This year’s Dance Salad Choreographers’ Forum at the MFAH features the dance art and choreography of Carolyn Carlson, a major figure of European contemporary dance. Carlson’s career as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and poet spans more than four decades. In 2006, Carlson became the first choreographer to be awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale. In 2014, she established the Carolyn Carlson Company, which is in residence at the Théatre National de Chaillot in Paris.

The program begins with a screening of Carlson's film Inanna (80 min.), which exemplifies her exceptional skill as a choreographer. As Carlson says, “Inanna illustrates women today as warriors, seductresses, and protectors,” their personas echoing the multiple personas of the ancient Sumerian goddess, Inanna, and evoking the mysterious energy that animates everything in the world.

Following the screening, Paris Opera étoile Marie-Agnès Gillot, guest performer of Carolyn Carlson’s solo work Black over Red (My dialogue with Rothko), shares her long experience of working with the choreographer. Gillot’s discussion is joined by one of the dancers featured in Inanna. The event concludes with discussion and questions and answers moderated by London-based dance writer Maggie Foyer.

Dance Salad Festival takes place at the Wortham Theater Center April 13, 14 & 15, 2017. Visit for details. Marie-Agnès Gillot performs on stage at Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater on April 13.

Drop in! This program is free. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from the Sterling-Turner Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services; ExxonMobil; MD Anderson Cancer Center; Occidental Petroleum; Leslie and Brad Bucher; Houston Junior Woman's Club; Mr. and Mrs. Melbern G. Glasscock; The Windgate Charitable Foundation; the Samuel H. Kress Foundation; Mr. William J. Hill; and the Susan Vaughan Foundation.