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Nice to meet you, 2023.

Coming off another successful year that concluded with a special Education Residency with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and sold-out performances of Cirque Dreams Holidaze. And not even halfway through the 22/23 Season!

Starting with NYC’s Gazillion Bubble Show at Jones Hall this month, we look forward to a new year of un-bubble-achievable arts and more.
In this issue:

  • Higher Ground: Dance Theatre of Harlem Houston Education Residency
  • Renovations at Jones Hall
  • Annual Report
  • 2023 Performing Arts Houston Gala
  • Houston Arts on The New York Times Best List
  • Gazillion Bubble Show: World records, lasers, and magic
  • Arts For-wordle
  • New Years Sale: 2023 means $23 tickets

Onward!

Higher Ground: Dance Theatre of Harlem Houston Education Residency

Dance Theatre of Harlem joined Performing Arts Houston for a week of education and community programs, DEC 6-11. Through master classes, discussions, festivals, and performances, DTH graced Houston with informative and inspiring engagements.

The NYC dance company returns February 3-4 for performances at Jones Hall. They’ll perform Higher Ground, a work featuring the music of Stevie Wonder (and celebrated as one of the best dance experiences of the year), and more.

Photos by Melissa Taylor and Asaeda Badat

Listen to Artistic Director Virginia Johnson discuss her remarkable legacy with Dance Theatre of Harlem, on Houston Public Media’s Houston Matters

Virginia Johnson on Houston Matters

Renovations at Jones Hall

Did you know that Performing Arts Houston’s home, Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, is undergoing a multi-year renovation? The goals of this renovation are to improve the audience experience, including safety and accessibility considerations, and complete much-needed upgrades to backstage technology and operations. So far, these updates have occurred during summer months when performances were not taking place.

We will enter a major new phase of the renovation in 2023. Upcoming projects include installing brand-new seats and side aisles throughout the entire auditorium; a long-awaited restroom expansion with improved access from the main lobby; an expanded donor lounge with added restrooms; and a host of additional projects.

While many projects will continue to take place during upcoming summers, major restroom and lobby renovations will begin this month. Jones Hall patrons will see our progress during this “pardon our dust” phase.

Starting this month, restrooms on the courtyard level will be renovated, with executive luxury washrooms placed outside the main lobby entrance of Jones Hall. This top-of-the-line, climate-controlled restrooms are more accessible, private, and convenient than our existing restrooms, and will be conveniently located at the lobby level. Ushers will be available to help direct patrons to the nearest restroom location, including other restrooms throughout the hall that will remain available.

We appreciate your patience and understanding while we work to update this historic building, addressing what we know are some of our audiences’ biggest concerns and improving the accessibility and experience of the venue for decades to come.

Annual Report

We’re delighted to share our 21/22 Season Annual Report. Thanks to the remarkable support and leadership of our board and President & CEO Meg Booth, and the generous support of our donors and members, Performing Arts Houston has made significant strides toward advancing major initiatives of the 2020 Strategic plan and creating a new future of live arts for the City of Houston.
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Celebrate with us!

Join Performing Arts Houston for the annual Kaleidoscope Ball on April 1, 2023, chaired by Steve and Mignon Gill. This year’s theme: a New Orleans-style Evening in the Garden District. Tables and individual tickets on sale now.
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Houston Art Makes The New York Times

We saw some familiar faces on The New York Times’ list of Best Classical Music Performances of 2022.

Yunchan Lim, the 2022 Van Cliburn gold medalist, performed for a sold-out audience at Cullen Theater in October. The NYT lauded the Cliburn-winner’s playing as “poised poetry that had a standard sounding fresh…a maturity and confidence uncanny in a teenager.”

Our friends at DACAMERA were also on the list with the Houston premiere of Tyshawn Sorey’s Monochromatic Light (Afterlife), which had its sold-out world-premiere at the 50th anniversary of the Rothko Chapel in February 2022. “Monochromatic Light feels less like a nostalgia trip than a broadening of [Morton] Feldman’s path deep into the pain and community of our time and the distant but resonant past,” (The New York Times).

Dance Theatre of Harlem made the list of Best Dance Performances of 2022 with Robert Garland’s Higher Ground. This ballet set to the music of Stevie Wonder is a soulful, funky social commentary that combines Black vernacular dance with classical steps. There’s still prime seating available for Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Houston performances of Higher Ground, along with other repertory works, February 3-4 in Jones Hall.

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Family Day at Gazillion Bubble Show

See the wonderment of bubble art in Gazillion Bubble Show on JAN 28, 2023. Jones Hall will be filled with bubbles, lasers, and magic!

That same day, attendees can enjoy Family Day in the lobby before each show, featuring community partners, prelude performances by the Theatre Under the Starts Pre-Professional Company and Elevate Dance Company, and arts and crafts activities for all ages. The fun begins in Jones Hall at 10 am.

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Coming soon: The New Year Sale

Resolving to experience more? Get lost in live arts in 2023 with an unbeatable sale—$23 tickets on select performances. More details coming to an inbox near you very soon.

Upcoming Performances

Gazillion Bubble Show
JAN 28
SAT 11 am & 3 pm
Jones HallJones Hall will be filled with bubbles! Lasers, special effects, and bubble magic will make you feel like a kid again.
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Dance Theatre of Harlem
FEB 3-4
FRI 7:30 pm; SAT 2 pm
Jones HallA powerful vision for ballet in the 21st century.
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New/Now: The Houston Artist Commissioning Project
FEB 24-25
FRI & SAT 7:30 pm
Cullen TheaterAll world premieres. All featuring Houston artists living and working in our city now.
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Mnozil Brass: Gold
FEB 26
SUN 6:30 pm
Cullen TheaterThe Austrian brass band, known as “the Monty Python of the music world,” plays its greatest hits. Famous music, humor, and astounding virtuosity.
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Ragamala Dance Company
MAR 10
FRI 7:30 pm
Cullen TheatreChoreographers Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy’s Fires of Varanasievokes an elaborate ritual where time is suspended and humans merge with the divine.
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Thank you for reading. Happy New Year from the Performing Arts Houston team!

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