|Innovative Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Dance Company|
to make Houston debut
Presented by Society for the Performing Arts
HOUSTON―Society for the Performing Arts (SPA), bringing the world’s best to Houston, presents the Houston debut of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet on Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m. in Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater.
With a sophisticated repertoire and broad appeal, combined with a successful blend of entertaining and engrossing contemporary dance, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has been embraced by audiences worldwide. The Company’s 10 young dancers will perform a program featuring some of the world’s foremost choreographers including Sweet Fields, set to 18th-century American hymns by William Billings, choreographed by Twyla Tharp; Red Sweet, a commissioned work with the music of Vivaldi and Biber , choreographed by Jorma Elo; and Noir Blanc, also a commissioned work set to New Age music and performed behind a scrim, conceived and directed by Moses Pendleton – co-founder of Pilobolus Dance Theatre and founder of MOMIX.
The classically trained ballet troupe has won national recognition as an eclectic and innovative dance company on the rise. “If there’s a classically trained company of the future, it’s Aspen Santa Fe Ballet,” hails the Boston Herald.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet began in 1995 when its founder, Bebe Schweppe, invited two dancers from New York, Tom Mossbrucker and Jean-Philippe Malaty, to join her in the creation of a new professional dance company based in Aspen. In 2000, the company merged with a Santa Fe performance group, resulting in a unique hybrid known as Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. The company performs in both of its home communities, and utilizes the surrounding beauty as a source of creative growth.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is also dedicated to arts education and has two official schools and a Mexican Folk Dance outreach program that serves more than 400 students. Only in their second decade of existence, the company has already received international recognition. In addition to performing in its home communities, the company also tours, dancing an average of 50 performances a year. They debuted at the Joyce Theater and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival to positive reviews, and soon began touring internationally.
Part of the IW Marks Dance Series, this performance is generously sponsored by KPMG, Continental Airlines, H-E-B and InvescoAim.
Tickets range from $20-$45 and can be purchased online at www.spahouston.org or by phone at 713-227-4772 or at the courtyard level ticket office at Jones Hall located at 615 Louisiana St. Hours of operation: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday. For groups of 15 or more, call 713-635-8113.
About Society for the Performing Arts
Founded in 1966, Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) is the largest independent non-profit presenting organization in the Southwest. Since its inception, SPA has sponsored more than 800 performances of the world’s finest music, dance and theater events, in adherence to the belief that the arts are fundamental to the overall enrichment and quality of life within the community. In addition to presenting artists, SPA seeks to provide a variety of learning experiences for adults and children through master classes, lectures and special student performances, as well as build relationships between the performing arts and other interests within the greater Houston area and throughout the state of Texas.