Houston Ballet film created in partnership with Museum of Fine Arts
ADROIT: clever or skillful in using the hands or mind is a new Houston Ballet film created in partnership with Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
“The piece is a Pas de Quatre between dancers, music, art and architecture. Showcasing the synthesis between these different artforms also offered an exquisite opportunity to partner with our colleagues at MFAH to illustrate the strength of our Houston arts community.”
Stanton Welch AM
Artistic Director of Houston Ballet
Twenty-eight Houston Ballet artists dance to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music) performed by string musicians from the company’s own Houston Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Ermanno Florio, Music Director and Principal Conductor for Houston Ballet.
November 21, 2020 marked the opening of The Nancy and Rich Kinder Building which serves as the richly decorated, multi-room stage for Welch’s choreography. The dancers are intentionally costumed in classical period clothing and wearing no shoes in order to establish a strong contrast between themselves and the 237,000-square-feet of modern and contemporary art international art.
“It was so wonderful to dance while surrounded by so much beauty and inspiration,” says Karina González, Houston Ballet Principal Dancer. “I felt like I was a part of painting or even at times that I was a sculptor creating my own story.”
Gary Tinterow, Director, The Margaret Alkek Williams Chair, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston adds, “We are tremendously pleased to provide the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building as the dramatic setting for this exquisite Houston Ballet performance of ADROIT: clever or skillful in using the hands or mind. As a balletomane, it is especially gratifying to be part of this vibrant partnership to combine the artistry of ballet and Mozart with contemporary art and architecture to provide this magnificent virtual production.”
Watch the Houston Ballet film ADROIT: clever or skillful in using the hands or mind
Featured Photo for the Houston Ballet film of Corps de Ballet member Chae Eun Yang and Demi Soloist Aoi Fujiwara filming StantonWelch’s ADROIT: clever or skillful in using the hands or mind. Photo by Lawrence Elizabeth Knox (2021), Courtesy of Houston Ballet