Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

aspenPittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, announces the return of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, featuring top global choreographers with bold visionary works, all performed by truly dynamic dancers. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will perform on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 8 p.m. at the Byham Theater as part of the 2014-2015 Dance Council Season.

Jean-Philippe Malaty, the company’s executive director, is happy to grace the Byham stage once again. “We are thrilled to be returning to Pittsburgh, as we fondly remember the warm welcome we received from the Pittsburgh audience on our debut four years ago. We are proud to present a vibrant program of works, all commissioned by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.”

“What I find so truly marvelous about Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is the artistic commitment to working with new, dynamic, and incredibly gifted choreographers,” shared Paul Organisak, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Dance Council and Vice President of Programming for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “Each program, including the one our Pittsburgh audiences will see, features some of the most exciting new contemporary ballets being created today by the remarkable dancers of this exquisite company.”

The company’s pioneering spirit arises from a tale of two distinct cities. Aspen, nestled in the Rocky Mountains, is known for modernist idealism. Santa Fe, the oldest capital in the United States, maintains a deeply historic atmosphere. Intertwining both of these contrasting perspectives is a contemporary ballet company that is classical at its core. As a result, it has shaped the cultural landscape of these communities, while influencing the dance field at large.

Due to this progressive vision, the company maintains a deep commitment to curating new ballets while cultivating choreographic talent, which has resulted in a catalogue of fresh, adventurous repertoire.

Square None, the company’s first commission by Norbert De La Cruz III, is an ambitious and expansive piece that explores themes of youth and naiveté. The Aspen Times commented, “It felt like a thrill, like a discovery of something new.”

Beautiful Mistake, a stunning piece by Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto, expertly exhibits the gorgeous physicality of this incredible company through dynamic partnering.

The newest work, Heart(s)pace by company favorite Nicolo Fonte, gives audiences a distinctively unique experience as the stage glows with exuberant light and color. This abstract piece explores the complexities of human emotion, specifically highlighting the depths of love and compassion, and illuminated with the importance of touch.

Tickets ($19 – $55) and are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. Subscription packages are available for: $64-$240. Subscriptions can be purchased in packages of 4 shows or 6 shows. To subscribe, call 412-456-1390. Groups of 10 or more tickets, please call 412-471-6930. For more information, visit www.TrustArts.org/dance.

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