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2013 – 2014

An Evening in Italy: Celebrating 2013, the Year of Italian Culture

Miller Outdoor Theater
6000 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, Texas
September 6, 2012 at 8 PM

An Evening in Italy: Celebrating 2013, the Year of Italian Culture in the United States  will be presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Italy in Houston and will feature dancers from Sarasota Ballet in two original works by Dominic Walsh, I Napoletani and Bello.

2013 – Year of Italian Culture in the United States, is an initiative held under the auspices of the President of the Italian Republic and organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Italy in Washington. The aim of the initiative is to showcase Italian culture, not only in its traditional form of historical and artistic legacy, but also as a dynamic asset that gives value to the future relationship between Italy and the United States. For additional detailed information visit Italy in US 2013.

Houston Grand Opera’s Aida

Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center
501 Texas Avenue
Houston, Texas

Friday, October 18, 2013 at 7 PM
Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 2 PM
Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Friday, November 1, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 2 PM
Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 7:30 PM

The fall season will continue on Friday, October 18 at 7 PM, when DWDT performs as a creative partner in Houston Grand Opera’s production of Aida at the Wortham Center’s Brown Theater.

Patrick Summers, HGO Artistic and Music Director says, “I’m thrilled that our artistic collaboration will create dazzling new choreography for HGO’s Aida, as well as display the incredible strength and scope of Houston’s vibrant arts scene.”

In Aida, an Ethiopian princess enslaved to Amneris – the princess of Egypt – has fallen in love with the warrior Radames. As he rides into battle, Aida is torn between her love for him, allegiance to her country, and loyalty to her family. Radames dreams that if he returns triumphant, he will free Aida and marry her. But Amneris longs for Radames’ affections, too. Romance and hope turn to crushing tragedy as the story unfolds.

Dominic Walsh will debut original choreography and stage movement for the production and DWDT dancers will help bring the story to life.

“I have a great respect for opera and have really enjoyed working with local organizations Mercury Baroque and Opera in the Heights on their productions in the past,” says Walsh. “I’m now happy to partner with HGO and very excited to be a part of Aida.”

Malta Kano, TX Premiere

The Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater
Asia Society Texas Center
1370 Southmore Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77004

Friday, April 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Malta Kano, TX explores the domains of film and live dance through a unique world premiere by one of the country’s leading contemporary ballet companies, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater. The program will include a screening of the dance film Malta Kano, TX, and a dance performance which will be recorded live.

Co-created by Dominic Walsh and artistic collaborator Frederique de Montblanc, Malta Kano, TX blends eastern and western influences combined with a unique soundscape by Loup Mormont. “While creating new pieces during my choreographic career I have often thought, ‘This would be a wonderful moment for film,’” says Dominic Walsh.  “I shape scenes cinematically as I put together a narrative work, and have wondered before if details get lost on the stage.”

The creative venture is a thematic nod to Haruki Murakami’s equally inventive novel, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle. The premiere highlights the elegant architecture of Asia Society Texas Center, which serves as a backdrop for the film.

Details About the Program

The evening is divided into two parts. First, audiences will watch a semi-complete premiere film screening of Malta Kano, TX. Next follows a dance performance by the film’s lead dancers, Domenico Luciano and Hana Sakai, which will be recorded live in the theater.