Aspen Santa Fe Ballet On-Night-Only Performance Set for April 17th at The Lensic Performing Arts Center, a Featured Business, in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is presenting a one-night-only repeat performance of the dance company’s March shows at The Lensic Performing Arts Center, located at 211 W. San Francisco St., Santa Fe, New Mexico. Performances include Jorma Elo’s latest commissioned ballet ‘OverGlow’, the smash hit ‘Square None’ by the recently discovered Norbert De La Cruz III, and Nicolo Fonte’s enduring ballet, ‘Left Unsaid’ with live accompaniment by violinist Ari Isaacman-Beck; the company sees this encore performance as the highlight of the ballet season.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet On-Night-Only Performance Set For April 17th At The Lensic Performing Arts Center, A Featured Business, In Santa Fe, New Mexico

“Marvelous troupe, beautiful people who dance beautifully…what’s not to love?,” said Sid Smith of The Chicago Tribune.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at Santa Fe’s The Lensic Performing Arts Center, A Featured Business on, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is bringing their March shows to town for a one-night-only encore performance. The event offers a special presentation for ballet fans with a total of three ballets coming to the stage from several showcase ballet choreographers including Norbert L. De La Cruz III, Boston Ballet Resident Choreographer Jorma Elo and Nicolo Fonte. Each choreographer brings a wealth of both dance ballet and choreographer career accolades to the stage. For ballet fans in and about Santa Fe and southwestern part of the United States the evening of the 17th of April is a great opportunity to see some amazing performances from a talented dance troupe led by a three very gifted and successful choreographers.

“Marvelous troupe, beautiful people who dance beautifully…what’s not to love?,” said Sid Smith of The Chicago Tribune.

Norbert L. De La Cruz III was born in the Philippines and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He embarked on his artistic journey as a dancer at 13 years of age, training at the Gabriella Axelrad Education foundation, The LA County HS for the Arts, ABT NYC, San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Lines Ballet, and was scholarship recipient for the 2009 & 2011 summer of Netherlands Dans Theatre Dance Course. In May of 2010, Norbert graduated from The Juilliard School with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes.

His professional experience includes performing with the Metropolitan Opera House in their production of Aida, performing repertoire from choreographers such as Adam Hougland, David Parker, Johannes Wieland, Ohad Naharin, Jill Johnson and Aszure Barton. Norbert has toured internationally with Aszure Barton & Artists and Balletto Teatro di Torino (Italy). He has recently finished his season with Lustig Dance Theatre. He also pursues his talents in photography and continues to dance with a high emphasis on choreography and movement invention.

Jorma Elo, Boston Ballet Resident Choreographer. Finnish-born Jorma Elo is one of the most sought-after choreographers in the world. Elo, who was named Resident Choreographer of Boston Ballet in 2005, was singled out as a “talent to follow” by Anna Kisselgoff in her 2004 Year in Review for The New York Times. It was an astute observation. He has since created numerous works in the US and internationally, including Slice to Sharp for New York City Ballet, Glow-Stop and C. to C. (Close to Chuck) for American Ballet Theatre, Double Evil for San Francisco Ballet, Carmen for Boston Ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Vienna State Opera Ballet, Pur ti Miro for National Ballet of Canada, 10 to Hyper M for Royal Danish Ballet, and Offcore for Finnish National Ballet. His From All Sides debuted in 2007 for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, to a commissioned score from Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Mead Composer-in- Residence, Mark Anthony Turnage, and the piece was conducted by Maestro Esa-Pekka Salonen. Elo trained with the Finnish National Ballet School and the Kirov Ballet School in Leningrad. Prior to joining Netherlands Dance Theater in 1990, he danced with Finnish National Ballet from 1978 through 1984 and Cullberg Ballet from 1984 to 1990. For Boston Ballet, Elo has created six world premieres: Sharp Side of Dark (2002), Plan to B (2004), Carmen (2006), Brake the Eyes (2007), In On Blue (2008), and Le Sacre du Printemps (2009). Elo has received commissions from Netherlands Dance Theatre 1, Basel Ballet, Houston Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Stockholm 59° North, Alberta Ballet, Staatstheater Nurnberg, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and Ballet X. He is also a skilled designer of costumes, lighting and video effects for his ballets. The 2005 Helsinki International Ballet Competition awarded Elo a choreographic prize and he is the recipient of the Prince Charitable Trust Prize and the Choo-San Goh Choreographic Award in 2006. Dance Magazine (April, 2007) featured Elo on their cover with a corresponding article, Pointe Magazine named him a Dance VIP of 2006, and Esquire Magazine named him a “Master Artist” in 2008.

Nicolo Fonte, Choreographer, was born in Brooklyn, New York and started dancing at the age of 14. He studied at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York as well as at the San Francisco Ballet and New York City Ballet Schools while completing a Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts at SUNY Purchase. Upon graduation he danced with Peridance in NYC and later joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, dancing in the works of Balanchine, Tudor, Kudelka and Spaniard Nacho Duato. Fonte subsequently joined Duato's Compañia Nacional de Danza in Madrid and forged a strong identity in the Spanish company for seven years - for both his dancing and his choreography. “En los Segundos Ocultos,” (“In Hidden Seconds”), one of three ballets Fonte made for the Spanish company, was hailed as a breakthrough work of great impact with the poetic vision of a mature artist and indeed this ballet established his presence on the European dance scene. In 2000 Fonte retired from performing to devote himself full-time to his choreographic career. Since that time he has created or staged his ballets for The Dutch National Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Stuttgart Ballet, The Australian Ballet, The Göteborg Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, The Washington Ballet, Ballett Mainz, Ballett Nürnberg, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, TANZ Ensemble Cathy Sharp, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Tulsa Ballet, Ballet British Columbia and Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal.

Praised by the Swiss newspaper Le Nouvelliste for his “impressive, masterful finesse,” Ari Isaacman-Beck won the Second Prize and Children’s Jury Award in the 2006 Sion-Valais (formerly Tibor Varga) International Violin Competition, and the Scharff Prize in Violin from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Mr. Isaacman-Beck has performed as a soloist with the Lithuanian State Symphony under Shlomo Mintz, the Cleveland Bach Consort, Minnetonka Symphony, and the MacPhail Orchestra. His performances have also taken him to the Tonhalle in Zürich; various venues in Sion, Switzerland; and to Connecticut, Maine, New York, and Ohio. Isaacman-Beck’s solo performances have been broadcast on Cleveland’s WCLV Classical Radio Station, KSJN Minnesota Public Radio, WVIZ (Cleveland Public Television), and on the nationally distributed cable television program, “Music da Camera.”

Mr. Isaacman-Beck has served as Concertmaster of the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and the Minnesota Youth Symphony. As a chamber musician, he has studied under members of the Brentano, Cavani, Cleveland, and Juilliard String Quartets. Festival Appearances include Kneisel Hall, ENCORE School for Strings, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. Academically, Mr. Isaacman-Beck was Valedictorian of Breck School in Minneapolis, a National Merit Scholar, and received numerous awards from Breck and CIM in Spanish, math, and overall scholastic achievement. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree at the Juilliard School as a full scholarship student of Ronald Copes.

Austin Scarlett is a designer whose work spans the realms of fashion, theatre and pop culture. Scarlett’s designs have been described as “magic” (The New York Times), “worthy of a goddess” (Elle), “technically innovative and esthetically sublime” (Madam Figaro), and he, a “bright young thing” (Artforum).
Born in Cottage Grove, Oregon, as a teenager Austin moved to New York to pursue his education at The Fashion Institute of Technology. He also studied fine arts at The Art Students League of New York. After graduating, Austin continued his studies by working as an apprentice costume archivist at the Museum at FIT and their collection of historic costume and Haute Couture.

In 2005 Austin made television and fashion history with the creation of his immortal corn-husk dress, on the very first episode of the Peabody award- winning Project Runway. Austin continued to develop his reputation for couture when he served as creative director of international bridal and evening collection Kenneth Pool, designing over six seasons of gowns from Spring 2006 to Spring 2009. Scarlett’s other Television projects have included his traveling fashion adventure, On the Road with Austin and Santino, 2010, and Project Runway All-Stars, airing 2012.

Austin’s life-long love for theatrical performance has led him to costume design and collaboration with artists such as Shen Wei at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, David Parson’s Dance as seen on PBS, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Greenwich Music Festival: 2010 El Cimmarone, 2011 Jean Cocteau. Scarlett also enjoys sharing his design talents in support of the arts and charitable causes including The New York Public Library, Equity Fights AIDS, Live Out Loud, Women in Need, and City Opera. Austin lives in New York City.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting Tickets Santa Fe: 505-988-1234, stopping by the box office (Tickets Santa Fe at the Lensic) or going online: Tickets are $20, $36, $62 & $72.

“Stark, sleek, and chock-full of moves that skirt the edges of contemporary movement.” Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is not your average ballet company. At an ASFB performance you won’t see many tutus or toe shoes, or other typical ballet clichés. What you will see are eleven amazingly graceful athletes pulling off challenging and eye-catching movement to create cutting-edge, contemporary ballet. Audiences in cities such as New York, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles have embraced Aspen Santa Fe Ballet as “one of the hottest tickets in ballet.”

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s founder, Bebe Schweppe, visionary when, in 1996, she invited Tom Mossbrucker and Jean-Philippe Malaty to create a ballet company that Aspen could call its own. Initially known as Aspen Ballet Company, a partnership in 2000 led to the creation of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. The company has called both Aspen and Santa Fe “home” ever since. In sync with the world-class artistic offerings in each of these communities, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has strengthened the cultural fabric of both cities with its abundant and diverse dance offerings. With its sophisticated repertoire and broad appeal, combined with a successful blend of entertaining and engrossing contemporary ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is one of the great success stories in American dance today. Audiences have embraced this vibrant company on stellar stages including The Joyce Theater in New York City; the famed Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; The Kennedy Center; Wolf Trap; The Harris Theater in Chicago; and in foreign venues including Canada, France, Greece, Guatemala, Israel and Italy.

With ballet schools, educational outreach and a dance presentation series in both home communities, Aspen Santa Ballet has become a multi-faceted dance institution. As its own company tours the globe, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents many of the world’s leading dance companies at home in Aspen and Santa Fe throughout the year. The organization’s umbrella extends equally to education. With a thriving dance school and an award winning Mexican folk dance outreach program, The School of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and Folklórico serve over 800 children in Colorado and New Mexico. In 2010, The Joyce Theater Foundation in New York City honored Tom Mossbrucker and Jean- Philippe Malaty for pioneering this innovative model for American dance.

With its adventurous repertoire and the inspiring landscapes of its home communities, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet appeals as a gathering place for the finest dancers and choreographers in the world. Never forgetting its deep roots in the creative and historic wealth of these majestic and awe-inspiring communities, the organization remains deeply committed to expanding and enriching the world of dance. With its fusion of classical good sense and western ingenuity, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet blends the best of both worlds to create a dance company that is truly unique.

The mission of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is to cultivate and enhance an understanding and appreciation of dance by maintaining the highest standards of artistic excellence in performance, education and outreach.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

To arrange interviews and obtain video or photos, please contact Jennica Deely, Director of Marketing, 505-983-5591, jennica(at)aspensantafeballet(dot)com

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