Colorado Ballet will host two Attitude on Santa Fe performances featuring two new ballets choreographed and performed by Colorado Ballet Company dancers, and one ballet by an outside choreographer performed by the Colorado Ballet Studio Company. The Attitude on March 10 will include the performance only and the Attitude on March 11 will include a three course meal and wine prior to the performance. The choreographers include Company dancer Fernanda Oliveira and her new work Saudade, Company dancer Sean Omandam and his new Pricks of Brightness, and internationally-renowned choreographer Jairo Heli and his work REDbeat.
This is the second season of Attitude on Santa Fe productions. The fall 2016 performances were completely sold out.
About the ballets:
First-time choreographer Fernanda Oliveira's new ballet features six Coloraod Ballet Company dancers. Saudade is a ballet in four short movements set to contemporary covers of Tom Jobim’s Bossa Nova classics. According to Oliveira, "The title is a Portuguese word that means a deep feeling of longing or nostalgia for something or someone (“the love that remains”), and in the piece my goal is to represent three different ways of feeling 'Saudade' – of someone who has passed away, of the naïve simplicity of childhood, or of a past romance. I’m hoping that through movement set to beautiful versions of Brazilian songs I can explain this feeling so hard to translate."
Sean Omandam’s work Pricks of Brightness is set to the music of Ratatat. According to Omandam, “the ballet is a recollection of enjoyable nights past. With a focus on the relationships between friends and lovers that shape our most cherished memories, these sparks of life light up the night.”
Based out of Guadalajara, Mexico, choreographer Jairo Heli will work with Colorado Ballet for the first time, presenting REDbeat with the Colorado Ballet Studio Company. According to Heli, "The planet has changed its natural rhythm and lost its equilibrium. As a result of this, all living and organic beings have changed their beat to a tune where they are dangerously close to collapse. REDbeat is a trip to the inside of these bodies, where the arteries are contaminated and heartbeats rise." Jairo Heli, Artistic and Academic Director of Crisol Dance, is a choreographer, producer, researcher and Mexican filmmaker. His works and productions have been presented in the U.S., Asia, Europe and Central America. The presentation of this ballet is sponsored by a grant by the Bonfils Stanton Foundation.
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