January 29, 2023
Celebrating one yr on the humanities scene, DanceAspen seems to be forward
Sammy Altenau and Matthew Gilmore of DanceAspen preview their “New Horizons” present on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, atop the Aspen Artwork Museum. (Austin Colbert/The Aspen Instances)
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Instances

DanceAspen celebrates its one-year anniversary with a collection of three performances, collectively named “New Horizons.”

“I referred to as this ‘New Horizons’ as a result of we’re actually wanting ahead,” stated DanceAspen government director Laurel Winton. “It’s an articulation of the event of this group as a complete. We’ve solely been round for a yr, but it surely’s been like pace improvement. We’ve gotten fairly far, and we preserve wanting forward.”

With new works by Danielle Rowe, Matthew Gilmore, and Kaya Wolsey, “DanceAspen invitations you on a journey by way of the subsequent technology of up to date dance,” in line with DanceAspen’s current press launch.



So far as what places the “new” in “New Horizons,” the corporate has expanded its roster of artists, including three dancers for this program, in addition to enlisting Sofane Sylve, the director of the College of Ballet San Antonio, to take part.

“We’re a really collaborative group since we rely a lot on each other to provide these exhibits. These are relationships that we artists have cultivated all through our careers,” Winton stated. “Additionally, (Rowe) is without doubt one of the giants of our time by way of choreography.”



Rowe brings her popularity to Aspen, in addition to a piece that has by no means been carried out outdoors of San Francisco — its metropolis of inception.

Gilmore echoes the workforce spirit of the manufacturing, talking as each a choreographer and a dancer in “New Horizons.”

“For me, choreographing is a really collaborative course of with the dancers,” he stated. “You aren’t solely producing motion, but additionally making a panorama for the stage. It’s so a lot enjoyable to experiment with concepts which have been brewing in my head. As a dancer, you consistently have to recollect the steps, but additionally know what the steps imply. We’re performers. Like an actor getting a script, we should keep true to the phrases, but additionally attempt to add our personal private touches to the scene. We’re not robots; we’re expressive human artists, and that’s what I discover so thrilling about dance.”

These thrilling, private touches are a part of a higher effort by the corporate to mix collaboration and groundbreaking experiences with extra classical efficiency.

“Every time now we have a present, it’s a little bit extra cohesive. Now we have extra dancers, and we’re including dancers on pointe. It’s melding the classical ballet with the up to date vibe that we’ve had all alongside. That’s going to come back out on this manufacturing greater than ever,” Winton stated.

As a result of the corporate does have extra dancers than ever earlier than, they’re able to give audiences some experiences that they might have seen up to now, however with a twist, Winton added. For instance, a efficiency that debuted final spring with an all-female forged will now be carried out with an all-male ensemble for “New Horizons.” It’s a “extra masculine method,” she stated.

As for what’s subsequent, there appears to be loads brewing on the horizon for DanceAspen.

“I’m very excited as DanceAspen heads into yr two. Now we have already completed greater than I ever anticipated in a yr, so I actually imagine that the sky is the restrict,” Gilmore stated. “I’m so pleased with everybody concerned as a result of it isn’t a simple feat. I’m additionally grateful to the neighborhood for his or her assist and for accepting us with open arms. There actually is not any place like Aspen.”

“We had an unimaginable first yr; now what can we do to make the long run even brighter?” Winton stated. “I really feel very grateful to the neighborhood for making this occur for us. We’re all workhorses, and we’re all 100% dedicated to constructing this artwork type, and we wouldn’t be right here if it weren’t for the neighborhood that constructed us up. It makes me love Aspen greater than ever.”

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