Arts and Culture

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet glides across stage Nov. 1

If previous years are any indication, Gates Concert Hall will be at maximum capacity Nov. 1 for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s 7:30 p.m. performance.

Based in Aspen, Colo., and Santa Fe, N.M., the contemporary ballet company is a favorite in Denver and consistently sells out shows, says Newman Center Executive Director Stephen Seifert.

In addition to commissioning work by “some of the best choreographers in the world,” the company has developed a repertoire that is appealing to both mature and young audiences, Seifert says.

Bebe Schweppe, a longtime Aspen resident and former ballerina, founded the Aspen Ballet School, the precursor to the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, in 1990. The company came into being six years later with the help of Jean-Philippe Malaty, executive director, and Tom Mossbrucker, artistic director.

Santa Fe became the company’s second home in 2000.

Although the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet now travels nationally and internationally it has continued to offer educational opportunities to the communities it serves by providing support for the Aspen Ballet School and creating a Mexican folkloric dance outreach program for area children.

A pre-performance “Behind the Curtain” lecture by Jean-Philippe Malaty will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for the event, on sale now, are $52 for orchestra and parterre, $38 for mezzanine and $28 for balcony; ticket prices include parking. Tickets can be purchased through Newman Center,Ritchie Center and TicketMaster box offices. For more information, call the Newman Center at 303-871-7720.

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