Aspen Santa Fe Ballet reveals summer plans

ASFB in Nicolo Fonte’s The Heart(s)pace. Photo by Sharen Bradford.Aspen Santa Fe Ballet celebrates its 20th anniversary with a season filled with world premieres and prestigious engagements around the country. After a busy spring touring schedule that featured highlights such as the company’s debut in Venice, Italy, and the first performance of an important three-year residency at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, CA, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will return to Aspen for a packed summer season!


New for the summer are the ASFB premieres of Alejandro Cerrudo’s Little mortal jump and Jiří Kylián’s Sleepless. Cerrudo’s 2012 work Little mortal jump—his 10th creation for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago where he is choreographer-in-residence—takes a cinematic approach to stagecraft, introducing its viewers to a mysterious place where dancers have dreamlike encounters. Choreographed in 2004 for Nederlands Dans Theater II—and featuring a young Alejandro Cerrudo in the original cast—Kylián’s Sleepless is a tense, enigmatic work for three couples whose movement takes them in front, behind and even through a large, white backdrop.


ASFB’s summer programs also bring back audience favorites from past seasons: Fernando Melo’s thought-provoking Re:play, Cayetano Soto’s vibrant Huma Rojo, Cerrudo’s touching Silent Ghost and Nicolo Fonte’s celebratory The Heart(s)pace. The repertoire is divided into two programs, A and B; the final performance of Program B in each city will also be the retirement performance of long-standing company member Samantha Klanac Campanile, now in her 15th season with ASFB.


In Aspen only, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will present two visiting companies that occupy opposing positions on the spectrum of dance in America: the hip, contemporary L.A. Dance Project (LADP) in its Aspen debut (August 4), and the return of Paul Taylor Dance Company (August 13), a giant in the history of modern dance in America.


Fresh off a sold-out tour of theaters across Hawaii, as well as an important debut week at the Joyce Theater in New York City, Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe will give three performances in Santa Fe and one in Aspen during the month of July. The company’s performances in Santa Fe will come on the heels of another exciting debut at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshires.


Tickets for all summer series performances go on sale to the public on Wednesday, May 25. For Aspen and Santa Fe ticketing information, visit


Read more about ASFB celebrating its 20th anniversary in this Dance Informa Magazine article from January:


Photo: ASFB in Nicolo Fonte’s The Heart(s)pace. Photo by Sharen Bradford.