Aspen Santa Fe Ballet circles Southern California


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.


A commission to create a brand new ballet for a boutique troupe like Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is a really big deal, even for a well established choreographer like Jorma Elo. In order for the Finnish-born dance maker to continue to dazzle with his ground-breaking, technique-busting contemporary dance works, he’s gotta have ’em: commissions.

“You see, I love this job, it’s the best,” says the freelancer in his lilting Scandinavian accent. He’s speaking by phone from New Mexico, where he’s rehearsing “Over Glow,” in which six members of the Southwestern ballet troupe interpret the music of Beethoven and Mendelssohn. “I can’t wait to get into the studio.”

“You can do it at home, you can try to mess around in the living room with music and be inspired, but in the end — how you get better — it’s in the studio with the dancers,” he says, adding slyly, “and I prefer to work than stay at home.”

Read on … and see the slide show on The Huffington Post

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