January 22, 2001
March 23, 24, 2001
Cullen Theater, Wortham Center
HOUSTON, TX Dance Salad
will present its ninth annual evening of curated dance on Friday,
March 23 and Saturday, March 24, 2001 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cullen
Theatre at Wortham Center. Producing Director Nancy Henderek has
orchestrated an artistically rich evening of contemporary dance,
harmoniously blending a diverse program that presents some of
the world's most compelling dancers and choreographers. This year's
Dance Salad presents a mixed repertoire including contemporary
ballet works performed by the well-known European company, the
Dutch (Het) National Ballet from Amsterdam in their first-ever
appearance in Houston; soloists from the renowned Donald Byrd/The
Group of New York City; the sensational Chinese dancer, Xing Liang,
who performed to critical acclaim in last year's Dance Salad Asia;
RhythMEK, a new company comprised of three former Alvin Ailey
American Dance Theater principals; soloist Jan-Erik Wikstr¶m,
a Royal Court and principal dancer of the Royal Swedish Ballet;
Terese Capucilli, associate founder of Buglisi/Foreman Dance and
a former star of the Martha Graham Dance Company, with Kevin Predmore,
also from Buglisi/Foreman Dance; and the Houston Metropolitan
Tickets for this
spectacular evening of dance are available from $15 to $35 at
the Wortham Ticket Center box office by calling (713) 227-ARTS
(2787) or purchased at the ticket window located at 550 Prairie.
Sixteen dancers from the Dutch (Het) National Ballet will
perform three contemporary ballet pieces. Artistic director Wayne
Eagling, choreographer of last year's Dance Salad Asia ballet
excerpt from The Last Emperor, leads the company. Eagling is a
former principal dancer of the Royal Ballet in London; he has
been artistic director of the Het for the past ten years.
The company will perform A Million
Kisses to My Skin, choreographed by rising British star David
Dawson, to music from Bach's First Piano Concerto. Het principals
will perform a pas de deux from Three Pieces for Het by renowned
Dutch choreographer Hans van Manen with music by Arvo Part and
Erkki-Sven Tuur. Dance Salad will also present another groundbreaking
historic work by Hans van Manen, Twilight. Set to a piano score
written in 1972 by American experimental composer John Cage, the
perilous night, makes use of a prepared piano, one of Cage's innovations
from the 1940s. Household objects from nuts and bolts to bamboo
strips are inserted between the strings of a grand piano, transforming
the piano notes. The result concentrates the listener's attention
on sound effects and rhythmic structures, rather than melody.
A visiting Dutch pianist, Michail Mouratch, will play the score
live, on-stage. This provocative pas de deux set amidst
an oil refinery is performed by the female dancer in high
heel shoes, which creates tension between the dancer and her partner.
Renowned New York-based choreographer
Donald Byrd celebrates the subtlety and sophisticated beauty of
Duke Ellington°s lesser known jazz compositions through In a Different
Light: Duke Ellington. Olivia Bowman and Jamal Story of Donald
Byrd/The Group will perform a sultry duet, Not the Shack, excerpted
from this full-evening work that premiered in March 2000 at the
Joyce Theatre in New York City to critical acclaim.
Jan-Erik Wikstrom was recently honored
by his appointment as a Royal Court dancer by the King of Sweden.
He is a principal dancer of the Royal Swedish Ballet will dance
a solo to Bolero, a work created by Argentinean choreographer
Norberto dos Santos to Ravel's inspirational music. Wikstrom has
performed with the Royal Swedish Ballet since 1991. He has received
numerous dance awards including the Philip Morris Ballet Flower
Award in 1995, and in June of that year he was The Dancing Times'
dancer of the month. He has partnered American Ballet Theatre's
Susan Jaffe in La Bayadere and Nina Ananiashvili in Don Quixote.
Noted as "one of the most exquisite
and exciting dancers in contemporary choreography," by Dance magazine,
Xing Liang, will perform a commissioned piece of his own choreography.
His new work, I want to fly, is set to music by Italian composer
Ennio Morricone. Liang is currently the newly appointed artistic
director of the Guangdong Modern Dance Company in Guangzhou, China.
RhythMEK, is a New York City dance
company created in 1998 by former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
dancers, Michael Thomas, Elizabeth Roxas and Karine Plantadit-Bageot.
They will perform recent works Nabta Playa and Secret Self. Choreographed
by Bill Hastings, Nabta Playa, refers to the location of an ancient
civilization, predating and possibly giving birth to ancient dynastic
Egypt. Secret Self, an excerpt from Chairs, created by Zvi Gotheiner,
is set to Preludes by Rachmaninov, and the soundtrack from "Talk
Radio" by Stewart Copeland. RhythMEK premiered these new works
at the prestigious Jacob's Pillow Festival this past summer to
wide critical acclaim.
Buglisi/Foreman Dance, founded by four
former Martha Graham principals, will be represented in Houston
by Associate Founder Terese Capucilli and Kevin Predmore. Capucilli,
noted as one of the "most powerful and dramatic dancer of the
decade" will dance a solo work, Against all Odds. Inspired by
the French actress Sarah Bernhardt, the piece is set to a Rachmaninov
piano concerto. Capucilli and Predmore will perform the duet,
Sospiri (translated from Italian as to take breath), about an
historic Argentinean woman who was executed by a firing squad
in the 1840s for her relationship with a priest. This ballet is
set to a score also entitled Sospiri by composer Edward Elgar.
Jacqulyn Buglisi, the Co-Director/Choreographer of Buglisi/Foreman,
has choreographed both works. The New York Times dance critic
Anna Kisselgoff cited Bugilisi as "wondrously extravagant in her
choreography, which is sharp and clear in its penetrating images."
Houston Metropolitan Dance Company
will perform a re-staging of Ready, Set, Go by renowned jazz choreographer
Pattie Obey, set to a score also entitled, Ready, Set, Go, by
jazz composer Woody Herman. Obey was the first woman to teach
at the Jazz World Congress in 1992, and is the recipient of the
2000 Jazz Dance World Congress Award in recognition of her considerable
contribution to the world of jazz dance. She currently resides
and teaches in Amsterdam and the United States.
Nancy Henderek is re-staging a part
of her 1997 work, Odetta. Olivia Bowman of Donald Byrd/The Group
will perform the role of Odetta, and Ayisha McMillan, a member
of the Houston Ballet and Dorrell Martin, Artistic Director of
the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company will also dance in this
piece. Odetta is one of the great figures of American folk and
blues music the work will be danced to one of her soulful
Since its inception, Dance Salad has always
had an educational element as a part of the project. Master teachers
from RhythMEK and Buglisi/Foreman will offer their professional
insights to public school students at the High School for the
Performing and Visual Arts in Houston.
Two other master classes will be offered
at the University of Houston and the Houston Metropolitan Dance
Company during the week of Dance Salad.
Dance Salad Sponsorship
The Houston Dance Coalition presents Dance Salad. Dance
Salad is supported in part by ExxonMobil; Shell Oil Company Foundation;
The Houston Endowment, Inc.; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; The Cullen
Trust for the Performing Arts; The Ray C. Fish Foundation; Westlake
Group/Titan Group; Cathay Pacific Airways; Emery Worldwide; KUHF-FM;
Tindall and Foster Immigration Attorneys; Sterling Bank; Excelsior,
Inc.; Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County and the Texas
Commission on the Arts; the Theater District Association; Consulate
General of the Netherlands, NYC and Houston; and Jet Setters Printgraphics,
Inc. Dance Salad has received additional support from the Houston
Ballet, the Society for the Performing Arts and Air France.
Dance Salad History
Dance Salad is a project of the Houston Dance Coalition,
and is committed to a multi-cultural presentation of diverse dance
disciplines. Dance Salad provides a venue for local, national
and international choreographers, across dance disciplines, to
present their work to the Houston community in a collaborative
Nancy Henderek, Founding Director of Dance Salad, created
the concept of this curated evening of dance in 1992. She produces,
directs and co-choreographs in each Dance Salad production, including
the first three in Brussels, Belgium. She continues to bring to
Houston audiences this wonderful evening of mixed repertoire,
a dance "salad," and this year will present the sixth annual performance
of this highly anticipated dance concert in Houston.