Director’s Choice: Legends and Prodigy
mixed-repertory program. He is one of the many dancers performing in Grosse Fuge
by Hans van Manen, Stepping Stones
by Jirí Kylián (a Houston Ballet premiere), and the fun Year of the Rabbit
by Justin Peck (another Houston Ballet premiere). In Grosse Fuge
, where he partners with first soloist Katharine Precourt, he says, “It’s very fast. It has a very fast tempo.” Stepping Stones
takes a lot of stamina and has challenging steps, he says. “In this piece I have to move from my toes to the edge of my head, and every part has to be very accurate.”
7:30 p.m. Thursday. Continuing 7:30 p.m. March 18, 24 and 25; 2 p.m. March 19 and 26. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. For information, call 713-227-2787 or visit houstonballet.org
. $25 to $195.
From March 16 – 26, Houston Ballet offers up a mixed repertory program Director’s Choice: Legends and Prodigy, featuring three company, dancer and audience favorites. Hans van Manen’s Grosse Fuge showcases Houston Ballet’s strong male lineup and proves unequivocally why he is Holland’s most famous choreographer. Ji?í Kylián created Stepping Stones during a visit to Australia as a reflection on man’s desire to preserve his heritage. Justin Peck joins Houston Ballet’s repertoire with Year of the Rabbit, a ballet that showcases the corps de ballet.
Soloist Chun Wai Chan, trained as a classical dancer in China, has learned a lot of things since joining the Houston Ballet: new techniques, how to manage his lifts better, contemporary dance. And how to dance with a stone, as he does as part of the ballet’s