Arts Guide — Spring 2016
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We have exciting dance festivals this spring, including Uptown Dance Company’s Spring Fusion 2016, and Houston International Dance Coalition’s Dance Salad, which has offerings from Italy’s Spellbound Contemporary Ballet, Germany’s Gartner Platz Theater, Belgium’s Royal Ballet of Flanders and the National Ballet of Canada. METdance continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary with “Celebrating 20!: Honored Guests” and “Swing, Jive and Pop Into Dance.” Discovery Green’s Friday Night Sights! Features performances by Karen Stokes Dance Company and Fly Dance Company, and NobleMotion Dance performs L’Dor Vador: Three Generations of Poetry and Dance at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston. The season schedule for Society for the Performing Arts includes Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Malpaso Dance Company, while the Houston Ballet is presenting the world premiere of Stanton Welch’s Giselle.

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Something Old, Something New

In honor of the 80th birthday of Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., artistic director emeritus, the Houston Ballet is reviving his spectacular staging of The Sleeping Beauty with magical and dramatic designs by Desmond Heeley. Stevenson’s choreography of the classic French fairy tale by Charles Perrault brought him critical acclaim in 1967 London, launching his career. The season ends with the world premiere of artistic director Stanton Welch’s Giselle, with the classic story of love, betrayal and redemption set to Adolphe Adam’s famous score. Italian designer Roberta Guidi di Bagno has designed the costumes and scenery for this Romantic-era production.

Houston Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty runs February 25-March 6; Giselle runs June 9-19 at Wortham Theater Center.

Stunning Physicality

Choreographer Hervé Koubi is the founder of the all-male dance company La Compagnie Hervé Koubi, which consists of a dozen French-Algerian and African dancers. His newest full-length work, What the day owes to the night, combines capoeira, martial arts, and urban and contemporary dance, drawing strength from his Algerian roots. The imagery is powerful, with simple white costumes showcasing the stunning physicality of the dancers and the complexity of the choreography, set to the eclectic sounds of Bach and traditional Sufi music. The troupe has been touring extensively in Europe, and debuted last year in the United States.

The Society for the Performing Arts Houston’s La Compagnie Hervé Koubi performs March 18 at Wortham Theater Center.

Dressing on the Side

Last year was the 20th year for Dance Salad Festival, which has grown from its early days as a locally driven endeavor to the current international production debuting new works. We’ll see several United States premieres this spring, including Munich’s Gärtnerplatz Theater performing Marguerite Donlon’s Made in Love (Minutemade Act One) and Jacopo Godani’s Versus Standard; as well as Antwerp’s Royal Ballet of Flanders doing curated sections of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Fall. The festival includes Stuttgart Ballet (Le Grand Pas de Deux), National Ballet of Canada (a pas de deux from Por Ti) and Philadelphia’s Ballet X (a curation from Nicolo Fonte’s Beasts).

Houston International Dance Coalition’s Dance Salad is March 24-26 at Wortham Theater Center