The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will not present its annual Aspen Dance Festival this summer, due to construction of the new Aspen Middle School and renovations being made at the Aspen District Theatre.The ASFB has presented the Aspen Dance Festival since 1999. The summer series has presented such companies as the Paul Taylor Dance Company, the Trey McIntyre Project, MOMIX and Ballet West, as well as the ASFB company.The ASFB company will make a local appearance this summer. The company is scheduled to perform July 16 at the Benedict Music Tent in a collaborative presentation with the Aspen Music Festival. The performance, featuring live musical accompaniment, will include Nicolo Fonte’s “Left Unsaid” Jorma Elo’s “Pointeoff.” The company is also scheduled to tour the States and Europe through the summer.The ASFB will return to the renovated Aspen District Theatre in December 2007 with its annual production of “The Nutcracker.”For further information on the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, go to http://www.aspenballet.com.
The Aspen Art Museum will present its second annual spring film and video series later this month. “Four Thursday Nights: Minus” will present screenings on four consecutive Thursdays beginning April 26. The screenings are free and open to the public, and begin at 5 p.m.The four films, grouped under the “Minus” theme, revolve around reductive techniques, highlighting editing, animation, camera distance and performance. Four Thursday Nights is curated by Aspen Art Museum director Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson and assistant curator Matthew Thompson.The series opens with “The Simpson Verdict,” German-born, San Francisco-based artist Kota Ezawa’s animated film about the murder trial of O.J. Simpson. Following on consecutive Thursdays are “Once in the XX Century,” a pseudo-documentary about political history by Lithuanian Deimantas Narkevicius; “Firehole,” Polish-born, Brooklyn-based artist Pawel Wojtasik’s piece about the life cycle of drag-race cars; and American David Hammons’ “Phat Free,” a meditation about urban activity and death.Each video will be displayed for a week following its Thursday Night premiere.
Carbondale Mountain Fair is seeking submissions for its annual T-shirt and poster design contest. The creator of the winning design will get $500, and the design will be used for the 2007 Mountain Fair posters and T-shirts. The 36th annual festival is set for July 27-29 in Carbondale’s Sopris Park.The theme of this year’s Mountain Fair is “Puppet Revolution, All the Fair’s a Stage,” with valley residents creating puppets to perform throughout the event. The deadline for entries is May 15. For complete contest information, call 963-0139, or go to http://www.carbondalearts.com.Mountain Fair features arts and crafts booths, music, kids’ entertainment, food stands, contests and more. The event is a fundraiser for the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities.
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