BEAVER CREEK, Colorado - After an incredible evening of modern jazz-based contemporary dance with River North Dance Chicago last month, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet takes the Vilar Performing Arts Center Stage on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has a unique pioneering spirit that arises from a paired set of home cities: Aspen and Santa Fe, N.M. Their bold vision, which includes top global choreographers, distinctive groundbreaking works and virtuoso dancers, has earned them the reputation of a prestigious incubator and a showcase for choreographic invention to popular and critical acclaim.
"This 11-member contemporary company commissions its pieces from outside dance makers, which means that audience members get a taste of the West, with global influences from all over," said Kris Sabel, executive director of the Vilar Performing Arts Center. "We're so fortunate to have a dance company of this caliber located in such close proximity to Beaver Creek, and we can't wait to see what they bring to the stage on Tuesday."
A respected arts presenter, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet curates high-quality dance programming and focuses on dance education as a priority, with well-established ballet schools training children and adults in both Aspen and Santa Fe. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's mission also has always placed highest priority on developing new choreography and nurturing relationships with emerging choreographers. The company fostered the early careers of key global dance makers such as Nicolo Fonte (10 commissioned Fonte works in the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet repertoire), Jorma Elo (four commissioned Elo works), Edwaard Liang, Jacopo Godani, Helen Pickett and others.
Works by late 20th century masters - William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Twyla Tharp and Paul Taylor - round out the repertoire.
"For us, it's never been about the single work. It's the relationship we build with our choreographers; they become part of the fabric of the company. The natural beauty of our surroundings has a profound impact on creativity, and our choreographers find it inspiring to create here," said Tom Mossbrucker, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's artistic director.