From Caracas to Houston
Karina Gonzalez reflects on her Hispanic heritage and how it has contributed to her success.
Gonzalez with Lang Lang in a performance of Sons de L'âme.
In October 2013, Houston Ballet premiered Sons de L'âme at the historic Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, France. The piece, choreographed by Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch AM and set to music by Frédéric Chopin, featured an on-stage performance by distinguished pianist, Lang Lang. Sons de L'âme was taped for television and broadcast across several European countries.
Karina Gonzalez and Connor Walsh performing Jorma Elo's ONE/end/ONE.
As Houston Ballet toured Stanton Welch AM's Romeo & Juliet to Melbourne in July 2016, Gonzalez has now danced the role of Juliet in both the United States and Australia.
Gonzalez has performed Maninyas several times, most recently in Ludwigshafen and Bonn, Germany, in April 2017.
Maninyas was created for San Francisco Ballet in 1996 and was Stanton Welch AM's first commission outside of The Australian Ballet. Maninyas has been part of Houston Ballet's repertoire since 2005.
Houston Ballet first performed Other Dances in 2016 with Gonzalez part of the cast.
Jerome Robbins’ Other Dances is a pas de deux created on legendary dancers Natalia Makarova and Mikhail Baryshnikov. It premiered on May 9, 1976, at the Metropolitan Opera House, in honor of the opening of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Stanton Welch AM
Sue Ellen Hill