Aspen Santa Fe Ballet to Return to Harris Theater, 10/5
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 Saturday, 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.
Single tickets range from $25 to $75 and are available now through the Harris Theater Box Office, by phone at 312-334-7777 or online at www.harristheaterchicago.org.