Like Paris in the summer, the Houston Ballet sizzles with hot young dancers and explosive choreography by artistic director Stanton Welch. Originally from Australia, Welch is making his mark in both Texas and the nation as a choreographer who knows how to kick butt with the classical ballet vocabulary. He may play around with a 300-year-old technique, taking it places that pirouettes have never gone before, but he also respects it like crazy. The program includes three Welch ballets with no-nonsense titles. "Velocity" clips along at a swift gallop, testing the speed and agility of these young Texas dancers. "Clear" responds to 9/11 with a dance where one female muse brings clarity—and, according to the New York Times, "aggressive exuberance"—to seven men. Finally, "Hush" celebrates life, from youth to old age, with music by Yo-Yo Ma and Bobby McFerrin.
Sat., Oct. 20, 7 p.m., 2007