Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Returns to Harris Theater for One-Night Performance Tonight
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, the innovative contemporary Dance Company from the American West led by Artistic Director Tom Mossbrucker and Executive Director Jean-Philippe Malaty, returns to the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Street, for one performance only tonight, October 5 at 7:30 pm.
Presented as part of "The Harris Theater at 10" anniversary season, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (ASFB) has not performed a full program in Chicago since its one-night-only engagement at the Harris in May 2011. Other Windy City appearances in recent years include stints at the Chicago Dancing Festival in 2011 and 2009. For its 2013 visit, the company - known for its fresh repertory - presents an evening comprised entirely of work commissioned by ASFB. The bill features three dances by leading international choreographers Jorma Elo,Cayetano Soto and longtime Chicago dancer/choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo.
Finnish choreographer Elo presents Over Glow set to music by Mendelssohn and Beethoven. This work for six dancers features a series of duets and ensembles in front of a bright, color-shifting backdrop. Over Glow was commissioned by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in 2011 and is the third original commission and fourth work overall by Elo in the company's repertory.
The company also performs Spanish choreographer Soto's Beautiful Mistake, a work for nine dancers set to music by Ólafur Arnalds and Charles Wilson that just saw its world premiere in Aspen this past July. This is Soto's fourth work with the company, including his piece Uneven which Chicago audiences had a chance to see in the 2011 Chicago Dancing Festival.
Rounding out the program is another ASFB original commission, Last by Cerrudo, resident choreographer and dancer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Despite Cerrudo's regular choreographic presence here, this will be Chicagoans' first look at this work, a 2012 premiere, and the first time a company other than Hubbard Street has presented his work locally.
About the Choreographers
Alejandro Cerrudo, born in Madrid, Spain, received his training at the Real Conservatorio Professional de Danza de Madrid. After becoming a professional dancer in 1998, Cerrudo's dance career has been shaped and enriched by various dance companies including Victor Ullate Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater 2 and, since 2005, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In 2008, Cerrudo was named Hubbard Street Choreographic Fellow and became the company's first Resident Choreographer in 2009. Cerrudo has created several works for Hubbard Street and for the company's unique collaborations with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Nederlands Dans Theater. Cerrudo's works are performed by dance companies around the U.S. and the world, including in Germany, Denmark, Netherlands and Australia.
Finnish-born Jorma Elo trained with the Finnish National Ballet School and the Kirov Ballet School in Leningrad. Prior to joining Netherlands Dance Theater in 1990, he danced with Finnish National Ballet from 1978 through 1984 and Cullberg Ballet from 1984 to 1990. Elo has received commissions from Netherlands Dance Theatre 1, Basel Ballet, Houston Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Stockholm 59° North, Alberta Ballet, Staatstheater Nurnberg and Ballet X. Elo was named Resident Choreographer of Boston Ballet in 2005. He has since created numerous works in the U.S. and internationally, including Slice to Sharp for New York City Ballet, Glow-Stop and C. to C. (Close to Chuck) for American Ballet Theatre,Double Evil for San Francisco Ballet, Carmen for Boston Ballet, A Midsummer Night's Dream for Vienna State Opera Ballet, Pur ti Mirofor National Ballet of Canada, 10 to Hyper M for Royal Danish Ballet and Offcore for Finnish National Ballet. His From All Sidesdebuted in 2007 for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, to a commissioned score from Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Mead Composer-in- Residence, Mark Anthony Turnage. He is also a skilled designer of costumes, lighting and video effects for his ballets.
Cayetano Soto, born in Spain, started his dance education in his hometown of Barcelona at the Institut del Teatre and continued his studies at the Koninklijk Consevatorium in The Hague. After receiving his degree in Classical Dance, Soto signed his first professional contract with IT Dansa in Barcelona before joining the Ballet Theater Munich a year later in 1998. For Ballet Theater Munich, he created several successful ballets and one of his first signature pieces, FUGAZ. In September 2005, he became a freelance choreographer. Since then, the most important collaborations were with international companies including Stuttgarter Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Balé da Cidade de Sao Paulo, BJM Montreal, Introdans, Introdans voor de Jeugd, Gauthier Dance Company, Companhia Nacional de Bailado, Perm Opera and Ballet Theater, Návodní Divadlo Brno, Tanz Luzern Theater and Northwest Dance Project in Portland. In 2009, he began a continuous collaboration with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and Introdans Ensemble voor de jeugd, where he produced new ballets for the companies. Fascinated by the fashion label Talbot Runhof, he started to collaborate with the designers in several projects. Today Soto is based in Munich.