The Byham Theater
Leading cutting-edge choreographers will bring their bold vision to Pittsburgh for just one night.
Kicking off Pittsburgh Dance Council‘s dynamic 2014-2015 season, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will perform on Saturday, October 11th, at the Byham Theater in downtown’s Cultural District. The renowned company’s vision focuses on presenting groundbreaking contemporary dance works by top emerging choreographers from around the globe.
A vibrant program of works that were all commissioned by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, the production will feature Square None, the company’s first commission by Norbert De La Cruz III, an ambitious and expansive work that explores themes of youth and naiveté. Beautiful Mistake, a dazzling work by Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto, will showcase the company’s movement expertise, gorgeous physicality and dynamic partnering. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s newest work is Heart(s)pace by Nicolo Fonte. Providing audiences with a distinctive experience as the stage glows with immersive light and color, the work explores concepts of love, compassion and the importance of touch.
The company’s pioneering spirit arises from a union of two distinct US cities. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, Aspen is known for its modernist idealism, while Santa Fe, the oldest capital in the US, maintains a deeply historic identity. Blending these perspectives is a classical contemporary ballet company that has helped to shape both the cultural landscape of these two cities, as well as influence the contemporary international dance scene.
Jean-Philippe Malaty, executive director of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, is happy to return to Pittsburgh after debuting on the Byham stage four years ago. Underscoring the company’s progressive vision is a deep commitment to curating new ballets, cultivating choreographic talent and presenting a catalogue of fresh and adventurous repertoire.