What better way to ease the February blues than a big, bejeweled ballet? That is exactly what Houston Ballet delivers with Aladdin, David Bintley’s fantastical new story ballet. Houston Ballet principals Joseph Walsh and Karina Gonzalez not only grace our cover this month but every stage they set foot on. Fabulous dancing is just one part of the wave of momentum going down at Houston Ballet as Stanton Welch celebrates his 10th anniversary at the helm.
More dance magic is in store with Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company making its Houston debut as part of Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center’s Dance Month. Michael Wade Simpson brings us into Dorfman’s moving world. Claire Christine Spera visited with Ballet Austin artistic director Stephen Mills to learn more about The Glass Project, while Misha Penton takes us into Tod Machover’s futuristic Death and the Powers at The Dallas Opera. A + C’s trusted Dallas theater denizen Lauren Smart gets inside the excitement surrounding Luis Alfaro’s Oedipus el Rey at Dallas Theater Center.
As the San Antonio Museum of Art beefs up its curatorial staff, Devon Britt-Darby’s Loose Ends column looks at how the state’s—if not the country’s—least Eurocentric encyclopedic museum is aiming to diversify its strengths.