Even reluctant boyfriends will spring for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, a company that takes classical dance and makes it relevant to the iPod generation. Globally renowned for high-energy interpretations of complex standards, the Southwestern company its studios and schools are based in Aspen and Santa Fe brings an expert athleticism to its performances. On the evenings playbill: a sexy, tough rendition of Sweet Fields set to 18th-century American hymns and choreographed by the legendary Twyla Tharp; an enactment of Red Sweet set to Vivaldi and Biber; and a performance of Noir Blanc, directed by the inimitable Moses Pendleton. Just 20 years old, the company is comprised of 11 dancers and is known for its sophisticated, worldly edge. Its no stranger to glowing reviews, either The New York Times recently gushed that the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will charm even the most cynical of dance fans. Judge for yourself today at 7:30 p.m. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-227-4772 or visit www.spahouston.org. $27 to $47.
Fri., May 8, 7:30 p.m., 2009