Dance Salad Festival 2018

Spellbound Contemporary Ballet in Mauro Astolfi’s Rossini Overtures. Photo by Alessio Amatao.

Dance Salad is excited to present Royal Swedish Ballet (Stockholm), Ballett Zürich (Switzerland), Semperoper Ballett Dresden (Germany), Spellbound Contemporary Ballet (Rome, Italy), Norwegian National BalletGuillaume Cote, Principal Dancer of the National Ballet of Canada, Toronto, and  Friedemann Vogel, First Soloist of the Stuttgart Ballet, GermanyGuillaume Hulot’s BEANS and Tuning Another Being  and more! Stay tuned for updates!

Julia & Romeo by Mats Ek to music of Tchaikovsky and Christian Spuck’s Romeo & Juliet to Prokofiev’s score.

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.

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, more to come later about what he will dance.  

Choreography by Garrett Smith. Photo by Erik Berg.

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, 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.

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