Past Performances | 2007-2008 Season:
Mercury Baroque’s presentation of Dido and Aeneas
Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 8:00 PM
Cullen Theater, Wortham Center
Dominic Walsh Dance Theater will team up once again with Mercury Baroque on the ensemble’s presentation of a fully-staged Baroque opera. This season, the tale of Dido and Aeneas will come to life with the magical sound of the Mercury Baroque ensemble led by Antoine Plante and the innovative choreography of Dominic Walsh performed by the DWDT dancers. The two companies will be joined by talented stage director Tara Faircloth.
Antoine Plante and the DWDT Dancers | Photo by George Hixson
In addition to the above performances, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater has several exciting tours lined up for the 2007-2008 season.
DWDT has been invited to perform at the Torrevieja de Gala 3 near Alicante, Spain on July 14, 2007. Texas Ballet Theater’s Leticia Oliveira and Dominic Walsh will dance Ben Stevenson’s romantic Romeo & Juliet balcony pas de deux, and the entire company will perform the lighthearted I Napoletani, Walsh’s new ballet inspired by the vitality of Naples.
On February 22-24, 2008, Sarasota Ballet of Florida will present Dominic Walsh Dance Theater for five performances of an exhilarating mixed repertory program. Dominic Walsh Dance Theater will perform the Florida premieres of Kylian’s Double You and Bigonzetti’s Pression. Along with Walsh’s newest creation, Amadeus, the program will also include his breathtaking interpretation of Le Spectre de la Rose. The original choreography was first presented by Michel Fokine in the Diaghilev era by Ballets Russes in 1911. To close the program, the company will perform Walsh’s smash hit I Napoletani. Iain Webb, the new Artistic Director of Sarasota Ballet of Florida, has also invited Walsh to set one of his ballets on the company in April 2008.
From Florida, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater will head to New York to present a program at the Joyce SoHo on February 28-March 1, 2008. The Joyce Theater is considered to be one of the premiere performance venues for dance. In 1996, The Joyce opened Joyce SoHo, a dance center in Lower Manhattan that is an intimate venue – one that brings you exceptionally close to every performance. For the company’s New York premiere, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater will present an exceptional mixed repertory program featuring Kylian’s Double You and Bigonzetti’s Pression along with Walsh’s Amadeus, Le Spectre de la Rose, and I Napoletani.
Thursday + Friday, April 10-11, 2008 | 7:30 PM
Saturday Matinee, April 12, 2008 | 2:00 PM
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Zilkha Hall
The season will close with a new take on Dominic Walsh Dance Theater’s successful fall 2006 production that highlighted new works by up-and-coming choreographers created in collaboration with local visual artists. E_Merging II will feature brand new works created for the DWDT dancers by two young artistic directors who are shaping the genre of contemporary ballet, our own Dominic Walsh and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano of Spain. Sansano has danced with many companies including the prestigious Nederlands Dance Theater II and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and has choreographed for companies around the world. He is now founder and artistic director of a newly formed company and currently creating his second work for NDT II. Sansano will grace Houston audiences with his athletic and innovative movement vocabulary, while Walsh will create a fascinating work that focuses on the evolution of ballet philosophies that have inspired his choreography.
Celebrating Moving Bodies ~ Moving Minds
February 7-9, 2008 | 7:30 PM
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Zilkha Hall
To mark the fifth anniversary of the company’s premiere performance, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater will present a celebratory program with Jiri Kylian’s Double You as the centerpiece. Born in Prague, Kylian is considered to be one of the most prominent contemporary choreographers in the world today, and adding this icon to the company’s repertoire is a milestone. Double You, set to the music of J. S. Bach, is a powerful solo for an extremely expressive male dancer that Kylian created in 1994. It was only revived in 2004, and is the most recent Kylian work obtained by any U. S. company. The program will also feature a thrilling world premiere by Dominic Walsh to the music of W.A. Mozart with costume design by Domenico Luciano and scenic design by Houston artist Libbie Masterson, along with a pas de deux from his full-length Orfeo ed Euridice created for New National Theatre, Tokyo in March 2007. DWDT will bring in Japanese ballerina Hana Sakai, for whom the ballet was created, to perform this piece. A revival of Mauro Bigonzetti’s provocative Pression will round out the celebration.
October 18-20, 2007 | 7:30 PM
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
After the success of his Romeo & Juliet, Dominic Walsh will once again take on the retelling of a classic tale. Set to the original score composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Walsh’s adaptation of The Sleeping Beauty will be thoroughly contemporary with innovative costumes designed by Travis Halsey and unique sets that will enhance the present day setting. Through Walsh’s unique choreographic style and his creative approach to discovering ultimate theater, this fairy tale will come crashing into the 21st century!
Fall for Dominic Walsh Dance Theater
September 7-8, 2007 | 8:00 PM
Miller Outdoor Theatre | Free-of-charge
Dominic Walsh Dance Theater will kick-off its stellar sixth season with this dynamic program highlighting recent additions to the company’s repertoire: Dominic Walsh’s breathtaking Le Spectre de la Rose, Enrico Morelli’s arresting Funabula set to Vivaldi, Lindsey McGill’s visually stunning Adorning Breath with video by Atton Paul and music from Imogen Heap and Radiohead, and Walsh’s whimsical I Napoletani set to engaging Neapolitan folk music. Pack a picnic and bring the whole family for an evening of contemporary ballet guaranteed to entertain and inspire.