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Houston Ballet Opened Their New Show at a Different Theater Due to Harvey

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Since the theater district in Houston, Texas endured flooding from Harvey, many performances had to be canceled or adjusted in the wake of the storm. The Houston Ballet’s season was supposed to begin in their home venue, but they had to move their first two programs to the Sarofim Hall at the Hobby Center a few blocks away. Due to the changes, they were only able to perform their new, incredible show “Mayerling” over one weekend, but it still made an impression on the Houston arts scene.

According to a press release from the ballet, the show is a “…three-act narrative ballet based on the historic 1889 incident involving the murder-suicide of the sole heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Crown Prince Rudolf, and his 17-year-old mistress, Baroness Mary Vestsera.” It combines strong acting, sweeping music, and of course, amazing dancing.

The show has received rave reviews. Chron.com says that Connor Walsh, playing the role of Prince Rudolf, performed “…with a vacant despondence in his normally cheerful eyes, danced as if possessed by an army of reckless inner demons. His Rudolf barrels toward an end he seems to deserve. On the dancing side, Walsh smoothly handled all six of his ballerinas in pas de deux full of pretzel-ly lifts, and executed his own tortured, acrobatic solos with a beautifully refined sense of desperation.”

The Houston Ballet’s ability to perform at such a high caliber shows the resilience of its performers and staff in the wake of Harvey.