Dance Salad Choreographers’ Forum
Wednesday, March 28, 2018:
The 16th annual Dance Salad Choreographers’ Forum features the dance art and choreography of Christian Spuck (Ballett Zürich, Switzerland); Brenda Way and KT Nelson (ODC, San Francisco), and Garrett Smith (Norwegian National Ballet).
The evening features a panel discussion, video excerpts, and a Q&A moderated by London-based dance writer Maggie Foyer. Enjoy a sneak peek of the following works, which Dance Salad Festival 2018 presents on March 29, 30 & 31 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Visit dancesalad.org for details.
The Dance Salad Festival is supported by Houston First and Visit Houston.
• Christian Spuck’s Romeo and Juliet by Ballett Zürich, Switzerland
Romeo and Juliet, set to Sergei Prokofiev’s score, was the first ballet Christian Spuck created for Ballett Zürich after he was appointed artistic director in 2012. “Romeo and Juliet has followed me throughout my life,“ he says. “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.”
• Brenda Way and KT Nelson’s boulders and bones by ODC, San Francisco
ODC’s Dance Salad Festival debut is boulders and bones, choreographed by founder and artistic director Brenda Way and co-artistic director KT Nelson. Inspired by the work of visual artist Andy Goldsworthy and set to a score by acclaimed avant-garde cellist Zoë Keating, the fearless choreography touches on transformation in both art and nature.
• Garrett Smith’s Imitations by Norwegian National Ballet
The energetic Imitations explores the role of gender and traditional forms in art. As former Houston Ballet dancer/choreographer Garrett Smith has written, “The focus on gender in ballet has played a huge factor on what decisions and choices have been made throughout the history of dance. What would dance look like if it had been someone else? What would the ‘rules’ be? . . . Would it be normal for us now if it had been decided to put men in tutus from the very start of ballet?”
Drop in! This program is free. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
• Make it a night! Consider a special Dance Salad hotel package at Double Tree Houston.