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 Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo, as well as Where We Left Off (2011) commissioned by ASFB and choreographed by Nicolo Fonte, and Return to a Strange Land (1975) from Jiří Kylián with music by Leoš Janáček. These three choreographers have created multiple works, each, for the company which has been a pioneer and innovator in the area of commissioning adventurous new ballets.
The entire program will be performed to live music provided by pianist Joyce Yang, a Van Cliburn International Piano Competition silver medalist praised by The Washington Post for, “attention to detail and clarity, agility, balance and velocity.”
Said Thor Steingraber, executive director of The Soraya: “We’re excited to host a new work by Jorma Elo, one of dance’s most sought-after choreographers. We are also presenting works from Jiří Kylián, who continues to be a trailblazer and inspiration in the dance world and Nicolo Fonte, a favorite of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. This is an outstanding trio of 21st century dance makers.”
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet | Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) | April 7