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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet to Play the Joyce Theatre, 10/16-21

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet to Play the Joyce Theatre, 10/16-21

The highly acclaimed Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will present a program of three NYC premieres, at The Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Avenue at 19th street) from October 16 - 21. Tickets range in price from $10-$59 and can be arranged online at www.Joyce.org or by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800.

Under the direction of Jean-Philippe Malaty and Tom Mossbrucker, formerly of the Joffrey Ballet, the 17-year old Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (ASFB) has achieved a distinguished level of maturity and maintains a sophisticated repertory that belies its young age. During this 2012 Joyce engagement, the company’s sixth, ASFB performs an exhilarating program of three contemporary dances exemplifying its commitment to commissioning groundbreaking work by both world renowned and emerging choreographers.

The program includes an evening of three NYC premieres of contemporary ballets, all commissioned by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and all three are recipients of prestigious foundation support including the introduction of Norbert de la Cruz whose new ballet, Square None (2012), was underwritten in part by The Jerome Robbins New Essential Works grant. ASFB was the first company to commission a work by this recent Princes Grace Award recipient. Second on the program is Last (2012) by Spanish choreographer, Alejandro Cerrudo (resident choreographer of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago). Last was underwritten in part by The Joyce Theater Foundation. OVER GLOW (2011), by Jorma Elo, will close the program. This is ASFB's fourth work by this popular Finnish choreographer. OVER GLOW was underwritten in part by the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.

Performances at The Joyce Theater are Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30pm, Thursday-Saturday at 8:00pm and Sunday at 2:00pm. Dance Chat, a free post-performance talkback with the artists, will take place on Wednesday, October 17, and is open to all attending that evening’s performance. Tickets range from $10-$49 ($10-$37 for Joyce members) and are available by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 or at www.Joyce.org. Please note: Ticket prices are subject to change. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s founder, Bebe Schweppe, was visionary when, in 1996, she invited Tom Mossbrucker and Jean-Philippe Malaty to create a company that residents in the Aspen valley could call their own. Initially based solely in Aspen, Colorado, a second home for the company was created in 2000 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In sync with the world-class artistic activities in each of these beautiful communities, ASFB has helped strengthen the cultural fabric of both cities.

With its sophisticated repertoire and broad appeal, combined with a successful blend of entertaining and engrossing contemporary dance, ASFB is one of the great success stories in American dance today. Audiences locally, nationally, and internationally have embraced this vibrant company on stellar stages such as The Joyce Theater in New York City, the famed Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, The Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago, and in foreign venues including Canada, France, Italy, Greece and Guatemala.

Over the years, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has grown to become a multi-faceted entity, as both an internationally recognized dance company and one of the largest dance presenters in the country. As the company travels to cities far and wide, ASFB also presents leading dance companies at home in Aspen and Santa Fe throughout the year. The umbrella of ASFB extends equally to education. With a thriving dance school and an award winning Mexican folk dance outreach program, ASFB serves over 500 children in Colorado and New Mexico. In 2010, ASFB directors Tom Mossbrucker and Jean-Philippe Malaty were honored by The Joyce Theater Foundation in New York City for creating this innovative model for an American dance institution.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet appeals, with its adventurous repertoire and the inspiring landscapes of its home communities, as a gathering place for the finest dancers and choreographers in the world. Never forgetting its deep roots in the creative and historic wealth of these majestic and awe-inspiring communities, the organization remains deeply committed to expanding and enriching the world of dance. With its fusion of classical good sense and western ingenuity, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet blends the best of both worlds to create a dance company that is truly unique.

TOM MOSSBRUCKER (Artistic Director) has been artistic director of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet since 1996. For the past sixteen years Tom has built a prestigious arts/dance organi­zation sharing two homes in Aspen and Santa Fe. Not being a choreographer himself has freed Tom as an artistic director to cultivate highly refined and challenging works of con­temporary ballet. His shining achievement is a roster of 24 ballets created on commission for ASFB by leading global choreographers. Tom began dance training at age four, study­ing tap in his hometown of Tacoma, Wash­ington. He studied ballet in New York City at the School of American Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet School. His twenty years as a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, performing in over 70 ballets, coincided with a period of high artistic achievement for the company. Tom danced in creations by the world’s great choreographers: Fredrick Ashton, George Balanchine, Laura Dean, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylián, Mark Morris, Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp. Signature roles included Iago in Jose Limon’s The Moor’s Pavane; Cham­pion Roper in Agnes DeMille’s Rodeo; Billy in Eugene Loring’s Billy the Kid; and Romeo in Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet. All of this rich and diverse dance background Tom brings to his coaching of young dancers today. In 2010, Tom, along with Executive Director Jean- Philippe Malaty, was honored with The Joyce Theater Foundation Award for contribution to the field of dance. A former board member of Dance USA, Tom currently serves on the board of The Gerald Arpino and Robert Jof­frey Foundation.


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