Aspen Santa Fe dancers return to Beaver Creek Sunday |

Aspen Santa Fe dancers return to Beaver Creek Sunday

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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet performs "Over Glow"
Sharen Bradford | Special to the Weekly |

If you go ...

What: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek.

When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Cost: $58 adult/$30 student (18 and younger).

More information: 970-845-8497/

BEAVER CREEK — The Vilar Performing Arts Center presents beautiful works from the repertoire of the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company today at 7:30 p.m. in Beaver Creek. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s bold vision — top global choreographers, distinctive groundbreaking works and virtuoso dancers — has fostered a jewel of a dance company in the American West. The company’s pioneering spirit arises from a dual set of home cities: Aspen, nestled in the Rocky Mountains, and Santa Fe, gracing the Southwestern plateau. Shaping the cultural landscape of these communities — and influencing the dance field at large — is a contemporary ballet company nearly two decades old.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s repertoire, ranging from accessible to sophisticated, resonates with energy and eclecticism. The company will perform the pieces: “Over Glow” by Jorma Elo with music by Felix Mendelssohn and Ludwig van Beethoven; “Beautiful Mistake” by Cayetano Soto with music by Olafur Arnalds and Charles Wilson; and “The Heart(s)pace” by Nicolo Fonte with music by Ezio Bosso.

One of the best regional dance companies in the United States, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s identity is tethered to its repertoire, which speaks a complex language, challenges audiences and advances the art form. ASFB, since its inception, has been deeply committed to commissioning new works. Of the 28 ballets created since 1996, many are by world-leading choreographers whose important first assignments came from ASFB. Many ballets have gone on to grace the repertories of renowned global dance companies.

How it All Started

In 1996, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet founder Bebe Schweppe invited Tom Mossbrucker and Jean-Philippe Malaty to create a ballet company in Aspen. A unique multidimensional arts organization developed rapidly from the ballet school Schweppe had established in the Rocky Mountains.

The company began modestly with six dancers and launched a tradition of commissioning new works. An open, exploratory style emerged as they tapped the creative scene in Europe where classical ballet was breaking from its boundaries. The athletic and adventurous American dancers found themselves at a crossroads of dance history where divide between ballet and modern dance was dissolving.

In 2000, the Aspen-based ballet company forged a dual-city relationship with Santa Fe, broadening its scope and lending crucial revenue diversification. Under this hybrid business model, a roster of arts activities takes wing, year-round, in both cities. Performance, education, presentation and community outreach all join in the mix. Within this innovative structure, ASFB will celebrate its 20th anniversary season in 2015-’16 and has become a staple in the Vilar Performing Arts Center winter dance program.

Tickets to Aspen Santa Fe Ballet are $58/adult and $30/student (18 and younger) and are on sale now at the VPAC Box Office which can be reached at 970-845-8497 or on

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