Now celebrating the 23rd anniversary in Houston and the 26th season since its inception in Brussels, Belgium, Dance Salad Festival is excited to present Royal Swedish Ballet (Stockholm, Sweden), Ballett Zürich (Switzerland), Semperoper Ballett Dresden (Germany), Spellbound Contemporary Ballet (Rome, Italy), Norwegian National Ballet, Guillaume Cote, Principal Dancer of the National Ballet of Canada (Toronto) and Friedmann Vogel, Principal Dancer of the Stuttgart Ballet, performing Maurice Bejart's Songs of a Wayfarer, ODC (San Francisco, USA) and Guillaume Hulot (France/Germany). More to come!
***Note the new location.
PERFORMANCES: March 29, 30 and 31, 7:30 PM, in the new location due to flood damage on the Wortham Center.
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby, Houston, TX, 77002.
TO BUY TICKETS, $25-$58 (including fees) go to www.dancesalad.org.
Don’t delay as fewer seats will be available in Zilkha Hall. Arrive early for downtown parking.
SPECIAL DISCOUNT PACKAGE for out-of-town visitors:
As a recipient of the special marketing grant through Houston First Corporation's Tourism Incentive Program, Dance Salad Festival is partnering with the DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Houston and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to offer a special package for our out of town guests that will include:
- Special Discount on Dance Salad Festival tickets for live performances on March 29, 30 and 31, 2018, 7:30PM, Zilkha Hall, the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.
- Special room rate at the DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Houston with free breakfast and valet parking for two.
- Free passes to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
CHOREOGRAPHERS’ FORUM –March 28, 2018, 7:00 PM @ Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Featured choreographers to be announced. Free event.
Julia & Romeo by Mats Ek to music of Tchaikovsky and Christian Spuck’s Romeo & Juliet to Prokofiev’s score.
Dance Salad Festival will present two different takes on Shakespeare’s epic love story. Royal Swedish Ballet will show a Houston premiere of the Balcony pas de deux from Mats Ek’s Julia & Romeo, set to selected works by Tchaikovsky, while Ballet Zurich will show a US premiere by Artistic Director, Christian Spuck, who spins the same story yet under its traditional title of Romeo and Julia set to the widely used score of Prokofiev, also presenting the Balcony pas de duex.
Mats Ek, master of reinterpretation of the great classics into contemporary dance says: “It’s time to turn the tables…I tried to go back to the source, which is Shakespeare—but before that was an Italian short story called Juliet and Romeo. If you read the play, the major conflict takes place in the family of Juliet… With something we know so well, the title also becomes almost a label, and to turn it around may open the door to rethinking it.”
Christian Spuck’s Romeo and Julia set to Prokofiev’s score was the first ballet created for Ballett Zurich under his artistic leadership as it holds a special place in his heart. Spuck says: “Romeo and Juliet has followed me throughout my life… The first ballet music I ever heard was Prokofiev’s score, and I still think it is the most exciting and moving ballet music that exists.”
Spellbound Contemporary Ballet, Rome, will mark its 4th appearance in Dance Salad Festival with a Houston premiere of the curated version of Rossini Ouvertures, comic and imaginative piece set to music of Gioachino Rossini, and mysterious and introspective The Hesitation Day, set to music by Norn and Amon Tobin, all choreographed by company’s Artistic Director, Mauro Astolfi.
Dresden Semperoper Ballett, Germany, makes its 5th appearance at Dance Salad Festival with David Dawson’s Pas de Deux from On the Nature of Daylight set to music by Max Richter. On the Nature of Daylight is Dawson’s one of the most well known and long lived works that explores the eternal theme of love. Premiered in Semperoper Ballett Dresden and Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Munich, Germany in 2007, the pas de deux from this work debuted in DSF by Dresden Semperoper Ballett in 2009.
Guillaume Cote, Principal Dancer of the National Ballet of Canada, Toronto and Friedemann Vogel, Principal Dancer of Stuttgart Ballet, Germany will perform Maurice Béjart’s Songs of a Wayfarer (Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen) set to the music of Gustav Mahler, created in 1971 for Rudolf Nureyev and Paolo Bortoluzzi. It tells an expressive story of a romantic wanderer set on a journey full of adversity and solitude, confronting his own Destiny, the other character in the pas de deux. This work debuted in Houston Ballet gala performance in 2004 in Houston.
Norwegian National Ballet, Oslo, will premiere in USA Imitations, an energetic creation that explores the role of gender and traditional forms in art among other interesting questions. Imitations was created for NNB by Houston Ballet's former dancer /choreographer Garrett Smith, and is set to music by Michael Gordon. Smith created three works for Houston Ballet with latest being Reveal which premiered in 2015.
Guillaume Hulot (France/Germany), dancer and choreographer from France, the ballet master of Gauthier Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Germany, will premiere in USA his two works BEANS, set to music by Kurt Cobain and Camille Saint-Saëns, and Tuning Another Being set to music by Christian Grifa, performed by dancers from Spain, USA, Germany and Japan.
ODC, San Francisco, will debut in Dance Salad Festival with boulders and bones choreographed by Brenda Way, Founder and Artistic Director of ODC and KT Nelson, Co-Artistic Director. Inspired by the work of visual artist Andy Goldsworthy and set to a commissioned score by acclaimed avant-garde cellist Zoë Keating, Way and Nelson's fearless choreography touches on transformation in both art and nature.