DANCE SALAD BRINGS MORE WORLD-CLASS
DANCERS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS TO HOUSTON
Announcing the 2004
Season April 8, 9 and 10
at the Wortham Center, Cullen Theater
HOUSTON, TX (January 23, 2004) – The 12th
season of Houston’s premier international dance festival,
Dance Salad, promises more world-class performers from the far corners
of the globe. The dancers representing these companies are not only
well known in their own countries, but worldwide as well. Since
its inception, Dance Salad has presented dancers, choreographers
and companies from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and
Africa. The 2004 season includes:
Royal Danish Ballet (Denmark) –
Having graced the national stage of the Royal Theater in Copenhagen
for more than 250 years, the Royal Danish Ballet’s performances
create the ultimate dance experience – to inspire, challenge
and seduce. Two principals will dance Nomade by Danish
choreographer Tim Rushton and the pas de deux from New York City
Ballet’s Director Peter Martins’ Octet, which
premiered in Copenhagen this season. The Dance Salad performance
will be a USA premiere of this work.
City Contemporary Dance Company (Hong Kong)
is the flagship of modern dance companies in Hong Kong. CCDC is
renowned for the distinctive and diverse style of its programs.
They will present three pieces, 365 Ways of Doing and Undoing
Orientalism by the director, Willy Tsao; several sections of
the work, 9 Songs by resident choreographer Helen Lai;
and, I Want to Fly, a beautiful piece by dancer/choreographer
Xing Liang that was presented at Dance Salad 2001.
The Kylián Foundation (The Hague)
will present works by Jirí Kylián, one of the greatest
choreographers of our time, which will be performed by members of
the three companies that make up the Netherlands Dance Theatre.
The two pas de deux from One of a Kind and Blackbird
will be danced by the original Netherlands Dance Theatre
I cast, Megumi Nakamora, Ken Ossola, and Cora Kroese-Bos.
Also presented will be a pas de deux film clip from Kylián's
choreography Birth-Day for Netherlands Dance Theatre
III with music by Mozart. Dancers from the Netherlands
Dance Theatre II, the younger group, will dance three pieces,
Shutter Shut by Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, Chapter
9 by Ramirez/Zambrano, as well as a pas de deux from Kylián's
27'52. Japanese choreographer and former dancer with Netherlands
Dance Theatre II, Jo Kanamori, who presently has his own
company in Japan, will present a work originally
produced by NDT II and danced by a current NDT
I dancer, Rei Watanabe, entitled Under the Marron Tree.
Hubbard Street Dance (Chicago) -
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Jim Vincent, Hubbard Street
Dance Chicago is an innovative force in contemporary dance. Recognized
worldwide for its exuberant, athletic and eclectic repertory, Hubbard
Street incorporates diverse influences from ballet to American musical
theater to cutting-edge choreography. The company of 21 professional
dancers performs works of artistic quality by both American and
International choreographers. Two of them will dance Cor Perdut,
choreographed by Nacho Duato. This is a pas de deux inspired by
the Catalan song Bir Demet Ysemen by Maria del Mar Bonet.
The two dancers bring to life Duato's dynamic corporal and expressive
language, set to the hypnotic rhythm of Tunisian percussion instruments,
with the same fluency transmitted by del Mar Bonet's voice.
Royal Ballet of Flanders (Belgium)
- The Royal Ballet of Flanders was established in 1969. Robert Denvers
was invited to direct the company in 1987. Their language is classical
in essence, contemporary in its desire to address today's social
and emotional concerns. The American choreographer Christopher d'Amboise
created Circle of Fifths for the New York City Ballet in
1997. This exuberant neo-classical ballet is set to Philip Glass'
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. The Royal Ballet of
Flanders is the first European company to perform the work, from
which Dance Salad will present the pas de trois for three principal
dancers. In addition, there will be the work Lied Und Lieb,
with music by Richard Strauss from his Four Last Songs: Beim
Schlafengehen, sung by Jessye Norman. This piece is choreographed
by Brussels choreographer David Sonnenbluck and danced with a soloist
of the Royal Ballet Flanders.
Finnish National Ballet (Helsinki)
– Dinna Bjørn, who has directed Finnish National Ballet
since August 2001, has from the very start wanted to create a program
that would appeal to a wide audience. In accordance with this goal,
the 2003-2004 season is built around the idea of presenting the
many faces of ballet. This premier dance company based in Helsinki
presents two dramatic Finnish contemporary pieces featuring original
dance and music composition. Scene for a man and a woman
is a pas de deux choreographed by Sami Saikkonen and Trickle
Green Oak is an exquisite piece for four women choreographed
by Susana Leinonen. Both are North American premieres.
Quasar Companhia de Dança (Brazil)
- Quasar is a vehicle for artistic dance expression. By developing
a multifaceted aesthetic approach, the company has prompted audiences
in Brazil and around the world to reflect on contemporary issues
by means of a global language. Founded in 1988 by Vera Bicalho and
Henrique Rodovahlo, Quasar Dance Company is based in Goiânia,
Brazil. Throughout the period of Quasar's creation, a quest for
freedom from the academic straitjacket and the need to break free
from pre-established models were the major driving forces guiding
the actions of its creators. Last year this company danced Mulheres
to great success in Houston. This year they will present selections
from Choreography for Listening.
Maximum Dance Company (Miami) - Founded
in 1997, Maximum Dance Company is driven to present dance performances
of high energy, passion and drama by bringing South Florida the
best in contemporary ballet from around the world. With a
company of principal-caliber dancers from seven nations, Maximum
Dance is the region’s leading contemporary ballet company
of international stature and acclaim. Silent Night…Still
We Dream is a pas de deux choreographed by Royal Ballet of
Flanders resident choreographer, Danny Rosseel.
Buglisi/Foreman Dance (New York)
is a company founded by past principals of the Martha Graham Dance
Company who present work that New York critic Anna Kisselgoff says
has “…wondrously extravagant, penetrating images, [and]
passionate lyricism.” Choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi will
present the pas de deux Sospiri with music by Edward Elgar.
Dance Salad Festival is a curated, international production
comprised of performances by companies and dancers from companies
around the world, including the United States, chosen for their
excellence. Dance Salad Festival is staged only in Houston.
Modern, contemporary, and classical dance merge on
the stage in Dance Salad to form a magnificent mélange of
styles and traditions. Members of some of the most respected dance
companies in the world come to Houston specifically to participate
in the Festival that includes a full week of education and outreach
activities culminating in three nights of performance. Each night’s
production is different yet is choreographed as a coherent, expressive
performance designed to interweave – a “salad”
of pieces—creating a compelling whole. Many of the pieces
are performed twice in the three-day format.
This multicultural presentation has received international
recognition for its quality and innovativeness and has consistently
been a source of cultural pride for many foreign communities whose
countries are represented in Dance Salad. Community outreach programs
have included lectures, demonstration, exhibits and collaborations
with organizations such as The James A. Baker III Institute for
Public Policy through the Transnational China Project at Rice University,
Museum of Fine Arts, University of Houston, the High School for
the Performing and Visual Arts, MECCA, Asia Society and L’Alliance
Francaise. Houston’s Consular Corps has also become a strong
community partner and many members serve as sponsors and hosts.
Director Nancy Henderek strongly believes that through the arts,
we can educate people and build bridges between different cultures.
Dance Salad invites students from across the Houston
area to participate in master classes and lectures presented by
the internationally acclaimed artists. Their involvement also serves
as an introduction to various countries and cultures, which fosters
understanding and mutual respect.
Dance Salad Festival has been praised by local, national
and international publications. Dance Magazine said of
Dance Salad, “The quality of the work…rivaled that of
other week-long festivals. Producer Nancy Henderek’s eye for
some of the best international dance is unparalleled….(Dance
Salad) could wind up as the premier contemporary dance festival
between the East and West coasts.”
For more information please visit www.dancesalad.org.
Press photos are available on the website in the photo gallery.
Tickets go on sale mid-January by calling 713.629.3700 or on www.ticketmaster.com.
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