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The Houston Ballet’s Enchanting 2018/19 Season

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The Houston Ballet will return to its home, the Wortham Theater Center, for its just-announced 2018/19 Season, a superb collection of World Premieres, Houston Ballet Premieres, and beloved classics.

The season will begin with Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton M. Welch’s fantastic production of The Nutcracker. The early spring will bring an exciting season highlight—a World Premiere by Welch titled Sylvia, a mythological love story which will be co-produced with The Australian Ballet. Other noteworthy features include the return of Ben Stevenson’s treasured family favorite Coppélia, Ronald Hynd’s comical, enchanting ballet The Merry Widow, and Welch’s lavish historical drama, Marie.

The Merry Widow, Houston Ballet
Courtesy of Houston Ballet | Ballet: The Merry Widow | Choreographer: Ronald Hynd | Dancer: Jessica Collado | Photo: Claire McAdams

“We have a very exciting year ahead with many Houston Ballet Premieres and two World Premieres,” says Artistic Director Stanton Welch. “Having premieres in our repertoire allows our company to continuously grow and improve.”

“Houston Ballet’s 2018/19 Season will be an unforgettable year,” Executive Director Jim Nelson adds. “We look forward to returning to our home venue, The Wortham Theater Center.”

The Nutcracker (2016)
Choreographer: Stanton M. Welch AM | Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
November 23 – December 29, 2018

World Premiere
Choreographer: Stanton M. Welch AM | Music: Léo Delibes
Co-produced with The Australian Ballet
February 21 – March 3, 2019

ROBBINS: A Centennial Celebration
Fancy Free (1944) | Choreographer: Jerome Robbins | Music: Leonard Bernstein
Houston Ballet Premiere
The Cage (1946) | Choreographer: Jerome Robbins | Music: Igor Stravingsky
The Concert (or the Perils of Everybody) (1956) | Choreographer: Jerome Robbins | Music: Frédéric Chopin
March 7 – 10, 2019

Houston Ballet Premiere
Come In (2006) | Choreographer: Aszure Barton | Music: Vladimir Martynov
Houston Ballet Premiere
Dream Time (1983) | Choreographer: Jiří Kylián | Music: Toru Takemitsu
World Premiere
To Be Announced | Choreographer: Justin Peck | Music: TBA
March 21 – 24, 2019

Coppélia (1992)
Choreographer: Ben Stevenson OBE, after Arthur Saint-Leon I Music: Léo Delibes
May 17 – 26, 2019

The Merry Widow (1975)
Choreographer: Ronald Hynd | Music: Franz Lehár
May 31 – June 9, 2019

Marie (2009)
Choreographer: Stanton Welch AM | Music: Dmitri Shostakovich, arranged by Ermanno Florio
June 14 – 23, 2019

The Houston Ballet
(L) Ballet: Sylvia | Dancer: Karina Gonzalez; (M) Ballet: Coppélia | Dancer: Monica Gomez; (R) Ballet: The Nutcracker; Dancer: The Nutcracker

Season ticket packages are available by calling the Box Office at (713) 227-2787, or by visiting

Featured Image: Courtesy of Houston Ballet | Ballet: Marie | Choreographer: Stanton Welch AM | Dancer: Nozomi Iijima | Photo: Claire McAdams

Mary Cate is a Houston-based writer, photographer, and reading fiend, recently returned to her native city after time in Austin and New York City. She loves sharing the best of Houston with the world — margaritas, anyone? She and her husband serve local businesses through their digital content company, Two Cats Communications.

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