[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Aspen Santa Fe Ballet performs three premieres May 3-7
AnneMarie at danceaffiliates.org
Thu Apr 13 18:14:48 EDT 2017
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (ASFB) wraps up the 2016-2017 NextMove season with three Philadelphia premieres showcasing the Company's technical prowess and range of moods and styles, May 3-7, Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street. The Company's newest commissioned work is Eudaemonia by Cherice Barton, choreographer for Broadway's Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark and America's Got Talent. The program also includes two works by Spanish-born choreographers Cayetano Soto's Huma Rojo (2016) and Alejandro Cerrudo's Silent Ghost (2015). Under the artistic direction of Tom Mossbrucker, ASFB, a contemporary ballet company, mixes American athleticism with European sophistication.
Performances take place Wednesday, May 3 at 7:30pm; Thursday, May 4 at 7:30pm; Friday, May 5 at 8:00pm; Saturday, May 6 at 2:00pm and 8:00 pm; and Sunday, May 7 at 3:00pm. Tickets are $20-$60 and can be purchased in person at the Prince Theater box office, by phone 215-422-4580 or online at http://princetheater.org/next-move. $10 Student tickets and $20 Industry tickets are available at the Box Office one hour prior to performance.
Eudaemonia (translates from Greek as "happiness") is Canadian choreographer Cherice Barton's first work created for the Company. Set to music by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, Jimmy Durante, Michael Jurin, Chronomad, Diana Kazakova and David Darling, the dance explores, through a series of vignettes, one's search for happiness by examining issues such as self-love, self-worth, forgiveness, perfectionism, and motherhood. The main character, danced by Pete Leo Walker, represents the very idea of happiness.
Alejandro Cerrudo's Silent Ghost reflects on tenderness, memories and loss. Filled with powerful imagery, this full ensemble work is Madrid-born Cerrudo's second work for ASFB. "They (the dancers) are open to anything. And that is a valuable thing. It takes the pressure off the choreographer and encourages you to go for it, to try new things, to not play it safe," Cerrudo notes.
The program closes with the flamboyant and humorous Huma Rojo (meaning "red smoke") by Barcelona-born choreographer Cayetano Soto. Named for the central character in the Spanish film, All About My Mother, and set to a medley of Latin retro beat songs by Ray Barretto, Nat "King" Cole, Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra, Abbe Lane, and Pérez Prado and His Orchestra, it features the company in flaming red pants and shirts designed by Kim Laursen. The movement, with undercurrents of classical technique, is playful and based in part on Latin American social dances while reflecting Soto's sublime wit.
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