Dance your way to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Aug. 5 to enjoy a dynamic performance by Houston Ballet for Contemporary Masters at 8 p.m. The program features three ballets from top choreographers in the industry, Jorma Elo’s “ONE/end/ONE,” Jiri Kylian’s “Falling Angels” and Christopher Wheeldon’s “Rush.” Tickets are $15 for orchestra seating. Lawn and mezzanine seating are free courtesy of The Wortham Foundation and Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts. The event also is sponsored in part by Culture Map.
One of Europe’s most in-demand dance makers, Jorma Elo, joins Houston Ballet for his first time with the creation of “ONE/end/ONE,” a performance of four male and four female dancers. The Finnish choreographer titled the piece for its three-part score and long pas de duex in the middle that symbolizes the end of a relationship or death. Dancers in slick black tutus with gold trim connect modern fashion to the classicism of the dance in terms of movement and music. Elo has created pieces for Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet, and is currently the resident choreographer at Boston Ballet.
The second ballet, “Falling Angels,” is a part of Jiri Kylian’s black-and-white ballets that were created in the late 1980s and early 1990s. “Falling Angels, “ is a piece about the profession, where the eight female dancers depict women’s struggles to achieve perfection and their experiences of ambition, seduction, pregnancy, birth, death, motherhood and self-awareness. The first movement, “Drumming” by Steve Reich, is based on ceremonial ritual music from Ghana in West Africa. While Kylian normally considers music the primary source for his choreography, he felt challenged to give unabridged priority to the movement. The ballet, influenced by surrealism and minimalism, features a combination of classical lines and sharp percussive movements.
The performance concludes with Christopher Wheeldon’s “Rush,” a dance embracing hierarchy with a corps de ballet of ten dancers who support and frame two principles and four soloists. Set to a lovely score by Bohuslav Martinu titled “Sinfonietta La Jolla” for chamber orchestra and piano, “Rush” is anchored around a dazzling pas de deux, elegant, elegiac and dark, like the black costumes of the protagonists. Opposing lines, double diagonals that reverse direction, women against men, lifts in canons and staggered entrances make this orderly dance packed with activity.
At the performance have a picnic in your seat or on the hill. 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.
Come early to enjoy pre-concert activities beginning at 7 p.m. in the Fidelity Investments Plaza with Fidelity Investments, The Pavilion Partners Arts and Crafts booth, Woodforest National Bank and Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion. Guests also can register to win Tommy Bahama’s “Best Seats in the House.”
Tickets to Contemporary Masters are $15 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free and tickets are not required. Orchestra tickets can be purchased at The Pavilion Box Office, located at 2005 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and on event days through the start of the show. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Fiesta, select H-E-B, select Walmart, and FYE locations and Media Magic, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
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 Box 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.
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion's 2011 Season is presented by The Woodlands Development Company and sponsored by Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion, The Pavilion Partners, The Wortham Foundation and United Airlines, official airline of The Pavilion.
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