| May 26, 2015 | Culture
Theatre Aspen's lineup, what to expect from the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and more culture news right here.
Jorma Elo’s 1st Flash, a fast, athletic, avantgarde ballet, comes to Aspen in July
The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, the valley’s premier dance troupe, will wow District Theatre audiences this summer when it features the works of Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo and Spanish choreographers Alejandro Cerrudo and Cayetano Soto (July 18 and 28, and August 22). ASFB’s summer festival also gains depth from touring companies: Dance Brazil ( July 8), with its athletic fusion of capoeira, Afro-Brazilian, and contemporary dance; Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe ( July 23), who performs traditional Spanish flamenco dance, though not without some theatrics; and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (August 7–8), who will present a piece from Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied set to the music of Philip Glass. Aspen District Theatre, 335 High School Road, 970-925-7175
Two Tony Award-winning productions will headline Theatre Aspen’s stellar summer season: Cabaret (June 24 through August 16) features some of the most memorable songs in theater history (“Mein Herr,” “Maybe This Time,” “Willkommen”) while Peter and the Starcatcher (July 15 through August 21) serves as a prequel to the classic tale of Peter Pan. Rounding out the four-show season, Other Desert Cities (August 4 –22), the 2014 Tony nominee for best play, from noted playwright Jon Robin Baitz, will explore the dark secrets that threaten to destroy family bonds, and first grade angst will take center stage in the not-strictly-for-kids Junie B. Jones the Musical (June 29 through August 15) featuring actors from NYC and Los Angeles. Hurst Theatre, 470 Rio Grande Pl., 970-925-9313
The Aspen Music Festival and School’s eight-week season—featuring 300 events performed by 630 students, 130 faculty members, and 75 guest artists—runs from July 2 through August 23. This year’s 67th season, themed “Dreams of Travel,” explores music enriched by world cultures. Highlights include performances by Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Gil Shaham, Edgar Meyer, and the Emerson String Quartet; a celebration of Sharon Isbin’s 25th year at the festival; and new productions, including Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, by Aspen Music’s own Aspen Opera Theater Center. Those who believe the classics sound better alongside majestic mountain views (we’ll go ahead and say everyone) can bring a picnic to any performance at the Benedict Music Tent, which is also the cheapest ticket in town—free! Aspen Music Festival and School, 225 Music School Road, 970-925-3254
Aspen’s myriad visual and performing arts nonprofits might get much of town’s attention with their flashy photo shoots and colorful imagery, but Aspen Words is all about substance. The organization’s main warm-weather event is Summer Words, a six-day festival running June 21 through 26, which features writer and reader retreats, workshops, and public talks. This year’s lineup includes Richard Russo, Ann Hood, Andre Dubus III, and more. The Gant Aspen, 610 S. West End St., 970-925-3122
She, by Chris Ofili, 1997, from the show “Night and Day,” exhibiting in Aspen from June through September.
However controversial the new Aspen Art Museum once was, the Shigeru Ban-designed facility, and the international contemporary art for which it has quickly become known, is here to stay. The noncollecting institution will host a rotating selection of exhibitions throughout the summer and fall. Rodney McMillian’s medium-bending “Landscape Paintings” (through June 28) features performance art, video, installation, sculpture, and painting, and addresses an equally diverse array of issues, including race, gender, power, history, and culture. “Stories We Tell Ourselves” (through October 25) is a multi-artist exhibition presented in various locations throughout the threefoor museum. It focuses on storytelling and the narratives shaped by literature, history, and current events. Start by taking the stairs or the elevator to the top-foor roof-deck to check out breathtaking views of Aspen Mountain, a rotating rooftop exhibit, and the new SO Café (whose menu changes weekly) before “skiing” your way down the exhibitions. Aspen Art Museum, 637 E. Hyman Ave., 970-925-8050