Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, pianist Joyce Yang bring lively arts to The Soraya

Dance
In the third of its four-year residency at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) — the erstwhile Valley Performing Arts Center — the beautiful boutique contemporary-ballet troupe Aspen Santa Fe Ballet brings an evening of repertory dance to live musical accompaniment.  The program includes a new work Half/Cut/Split by ...

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 ...

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 ...

Jorma Elo’s smart-looking “Overglow”

Dance
We haven’t seen “Overglow” yet. It was created just this past summer in the mystical terrain of Santa Fe, New Mexico. There, superstar choreographer, Jorma Elo, sculpted “Overglow,” set to music by Beethoven and Mendelssohn, on the bending human pretzels of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, located outside Washington ...

Elo elicits elevated illumination

Dance · Language & ideas
Very pleased that HuffPo arts page found the tale of Jorma Elo, the Finnish-born freelance choreographer who’s about to premiere a new work commissioned for the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, sufficiently newsworthy to grant banner headline status ! Read it here.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet circles Southern California

Dance
Editor’s note: We reprint this interview with choreographer Jorma Elo dating from 2011 to encourage you to catch a performance of the wonderful Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in the southern California region. Oct 2, Granada Theater, Santa Barbara Oct 11, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, Malibu Oct 13, Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach  ********************************************* A ...

Maria Kochetkova & Jorma Elo rehearse for “Reflections” 1

Dance
Opening on 20 January 2010 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, er … update, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, is the co-production with the Bolshoi Ballet, “Reflections.” Preparing a feature story for the Los Angeles Times, I had the opportunity to chat with San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Maria Kochetkova (her astoundingly beautiful ...