The Woodlands, TX – Houston Ballet shows off its diversity with the mixed repertory program “Two Steppin’, Toe-Tappin’ Boogie” Friday, May 6 at 8:00 p.m. at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. The individual acts are inspired by different genres of music - Patsy Cline, The Rolling Stones and The Chieftains - that bring together a mixture of sounds that inspire an even more unique dance program. Patsy Cline inspires “Cline Time,” the story of heartbroken women in a Texas honky-tonk. “Rooster,” performed to eight Rolling Stones hits, highlights the fast-paced life of hip young Londoners during the swinging sixties. And The Chieftains lend their award-winning sound to the final act, “Celts,” that spotlights the rich history of Ireland through folk dance.
“Cline Time” tells the story of the romantic misadventures of a group of Texas woman in a bar for the brokenhearted. Set to the music of country legend Patsy Cline, “Cline Time” gives Houston Ballet dancers the opportunity to demonstrate their skills at country and western dancing. The dancers bring Cline’s songs to life, embodying tragic love and broken relationships with humor and wit. Some of the musical selections include "Crazy," "Walkin’ After Midnight" and "Sweet Dreams of You."
“Rooster,” the smash hit by Houston Ballet Associate Choreographer Christopher Bruce, received its American premier by Houston Ballet in 1995. Bruce’s piece is full of sexy youthful energy, strong masculinity, and a sense of vanity as we look at the life of young Londoners during the swinging sixties. The production is set to eight classic tracks by The Rolling Stones, including "Symphony for the Devil," "Paint it Black," and "Ruby Tuesday." “Rooster” has become a signature piece for the company, electrifying audiences all over the world.
“Celts” is an astonishing array of dance images of Ireland. Set to a compilation of traditional and contemporary Celtic music, including the award-winning traditional Irish ensemble, The Chieftains, “Celts” is a celebration of all things Irish. A mixture of modern, classical, and Irish folk dance blended into one extraordinary piece of choreography, this large ensemble piece showcases dancers doing an approximation of step dancing.
Pre-concert activities before Houston Ballet's performance include the Learning Express Jack & Jill Club, and Payne Dance Academy performing excerpts from "Sleeping Beauty" on the side stage in the North Plaza from 7:15 – 7:45 p.m. Dick Hudgins with the Speaker's Committee representing the Houston Live Stock Show & Rodeo also will be on hand to show youngsters how to rope cattle with a lasso. Join us for these and other festivities before the main event! Doors open at 7:00 p.m. The main stage performance begins at 8:00 p.m.
Bring the whole family and have a picnic on the hill. Free lawn chairs are available for this and all other performing arts events this season. Picnics are welcome. Keep in mind that beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion.
Reserved seating tickets to the Houston Ballet’s performance of “Two-Steppin’, Toe-Tappin’ Boogie” are $20 and $15 for covered reserved, $10 for uncovered reserved and $7.50 for lawn seating. Children 12 and under can sit on the lawn for free. Seniors 60 and over and groups of 20 or more can receive a $2.50 discount on each ticket purchased. Tickets can be purchased at The Pavilion Ticket Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on event days through intermission. The Ticket Office is located at the north entrance to The Pavilion at 2005 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands. Tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Foley’s, Fiesta, select FYE locations, Wherehouse Music, Media Magic and The Gallery of Conroe, by calling 713-629-3700, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Most major credit cards are accepted. Some service charges may apply.
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.
For more information regarding upcoming events at The Pavilion, call 281-363-3300 or visit pavilion.woodlandscenter.org.
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion's 2005 Performing Arts Season is generously sponsored by The Houston Chronicle, The Wortham Foundation, The Pavilion Partners, and Continental Airlines, official airline of The Pavilion.