For Immediate Release
January 23, 2002
March 28, 29,30, 2002
Cullen Theater, Wortham Center
Dance Salad will celebrate its tenth year of presenting the
works of internationally renowned contemporary choreographers and
dancers by expanding its performance schedule to three evenings,
scheduled for Thursday, March 28; Friday, March 29; and Saturday,
March 30, 2002 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cullen Theatre at the Wortham
Center. Director Nancy Henderek has curated three distinct and artistically
rich evenings of dance, harmoniously blending a diverse program
that presents some of the world's most compelling companies, choreographers,
and dancers, all who have not been seen before in Houston, except
for the Houston Ballet dancers. The music will range from live jazz
to the classical work of such composers as Antonin Dvorak to an
electronic score by Guanglin Huang. Patrons will want to attend
two of the three nights to witness the full-range of national and
international talent scheduled.
On the program this
season are dancers from The Guangdong Modern Dance Company, Guangzhou,
China; Rambert Dance Company, England; The Norwegian National Ballet,
Norway; GoteborgsOperans Ballet, Sweden; Alonzo King's LINES Ballet,
San Francisco; BeauteeZ'n The Beat, France and New York; Rebecca
Stenn/Perks DanceMusicTheater, and Battleworks of New York and Houston
Choreographers represented in the performance
program include: Jiri Kylian, William Forysthe, Christopher Bruce,
Alonzo King, Jacopo Godani, Martino Muller, Xiang Liang, Yunna Long,
Jijia Sang, Jean Grand-Maitre, Roxane Butterfly, Rebecca Stenn,
Robert Battle and Timothy O'Keefe.
Nancy Henderek, Director of Dance
Salad said, "Houstonians will have the opportunity to 'sample
the feast' of national and international choreography at Dance Salad.
These beautiful companies have sent their finest dancers to Houston
to share in an outstanding mix of contemporary ballet and modern
dance at our special holiday weekend concert."
Dance Salad tickets are available
beginning January 28, 2002 from $15, $25 and $35 plus convenience
charges at the Wortham Ticket Center box office by calling (713)
227-ARTS (2787) or purchased at the ticket window located at 550
Prairie. A special discount of 15% off each evening ticket is available
to patrons that wish to buy tickets for two or three evenings of
Dance Salad; by coming back a second or third night these
patrons will see the complete program offerings. For additional
information please contact the Dance Salad Web site at www.dancesalad.org.
The program order for the three performances will be posted on the
Web site in February; most of the works will be performed twice
within the three-day festival. For a special Dance Salad
rate at the Hyatt Regency Houston please visit the Dance Salad
Web site for details.
Choreographer and Artistic Director Christopher
Bruce of the Rambert Dance Company of London is known to Houston
audiences through his association with Houston Ballet as Associate
Choreographer. The company has nine works by Bruce in its repertoire.
For the first time Houston audiences will have the opportunity to
see a dancer from Bruce's own company perform one of his works.
The piece, Hurricane, is set to the epic song of the same name by
Bob Dylan. The eight-minute solo, danced by Simon Cooper, uses the
traditional device of a Commedia dell'arte figure to relate the
story in the third person, and allow the dancer to play a variety
The Guangdong Modern Dance Company of
Guangzhou, China is the country's first professional modern dance
company and has never before performed in Houston. The company will
present five works, 180 Degrees and Night of the Dancer
by co-artistic director Xiang Liang; Linglei/Unusual and
Do You Be by Yunna Long; and Comrades/Heart, Shape, Substance
by Jijia Sang; over the course of the three evening dance festival.
Their performances at the Joyce Theater, New York City, were hailed
by The New York Time's dance critic Anna Kisselgoff who stated "The
Guangdong Modern Dance Company from China is one of the big success
stories of international dance... It is easy to be astonished by
the sheer physical power of the absolutely brilliant dancers and
their hip demeanor... They have a spring and power in their leaps,
a fluidity and suppleness in transitions that come from training
in Chinese forms with an acrobatic tinge." Writing about Xiang Liang's
piece 180 Degrees, Ms. Kisselgoff said the work is "a feminine reverie
with an underlying fierceness" set for four female dancers.
Houston audiences will delight in the
opportunity to enjoy a pas de deux from one of the most important
choreographers of our time, the internationally renowned choreographer
Jiri Kylian. His lyrical work, Heart's Labryinth, will be
performed by The Norwegian National Ballet located in Oslo, Norway.
The excerpt featured is the final pas de deux from the full-length
work set to the Nocture in B-Major for String Orchestra by Antonin
Dvorak. Heart's Labyrinth is a rarely seen work of stunning
impact. Dancers from the company will also perform a beautiful pas
de deux from Canadian Jean Grand-Maitre's contemporary ballet Exilium.
This company, known throughout Europe, has not performed in the
United States for more than a decade.
The GoteborgsOperans Ballet, of Gothenburg,
Sweden will perform the exhilarating pas de deux from William Forsythe's
Herman Schmerman set to music by composer Thom Willems and
with costumes by the late Gianni Versace. In addition, the dancers
will bring to Houston a contemporary interpretation of Romeo
and Juliet, created for the company by Martino Muller, a former
Nederlands Dans Theater dancer. Romeo and Juliet premiered
in 2001 at the GoteborgsOperans. The ballet was hailed by Marita
Adamsson of Bohuslanningen as "Fantastic ... Exceptional dancers,
poignantly expressive music, and a whole in which every detail is
significant." Also included on the program is a pas de quatre from
Digital Secrets by Jacopo Godani set to an original score
by Diego Dall'Osto.
One of the United States' most exciting
contemporary ballet companies, Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, of San
Francisco will perform Tarab by artistic director Alonzo
King to an original score on the Oud (the precursor of the lute,
pipa and biwa) by Egyptian singer and musician Hamza El Din. He
has performed regularly with the Kronos Quartet, which includes
Escalay: the Water Wheel on their chart-topping "Pieces of Africa"
release (Elektra/ Nonesuch, 1992). LINES Ballet will also perform
selections from King's The Heart's Natural Inclination with
music by Leslie Stuck.
Houston-based choreographer Timothy O'Keefe
is well known to Houston audiences through his distinguished performances
as a Houston Ballet principal in such roles as Dracula and
Julius Caesar. Houston Ballet principals Mireille Hassenboehler,
Dominic Walsh and soloist Nicholas Leschke will perform a pas de
troix from his poignant work, Uncommon Valor. O'Keefe's work,
inspired by his reading of The Greatest Generation and Flags
of Their Fathers, focuses on the devastation of war, and the
ways in which society grieves and memorializes their dead. Uncommon
Valor premiered in 1999 at the Houston Ballet Cullen Contemporary
French tap dancer Roxanne Butterfly,
the Artistic Director of BeauteeZ'nThe Beat, was named one of the
"25 to Watch" by Dance Magazine in January 2002. Her New
York-based company features the city's finest female dancers and
musicians and mixes tap, hip hop, and Afro-Cuban dances to the original
music of saxophonist "Sweet" Sue Terry. In Houston, Butterfly will
perform Rhythm Is Our Voice, accompanied on-stage by Terry
and by acclaimed New York drummer Bernice Brooks.
of New York City will bring Rebecca Stenn's signature piece, Iguana,
to Dance Salad. The work embodies the darting movements and
momentary stillness of the iguana. Jay Weissman accompanies Stenn
on-stage using his electric bass to create a duet. Stenn and her
musicians work collaboratively to blend the music and movement to
create a synergistic work. She is a former member of Momix Dance
Theatre and a founding member of Pilobolus Too.
New York-based Artistic Director/Choreographer
Robert Battle of the recently formed dance company Battleworks will
present Strange Humors. Performed by Jason McDole and Samuel
L. Roberts the work is set to original music by composer John Mackey
with costumes by Missoni. Battle is a former member of the Parsons
Dance Company and holds a BFA in dance from the Juilliard School
where he studied choreography with Bessie Schoenberg, Elizabeth
Keen, and Doris Rudko. In 2002 Battle is creating a new work for
the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.
Master Classes and Community Outreach
Since its inception, Dance Salad has always had
an educational element as a part of the project. A preview performance
and lecture by renowned French tap dancer Roxane Butterfly, Artistic
Director of BeauteeZ'nThe Beat, will be held at Alliance Francaise,
427 Lovett Blvd., on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. For information
about the program please call (713) 526-1121.
Roxane Butterfly will also offer a master
class at the Houston Metropolitan Dance Center, 1202 Calumet on
Thursday, March 28, 2002 at 6:00 p.m. For more information about
the class please call (713) 522-6375.
Additional master classes will be offered
during the week of Dance Salad. Please consult the Dance
Salad Web site at www.dancesalad.org for class information.
Dance Salad Sponsorship
Dance Salad is sponsored in part by ExxonMobil; The Houston
Endowment, Inc.; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; The Cullen Trust for
the Performing Arts; The Ray C. Fish Foundation; Theater District
Association; Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County and
the Texas Commission on the Arts; Westlake Group; Asia Society Texas
Center; Cathay Pacific Airways; Emery Worldwide, a CNF company;
KUHF-FM; Tindall and Foster Immigration Attorneys; Sterling Bank;
Excelsior, Inc.; Sweet Tomatoes; Hyatt Regency Houston; the Houston
offices of the Consulate Generals of Norway, Sweden, China, France,
and England; The James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
and The Transnational China Project, Rice University; and Jet Setters
PrintGraphics, Inc. Dance Salad has received additional support
from the Houston Ballet.
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 at the highest professional level.
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-curated performance
at the city's premiere theater complex, the Wortham Center.
Nancy Henderek, Director of Dance Salad, created the concept
of this curated evening of dance in 1992. She produces, directs
and has co-choreographed in Dance Salad productions, including
the first three in Brussels, Belgium. She continues to bring to
Houston audiences these wonderful evenings of mixed repertoire
a dance salad and this year will present the seventh annual
production in Houston of these highly anticipated dance concert.