One Night Only, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet returns to Chicago! Saturday, October 5 at 7:30 pm, the company will grace the Harris Theater Stage (205 E. Randolph) for the first full program in Chicago since May, 2011.
Artistic Director, Tom Mossbrucker, and Executive Director Jean-Phillippe Malaty bring Aspen Santa Fe Ballet back to Chicago at the tail end of a busy tour. Though guest artists have sprinkled in from the company to take part in the Chicago Dancing Festival in 2011 and 2009, Saturday will be the first full evening by the company in the Windy City since 2011. Known for its fresh repertory, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is an all commission-based company, working with new choreographers and new works yearly.
Three works by choreographers Jorma Elo, Cayetano Soto, and Chicago's own Alejandro Cerrudo take the stage in a beautiful combination of colors and styles for this one night only program.
Elo's Over Glow is a treat for the eyes as Aspen Santa Fe's leggy contemporary ballerinas wear short skirts and leotards, exposing their ribbon-like lines. If the dancing itself is not enough, the backdrop provides a cinematic experience as it shifts through a series of bright colors that compliment the dancers' outfits. Bare bones and simple, the stage deisgn needs nothing more than the bold colors to keep this piece delicious.
Next up is Beautiful Mistake by Spanish choreographer, Cayetano Soto. This piece for nine dancers is set to music by Olafur Arnalds and Charles Wilson. Chicago had the opportunity to see Soto's Uneven in the 2011 Chicago Dancing Festival but will be a new audience for Beautiful Mistake.
Finally, and probably most exciting to true blue Chicago Dance fans, Hubbard Street's resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo presents work, extending the first time opportunity for home audiences to see his work on a company other than Hubbard Street. Dramatic in dynamics with a sparing yet poigniant use of gestures, Last provides an excellent taste of crystal-clear Cerrudo aesthetic. Aspen Santa Fe's dancers appear grounded in a way not typical of most ballet dancers, even contemporary ballet dancers, a quality most certainly attributed to Cerrudo's influence.
Don't miss your chance to see this exciting mashup of choreographers on Aspen Santa Fe's return to Chicago. Tickets available at http://www.harristheaterchicago.org/ or by calling The Harris Theater Box Office phone at 312-334-7777.