Houston Ballet Cancels Season Opener

by Michael Eddy
Houston Ballet
Houston Ballet

WIth all of the flooding at the Wortham Center as well as the Houston theater district, Houston Ballet released a message from Executive Director Jim Nelson and Artistic Director Stanton Welch:

The Houston Ballet family's thoughts go out to our beloved city as it contends with the ongoing crisis caused by Hurricane Harvey. We are grateful to be able to share with you that our dancers, artists, and staff are safe, although many have been displaced and otherwise affected by this terrible storm.

We want to update you on the status of Houston Ballet's activities as the new season approaches. Due to a disruption of the company's systems from a power outage and minor water damage that caused our ticketing and email systems to go offline, our offices are closed and will remain closed through Labor Day.

Furthermore, our season-opening performances of Poetry in Motion, scheduled for September 8-17, have been unavoidably canceled. We will endeavor to reschedule those performances in the coming months. We are hopeful that Mayerling will be able to open the season with performances beginning on September 21st, as previously scheduled. This plan, of course, depends on the availability of the Wortham Theater Center, which has incurred some storm-related damage, as previously reported.

In advance of Harvey, Houston Ballet personnel relocated a substantial portion of our valuable costumes, including those for The Nutcracker, from the Wortham Theater basement to a safe location. And, we are so pleased to report that the warehouse where all of our sets and additional costumes are stored sustained no damage.

While the recovery from Harvey will be difficult and prolonged, we join all Houstonians in our steadfast belief that our great city will emerge stronger than ever.

Further information from Houston Ballet: www.houstonballet.org