Top Performing Arts & Live Theater This Week: June 5 to 11, 2023

A dance performance where several performers hold one person as another reaches out
ISHIDA Dance Company performs a world premiere at Asia Society this week | Photo: Amitava Sarkar; courtesy of ISHIDA Dance Company

See the latest performing arts productions and theater happenings opening across Houston from Monday, June 5 to Sunday, June 11, 2023.

Looking for ways to keep the theater calendar straight? We have you covered with this weekly roundup series tracking openings at theaters and performing arts institutions across the city of Houston.

Dig deeper for more ongoing performances happening on stages across Houston by checking out the 365 Houston Calendar.

Here’s our list of must-see openings:

Top Performing Arts Openings This Week: June 5 to 11, 2023

  • The Legend of the Lunar Festival at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Tuesday, June 6 | FREE – Express Children’s Theatre and Dance of Asian America combine to tell this myth behind Chinese New Year, where dwellers of an ancient Chinese village struggle to ward off a dragon attack until an unlikely voice comes up with a solution. 11am.
  • Barnstorm Dance Fest 2023 at MATCH | Tuesday, June 6 to Saturday, June 10 – This multi-day dance festival celebrates a diversity of dance styles, includes 19 performances and nine dance films. Plus, you can hear from the artists themselves after select performances. $25. 7:30pm daily; an additional Saturday performance at 5pm.
  • Immanuel & Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival at University of Houston | Tuesday, June 6 | Ongoing – The multi-week festival returns with a series of masterclasses, conferences and concerts. Professional musicians and music lovers alike will find much to explore, with highlights including festival orchestra concerts on Saturdays, performing the work of Beethoven, Prokofiev and more; a series of piano concerts on Tuesdays; and more must-see performances. This festival concludes on Saturday, June 24. Individual tickets are $20; tickets for concert series and full festival pricing is also available. 7:30pm.
  • Houston Symphony presents Summer Neighborhood Concerts at Willowridge High School | Wednesday, June 7 | FREE – This free community concert from Houston Symphony brings the works of Rossini, Tchaikovsky and others to the Fort Bend high school. Plus, families can take part in an instrument petting zoo and other family-friendly musical activities. 7:30pm.
  • Houston Ballet presents Swan Lake at Wortham Center | Thursday, June 8 | Ongoing – Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet meets Stanton Welch’s towering choreography in this enduring love story. When Odette is turned into a swan, the love she shares with Prince Siegfried is tested, especially when the evil knight Rothbart and his black swan enchantress Odile come onto the scene. This production runs through Sunday, June 18. $25 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • ISHIDA Dance Company presents having been breathed out at Asia Society Texas | Friday, June 9 to Sunday, June 11 – This concert features the world premiere of ISHIDA’s American Gothic, which explores the internal and external dynamics of the nuclear family. It also brings two rarely seen works stateside, Horizons by Greek choreographer Adonis Foniadakis and the critically-acclaimed Mutual Comfort by Edward Clug of Romania. $40 and up. Friday & Saturday 8pm; Sunday 3pm.
  • The Servant of Two Masters at Alley Theatre | Friday, June 9 | Ongoing – This world premiere adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s commedia dell’arte masterpiece is set in Venice where mayhem erupts after the servant Truffaldino devises a scheme to double his wages by serving two masters at the same time. This production runs through Sunday, July 2. $40 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Main Street Theater for Youth presents Junie B. Jones: Toothless Wonder at MATCH | Saturday, June 10 | Ongoing – The irrepressible Junie B. has a loose tooth and it’s freaking her out. Suppose she looks like her toothless uncle? Her existential struggles don’t end there—she’s the only one in class not invited to a birthday party. How will she cope? With hilarity and heart, of course. This production runs through Sunday, July 30. $20 and up. Showtimes vary.

Final Performances This Week

Dirt Dogs Theatre drops the curtain on August: Osage County at MATCH on Saturday, June 10.

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Holly Beretto writes about food and wine, the arts and interesting people for a variety of local and regional publications. In addition to 365 Things to Do in Houston, her work has appeared in the Arizona State University Alumni Magazine, Arts + Culture Texas, Bayou City Magazine, Downtown, Galveston Monthly and Houston Woman. She is also a regular contributor to's Houston site. She earned her B.A. in mass communication with a minor in professional writing from Franklin Pierce College (now Franklin Pierce University) and her M.A. in communication studies with an emphasis in journalism from St. Louis University. She has worked in television news production, public relations and marketing in Rhode Island, Maine, New York and Texas. A native Rhode Islander, she has lived in Texas since 1997. She is the author of Christ as the Cornerstone: Fifty Years of Worship at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, published by Bright Sky Press.