SATIATE YOUR APPETITIE FOR DANCE
"A TOURING TASTE OF DANCE SALAD"
artist presents a screening of the 2005 season
HOUSTON, TX (October 15, 2005). Tuesday, November
29, 2005, Dance Salad Festival, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
and the Royal Norwegian Consulate General-Houston (as part of Norway's
Centennial Celebration Program) present a screening of the spring
2005 season performances of Dance Salad Festival at The Museum of
Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet, Brown Auditorium. MFAH will
host a reception from 5:30 – 6:30 pm in the foyer of the Caroline
Weiss Law Building. The screening begins at 6:30 pm. Those who missed
the March performances at the Cullen Theater, or those who would
like to see the performances again, on screen, can enjoy an evening
of world-class dance captured by award-winning video artist, Laurie
McDonald. Some of the dance companies included are Norwegian National
Ballet, Norway; Ballet de Monterrey, Mexico; The Kylián Foundation,
The Hague; Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve, Switzerland, and more.
Following the screening, Laurie McDonald and DSF Artistic Director,
Nancy Henderek, will take questions from the audience.
Laurie McDonald began her career as a video artist
at the Rhode Island School of Design where she graduated with honors
in film/video. During that time, she also attended Brown University
and went on to receive an MA from the University of Houston in literature.
McDonald has presented work in more than 100 museum exhibitions,
festivals, and residencies including such prestigious institutions
as The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), The Metropolitan Museum of Art,
The Hirshhorn Museum, The Smithsonian Institute and The Menil Collection.
Her work has been included in venues such as The Tokyo Video Festival,
The Sundance Film Festival, Video Biennale (Barcelona) and The American
Film Institute. She has worked with some of Houston’s favorite
arts organizations including the Alley Theater, The Orange Show,
Diverseworks, Houston Grand Opera, Inprint, and Southwest Alternate
Media Project (SWAMP). In addition to arts projects, McDonald also
writes, directs, shoots, edits and produces videos for Fortune 500
companies, advertising agencies, and media production facilities.
Currently a resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico, she teaches video
production to homeless children through the Santa Fe Art Institute.
Now celebrating the 11th anniversary season in Houston
and 14th season since its inception in Brussels, Belgium, Dance
Salad Festival showcases world-class performers from the far corners
of the globe. Modern, contemporary and classical dance merge on
stage to form a magnificent mélange of styles and music.
Dance Salad has presented dancers, choreographers and companies
from the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. The Festival 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
Mark your calendars for the 2006 Dance Salad
Festival season: April 13, 14 and 15 at the Wortham Center,
Cullen Theater. This year will include: China’s
Beijing Modern Dance Company, Netherland’s Dutch National
Ballet, Denmark’s Royal Danish Ballet, and Danish Dance
Theater, Ben Stevenson's Texas Ballet Theater, Trey McIntyre
Göteborgs Opera Ballet, and much more!
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