Dance Salad

With Marie-Agnes Gillot and Kader Belarbi

TFAA and the French Consulate in Houston are proud to sponsor two Etoiles from Ballet de L’Opera National de Paris.

Please join us for remarkable performances presented in the Dance Salad Festival at 7:30 pm on April 9, 10 and 11, Cullen Theater, Wortham Center.

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Etoile, Marie-Agnès Gillot partnered by Etoile, Kader Belarbi will be performing l’Espirit du bleu, a section from Carolyn Carlson’s Signes composed by Rene Aubry. Also, Marie-Agnès will be dancing with Jiri Bubeníček, (choreographer and dancer in Dresden SemperOper Ballet) in his choreography, Unintended Consequence.


Marie-Agnès Gillot began her studies at the Paris Opera Ballet School in 1985, where she was immediately placed in the highest group. She completed all her studies and enrolled in the corps de ballet in 1990, at the age of 15. Only nine years later she was already promoted to première danseuse and after the performance of Carolyn Carlson’s Signes in 2004, Marie-Agnès Gillot was promoted to Etoile. She is a recipient of Prix du Cercle Carpeaux in 1997 and the Prix du Public awarded by l’AROP and also received the title of Chevalier des Arts et Lettres. Marie-Agnès Gillot’s dance repertoire includes choreographies by Balanchine, Duato, Bausch, Preljocaj, Nureyev, Forsythe, Neumeier, Bejart, Kylian and MacMillan. Both, Marie-Agnès Gillot and Kader Belarbi have also worked with Mats Ek in La Maison de Bernarda, Giselle and Apartment.

Kader Belarbi, well known French-Algerian dancer in the Ballet de L’Opera National de Paris, was promoted to Etoile by Rudolf Noureev in 1989. He was featured in works by such choreographers as Balanachine, Bejart, Forsythe, Kylian, Noureev, Bausch, and Carlson. After 28 years of dancing, he will continue his work as a choreographer for Ballet de L’Opera National de Paris as well as other companies worldwide.

Carolyn Carlson, choreographer of L’Espirit du Blue, an American born choreographer, graduated from San Francisco School of Ballet and University of Utah. In 1974 she became a star choreographer of the Ballet de L’Opera de Paris where she also run the opera house’s theatre research group. Carlson created more than 25 works between 1974 and 1980. From 1980-1985, she worked at the Teatro la Fenice in Venice, creating her emblematic solo Blue Lady (1983), before returning to Paris and to her new base, the Théâtre de la Ville (1985-1991). She is now the Director and choreographer in residence at the Choreographic Center in Roubaix, France.

Classical, modern, and contemporary dance share the Dance Salad Festival stage to form a mix of movement and compelling choreographic invention. Members of some of the world’s best dance companies come to Houston to participate in this week long festival. Each night’s production is uniquely curated and designed as a coherent, expressive performance; to see the full range of the choreography presented requires attending two of the three evenings.

Other participating companies in Dance Salad Festival in 2009 include: English National Ballet (London, England), Mats Ek (Stockholm, Sweden), Royal Danish Ballet (Copenhagen, Denmark), Royal Swedish Ballet (Stockholm, Sweden), Dresden SemperOper Ballet (Dresden, Germany), William Forsythe (The Forsythe Company, Frankfurt, Germany), Göteborgs Operans Ballet (Gothenburg, Sweden), Staatstheater Ballet Wiesbaden (Wiesbaden, Germany), Carte Blanche (Bergen, Norway), Company Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Ansemble Micrologus (Antwerp, Belgium and Rome, Italy) and Xing Liang (Contemporary City Dance Company, Hong Kong).

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