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HOUSTON BALLET PERFORMS THE SUMPTUOUS HISTORICAL BALLET MARIE-ANTOINETTE AT PLACE DES ARTSPress Release PDF The Houston Ballet will be performing Marie-Antoinette, a sweeping narrative ballet about the life and death of French queen Marie Antoinette, at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of Place des Arts on April 10, 11 and 12, 2014. Featuring lavish costumes and regal sets by Canadian designer Kandis Cook, Marie-Antoinette follows the path of Marie Antoinette from innocent child bride to frivolous royal fashionista to ruined queen. Set to a brooding score by Shostakovich, the ballet opens with the young, vivacious Marie being stripped of her Austrian clothes and redressed in the French style. She gradually evolves into the tender wife and mother who finally accepts the fatal kiss from Madame Guillotine. “Ask anyone to name a remarkable figure from history and they will probably name Marie Antoinette, without knowing much else about her,” explains Australian-born choreographer Stanton Welch. “Marie is like Marilyn Monroe—she’s an icon that people have become attached to.” First performed in Houston, Texas in February 2009, Marie- Antoinette will be presented at Place des Arts next April.
About Stanton WelchBorn in Melbourne to two of Australia’s most gifted dancers, Stanton Welch began his dance career with The Australian Ballet in 1989, going on to work with internationally acclaimed choreographers such as Ji˘rí Kylían, Nacho Duato and Maurice Béjart. He received his first commission in 1990. As the resident choreographer of The Australian Ballet, Welch developed his unique choreographic style with a number of acclaimed works, including Madame Butterfly, Cinderella, Red Earth and Velocity. Over the years, he has also created works for prestigious international companies such as San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet. Stanton Welch was named Artistic Director of Houston Ballet, America’s fourth largest ballet company, in 2003. Since his arrival, he has transformed the company, infusing it with a new vision, introducing works by distinguished choreographers and collaborating with some of the world's greatest talents.
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