Aspen Santa Fe Ballet to Perform

February 23, 2014, 4:42 PM HST · Updated February 23, 4:42 PM
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By Maui Now Staff

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Courtesy image

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Courtesy image

This Wednesday, Feb. 26, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet performs in the MACC’s Castle Theater.

According to their website, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet founder Bebe Schweppe established the dance company in 1996.

They began modestly – with just six dancers – but soon 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. The divide between ballet and modern dance was dissolving.”

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Then, in 2000, the Aspen-based ballet company forged a dual-city relationship with Santa Fe, New Mexico, broadening its scope and revenue options.

At this juncture, the ballet company “places highest priority on developing new choreography and nurturing relationships with emerging choreographers. The company fostered the early careers of now in-demand global dance makers like Nicolo Fonte (10 commissioned Fonte works in the ASFB repertoire), Jorma Elo (4 commissioned Elo works), Edwaard Liang, Jacopo Godani, Helen Pickett, Cayetano Soto and others. Works by late 20th century masters – William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor – round out the repertoire.”

The Santa Fe New Mexican describes the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s performances as “dynamic, virtuostic (sic), endurance testing, full-throttle dancing and up-to-the-minute ballet choreography.”

Experience this groundbreaking dance company for yourself on Wednesday.

The performance starts at  7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12, $32 and $42 and half price kids 12 and younger.

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