Houston Ballet Principal Jessica Collado.

It’s official: the Houston Ballet will leap across the stage at its home in the Wortham Theater Center this fall. And we finally know what exactly the dancers will be performing when it makes that grand homecoming.

Highlights of the upcoming 2021-2022 season include the return of The Nutcracker, which was sadly cancelled alongside the rest of the Ballet’s season because of the coronavirus pandemic; George Balanchine’s glimmering Jewels; and the return of artistic director Stanton Welch’s 2019 Greek mythology-inspired Sylvia.

Another performance to keep on your radar? Mixed-rep program Pretty Things (previously called Forged in Houston), which has been rescheduled from the company’s partially cancelled 50th anniversary season last year and includes the world premiere of Trey McIntyre’s Pretty Things, set to music by the late, great David Bowie.

“We’re overjoyed to return the Wortham Theater Center stage and bring back our talented artists and supporters into the same space to share these joyous occasions once more,” Welch said in a release. “We’ve grown from this difficult time and have been inspired by our community to keep creating art that reflects the diverse and innovative city we call home.” 

More info and tickets at houstonballet.org. See the full schedule below. 

Houston Ballet 2021-2022 Season

Margaret Alkek Williams Jubilee of Dance: Sept 30–Oct 3, 2021

The Nutcracker: Nov 26–Dec 26, 2021

Jewels (1967): Emeralds, Rubies, Diamonds: Feb 24–Mar 6, 2022

Madame Butterfly: Mar 10–20, 2022

Academy Spring Showcase: Apr 29–30, 2022

Pretty Things: May 20–29, 2022

Originals: June 2–12, 2022

Sylvia: June 16–26, 2022