Aspen, Hong Kong, Santa Fe Summer

- June 22, 2012

“Has a nice ring to it…”

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s summer season has an interesting symmetry to it. Two Aspen Santa Fe performances bracket a first-time appearance of the Hong Kong Ballet at the Lensic on July 31. This will be one of the company’s first performances in the U.S. since 2004, and is one of three U.S. appearances this year, including those at the famed Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in July and August. The company will perform a repertoire featuring work by choreographers Kinsun Chan, Peter Quanz and Nils Christe melding classical technique with contemporary influences in an evening of internationally-influenced ballet.

ASF Ballet’s summer season begins with evening performances on July 13 and 14, which include a world premiere by Spanish choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo of Hubbard Street Dance, Chicago, as well as choreographer Norbert De La Cruz’ smash hit “Square None”, and Cayetano Soto’s delightful “Kiss Me Goodnight.”

The finale of this triple play is the end-of-summer performance on September 1 of an entirely different program; featuring a collection of audience favorites: “Uneven”, by Cayetano Soto, Nicolo Fonte’s breathtaking “In Hidden Seconds”; and Jirí Kylián’s charming “Sechs Tanse.”

ASB’s summer performances are always refreshing summer treats and this summer’s fare, sandwiching, as it does, the exotic works of the Hong Kong Ballet between the always substantial work of choreographers like Kylián, Fonte and Hubbard’s Cerrudo, is sure to please.