Houston Ballet Marks 35th Anniversary With New Stanton Welch Work

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Houston Ballet celebrates its 35th anniversary tonight with a gala performances that features both premieres and excerpts from the company's signature works.

The evening's finale is a new work by artistic director Stanton Welch, set to Ravel's Bol_ro. The new ballet uses the whole company, a rare occurrence, as well as members of the junior company, Houston II. "Bol_ro will show off the depth of the company," Welch said in a statement. "And every dancer will get to shine."

This is Welch's fifth work for the Houston Ballet.

The program also includes the company premiere of Maurice B_jart's Songs of a Wayfarer, set to Mahler's song cycle Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. The ballet was created in 1971 for Paolo Bortoluzzi and Rudolf Nureyev.

Among the other works included in the program are excerpts from George Balanchine's Apollo, Kenneth MacMillan's Manon, and Frederick Ashton's La Fille mal gard_e, as well as works by Timothy O'Keefe and Welch.

Houston Ballet was founded in 1969 by Nina Popova, a former dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and American Ballet Theatre. James Clouser and Ben Stevenson have also served as artistic director. With 52 dancers, the company is the fifth largest in the United States.

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