Soulskin Dance returns to Aspen Fringe Fest |

Soulskin Dance returns to Aspen Fringe Fest

Soulskin Dance will perform "Satin & Swing" Friday night at the Aspen Fringe Festival.
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What: Soulskin Dance, “Satin & Swing”

Where: Aspen Fringe Festival, Aspen District Theatre

When: Friday, June 9, 7:30 p.m.

How much: $35

Tickets: Wheeler Opera House box office;

The San Francisco-based Soulskin Dance left an impression on Aspen last summer, with its debut at the Aspen Fringe Festival and a stunning site-specific performance at the Aspen Art Museum’s retrospective of Alan Shields’ massive cloth sculptures.

The company, run by Aspen Fringe dance program director Adrianna Thompson, is returning with a new show at this year’s festival. Like last year’s “A Pop Culture Journey” — which set the company’s contemporary movement to the sounds of Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, Iggy Pop and others — the new piece draws inspiration from pop music.

Soulskin’s “Satin & Swing” pays homage to the Roaring ’20s with elements of the slapper style and swing dancing of the day. The soundtrack comes from the likes of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.

“It’s based on parallels between the 21st century and the 1920s,” Thompsson explained.

The performance will also feature a duet by guest choreographer Dylan Elmore, best known for his work with Israel’s Batsheva Dance Co.

Soulskin also is returning to the museum later this summer as part of the evening-long “Current Attractions” festivities in the museum-wide exhibition of works by Wade Guyton, Peter Fischli and David Weiss. On July 28, Soulskin and a group of 6- to 8-year-old local children will present a site-specific ballet among the Fichli and Weiss sculptures in two galleries. If last year’s inspired museum performance is any indication, this should be a high point of the summer season.

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