Choreographer Cherice Barton spreads happiness at VPAC

Dance
She’s part of a tribe of young dance makers who hop fluidly between entertainment hot-spots—Las Vegas, L.A.’s Staple Center, Broadway, and Hollywood. Clients include Katy Perry (at the Grammy Awards); George Lucas (in a Disney film); Spider-Man (vaulting above Broadway); and two darling daughters ages three and four. Relishing her return to the ballet world ...

Choreographer’s playlist for “Huma Rojo” … work it!

Dance · Music
Catalonian choreographer Cayetano Soto breaks from the tedium and slathers on the hot sauce. Soto’s tasty group choreography for “Huma Rojo,” his latest work for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, spools to this all-Latin-beat retro-soundtrack: Ray Barretto, El Watusi Xavier Cugat & Orchestra, Apache Perez Prado and His Orchestra, Quizas, Quizas, Quizas Abbe Lane, Whatever Lola ...

All About Aspen Santa Fe Ballet 1

Dance · Film
There are many reasons to be present at the Valley Performing Arts Center Saturday evening, April 16. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, a premier and enduring western-based dance troupe, will appear in its first of three annual visits as the Center’s dance company in residence. Founded in 1996, the Aspen’ites (they straddle Santa Fe, New Mexico, ...

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet brings lush offerings to Los Angeles

Dance
The wonderful Aspen Santa Fe Ballet — for eighteen years an unwavering dance pioneer based in the American West in the now established genre of contemporary classical ballet — has been showing up in Los Angeles with increasing frequency. That is a good thing. In this great Rosalie O’Connor photo, dancers Peter Franc and Seia ...

Contemporary-choreography connoisseurs convene in Chicago

Dance
A Western pow-wow of three dance chieftains… convened in the capitol of the midwest on the occasion of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet‘s weekend performance at Chicago’s Harris Theater. In the photo, ex-Joffrey Ballet men Adam Sklute, Tom Mossbrucker and Glenn Edgerton, directors, respectively, of Ballet West, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. ...

Curtain closes twice at Laguna Dance Festival

Dance
First, the curtain fell on the effervescent Aspen Santa Fe Ballet‘s wonderful performance at The Laguna Playhouse. Then, two hours later, down came the magic curtain over the Pacific Ocean —  the California coastline town’s main attraction. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, the second contributor in a festival that also featured Parsons Dance, surfed smoothly through ...

Choreographers also feel loss when dancers retire 1

Dance
When the wonderful Aspen Santa Fe Ballet dancer Katie Dehler retires at the end of the month, it will be a loss for audiences. It’s also a big change for her fellow dancers, with whom Dehler has rehearsed, traveled, toured and performed over the past 12 years. But for three dance makers, all of whom ...

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet takes on Cayetano Soto 2

Dance · Reviews
You’re seated amidst a smallish audience in a theater in the middle of the country. You’re not in New York, you’re not in London. But you’re watching an advancement the art of classical ballet. It’s the premiere, this past weekend in Aspen, Colorado, of a new work by Cayetano Soto for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet ...

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s alluring avenue-advertisements

Dance
Just arrived in beautiful Aspen, Colorado, for a week-long critic’s residency with the nearly 17-year old Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. This weekend the adventurous company will perform on its home stage before traveling to Saratoga Springs, New York, for shows at the historic summer dance festival there.  Cruising the avenues of Aspen, we were delighted ...

REVIEW: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at Pepperdine

Dance
I’ve been following the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. My first in-depth encounter was at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and then I had the rare opportunity, this past summer, to sit in on the adventurous ballet company’s rehearsals at their headquarters in Aspen. During that visit, I observed Alejandro Cerrudo, the thoughtful Spanish-born choreographer who now ...