The Houston Ballet takes the stage at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. with a performance of Swan Lake + Two, a mixed-repertory program featuring Act II of “Swan Lake,” “Jardi Tancat” and “Falling Angels.” This program consists of three distinct dances showcasing the talents of three internationally acclaimed choreographers. Tickets are $15 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free courtesy of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell.

“Swan Lake” is one of the most well-known works in the history of ballet and the second act is the core of the entire piece. This Russian ballet was composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky between 1875 and 1876 and was first performed at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow in 1877. The performance features a full corps de ballet of dancers in fantastic white tutus. During Act II, the handsome prince meets a beautiful princess dressed in white feathers. Once he finds out she has been cursed by an evil knight, he pities her and they fall in love while dancing beside a moonlit lake.

In addition to Act II from “Swan Lake,” Houston Ballet performs “Jardi Tancat,” the first work choreographed by Nacho Duato, a Spanish classical ballet dancer and choreographer. Premiered in 1983, “Jardi Tancat” was originally produced during a workshop at the Netherlands Dance Theater and incorporates a collection of Spanish folk songs. Duato won first prize with this work at the International Choreographic Workshop in Cologne.

Lastly, enjoy Jiří Kylián’s “Falling Angels,” created in 1989 as part of the “Black and White” ballets. This piece showcases eight female dancers dressed in black leotards as they aim to achieve perfection while being pushed and pulled from different situations in life. This European masterpiece studies motion, minimalism and surrealism set to a percussive score that is based on ceremonial ritual music from West Africa.

Gates for Swan Lake + Two open at 7 p.m. with pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza including dancers from Payne Academy of Ballet, The Pavilion Partners Instrument Petting Zoo, sponsored by Music & Arts, Houston Family Magazine, Woodforest National Bank, Amazing Siding and Audi of America, official automobile sponsor of The Pavilion.

Tickets are $15 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free courtesy of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell. Tickets are not required for mezzanine and lawn seating. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on event days through the start of the show. Tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Macy’s, Fiesta, select FYE, H-E-B and Ritmo Latino locations, Wherehouse Music and Media Magic, by calling 800-745-3000, or at

Preferred parking is available in the on-site Town Center Garage, located along Six Pines Drive. Parking is $5 per vehicle for this and most performing arts events. Tickets for on-site parking can be purchased in advance at all Ticketmaster locations and The Pavilion Ticket Office. Guests also may park in any of the five free parking lots on the southwest side of The Pavilion. The free, color-coded lots are connected to The Pavilion by corresponding pathways with signs leading across The Waterway.

At the symphony, have a picnic in your seat or on the hill during the concert. Free lawn chairs also are available for this and other applicable performing arts events. Keep in mind that beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion's 20th Performing Arts Season is presented by The Woodlands Development Company and sponsored by Donoho’s Jewellers, Audi of America, the Community Associations of The Woodlands, Houston Community Newspapers, The Pavilion Partners, The Wortham Foundation, and Continental Airlines, official airline of The Pavilion.

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