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Ballet breaks into Brazilian beat

Kimberly Nicoletti

BRECKENRIDGE – If the word “ballet” elicits sleepy visions of sugarplum fairies, the Aspen Sante Fe Ballet will wake up audiences with a carnival of movement later this week.

The ballet company, which began showcasing the work of leading choreographers and dancers six years ago, performs with the National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 and Friday, July 12, at the Riverwalk Center.

Sharing the stage with the NRO creates an excitement as dancers interact not only with the audience, but also with the musicians.

“It’s much more of a collaboration, and it contributes to the feeling of live theater when you have musicians and dancers creating something of the moment,” artistic director Tom Mossbrucker said.

“Apollo,” one of the great choreographic pieces of the 1900s created by New York Ballet founder George Balanchine, uses props to portray the gifts three muses bring to Apollo, the god of sun. The athleticism in the title role embodies the Greek god’s ideal of beauty and elegance.

In “Mobile,” starkly dressed dancers build a human sculpture.

“It’s not what you think of dance,” Mossbrucker said. “It’s more of a sculpture with one man lifting two women, based on a mobile floating through space. It’s very hypnotic.”

“It’s about strength and balance and the way they move together,” said Brigitte Center, director of marketing. “It’s almost like a puzzle.”

In the last piece, dancers heat up the stage with colorful costumes and flash their personalities in a percussive Brazilian carnival, choreographed by Venezuelan Vicente Nebrada.

“The dancers are so individual,” he said. “It’s not a cookie-cutter ballet company.”

Tickets are $17, $22 and $27 and may be purchased by calling (970) 547-3100.

The company also will teach tap, ballet and jazz classes Wednesday and Friday afternoons. For more information, call (970) 547-3100.

“Celebration of Dance’

featuring the NRO and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

– When: 8 p.m. July 10 and 12

– Where: Riverwalk

Center, Breckenridge


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