The world of dance comes to Houston with the 18th annual Dance Salad Festival, bringing with it a slew of premieres. There's Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's curated version of In Transit by the Compañía Nacional de Danza/National Ballet of Spain. Ochoa also contributes L'Effleure, a solo she created for dancer Rubi Pronk, who performs it here. Pronk also appears in Kurt Weill by Krzysztof Pastor, artistic director of the Polish National Ballet. (The group is back in the United States for the first time since 1980.) Mauro Astolfi's Dangerous Liaisons is performed by Rome-based Spellbound Contemporary Ballet.
Nancy Henderek, the festival's artistic director, travels around the globe in search of new and exciting work to bring to the event every year. One of her most notable finds this year was an evening-length work called PUZ/ZLE by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. After seeing it performed in a rock quarry in France, Henderek worked with the choreographer to bring a section of it to Dance Festival. ''This is the first time that PUZ/ZLE has been to the United States in any form and we're getting a [ver-sion] that hasn't been seen anywhere else in the world. That's very exciting, to be able to work with this world-renowned choreographer on something special just for us,'' Henderek says. Musicians from Lebanon, Japan and Poland provide live musical accompaniment for PUZ/ZLE. ''They're even going to create some new music for Houston.''
March 28-30, 7:30 p.m., 2013