Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents a weekend of virtuosity, mixed repertory

Braden Anderson | - July 7, 2011

“Stark, sleek, and chock-full of moves that skirt the edges of contemporary movement..." - Karen Campbell, The Boston Globe

Now in its second decade, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is a cause for celebration. This weekend, July 8 and 9, the Lensic Theater hosts back-to-back nights of ballet performance, including, "Kiss Me Goodnight," (set to music by Santa Fe's own Zach Condon of indie-folk band Beirut), a new work by Jorma Elo, with choreography by Cayetano Soto; and "Stamping Ground," by Jiri Kylian. The July 9 performance also features a special gala and silent auction.

ASFB is a uniquely structured and multi-faceted organization, founded in 1990 by longtime Aspenite Bebe Schweppe, according to the ASFB website. It not only is a nationally recognized dance company and a leader in the dance world in terms of repertoire but it is also one of the largest dance presenters in the country, welcoming the best in dance in both Aspen, Colorado and Santa Fe.

As a presenter of world-class dance companies, ASFB is one of the country's largest dance-exclusive presenters, providing a year-long showcase of dance to Aspen and Santa Fe audiences. National and international touring is also part of their purview. Led by directors Tom Mossbrucker and Jean-Philippe Malaty, the company has made landmark appearances at the famed Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Kennedy Center, New York City Center's Fall for Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, Wolftrap, and the Joyce Theater in New York City, as well as performing in virtually every corner of the United States. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Presents brings world-class guest companies to Aspen and Santa Fe throughout the year.

Since 1999, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Presents has brought such critically acclaimed dance companies as the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Paul Taylor Dance Company, MOMIX, Pilobolus, Hubbard Street, Les Ballets Trockadero, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris Dance Group, Parsons Dance Company, Miami City Ballet and Sydney Dance Company among others. With the goal of offering diverse programming, the presenting series has also featured companies from around the world including Ballet “Quetzalli” de Veracruz, Tango Danza, Peking Acrobats, Les Ballets Africains, and India’s Nrityagram Dance Ensemble.

In the midst of their 15th anniversary celebration, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet returns home to present a program of pioneering contemporary ballet.

For more information, visit Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's website.


Compiled from The Lensic and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet publicity materials.

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