonzalez
Soo Youn Cho, Jessica Collado, Monica Gomez, Jacquelyn Long, Chae Eun Yang

SWAN LAKE
Excerpts
Music by Peter I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Choreography by Stanton Welch AM
Choreographed after Marius Petipa (1818-1910) and Lev Ivanov (1834-1901)
Scenery and Costume Design by Kristian Fredrikson (1940-2005)
Lighting Design by Lisa J. Pinkham
Act II Pas de Deux
Yuriko Kajiya and Connor Walsh

SWAN LAKE
Act III Pas de Deux
Karina Gonzalez and Jared Matthews
with Linnar Looris

INTERMISSION

DIVERGENCE
Excerpts
Music by Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
L’Arlésienne Suites No. 1 & 2
Choreography by Stanton Welch AM
Costume Design by Vanessa Leyonhjelm
Lighting by Francis Croese
Sara Webb and Ian Casady
and Artists of Houston Ballet

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