Unbound Choreographer Interviews: Stanton Welch

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Stanton Welch

Stanton Welch is an Australian choreographer who became artistic director of Houston Ballet, America’s fifth-largest classical ballet company, in 2003. Prior to his appointment he danced with The Australian Ballet, where he rose to the rank of leading soloist, performed principal roles, and worked with choreographers Jiří Kylián, Nacho Duato, and Maurice Béjart. In 1995, Welch was named resident choreographer at The Australian Ballet. At Houston Ballet, Welch has revitalized the company by bringing in new dancers, commissioning new works, and attracting a top-flight artistic staff. He has choreographed more than 20 works for Houston Ballet, including the full-length story ballets Giselle (2016), Romeo and Juliet (2015), La Bayadère (2010), Marie (2009; inspired by the life of Marie Antoinette), and Swan Lake (2006). In addition, he has created works for San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Australian Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, and Royal Danish Ballet. For his contributions to the world of dance, Welch was awarded the Order of Australia in June 2015. Bespoke is his seventh for SF Ballet; previously, he created Maninyas, La Cathédrale Engloutie, Taiko, Tu Tu, Falling, and Naked.

Learn more about Stanton Welch, choreographer and Artistic Director of Houston Ballet, and his new work for Unbound.