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.
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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