August 27, 2008
The locally based Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company will make its premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 18. The company will appear as part of an all-day open-house marking the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Center.
The ASFB will appear alongside Suzanne Farrell Ballet and the Nevada Ballet. In an afternoon performance, the company will dance Moses Pendleton’s “Noir Blanc,” Twyla Tharp’s “Sinatra Suite” and a pas de deux from Gerald Arpino’s “Light Rain.” The early evening show will feature the ASFB performing Jorma Elo’s “1st Flash.”
The performances are free and open to the public.
Also, the ASFB will make its premiere at New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival, Sept. 26-27. The event is a celebration for choreographer Twyla Tharp, who will be presented with the Jerome Robbins Award for excellence in dance.
Tharp has invited the Aspen company to perform her “Sweet Fields.” The company will share the stage with the San Francisco Ballet, Compania Nacional de Danza, and Paul Taylor Dance Company.
For further information, go to aspensantafe ballet.com.
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Aspen Community Theatre has announced it will present its fall musical, “Chicago,” from Nov. 6-16 at the Aspen District Theatre. The production will be directed and choreographed by Marisa Post.
Auditions for “Chicago” will be held Friday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m., at the District Theatre. Those auditioning should bring a prepared song ” not from “Chicago” ” with sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. No prepared monologues are necessary.
For further information on auditions, call Rita Hunter at 923-3327.
Set in the Prohibition era and focused on the story of a celebrity murder, “Chicago” is a satire of the criminal justice system. The musical, with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and choreography by Bob Fosse, premiered on Broadway in 1975. A film adaptation in 2002, starring Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere, earned an Academy Award for Best Picture.
Jody Hecht and Rita Hunter are co-producers of the ACT production, with David Dyer serving as musical director and conductor. The production crew is rounded out by set designer Tom Ward, costume designer Kathleen Albert, lighting designer Loren Wilder and sound designer Arman Boyles.
Tickets for “Chicago” will go on sale Oct. 1.
For further information on ACT, go to aspencommunitytheatre.com.
The Wheeler Film Series has made a scheduling change to the September calendar.
“Brideshead Revisited,” a British adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s 1945 romance novel, will not be screened Sept. 9-11, as previously announced. In its place will be “Bottle Shock,” director Randall Miller’s documentary of the infamous 1976 blind tasting in Paris, now known as “the Judgment of Paris,” that put California wines on the international map.
The rest of the Wheeler Film schedule remains the same. For a full schedule of titles, dates and times, go to wheeleroperahouse.com.