Houston Ballet Announces Tour To Japan






WHO: Houston Ballet

WHAT: Swan Lake on Tour

WHERE: Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, Japan

WHEN: October 29 – 30, 2022


PHOTOS: here

HOUSTON, TEXAS [March 18, 2022] — Houston Ballet announces tour to perform in Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, Japan for the first time in the history of Houston Ballet. Audiences will have four opportunities to watch Stanton Welch’s Swan Lake on October 29 and 30, 2022 by presenter Koransha. 

“I think being able to take the company to Japan is very important to us because the Japanese audiences are so experienced with great dance and art,” says Artistic Director Stanton Welch. “There is such a high level of culture in Japan that to bring ballet there and to have it presented really makes you feel like you’re coming to a world-class city.”

Welch created Swan Lake on Houston Ballet in 2006 updating the timeless classic to focus on the heroine Odile-Odette. Weaving in the iconic score of Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky to tell the story of a maiden’s transformation into a swan, audiences experience a love story touched by tragedy. With glittering costumes and ethereal scenes designed by Kristian Fredrikson, Welch’s interpretation of Swan Lake builds on his reputation not only as a choreographer, but a storyteller that attracts talent from around the world.

For tickets and more information visit the Koransha website or email Mbledsoe@imgartists.com or Press@houstonballet.org.


With more than 50 years of rich history, Houston Ballet returns to its home stage at the Wortham Theater Center for its 2021-2022 season with a company of 59 dancers. With a budget of $33.9 million and an endowment of $79.2 million (as of June 2019), it is America’s fifth largest ballet company. Its $46.6 million state-of-the-art performance space, Houston Ballet Center for Dance, opened in April 2011. Houston Ballet’s reach is global, touring in renowned theaters in Dubai, London, Paris, Moscow, Spain, Montréal, Ottawa, Melbourne, New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and more.

Houston Ballet attracts prestigious leaders in dance. Australian choreographer Stanton Welch AM has served as Artistic Director of Houston Ballet since 2003, raising the level of the company’s classical technique and commissioning works from dance legends such as Julia Adam, George Balanchine, Aszure Barton, Christopher Bruce, Alexander Ekman, William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Edwaard Liang, Trey McIntyre and Justin Peck. Executive Director James Nelson serves as the administrative leader of the organization, a position he assumed in February 2012 after serving as the Company’s General Manager for more than a decade.

Beyond its stage presence, Houston Ballet maintains a strong foothold in continuing to foster a love for dance in future generations. Its Education and Community Engagement program reaches more than 70,000 individuals in the Houston area annually. Houston Ballet Academy trains more than 1,000 students every year, producing more than 64 percent of the elite athletes that comprise Houston Ballet’s current Company.

For more information on Houston Ballet, visit houstonballet.org.


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