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Ballet program a crowd pleaser

Aspen Times Staff

The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's program of mixed repertoire, at the Aspen District Theatre, includes Trey McIntyre's "Like a Samba."

No decent ballet company can be encapsulated in one dance. But the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet comes close with “The Same Wall.”

The piece, commissioned by the company and premiered in 2002, cemented the relationship between the ASFB and rising choreographer Nicolo Fonte.

“The Same Wall” showcases one of the company’s hallmarks, its athleticism, using a take on the locally popular sport of rock climbing. Thematically, the dance is about overcoming obstacles, a notion entwined with the very existence of the company.

It is but one piece the company will present tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. in a program of audience favorites.

The ASFB performances, at the Aspen District Theatre, include Trey McIntyre’s “Like a Samba,” set to songs by Astrud Gilberto, and David Parsons’ “Wolfgang,” a Mozart tribute which had its world premiere in Aspen in February.

Tickets are $20, $38, $48 and $58, available at the theater box office starting an hour before the show. Or, call 925-6098.

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The ASFB also performs a children’s show Saturday at 4 p.m.

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