Magazine article Pointe

Karina Gonzalez on Jorma Elo and Her New Houston Family

Magazine article Pointe

Karina Gonzalez on Jorma Elo and Her New Houston Family

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Houston Ballet's "Raising the Barre" program, which runs through June 5. offers three ballets that are either new to the company (Christopher Wheeldon's Rush. Christopher Bruce's Grinning in Your Face] or new to the world (a premiere by Jorma Elo). Soloist Karina Gonzalez, who until last season was a principal with Tulsa Ballet, spoke to Pointe about her own debuts-in Elo's work, and at Stanton Welch's HB.

Pointe: Have you danced any Jorma EIo ballets before?

Karina Gonzalez: No, this is my first EIo piece ever. Actually, this is the first piece that's been choreographed on me in Houston, and it's also Jorma's first piece for Houston Ballet. It's a sort of "coming out" for both of us.

PT: Do you find his style challenging?

KG: Definitely! To move the way he moves, you have to be sharp and soft at the same time in different parts of your body. …

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