<i>La Bayadère</i>

Photo by Amitava Sarkar Dancer Derek Dunn performing choreography by Stanton Welch AM, in La Bayadere.

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Past Event
$25 to $195

Location Info:

Wortham Theater Center
500 Texas
Houston, TX  77002
713-237-1439
Set in exotic India of old, choreographed by artistic director Stanton Welch — complete with its stunning Act III corps de ballet sequence with 24 ballerinas in white tutus — La Bayadère (The Temple Dancer) returns to the Houston Ballet. This marks the fourth time that principal dancer Karina Gonzalez will perform Welch’s choreography in the role of Nikiya, the temple dancer. “I got promoted to principal [in 2013] with this role,” she says. She’ll be paired with principal Connor Walsh as Solor, the soldier she falls for despite being bespoken to the gods. Solor kills a tiger that was threatening the village; in return, the rajah assigns him to marry his eldest daughter. When the jealous daughter dispatches Nikiya with a poisonous snake, Solor goes to dreamland with the help of some opium, which leads to the “Kingdom of the Shades” scene. With so many roles involved in this production, which closes out Houston Ballet’s season, Gonzalez says “it’s a chance for every single dancer to have a bright moment onstage.”

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sundays. Through June 18. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. For information, call 713-227-2787 or visit houstonballet.org. $25-$195.

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