Four Premieres

A former member of the Houston Ballet, Garrett Smith is coming back to the city where he launched his professional career as a dancer. This time he's here as a choreographer. His new work, part of the Four Premieres concert by Houston Ballet, is an appropriately named work, Return. ''Did everybody get that?'' Smith laughs.

Set to music by John Adams, Return features six male and six female dancers as a group of teens who find a secret place. ''It's abstract with a narrative stream through it,'' Smith tells us. ''While they're there they have a fun time with one another. Other than that, I've keep it abstract … so that people can bring their own interpretation to it.''

Smith says the contemporary Return is representative of only some of his interests and skills as a choreographer. ''I've always had two sides to me. I was brought up in the competition circuit with jazz, the So You Think You Can Dance type of dancing, but then I started training professionally in ballet and came to Houston. There are days when I like to choreograph more classically, and then there are days I really want to run around and roll on the floor. I love Vivaldi, but I also love Philip Glass. I love to choreograph in bare feet … and I love pointe shoes. This piece, this time around, is going to be more contemporary but I just want people to know, in the future, there will be tutus.''

7:30 p.m. September 5, 7, 13, 14 and 2 p.m. September 8 and 15. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. For information, call 713-227-2787 or visit $19 to $190.
Thu., Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 8, 2 p.m.; Fri., Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 15, 2 p.m., 2013

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Olivia Flores Alvarez