Houston Ballet at Miller Outdoor Theatre

It has been ten years since Stanton Welch became artistic director of , and in that decade the company has deepened its repertoire of classical and contemporary works. Houston Ballet’s three evening performances at the Miller Outdoor Theatre showcase the company’s diverse programming as well as the technical and artistic prowess of its dancers.

On the bill is Welch’s Play, a fun, energetic work set to the music of Moby. The techno titan’s 1999 album of the same name provides the backdrop for an exploration of city life, Generation X sensibilities and turn-­of-­the­-century ennui.

The program also includes excerpts of Welch’s most recent work, Sons de L'âme (Sounds of the Soul), which premiered at the Théâtre des Champs­Elysées in Paris last October. Created for 16 dancers, the piece is set to the music of Frédéric Chopin and displays the heightened sense of musicality shared by the company; there’s a clear, palpable connection between music and dancer.

And for those who prefer ballets of the tutus-­and-­tights variety, the company will also perform the third act of Paquita .The 19th-­century ballet is set in Spain and tells the story of a young gypsy girl and her romance with Lucien, a French aristocrat during the Napoleonic occupation.Paquita was recently restaged by Welch to celebrate the technical acuity of the company’s female dancers.

8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 6000 Hermann Park Drive. For information, call 832‑487‑7102 or visit ­houstonballet.org. Free.
May 9-11, 8 p.m., 2014


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