Dance

Few things can be said for certain, but we know one thing for sure: Your dance card will be full this year.

The Houston Ballet is home for the holidays, marking its post-Harvey return to the Wortham Theater Center with artistic director Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker. The festive production opens a season that includes the world premiere of Welch’s Sylvia, in a co-production with The Australian Ballet, and the return of former artistic director Ben Stevenson’s Coppélia, and concludes with a spectacle fit for a French queen, Welch’s Marie.

Over at Jones Hall, and courtesy of Society for the Performing Arts, Houston audiences will finally get the chance to experience MOMIX’s dazzling Opus Cactus, postponed last season because of Harvey. Also scheduled are New York City-based Dorrance Dance’s tap-centric ETM: Double Down; Beijing Dance’s take on a particular Danish prince in Hamlet; Complexions Contemporary Ballet, in a return engagement that includes the Houston premiere of Stardust, a tribute to David Bowie; and Pilobolus’s Shadowland: The New Adventure, an eye-catching mix of dance, circus and shadow theater.

NobleMotion Dance will celebrate its ten-year anniversary with an entirely new evening of dance in August, and Metdance will celebrate collaboration with its 23rd-season theme, “Better Together.”

Houston Fringe Festival returns in September, with the Pilot Dance Project, Juxtapose Arts Collective, Suchu Dance, and Austin’s Chamacos Dance Company and ProyectoTeatro already scheduled to perform. Dance of Asian America’s all-are-welcome Mid-Autumn Dance Festival is scheduled for September 22, and 12 local companies will join forces for Dance Houston’s Celebration of Dance on October 6. The Dance Salad Festival returns in April, courtesy of the Houston International Dance Coalition, while the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center gets in on the action with Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre.

In September Taipei-based dance company T.T.C. Dance brings Persistence of Memory to Asia Society Center Texas, where a performance by Transitory Sound and Movement Collective is also scheduled for March. The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston will host Teresa Chapman’s Stop Copying Me on August 25, inspired by the work of Cary Leibowitz, now on view through August 26. Urban Souls Dance Company will also swing by CAMH to present Body Archives: Bone Deep Memories in the “Stage Environment: Activating Performance Histories from CAMH’s Archives, 1948-2018” exhibit, which looks back at 70 years of live arts at the museum.

The MATCH continues to provide much-needed space to companies such as Karen Stokes Dance, Core Dance and Uptown Dance Company and will play host to the fifth annual Barnstorm Dance Fest from Dance Source Houston, while the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land will also play its role when Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games stops by on October 23.

As we said, your dance card will be full this year.

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