Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: April 13, 14 and 15, 2017

 

Houston's Dance Salad Festival 2017 presents acclaimed contemporary dance performances from France, Belgium, Finland, Norway & USA

 

..."all performed with great energy by a terrific field of technically virtuosic dancers." Houston Chronicle

 

 

Carl Coomer and Leticia Oliveira in Carmen choreographed by Carlos Acosta. Texas Ballet Theater. Photo by Amitava Sarkar 

 

 

Carl Coomer and Leticia Oliveira in Carmen choreographed by Carlos Acosta. Texas Ballet Theater. Photo by Sharen Bradford

 

Houston, Texas, January 19, 2017 - The Dance Salad Festival 2017 will be held April 13 to 15, 7:30 PM at the Wortham Center, Cullen Theater, 501 Texas Ave. Houston, TX, 77002.  Tickets are $25-$58. www.dancesalad.org 
 
Now celebrating the 22nd anniversary in Houston and the 25th season since its inception in Brussels, Belgium, Dance Salad Festival promises another gathering of world-class performers. Famous in their own countries, classical, modern and contemporary dance companies/dancers share the Dance Salad Festival stage to form a mix of movement and compelling choreography.
 
Choreographers’ Forum: April 12, 7:00 PM at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, dedicated to the work of Carolyn Carlson, a major figure of European contemporary dance, will present full film of Carlson's choreography Inanna by ARTE France. Free Event.
 
Press Conference: April 12, 2017.RSVP
dsfassist@aol.com to arrange.
                                   
For Out-Of-Town Visitors: Discount package for Festival tickets and rooms at DoubleTree by Hilton Houston, Downtown incl. breakfast for 2 and free parking.

USA Premiere Performances marked with **, Houston Premieres marked with *
 
1. Carolyn Carlson Company, Paris, France:USA premiere of a curated version of Carlson’s Black over Red (My dialogue with Rothko)**, a contemplative solo intertwining  visual, performing arts and poetry, in dedication to American Abstract Expressionist painter Mark Rothko. Originally danced by Carlson since 2013, set to live cello by Jean-Paul Dessy, the solo will mark a world premiere with a special guest performance by Paris Opera Ballet Etoile, Marie-Agnes Gillot.
 
Carolyn Carlson’s pas Li**, set to music by Aleksi Aubry-Carlson, will also be premiered in the USA by two Japanese, Paris based dancers, Chinatsu Kosakatani and Nakata Yutaka.
 
2. Susanna Leinonen Company, Finland: Houston Premiere of the curated version of Romeo & Juliet**choreographed by Artistic Director Susanna Leinonen and Jouka Valkama, set to music by Sergei Prokofjev mixed with a contemporary score by Kasperi Laine. The company will also present Susanna Leinonen’s Touch of Gravity**. Shakespeare’s tragic but timeless love story has touched people’s hearts for centuries. In the hands of choreographers Susanna Leinonen and Jouka Valkama the work gains an interpretation in which two families and two languages of movement meet. Touch of Gravity is a contemporary dance performance that defies the laws of nature.
 
3. Eastman, Antwerp, Belgium: Houston Premiere of a curated version of Fractus V* choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Founder and Artistic Director of the company who will dance in this piece himself with 4 dancers of different contemporary backgrounds set to live music played by 4 musicians from Japan, Korea, India and the DRC. 
 
4. Norwegian National Ballet, Oslo, Norway: the US premiere of a curated version of Player,  choreographed by Argentinian born, award winning dancer/choreographer, Daniel Proietto, danced by American born dancer, Whitney Jensen.
 
5. Texas Ballet Theater ,Fort Worth/ Dallas: Houston Premiere of the double Pas de Deux from Carmen choreographed by Carlos Acosta, former Principal Guest Artist of The Royal Ballet. Acosta’s adaptation of Bizet’s and Mérimée’s story was co-produced by The Royal Ballet, Queensland Ballet and Texas Ballet Theater. Taking the parts of Carmen and Don Jose, the Pas will be danced by former Houston Ballet dancers, Carl Coomer and Leticia Oliveira.
 
 
6. Shantala Shivalingappa, Indian born, Paris raised, award-winning Indian classical dancer, will debut in Houston with an adapted version of the Rasalila piece from Shiva Ganga. Since the age of 13, Shantala Shivalingappa has worked with artists such as Maurice Bejart, Peter Brook, Bartabas, Pina Bausch, Amagatsu and was trained by Master Vempti Chinna Satyam in the classical Indian dance form Kuchipudi.  Her many artistic collaborations include Blooming, a duet with the street dance style virtuoso, ‘Crown Prince’ of Memphis Jookin’, Lil’ Buck from Los Angeles, which will debut in Houston for DSF 2017 with Lil’Buck himself.
 
7. Charles “Lil' Buck" Riley, named one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to watch will also perform his acclaimed solo The Swan as well as Blooming, a dance duet with Shantala Shivalingappa (see above). International phenomenon Lil Buck began jookin’ – a street dance that originated in Memphis – at age 13 alongside mentors Marico Flake and Daniel Price. His collaboration with Spike Jonze and Yo-Yo Ma performing The Swan went viral in 2011. Since then he has collaborated with a broad spectrum of artists including JR, Damian Woetzel, the New York City Ballet, Madonna, Benjamin Millepied, and Spike Lee.

 

Web: www.dancesalad.org

 

 

Fractus V choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui_Company Eastman_Belgium_photo by Filip Van Roe 

 

 

Marie-Agnes Gillot in Signes by Carolyn Carlson_Photo by Thierry Mongne

 

 

Touch of Gravity_Choroegraphed by Susanna Leinonen_Company Susanna Leinonen_Helsinki_Finland_Photo by Heikki Tuuli

 

 

Romeo Juliet. Choreographer Susanna Leinonen and Jouka Valkama. Company Susanna Leinonen. Photo Jonas Lundqvist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Christina Levin

Email: dsfassist@aol.com

Phone: (713) 621-1461

 

Dance Salad Festival/Houston International Dance Coalition

Houston, Texas

Web: www.dancesalad.org

 

 Calendar Listing

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: Dance Salad Festival 2017

Event Date: April 13 to15, 2017

Event Time: 7:30 PM

Event Location: Wortham Center's Cullen Theater, 501 Texas Ave. Houston, TX,77002

Admission: $25-$58

Web: www.dancesalad.org

Contact: Christina Levin, dsfassist@aol.com, (713) 621-1461

Description: The Dance Salad Festival 2017 will be held April 13 to 15, 7:30 PM at the Wortham Center, Cullen Theater, 501 Texas Ave. Houston, TX, 77002.  Tickets are $25-$58. www.dancesalad.org. Now celebrating the 22nd anniversary in Houston and the 25th season since its inception in Brussels, Belgium, Dance Salad Festival promises another gathering of world-class performers. Famous in their own countries, classical, modern and contemporary dance companies/dancers share the Dance Salad Festival stage to form a mix of movement and compelling choreography. ..."all performed with great energy by a terrific field of technically virtuosic dancers." Houston Chronicle

 


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