Arts & Culture

Houston Ballet Drive-In Provides A Pandemic-Friendly Way To Enjoy Dance

Houston Ballet turns a parking lot into a space to show dance films. It kicks off with the “Frame X Frame Film Fest.”

Courtesy of Frame Dance Productions
From “Front to Back and Side to Side” by Lydia Hance and David Rivera; Dancer: Jacquelyne Boe


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Throughout the pandemic, drive-ins have been a growing solution to presenting entertainment and events across the country. Houston has seen its share of drive-in graduations and new drive-in movie theaters.

Now the same is being done for dance in Houston.

The parking lot of Houston Ballet's Center for Dance is the site of a new outdoor venue for dance performances created for the big screen.

Courtesy of Frame x Frame Film Fest
From “ISOLA” by Beatriz M. Calleja

The Houston Ballet Drive-In, downtown at 601 Preston Street near Louisiana, is an additional component to its otherwise virtual 2020-21 season programming – allowing it to bring dance to Houston in a safer, socially distant way, while providing a method to make up for some lost revenue. The company hopes to return to live stage performances at its Wortham Center home by early 2021.

Currently playing is the third annual “Frame X Frame Film Fest,” in partnership with Frame Dance Productions, a local company known for creating and championing dance on camera.

Gene Kelly in “Singin’ in the Rain”

The festival will screen about 50 films, Thursdays-Saturdays through Dec. 5. The line-up includes contemporary dance films, dance documentaries and classic movies with iconic dance scenes, like “Singin' in the Rain.” A short film by Trey McIntyre, entitled “The Call,” features members of Houston Ballet.

Tickets are $10 per vehicle and must be reserved in advance online, where there is information on drive-in rules and safety protocol.

The Houston Ballet Drive-In will also host other community events, including the closing night of the Houston Cinema Arts Festival with a screening of “Night of the Kings” on Nov. 22.

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Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Senior Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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