Houston Ballet is forced to cancel as waters rise

August 30, 2017 by norman lebrecht


The performances of Poetry in Motion scheduled for September 8 to 17 have been called off due to flood damage in the Wortham Theater Center.

The company is hopeful that the premiere of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet Mayerling will go ahead on September 21, but there are many logistical problems to overcome before that can be confirmed.

The Center’s garages are still under water, so there is nowhere for patrons to park, and many artists and staff members have been left without basic amenities. After Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 it took three months to restore the garage area.

The Houston Symphony is now reporting extensive damage to its basement rehearsal room.


Comments (4)

  1. V. Lind says:

    What do they — or you — mean by “premiere”? Mayerling has been around for decades.Do they mean first night, or their first performance of it?

    However, trivial in light of what Houstonians re facing. God help them all.

    1. Max Grimm says:

      I believe this is to be the American premiere of Mayerling.

      1. Max Grimm says:

        I should specify that I meant to say the premiere by an American ballet company. If I’m not mistaken, it was performed by the Royal Ballet in the United States previously.

        1. V. Lind says:

          Thank you.

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