Aspen Santa Fe Ballet announces summer line-up |

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet announces summer line-up

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will perform Alejandro Cerrudo's "Silent Ghost" during its 20th anniversary summer season.
Rosalie O’Connor |

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet announced Tuesday that it will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a return to Aspen for a packed summer season.

New for the summer are the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet premieres of Alejandro Cerrudo’s “Little mortal jump” and Jii Kylian’s “Sleepless.” Cerrudo’s 2012 work, “Little mortal jump” — his tenth creation for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, where he is choreographer-in-residence — takes a cinematic approach to stagecraft, introducing audiences to a mysterious place where dancers have dreamlike encounters. Choreographed in 2004 for Nederlands Dans Theater II — and featuring a young Alejandro Cerrudo in the original cast — Kylian’s “Sleepless” is a tense, enigmatic work for three couples whose movement takes them in front, behind, and even through a large, white backdrop.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s summer programs also bring back audience favorites from past seasons: Fernando Melo’s thought-provoking “Re:play,” Cayetano Soto’s vibrant “Huma Rojo,” Cerrudo’s touching “Silent Ghost” and Nicolo Fonte’s celebratory “The Heart(s)pace.” The repertoire is divided into two programs, A and B, which will each be performed twice (Program A: July 8 and 12; Program B: Aug. 16 and 27). The final performance of Program B on Aug. 27 also mark the retirement performance of long-standing company member Samantha Klanac Campanile, now in her 15th season with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.

In addition this summer, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will present two visiting companies that occupy opposing positions on the spectrum of dance in America: the hip, contemporary L.A. Dance Project in its Aspen debut (Aug. 4), and the return of Paul Taylor Dance Company (Aug. 13), a giant in the history of modern dance in America.

Also returning to Aspen for one night only is the popular Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe (July 23). The Santa Fe-based troupe recently completed a sold-out tour of theaters across Hawaii as well as an important debut week at the Joyce Theater in New York City. The company’s performances in Aspen will come on the heels of another exciting debut at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshires Hills in Massachusetts.

Tickets for all summer series performances go on sale to the public May 18. Tickets will be available online at; by phone through Aspen ShowTix at 970-920-5770; or in person at the Wheeler Opera House box office (320 E. Hyman Ave.). Ticket prices range from $25 to $94. All performances take place at the Aspen District Theatre.

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