Dance Series

Tudor Family Dance Series

The Tudor Family Dance Series presents dance companies of the highest caliber. Each dance company selected for the season has cutting-edge repertories, phenomenal dancers and groundbreaking choreography. From Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to Ballet Hispánico, an evening at one of Society for the Performing Arts’ Tudor Family Dance Series shows will be a night to remember.

This season’s performances display electrifying new techniques and modern choreography, while offering a cultural diversity that will resonate with the greater Houston community. Most of the performances will take place at Jones Hall, the Theater District’s largest venue, as a reflection of the growing interest in contemporary dance.

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Compañía Nacional de Danza, Carmen

Hailing from Madrid, Compañía Nacional de Danza is led by Artistic Director José Carlos Martínez and it embraces both new and international creations, drawing in new audiences and boosting the company’s national and international projection. Compañía Nacional de Danza in collaboration with award-winning choreographer, Johan Inger, bring the mesmerizing masterpiece, Carmen, to Houston. The story witnessed through the eyes of a young watcher reveals the tale stripped to its mythic and universal elements of passion and violence. He opted to have a minimalistic version Carmen that centers on a plain and open stage, with clear-cut, solid and honest visuals and forms. Inger’s fresh take on Carmen allows the audience to interpret the story using their own imagination.

March 10, 2018

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

A Houston favorite returns! Experience the power of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and see for yourself why this extraordinary company is hailed as America’s cultural ambassador to the world. From the pulse-racing thrill of contemporary favorites to the spirit-lifting joy of beloved classics, these magnificent dancers offer something for every taste.

March 16, 2018

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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Celebrating 40 years in 2017-2018 season as one of the most original forces in contemporary dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago has long been known for its exceptionally talented dancers and a diverse repertoire of adventurous choreography. Under the artistic direction of Glenn Edgerton, this contemporary ballet company that “is going to take your breath away” (The Washington Post) is arguably at the top of its game. Today, the main company is comprised of 18 dancers with unparalleled versatility and virtuosity that will be on full display as they perform works from choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, William Forsythe, Crystal Pite and Nacho Duato. One of the only U.S. dance companies to operate year-round, Hubbard Street continues to produce bold and passionate performances in Chicago, and tour domestically as well as internationally.

April 13, 2018

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Ballet Hispánico

Ballet Hispánico, a “strong ambassador of not just Latino culture but of dance itself” (Broadway World), brings its bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance with an all-Latina choreographer program for the 2017-2018 season. The engagement features Michelle Manzanales’s Con Brazos Abiertos, an exploration of iconic Mexican symbols that Manzanales was reluctant to embrace as a Mexican-American child growing up in Texas; Línea Recta by Belgo-Colombian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, a work pairing the hallmark passion of flamenco dance with highly inventive and intricate partnering, set to music by flamenco guitarist Eric Vaarzon Morel; and Catorce Dieciséis by Tania Pérez-Salas, one of Mexico’s most noted contemporary choreographers. This program draws upon the innovation and versatility of one of the world’s premier dance companies to capture contemporary Latino culture through movement.

May 18, 2018

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