Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Premieres Three Pieces at the Harris
Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

by David Cohen

The internationally acclaimed Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (ASFB) returns to the Harris Theater for one night only, Tuesday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. A leader in the next generation of American contemporary ballet, the company will present a highly anticipated, exhilarating program of three contemporary dances exemplifying its commitment to groundbreaking work by world-renowned choreographers;  Jirí Kylián’s Stamping GroundJorma Elo’s Red Sweet and Nicolo Fonte’s Where We Left Off.

“As we celebrate our 15th anniversary season, it was important for us to stop in Chicago” said Jean-Philippe Malaty the company director. “We were so well received here four years ago, we thrilled to be here again and share our new work with the warm Chicago audience.”

With a distinguished level of maturity and impressive technical ability, ASFB will present three pieces showcased by it’s ten brilliant dancers. The repetoire will include  the company’s signature piece Red Sweet, premiered in 2008 in Santa Fe, and choreograh by Jorma Elo one of the most sought-after choreographers in the United States and Europe. Music by Vivaldi.

A rarely seen piece,  Stamping Ground is the work of one of the world’s foremost living famous master choreographer Jiri KyliánStamping Ground is the third piece commisioned from Kylián to be added to the company’s repertoire. Music by Carlos Chavez.

Where We Left Off, is the 8th piece ASFB commissioned from choreographer Nicolo Fonte. The piece premiered in 2011 in Aspen, CO. with music by Philip Glass.

Tikets are available at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Dr. Cost: $32-$72 (handling fees extra). For tickets or more information, visit harristheaterchicago.org or call 312.334.7777.

Photos by Rosalie O’Connor. Top L: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet dancers Billy Cannon, Emily Proctor and Joseph Watson in “Stamping Ground.” Top R: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet dancers Sam Chittenden and Nolan McGahan DeMarco in “Where We Left Off.” Bottom: Billy Cannon, Sam Chittenden, Katherine Bolanos, Katie Dehler Aspen Santa Fe Ballet performs “Red Sweet.”



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