Kung fu king Jackie Chan is most often associated with flying scissor kicks and blockbuster movies. This year, he’s also associated (albeit loosely) with Dance Salad Festival 2014. Chan won’t be making an appearance, but members of Contemporary Dragon Kung Fu, a company he founded, will be performing Gateway by Liu Lu. The martial artists trained with Liu Lu for a year to create the contemporary moves seen in Gateway, a signature work for the choreographer.
Gateway is among the seven pieces enjoying their U.S. premiere during the three-day-long Dance Salad. Also being seen for the first time in the United States is Norwegian National Ballet’s Cygne. Choreographed by Daniel Proietto with music by Olga Wojciechowska, Cygne features onstage musical accompaniment by the young boy soprano Andreas J. Augustinius.
Another highlight of the festival (which is made up of back-to-back highlights) is Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Embrace, a curated version of his m¡longa. Tango experts join contemporary dancers for the performance, which includes live music.
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France’s Paris Opera Ballet, Denmark’s Royal Danish Ballet, Germany’s Wiesbaden Staatstheater Ballet, Spain’s Elephant in the Black Box and China’s Beijing Dance/LDTX (in its fourth appearance at the festival) complete the lineup.
Many fans consider Dance Salad Festival, a previous best festival winner in the Houston Press Best Of Awards, the apex of the dance season. See why at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Wortham Theater Center/Cullen Theater, 501 Texas. For information, call 877-772-5425 or visit dancesalad.org. $20 to $50.
April 17-19, 7:30 p.m., 2014