Performances from France at the Dance Salad Festival

1. World Premiere by Paris Opera Ballet Etoile, Marie-Agnès Gillot @ The Menil Collection.

Carolyn Carlson Company, based in Paris, France will have its 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, based on Carlson’s book, Dialogue with Rothko, Untitled: Black, Red over Black on Red (2012), in dedication to American Abstract Expressionist painter Mark Rothko. Originally danced by Carlson since 2013, the solo was given to Paris Opera Ballet Etoile, Marie-Agnès Gillot at the special request of Choreographer Carolyn Carlson.

Set to live music played by cellist Jean-Paul Dessy, Black over Red (My dialogue with Rothko) danced by Marie-Agnès Gillot, will mark a world premiere in the USA in a very special co-presentation between Dance Salad Festival and The Menil Collection, as the Opening Night event of the Festival.

WHEN: Monday, April 10 at 7pm
WHERE: Menil Foyer lobby
, 533 Sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006.
Open to public.

Second and final  performance of Black over Red (My dialogue with Rothko) danced by Marie-Agnès Gillot set to live cello by Jean-Paul Dessy will take place on the Opening Night of the stage  performances at the Cullen Theater, Wortham Center, April 13, 7:30PM.

2. Choregraphers’ Forum, a free event, will be dedicated to the dance art and choreography of Carolyn Carlson, a major figure of European contemporary dance, based in Paris. Carlson’s career spans more than four decades as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and poet.  Over one hundred creations have been included in the California-born, Finnish descendant’s repertoire. She was the first ever choreographer to receive the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale, in 2006, for which she was the artistic director of its dance sector from 1999 to 2002. In 2014 she established the Carolyn Carlson Company, which tours throughout the world while simultaneously is in residence at the Théatre National de Chaillot in Paris. Carolyn has also been the Director of the National Choreographic Center of Roubaix, France, and is currently the Director of the Atelier de Paris Cartoucherie.

The Film version of Carlson's choreography  Inanna , will be presented in its full version as part of the Forum. “Inanna illustrates women today … warriors, seductresses, protectors who echo “Inanna”, the multifaceted goddess from the Sumerian pantheon.” In addition, Paris Opera Etoile, Marie-Agnès Gillot, guest performer of Carolyn Carlson’s solo work, Black over Red  (My dialogue with Rothko)  will share her  experience of working with the choreographer along with  one of Carolyn's dancers who is in the Film. Discussion and Q/A will be moderated by Maggie Foyer, dance writer from London, UK.

WHEN: April 12, 7:00 PM
WHERE: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Brown Auditorium
, Caroline Wiess building, 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, TX, 77005.
Open to public.

3. More performances from Paris, France:

CAROLYN CARLSON'S PAS DE DEUX LI, set to music by Aleksi Aubry-Carlson, will also be premiered in the USA in DSF2017 by two Japanese, Paris based dancers, Chinatsu Kosakatani and Nakata Yutaka, performed only on April 14 and 15. Li was created as a part of Carolyn Carlson’s series of choreographic works under the title Short Stories.

WHEN: April 14 & 15, 7:30 PM
WHERE: Wortham Center/Cullen Theater
, 501 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002
Open to public.



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