Dance Salad 2012: Nancy Henderek Gives Us Some of the Highlights

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Henderek says Brazil's Quasar Compania de Dança will be of special interest. "They're bringing two pieces that have never been seen in the United States and also bringing back Mulheres, or as I call it, The Red Couch Piece." Mulheres was a favorite when it was performed in the festival several years ago.

Among the other companies performing at Dance Salad are Germany's Stuttgart Ballet; principal dancers Alicia Amatriain and Jason Reilly will perform Christian Spuck's comedic spoof on ballet, Le Grand Pas de Deux, and Itzik Galili's Mona Lisa. Also from Germany is Semperoper Ballett, returning to Dance Salad with three works by choreographer William Forsythe. Italy's Spellbound Dance Company is making its debut in Houston with works by Mauro Astolfi.

Pontus Lidberg Dance Stockholm, from Sweden/New York, will present a solo by Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg, and members of the National Ballet of Canada, from Toronto, will perform a pas de deux by Spanish choreographer Luis Martin Oya.

Dance Salad is performed with a different program at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 5 to 7. In order to see all of the companies, you must attend two nights. It's at the Wortham Center, 500 Texas. For information, visit or call 877-772-5425. Ticket prices run from $20 to $50.

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Olivia Flores Alvarez