Pump Up Your Saturday Plans with The Temple Dancer
Set in exotic India of old, choreographed by artistic director Stanton Welch — complete with its stunning Act III corps de ballet sequence with 24 ballerinas in white tutus — La Bayadère (The Temple Dancer) returns to the Houston Ballet.
This marks the fourth time that principal dancer Karina Gonzalez will perform Welch’s choreography in the role of Nikiya, the temple dancer. “I got promoted to principal [in 2013] with this role,” she says.
She’ll be paired with principal Connor Walsh as Solor, the soldier she falls for despite being bespoken to the gods. Solor kills a tiger that was threatening the village; in return, the rajah assigns him to marry his eldest daughter. When the jealous daughter dispatches Nikiya with a poisonous snake, Solor goes to dreamland with the help of some opium, which leads to the “Kingdom of the Shades” scene.
With so many roles involved in this production, which closes out Houston Ballet’s season, Gonzalez says “it’s a chance for every single dancer to have a bright moment onstage.”
We know you love your home at Enclave at Woodbridge Apartments in Sugar Land, Texas, but it’s important to stay active and involved in your community. Attending this event is the perfect chance for you to journey outside your comfort zone to meet new people and seek new opportunities.
Saturday, June 17, 2017 –7:30 PM
Event Venue Location:
Wortham Theater Center
Houston, Texas 77002