Houston Ballet Cinderella Tickets
Uniting vivid imagery and fluid dance to portray raw emotions, there’s no doubt ballet is one of the more difficult yet underrated art-forms. And at the now world-famous Houston Ballet, one of its most widely viewed productions, Cinderella, employs men to play the roles of stepsisters and also dance on pointes like the women, thereby cranking up the difficulty level to unheard of proportions. Indeed, pushing the limits and setting new standards is what has essentially characterized Houston Ballet over the years. Based in Houston, Texas, America’s fourth-largest ballet company has grown immensely, now boasting of over 75 performances each year with endowment to the tune of $57.6 million. And its crown jewel is the Houston Ballet Cinderella production, which has earned rave reviews for its bold modern treatment of the much-loved fairytale. The ballet is majorly based on Serge Prokofiev’s legendary composition to Nikolai Volkov’s scenario, which took four years to develop, culminating in an exhilarating 1945 premier at the Bolshoi Theater. The new ballet production portrays Cinderella in a whole new light, heightening interest in Houston Ballet Cinderella tickets.
The Houston Ballet is an incarnation of the Houston Ballet Academy, tracing its roots to the latter’s formation in 1955 under former Ballet Russes dancer Tatiana Semenova. The first current version of the company came about with a 15-dancer performance at Huntsville’s Sam Houston State Teacher’s College in 1969. Nina Popova was the first Artistic Director, and the company prospered during Ben Stevenson’s long reign in charge (1976-2003). A move into Wortham Theater Center reaped rewards before the Ben Stevenson Academy made its mark, and currently trains half the 54 dancers employed by Houston Ballet. Australian Stanton Welch succeeded Stevenson, and has since engineered a rise in international profile and a move to America’s largest professional dance facility, the Center for Dance, in 2011. Amidst the general uplift, performances like the Houston Ballet Cinderella show are certainly earning great recognition. In the ballet, Cinderella tears off her traditional downtrodden meek outlook to assume that of a domineering tomboy. Aggressive when required, and harrying her comically inept stepsisters, she also displays great affection towards her dead mother’s ghost. The Fairy Godmother does not feature in the ballet; instead the ghost of Cinderella’s mother and her ghoul friends weave a spider-web ball gown for her to wear to the Royal Ball. The Prince is smitten by Cinderella’s beauty, and as in the original version, goes to search for her via her Glass Slipper. But in another twist, his egomaniacal personality is not endearing to Cinderella. Instead, it is the haughty prince’s humble cultured footman Dandini that catches Cinderella’s eye. Her resolve is truly tested when choosing between the two: one humble, sincere, but not offering royalty, and the other narcissistic but offering a promise of eternal material comforts.
The American version of Welch’s Houston Ballet Cinderella production premiered in February 2008. Welch had earlier choreographed it while working with The Australian Ballet in 1997, when it had its world premiere. His other notable works include Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Madame Butterfly. Welch was inspired to add a twist in the classic love tale by his brother Damien’s impromptu remark, whereby he despised Cinderella’s falling for the Prince. Costume design is by the late Kiwi designer Kristian Frederickson. He created wigs and 207 costumes with various materials from silk to heavy tweed to lycra. Houston Ballet Orchestra, under the leadership of music director Ermanno Florio, will recreate the melodious magic to the dark brooding musical score by Sergei Prokofiev. Lisa J. Pinkham is in charge of lighting and design.
Welch’s unrivalled Houston Ballet Cinderella production has won unprecedented acclaim from theater goers for its fantastic set design. The graveyard in Act 1, the debauched court highlighted by peacock-themed curtains in Act 2, and the darkness enveloping the final Act fit seamlessly with the music and dance. Dance International and Arts Houston Magazine have given particularly glowing reviews. The male contingent has been roundly lauded on a perfect performance on pointes, a very difficult act to carry out in ballet circles. Awards for the much-decorated directors aside, Academy students have notched up four prizes at the prestigious Prix de Lausanne. National tours have been carried out aplenty, with international assignments to Moscow, Spain, Canada, and London.
This spring, get enchanted at the Houston Ballet Cinderella production with an intoxicating blend of the modern and the classic, the bold and the quaint. Houston Ballet Cinderella tickets offer front-row seats, guaranteeing a majestic experience.