Best Ballet - 2002
Houston Ballet's Peter Pan
Who will be the next artistic director of Houston Ballet? No one knows for sure, but choreographer Trey McIntyre certainly garnered a lot of ballet-world buzz with this year's world premiere of his Peter Pan. Unlike most story ballets, in which mime-acting propels a thin plot between big dance numbers, McIntyre's creation used the steps to tell the story and the story to inform the steps. His version of the fairy tale was much darker than Disney's, with plenty of Freudian layers for grown-ups to mull over. Mauricio Canete, in the lead role, proved himself an expressive actor as well as an energetic dancer. And in a masterful use of wire and pulleys, the performers actually appeared to fly. Need we say more?