CITY OF DANCE
By Eric Viudes, Copyright 2004
DANSE - European Dance News, Paris
Dance Salad 2004 turned out to be one
of the big successes of the spring dance season in Houston, Texas.
Nancy Henderek, the founder and producer of this annual anthology
of outstanding international ballet excerpts, selects dancers of
exceptional talent from a variety of companies and the work of some
of the best choreographers in the business.
Once again, Henderek has brought the
universal language of dance to an appreciative public in Houston
and her Dance Salad has become the essential meeting point for some
of the best international performances in Texas and beyond.
Two thousand and four makes the 12th
year that Henderek has assembled such an impressive variety of dancers
and dance-makers. By now, the fame of the yearly Dance Salads has
spread far and wide. Whether classical or modern the repertoir ranges
from the poetic to the powerful, thus providing audiences with a
chance to discover and to enjoy performers and choreographers from
a broad cultural background.
The Royal Danish Ballet contributed pieces
by Peter Martins and Tim Rushton with four of the company's best
dancers. The Nederlands Dans Theater provided samples by Jiri Kylian,
Paul Lightfoot and Gustave Ramirez San Sano danced by the three
groups that make up the company.
From Finland came the work of Susanna
Leinonen and Sami Saikkonen, two Finnish choreographers, together
with a group of dancers from the Finnish National Ballet. Belgium
was represented by, among others, dancers from the Royal Ballet
of Flanders performing a neo-classical piece by Christopher d'Amboise.
Other leading troupes traveled to Houston from Hong Kong and Brazil,
as well as from New York, Chicago and Miami.
Each new annual edition of Dance Salad
gives further proof of its increasing reputation and stature in
the wide world of dance.
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