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August 01, 2014

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Comes to Akron October 5 To Open DANCECleveland's Season at The University of Akron's E.J. Thomas Hall One Matinee Performance Only at 3 p.m.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, a dynamic contemporary ballet company, will open DANCECleveland's new season at the University of Akron's E.J. Thomas Hall with one performance only a matinee on Sunday October 5 at 3 p.m.

Co-presented with The University of Akron's Dance Program and E.J. Thomas Hall, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is hailed for its bold vision, accomplished choreographers and virtuoso dancers. For 18 years, the company has served as a prestigious arts innovator and a showcase for choreographic invention.

In Akron, the company will perform a program of three recent ballets from its repertory. "Over Glow," created for the company by Jorman Elo in 2011 is set to music by Felix Mendelssohn and Ludwig van Beethoven. "Square None" from 2012 by choreographer Norbert De La Cruz III is danced to music by Alva Noto and Syuichi Sakamoto, Michelle Ross, George Frederic Handel and Aphex Twin. "Return to a Strange Land," an Aspen Santa Fe Ballet commissioned work by Norbert De La Cruz III which premiered in 2012, is set to music by Leos Janacek.

Tickets starting at only $20 are available at or by calling 330-972-7570. Visit for more information.

Since its founding in 1996, the company has advanced to the vanguard of its field, forging a strong national reputation for its open, contemporary dance style and tradition of commissioning new works from established and emerging choreographers. Today Aspen Santa Fe continues to challenge the boundaries of classical ballet by exploring the innovative possibilities of dance in the 21st century.

The company tours extensively, performing at the American Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, The Kennedy Center and the Joyce Theater, among others. Overseas tours include Brazil, Canada, France, Greece, Guatemala, Israel, Italy and Russia.

The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet performance in Akron will precede a week of educational programming by the company with students from The University of Akron's School of Dance and Dance Institute, as well as local community dance students. This programming continues to build on the momentum of DANCECleveland's seven-year relationship with the Akron community that helps build dance audiences and spur economic opportunities.

DANCECleveland, a Cleveland, Ohio based non-profit, is one of a handful of presenters nationally that is dedicated solely to the presentation of modern and contemporary dance. The centerpiece of the organization's programming is its annual performance series. The performances are surrounded by an array of educational outreach events including artist-run master classes, residency programs, student matinees, pre-performance lectures and post-performance Q&A sessions, designed both to break artistic boundaries and provide community access to the dance aesthetic and dance luminaries that DANCECleveland brings to Northeast Ohio.

For more information about Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, visit:

For more information about DANCECleveland's presenting partners for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet visit: and click on E. J. Thomas Hall.


Generous support for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet provided by:

The Akron Community Foundation, The Margaret Morgan Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Sterling Jewelers

The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation, the Musson Foundation

Additional funding for DANCECleveland provided by:

The Cleveland Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, The George Gund Foundation, The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation, and John P. Murphy Foundation.


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