Dance Salad Festival Performances return March 24, 25, & 26, 2016
Season 2014/2015

Houston International Dance Coalition's

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Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30pm
Wortham Center, Cullen Theater
501 Texas Ave. Houston, Texas

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Dance Salad Festival 2016

Photos of the 2016 Festival performances by Amitava Sarkar.

Festival Review via CriticalDance.

Festival Reviews via THE HEDGEHOG, The International Arts Review: Part 1 & Part 2

Festival Review via Houston Chronicle.

2016 Evening Programs have been posted. *NOTE: Programs are subject to change.

Festival Preview via Houston Chronicle.

Festival Preview via Houstonia.

Laurent Fouilloud-Buyat interviews Nancy Henderek to preview the 2016 Festival. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Festival Preview from Houston Press.

Festival Preview from Dance Magazine.

Festival Preview from Arts and Culture Texas.


Booked companies for Dance Salad Festival 2016:

USA PREMIERES are marked with *

–  Spellbound Contemporary Ballet, Rome, Italy, will perform the highly acclaimed and well traveled all over Europe and Asia, Four Seasons, choreographed by the company’s Founder and Artistic Director, Mauro Astolfi, set to music by Antonio Vivaldi and recomposed with an original score by Luca Salvadori, weaving in his contemporary music. Four Seasons was premiered at the Teatro Verdi Pisa, Italy on March 6, 2010 with a subsidy from the Italian Ministry of National Heritage and Culture.

***Four Seasons will be presented in its entirety over the three nights of the Festival. Spring and Summer will  be performed on Thursday, March 24;  Fall on Friday, March 25; and Winter on Sat., March 26.

–  USA debut by Gartner Platz Theater, Munich, Germany with Made in Love (Minutemade Act One)* by renowned Berlin based European choreographer, theater and opera director Marguerite Donlon, set to various music scores, and Versus Standard* by Jacopo Godani, set to music by 48nord. Godani is now the Artistic Director of Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company, formerly William Forsythe’s famous company.

–  Royal Ballet of Flanders, Antwerp, Belgium with curated sections from the recently premiered Fall*, the first work created for this company by their new Artistic Directorperennial Festival favorite, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, set to music by Arvo Part as well as Sidi Larbi’s stunning pas de deux Faun, set to Debussy’s original score interlaced with contemporary music created by composer Nitin Sawhney. Faun has been showcased recently at the opening of the first season of Cherkaoui’s Artistic Directorship at the Royal Ballet of Flanders and premiered in Houston in Dance Salad Festival in 2011 by Eastman dancers.

–  Stuttgart Ballet’s principal dancers, Alicia Amatriain and Jason Reilly are coming again to perform Christian Spuck’s hilarious spoof on ballet, which he ironically titled Le Grand Pas de Deux, set to the Overture from The Thieving Magpie by Gioachino Rossini. These are dancers of international acclaim and have each been named “Outstanding Dancer” in the annual critics’ choice of the magazines Ballettanz and Dance Europe.

National Ballet of Canada, Toronto will present Principal Dancers, Sonia Rodriguez and Piotr Stanczyk in a Pas de Deux from the beautiful and melodic ballet Por Ti by Spanish choreographer Luis Martin Oya set to music by Yasmin Levy.

BalletX, Philadelphia, USA will debut in Houston with a curation from Nicolo Fonte’s full length, recently premiered, and highly acclaimed work Beasts set to various music scores.

– NW Dance Project, Portland, USA, will debut in Houston with Yidam set to music by Michael Gordon and choreographed by London born, Ihsan Rustem, who worked with some renown choreographers all over Europe, and is recipient of 2014 Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s International Commissioning Project and Whim W’Him’s inaugural Choreographic Shindig, 2015. NW Dance Project has fostered the creation and premiere of over 175 original contemporary dance works to date. Dance International Magazine proclaims: “[NW Dance Project is] a laboratory, factory and repository for risk-taking new works from the next generation of choreographers from Europe and North America.”


Choreographers' Forum on March 237:00-8:30 PM, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Brown Auditorium, Caroline Wiess building, 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, TX, 77005. This year's Forum is featuring Marguerite Donlon, Berlin-based choreographer, theater and opera director; Ihsan Rustem, Zurich based choreographer of NW Dance Project, Portland, and special guest Sarah Slipper, Artistic Director of NW Dance Project, who hired Ihsan Rustem to be the  house choreographer for NWD. The Forum will be moderated by Maggie Foyer, well known dance writer from London, UK. Free admission.

Donlon’s new work, Made in Love (Minutemade Act One), will make its US premiere at the 2016 Dance Salad Festival, performed by Gartner Platz Theater from Munich, Germany. Marguerite Donlon, choreographer, theater, opera director, is regarded as innovative and highly unique in the theater world today. Marguerite has created for numerous renowned ballet companies worldwide, amongst them the Nederlands Dans Theater II, Stuttgart Ballet, Vienna State Opera Ballet, the Ballet of the Komische Oper Berlin, the Companhia Nacional de Bailado Portugal, Hubbard Street Dance Company Chicago and Rambert Dance London, Gärtnerplatz Ballet, Münich, Kiel Ballet, The Hessisches Staats Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet.

An award winning, independent choreographer, Sarah Slipper has created over 40 ballets to date and is currently working on several new creations while serving as the Founding Artistic Director and choreographer of NW Dance Project. Slipper worked closely with many internationally renowned directors, choreographers and teachers, including Arnold Spohr, Rudi van Dantzig, Hans van Manen, Jirí Kylián, Agnes de Mille, Galina Yordanova, and Alla Savchenko and has created works for prominent dance companies including the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Nashville Ballet and Washington Ballet.

Ihsan Rustem created Yidam for NW Dance Project, Portland, USA which will debut in Houston in DSF 2016. Ihsan worked with such renown choreographers as Mats Ek, Jiri Kylián, Paul Lightfoot / Sol Leon, Hans van Manen and William Forsythe, amongst others. To date, Ihsan has created works for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 2 (USA), Northwest Dance Project (USA), Istanbul State Ballet MDT (Turkey), Tanz Luzerner Theater (CH), Whim W'Him (USA), Ballet Regensburg (DE), Würzburg Ballett (DE), National Youth Dance Company (UK). Ihsan is a recipient of the 2014 Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s International Commissioning Project and Whim W’Him’s inaugural Choreographic Shindig, 2015.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear these distinguished choreographers share insights into their creative process and show short video clips of their work during the 14th Annual Dance Salad Choreographers’ Forum. The Forum will be moderated by the renowned London-based dance critic, Maggie Foyer. Free event!


Afternoon Student Concert Program
Designed for middle and high school age students, the Afternoon Student Concert Program combines a short tour of the Wortham Center and a final dress rehearsal performance in the balcony of the Cullen Theater, Wortham Center. This free program will be offered on Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 12:30 – 2:00 PM.




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