Where and When to See the Houston Ballet

The 2017-18 season is now underway, and it is a spectacle of classical and contemporary work brought to the stage from all over the world. Choosing to subscribe to this season will allow you to save money and guarantee that you always get to keep your seats when in attendance for a production. Additionally, you will always receive priority seating to one of multiple add-on productions, such as the Jubilee of Dance and The Nutcracker, both of which are life-changing experiences.

Production Schedule

Mayerling (1978) is a ballet adaptation by the world-renowned Sir Kenneth MacMillian, and this is a beautiful production detailing tragedy and the depths of obsession during nineteenth-century Austria-Hungary. This is a classical piece with a timeless beauty performed by many of the best ballet performers of this decade, and you are sure to leave after the finale in awe of what you see during that production. This is your opportunity to enjoy something spectacular alone, with a romantic partner or in the company of a group.

Swan Lake

Returning in the spring is the lasting classic Swan Lake (2006), a production that has fascinated audiences for years and that will likely continue to do so for many more. This is the first full-length adaptation for the company, and it is truly a vision to behold as many dozens of talented dancers take the stage in a brilliantly choreographed story. This is a great production to bring a romantic partner to or even just to enjoy alone, especially if you enjoy some of the more classic styles of ballet.

Don Quixote

Don Quixote (1995) is a story told time and time again through various mediums, such as ballet and motion picture, and there is little to question as to why this is the case. This story of a man and his companion searching for honor and glory in a world that would call them mad is charming, gorgeous to watch in motion and will give anyone in attendance the chance to laugh and weep throughout the production. This will be the triumphant close of the 2017-18 season, and it will give a suitably exciting end to the fun.


Additionally, a number of one-act ballets will be performed by three Mixed Repertory Programs featuring choreographers Tim Harbour, Christopher Wheeldon and Alexander Ekman will be produced. In December, the annual Jubilee of Dance will give audiences a detailed look at the past, present and possible future of the Houston Ballet, and there will also be a classical production in November of The Nutcracker. This is your chance to enjoy some of the world’s most well-known productions in a form that will give you something to talk about for years to come.


Poetry in Motion features a number of compositions by famous names such as George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon and Stanton Welch. The production dates are from September 8-17, 2017, with an opening night onstage dinner occurring on September 8th. During this unique, one night only experience, you can dine with the stars of the performance after the production is concluded and get to know some of the talent behind the show.

Of the season productions, Mayerling can be enjoyed between September 21 and October 1, 2017, Swan Lake between February 22 and March 4, 2018, and Don Quixote between June 7 and June 17, 2018. Additionally, you can enjoy the fantastical performance of Rock, Roll & Tutus from March 8-18, 2018, and the contemporary performance of Global Movements starting May 24 – June 3, 2018.

Whether you come alone or with company, this is one experience that you cannot have just once, and the sheer number of expert performances ready for you to enjoy will ensure you get to do just that. You could choose to subscribe or purchase tickets to a single event, but the former is the most cost-effective option if you plan to attend more than a single production. Ballet is one form of dance that will endure for many years, and it will only become more complex and beautiful in that time.