Houston Ballet rehearses Trey McIntyre's Pretty Things, set to the music of David Bowie, which makes its world premiere this week. Amitava Sarkar, Courtesy Houston Ballet.

Onstage This Week: World Premiere to David Bowie in Houston, Scottish Ballet Tours to NYC, and More!

Updated as of March 11: Pacific Northwest Ballet has cancelled upcoming performances of ONE THOUSAND PIECES regarding safety concerns around COVID-19.

Wonder what's going on in ballet this week? We've rounded up some highlights.


Houston Ballet Presents a World Premiere to the Music of David Bowie

Houston Ballet's March 12-22 triple bill, Forged In Houston, celebrates works made on the company. The program includes two fan favorites: Jorma Elo's One/end/One and Christopher Bruce's Hush, alongside a world premiere by Trey McIntyre titled Pretty Things. Set to the music of David Bowie, Pretty Things features an all-male cast.

Scottish Ballet Tours to The Big Apple

March 10-15, the Scottish Ballet heads to New York City's Joyce Theater with a double bill titled THIS IS MY BODY... The program includes former company dancer Sophie Laplane's Sibilo, set to an original score by the Scottish electronic DJ Alex Manzies, and Angelin Preljoçaj's MC 14/22 (Ceci es mon corps), which makes its U.S. premiere.

PNB Premiere of Alejandro Cerrudo's "One Thousand Pieces"

Alejandro Cerrudo's One Thousand Pieces, a large-scale work inspired by artist Marc Chagall and set to the music of Philip Glass, makes its Pacific Northwest Ballet premiere March 13-22. It joins David Dawson's Empire Noir on a double bill.

National Ballet of Canada Brings Back Ratmansky's "Romeo and Juliet"  

National Ballet of Canada's spring season continues this week with Alexei Ratmansky's adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, created for the company in 2011. Toronto-based audiences can see this beloved production March 11-22; NBoC takes it on tour to Ottawa's National Arts Centre April 2-4.

Boston Ballet Explores the Many Facets of Femininity 

Boston Ballet's Carmen program, running March 12-22, explores the many facets of femininity. The diverse program includes George Balanchine's Serenade, Helen Pickett's Tsukiyo and Petal, and Jorma Elo's Carmen, his 2006 adaptation of the classic story set in a contemporary, high-fashion world.

"Romeo & Juliet" Returns to Alabama Ballet 

The star-crossed lovers of Romeo & Juliet return to Alabama Ballet March 13-15. The production, set to Prokofiev's beloved score, is choreographed by Roger VanFleteren, Alabama Ballet's associate artistic director and resident choreographer. The performances will be accompanied by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

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A male dancer catches a female dancer in his right arm as she wraps her left arm around his shoulder and executes a high arabesque on pointe. Both wear white costumes and dance in front of a blue backdrop onstage.

Dara Holmes and Edson Barbosa in Myles Thatcher's Body of Your Dreams

Cheryl Mann, Courtesy Joffrey Ballet

Wanyue Qiao, American Ballet Theatre

Wearing a powder blue tutu, cropped light yellow top and feather tiara, Wanyue Qiao does a piqu\u00e9 retir\u00e9 on pointe on her left leg and pulls her right arm in towards her.

Wanyue Qiao as an Odalisque in Konstantin Sergeyev's Le Corsaire

Gene Schiavone, Courtesy ABT

Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson, Houston Ballet

Three male dancers in tight-fitting, multicolored costumes stand in positions of ascending height from left to right. All extend their right arms out in front of them.

Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson (far right) with Saul Newport and Austen Acevedo in Oliver Halkowich's Following

Amitava Sarkar, Courtesy Houston Ballet

Leah McFadden, Colorado Ballet

Wearing a white pixie wig and a short light-pink tunic costume, a female ballet dancer poses in attitude front on pointe with her left arm bent across her ribs and her right hand held below her chin.

Leah McFadden as Amour in Colorado Ballet's production of Don Quixote

Mike Watson, Courtesy Colorado Ballet

Maria Coelho, Tulsa Ballet

Maria Coelho and Sasha Chernjavsky in Andy Blankenbuehler's Remember Our Song

Kate Lubar, Courtesy Tulsa Ballet

Alexander Reneff-Olson, San Francisco Ballet

A ballerina in a black feathered tutu stands triumphantly in sous-sus, holding the hand of a male dancer in a dark cloak with feathers underneath who raises his left hand in the air.

Alexander Reneff-Olson (right) as Von Rothbart with San Francisco Ballet principal Yuan Yuan Tan in Swan Lake

Erik Tomasson, Courtesy SFB

India Bradley, New York City Ballet

Wearing a blue dance dress with rhinestone embellishments and a sparkly tiara, India Bradley finishes a move with her arms out to the side and hands slightly flexed.

India Bradley practices backstage before a performance of Balanchine's Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2.

Erin Baiano, Courtesy NYCB

Bella Ureta, Cincinnati Ballet

Wearing a white dress with pink corset, Bella Ureta does a first arabesque on pointe in front of an onstage stone wall.

Bella Ureta performs the Act I Pas de Trois in Kirk Peterson's Swan Lake

Hiromi Platt, Courtesy Cincinnati Ballet

Alejándro Gonzales, Oklahoma City Ballet

Dressed in a green bell-boy costume and hat, Alejandro Gonz\u00e1lez does a saut\u00e9 with his left leg in retir\u00e9 and his arms in a long diagonal from right to left. Other dancers in late 19-century period costumes watch him around the stage.

Alejandro González in Michael Pink's Dracula at Oklahoma City Ballet.

Kate Luber, Courtesy Oklahoma City Ballet

Nina Fernandes, Miami City Ballet

Wearing a long white tutu and crown, Nina Fernandes does a saut de chat in front of a wintery backdrop as snow falls from the top of the stage.

Nina Fernandes in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Alexander Iziliaev, Courtesy Miami City Ballet

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