Sad to miss this year’s festival of dance in HTX… It sounds stunning and a well-deserved line-up following such a chaotic year of storms, floods, and everything else.
The return of Garrett Smith to HTX with Imitations will be without a doubt the emotional highlight!
- Two different takes on Shakespeare’s epic love story: Royal Swedish Ballet’s dancers will premiere a pas de deux from Mats Ek’s Julia & Romeo, set to selected works by Tchaikovsky, while Ballet Zürich will premiere Artistic Director Christian Spuck’s spin on the same story yet under its traditional title of Romeo and Julia, set to traditional score of Prokofiev.
- 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.
- 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.