Juan Siddi Flamenco has moved on up to the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Under a new affiliation with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, the company now tours instead of working six nights a week all summer in Santa Fe.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet returns to the Lensic Performing Arts Center with two works commissioned by the company: 2012’s Square None, choreographed by the Princess Grace Foundation Award-winner Norbert De La Cruz III; and Nicolo Fonte’s recent The Heart(s)pace, based on themes of love and loss.
EntreFlamenco, a dance company launched in Madrid in 1998 by two protégés of María Benítez, is taking over the intimate “tablao” at the Lodge at Santa Fe
Local choreographer Micaela Gardner directs Federal Dances, her abstract-minimalist treatment set and staged in the Federal Plaza park in downtown Santa Fe.
Julie Brette Adams’ annual solo dance concert, One Woman Dancing, is not actually a solo performance this year. When Adams began to turn a duet she had choreographed with Kate Eberle in 2006 into a solo for this weekend’s production at the Santa Fe Playhouse, she decided, on a lark, to see if Eberle would come out of retirement to join her in the piece.
For a ballerina, is there life after Swan Lake? At 30, Michele Wiles left a position as principal dancer with the renowned American Ballet Theatre to start a small company — Ballet Next, which appears at the Lensic Performing Arts Center this weekend.
Glenn Giron is happily immersed in the musical-theater scene in and around New York City. He’s appeared in many regional productions, including Anything Goes and My Fair Lady. “If it wasn’t for the training I received at the National Dance Institute [NDI New Mexico], my life would be completely different,” said Giron.
This weekend’s 27th Annual Choreographers’ Showcase, presented by the New Mexico Dance Coalition, promises as much variety as a vaudeville show.
That a 10-person dance troupe based in two small cities has the ability to attract and pay up-and-coming and established European and American choreographers is a testament to the directors, Tom Mossbrucker and Jean-Philippe Malaty, whose taste in dancers as well as choreographers is a brilliant balance between practicality (budget and scale) and vision.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet performs at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in a program that includes the world premiere of a piece by Nicolo Fonte, who danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal and Nacho Duato’s Compañia Nacional de Danza in Madrid before retiring from performance in 2000 to focus on choreography.
Dancer Adam McKinney’s solo performance HaMapah combines movement, music, spoken word, and projected images to explore ancestry. The Hebrew title suggests a map tracing familial lineage or a tablecloth of woven heritage.
Reinking’s Suite Kander (1999), created for Kansas City Ballet, can be read as a double tribute — to the composer and to Fosse. She recently recast the work for members of NDI New Mexico’s preprofessional group, Company XCel — and the piece’s witty, sophisticated style fit them like a second skin.
The young people with Spirit of Uganda, a dance troupe performing at the Greer Garson Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 15, put on a razzle-dazzle show of mostly traditional music from their African homeland. All proceeds benefit Empower African Children, a nonprofit that works to provide scholarships for impoverished Ugandan children and that produces Spirit of Uganda.
Brazilians know how to party, and the state of Bahia in eastern Brazil has a reputation for making a very big deal when Carnival comes around. You could get a head start on that winter festival by catching the Carnival-inspired numbers that will be included in this week’s performance by the Balé Folclórico da Bahia.
Santa Fe-based dancer and choreographer Julie Brette Adams gives new meaning to the term “action painting” when she appears in the galleries at the New Mexico Museum of Art. In Connect With Art Through the Power of Dance, Adams tells the story of the museum’s artworks through movement.
The Lensic Performing Arts Center offers an entertainment titled Te Amo, Argentina that it describes as “a multimedia celebration of the dance and music of Argentina that will take audiences on a journey from the Andes Mountains to Buenos Aires.”
The numerous Santa Feans who spend their Thursday evenings listening to Hungarian folk music finally have the chance to witness the real deal on Thursday, Oct. 3. Calling the Hungarian State Folk Dance Ensemble a large company would be an understatement — it includes 30 dancers and two bands, one focusing on folk music and one on Gypsy music.
Straight on the clicking heels of Juan Siddi’s summer season at the María Benítez Cabaret, Antonio Granjero is stepping in with his EntreFlamenco company. Granjero and company kick off their season on Wednesday, Sept. 18. The program runs from Wednesday through Saturday every week until Oct. 12. Like Siddi, Granjero is a Spanish-born dancer who developed his skills on a national and then international stage.
Enrique Martínez Celaya’s The Pearl is already a pretty immersive affair. The SITE Santa Fe exhibit covers almost 12,000 square feet and surrounds visitors with artwork of many mediums — painting, sculpture, video, photography, sound, and writing. For three days, choreographed and improvised dance are also on that list, courtesy of Arcos Dance.
“It never crossed my mind," Katie Dehler said. "I thought I wasn’t good enough. I didn’t think I could become a professional dancer.” Now, it’s time for her to decide what to do next. Dehler’s last Santa Fe performance with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is on Saturday, Aug. 31.
It’s not often that African drums and dance come together with skilled tappers and local musicians, but when they do, it’s for Stepology’s Tap Into the Now! performance, which hits the Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco St.) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, to close the Santa Fe Tap Festival.
New York City is swarming with servicemen and women on leave. Three sailors enter a bar, have a beer, and begin to angle their way into the good graces of the first girls they find. They compete for dates not by making small talk or buying drinks but by dancing. This is the ballet Fancy Free, choreographed by Jerome Robbins, with music by Leonard Bernstein.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents two new ballets when it takes the stage at the Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco St.) at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13. Both ballets were commissioned by and created on the company.
Flamenco has a migratory tradition, one that began hundreds of years ago in distant lands. It’s appropriate, then, that the Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company has returned to its customary, though temporary, residence at the María Benítez Cabaret room in Santa Fe for the summer season.
W.H. Auden advised that “anyone who has a child today should train him to be either a physicist or a ballet dancer. Then he’ll escape.” Students from the local division of the School of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet show the results of following what may be the more rigorous path ...