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June 1st, 2008

After a 3 hour eventful trip to Houston (Andy ran a stop sign, then got stopped for speeding) we finally got to his parent's house. Then all 4 of us went to Noodle 88, my fav Indonesian restaurant in the country. It was delicious.. I was a bit worried that the parents may not like the food, but we cleaned out most of the dishes.

Andy had bought tickets to the Houston ballet for me and his mom, so we went to the Worthem Theatre. It is a ridiculously fancy theatre in downtown Houston, probably funded by old oil money. Big steel sculptures, red velvety carpets, many private boxes. We were too far to see the expressions on the dancer's faces... but Andy's mom bought a binocular, so that helped. The performance was called "Three Classics and 5 Tangos"

There were 3 pieces.

Stanton Welch’s Falling, music by Mozart, his Salzburg Symphonies. It was ok, I wasn't dazzled by the choreography. But the dancers were lovely, though even Andy's mom noticed that the dancers were not in unison, which I noticed in other parts of the show as well. Considering the ticket prices, full orchestra, and venue, I think the dancers should've taken more time to work on their unison skills.

James Kudelka's Little Dancer, set to Philip's Glass Symphony no. 8. In the beginning I was skeptical, but now looking back, this was my favorite piece of the night. By the end of the first movement, the music and the dance fitted each other so well. And it was fascinating, a majority of the piece was male only.. and the movements were simple but compelling. Andy's mom didn't like this one as much as the first, perhaps it was a bit too contemporary for her.

Hans van Manen's Five Tango, music by Astor Piazzolla. I was expecting something different for this piece, so I didn't enjoy it as much. The tango music felt too modernized, with beats that were to complex, and the choreography was too forced I think. I'm probably biased since I like watching argentine and ballroom tango, and what I saw only had little bits of that.

Anyways, I did enjoy that experience, and it seemed so did Andy's mom. The show helped cement my interest for contemporary ballet and boredom for a lot of classical ballet.



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