After an unexpectedly long intermission, Houston Ballet and the Houston Ballet Orchestra are coming together on May 7th and 8th with Houston Ballet Reignited – the company’s first performance in front of a live audience in more than a year.
“As artists, performing onstage means we get to share our special moments with the audience,” says Houston Ballet Principal Dancer Yuriko Kajiya. “This pandemic has been challenging for many of us. We are so grateful to go back onstage, and we look forward to performing for our fans again. We hope to be able to bring everyone some joy through our dancing!”
The company has overcome many obstacles since last March when dancers and staff, only hours away from opening night of Houston Ballet’s mixed repertoire, “Forged in Houston,” were sent home indefinitely.
As everyone eagerly anticipated a return to the stage, Houston Ballet was able to adapt releasing pre-recorded content to engage audiences across social media.
On April 6, 2020, the company announced the cancellation of its remaining performances of its golden anniversary 2019-2020 season.
“We hope Houston Ballet Reignited will be a shining beacon of hope for our community that brighter days are ahead. This past year has been devastating for so many. I know I speak for all leaders at Houston Ballet when I say we are incredibly proud of our resilient artists, staff and city. We look forward to being together soon, even if it’s distanced and we can’t see your smiling faces behind your masks.”
Stanton Welch AM
Artistic Director of Houston Ballet
Houston Ballet Reignited
The evening will be an opportunity to reflect on the creativity across the past year through film, dance and music. Conducted by Music Director and Principal Conductor for Houston Ballet Ermanno Florio, the twenty-one strings musicians of the Houston Ballet Orchestra will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, translated to “A Little Night Music.”
“We are thrilled to be able to play together again for the public,” says Houston Ballet Orchestra Violinist Barbara Shreffler. “Music has the ability to heal and inspire, and we welcome this opportunity to share what we love to do with our community.”
The multi-media production will be held at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive. All performances are free, however patrons are encouraged to reserve tickets online up to one week in advance to ensure seating due to limited capacity in compliance with the City of Houston’s restrictions.
Jillian Verzwyvelt is a freelance writer who focuses on arts, culture, and travel. Originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, she trained at Lafayette Ballet Theatre before moving to Fort Worth, Texas to pursue bachelor’s degrees in economics and communication studies from Texas Christian University. Here, she discovered how to translate her passion for the stage to the page. Jillian is now working toward a dual master’s degree in global media and communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Southern California.