En Pointe in the Park


%26#8220;Diversity%26#8221; is the word that best describes Houston Ballet%26#8217;s free evening performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park Friday through Sunday, May 7 through 9.

The program begins with Falling (music by Mozart, choreography by Stanton Welch), a playful classical piece originally created for the San Francisco Ballet in 2005. Next is the multilayered In the Upper Room (music by Philip Glass, choreography by Twyla Tharp), which The Oxford Concise Dictionary of Dance calls %26#8220;one of Tharp%26#8217;s most popular works.%26#8221; The evening concludes with Jard%26#237; Tancat, a passionate interpretation of Catalonian folk tales sung by Spanish singer Maria del Mar Bonet and choreographed by Spain%26#8217;s revered Nacho Duato.

%26nbsp;Performances start at 8 pm, but there%26#8217;s one caveat: Tickets are available on the day of the performance only, from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Miller Theatre Box Office. Any remaining tickets are distributed one hour before curtain %26#8212; but why take chances? Get there early to claim up to four free tickets, then enjoy a long afternoon in the Hermann Park environs before showtime. For more information, visit houstonballet.org or milleroutdoortheatre.com.

Image: Dancers Kelly Myernick and Ian Casady in Jard%26#237; Tancat, choreographed by Nacho Duato. Photo by Amitava Sarkar.

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