Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
is a contemporary
ballet company; the three commissioned works on the program for the Wortham are influenced by hip-hop, Latin dance, ballroom, Broadway and pop singers. “We believe ballet is a living art form,” says Malaty. “We believe the sheer visceral power of dance can make people happy or move them emotionally.” So expect to laugh as dancers decked out in red groove to Xavier Cugat and Pérez Prado in Cayetano Soto’s Huma Rojo
, and think as Cherice Barton uses cuts, montage, sound mixing and voiceover to explore happiness in Eudaemonia
. And, Malaty notes, “[it’s] not unusual for us to see a grown man coming [out at] intermission and crying” after viewing Alejandro Cerrudo’s poetic Silent Ghost
8 p.m. April 21. 501 Texas. For information, call 713-227-4772 or visit spahouston.org
. $43 to $103.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet shares its bold vision to the world, with top choreographers, a distinctive and groundbreaking repertoire, and virtuoso dancers, fostering a jewel of a dance company that’s centered in the American West. That pioneering spirit comes from its dual set of home cities: Aspen, nestled in the Rocky Mountains, and Santa Fe, situated atop the Southwestern plateau. This two-decade old contemporary dance company is shaping the cultural landscape of those two cities, and the dance field at large. Their deep commitment to curating new ballets while also cultivating burgeoning new choreographers has resulted in an adventurous and cutting-edge repertoire. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has come to epitomize the contemporary-classical genre.
Executive director Jean-Philippe Malaty doesn’t blame you for assuming his company is all pointe work and toe shoes — ballet is in the name, after all — but