News & Announcements




12/06
2016
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Two Dancers on Becoming Clara

It is a special honor to be cast as Clara in Ballet West’s The Nutcracker. Not only is it an iconic role, but for the serious dancer, it can launch her career. In The Nutcracker, Clara is a young girl who receives a toy Nutcracker for Christmas. As she falls asleep on Christmas Eve, she
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12/06
2016
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Do Good and Get a Backstage Tour!

Every year, Ballet West selects a nonprofit to support throughout The Nutcracker. This year, we’ve partnered with Volunteers of America‘s brand new Youth Resource Center. Please consider donating hand warmers, canned goods, adult socks, gloves, or bus tokens to the Patron Services Desk, (right next to the main entrance of the theater.) Patrons who donate
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11/03
2016
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Madame Butterfly Synopsis

Prologue Cio-Cio San, a geisha known as Madame Butterfly, dreams of her future. Act I On a hill overlooking the harbor, a wedding is about to take place between Lieutenant Pinkerton, a U.S. Naval officer, and Butterfly, with whom he has contracted a Japanese marriage.  Goro, the obsequious marriage broker and general factotum, shows Pinkerton
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11/02
2016

The Dancers’ Perspective

In Ballet West’s Season Opener Madame Butterfly, Principal Artists Arolyn Williams, Beckanne Sisk, and First Soloist Sayaka Ohtaki will be cast as Cio-Cio San, the ballet’s headlining role. Portraying this emotionally complex character through dance is both difficult and delicate. Here, the three leads discuss their relationship to the ballet and the part. For Arolyn
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11/02
2016

A Conversation Between Directors

Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch has choreographed more than 34 new works in the past 35 years. Recently, CEO and Artistic Director Adam Sklute sat down with Welch to discuss his seminal work, Madame Butterfly, along with his love of storytelling.  What was it about this particular opera that inspired you to make a
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11/02
2016

Madame Butterfly: The Story of Adaptation

“The beauty of this story is that it resonates around the world,” said Houston Ballet Artistic Director, Stanton Welch. Indeed, in the 118 years since John Luther Long published the short story, Madame Butterfly, it has been adapted into every single entertainment medium and captured the hearts of hundreds of millions. Perhaps the most famous
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10/27
2016
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Watch the new video about the making of Madame Butterfly

The Artistic Directors discuss the music, the story, and the beauty.

10/17
2016
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Sponsor a Set or Costume in Ballet West’s new Nutcracker

Play a part in the building of 24 monolithic sets, 268 dazzling costumes, and hundreds of new of props!

09/29
2016
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DON’T MISS BALLET WEST II THIS WEEKEND!

“Ballet West II is ready to rock on the center stage!” -Salt Lake Tribune

09/07
2016
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BALLET WEST ANNOUNCES COMPANIES FOR NATIONAL CHOREOGRAPHIC FESTIVAL