Whether in dance, music, or theater, it is no easy task to balance time-tested tradition with the drive to break contemporary ground. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is one of those dance companies that navigates this process with grace and ease, uniting the virtuosity of classically-trained dancers with the innovation of today’s most renowned and emerging choreographers.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has grown to eleven dancers whose classical training blends an open, exploratory style with traditional finesse. Commissioning new works is vital to this exploration, and ASFB continues its mission to bring newly commissioned works to the national and international stage.
On March 28, Aspen Santa Fe will perform three such works at the Ent Center for the Arts as part of the Artist Series’ kickoff season. According to an article by Aspen Times' Andrew Travers, “Huma Rojo” (“Red Smoke”) is the third piece to be commissioned by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet from spanish-born choreographer Cayetano Soto. Soto took inspiration from the character Huma Rojo (Marisa Paredes) in All About My Mother, a film by Pedro Almodovar. He dedicates the piece as an homage to “all the strong women in my life.”
Fernando Melo, originally from Rio Di Jianero, Brazil, has produced works for dance companies across North America and Europe, and also choreographs for opera. Melo explains the creative process behind his “Dream Play”: “The audience is invited to experience a constant shift of perspective…between the whimsical world created by the artists and the raw process that generates its animation. It is my hope that this theatrical experience will stimulate your imagination and generate countless interpretations for your enjoyment.”
The work of spanish-born, Chicago-based Alejandro Cerrudo has been performed by prestigious companies around the world. In an article by Travers, he likens the movement of contemporary dance to the ambiguities and shifting meanings of abstract painting. During ASFB’s performance of “Silent Ghost,” he encourages audience members to find their own meanings within this abstract landscape.
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