Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s repertoire, ranging from accessible to sophisticated, resonates with energy and eclecticism. A house-style emerges across this diverse dance menu, layering American athleticism on a base of European refinement. The company’s identity is tethered to its repertoire, which speaks a complex language, challenges audiences, and advances the art form.

ASFB, since its inception, has been deeply committed to commissioning new works. Of the 35 ballets created since 1996, many are by world-leading choreographers whose important first assignments came from ASFB. Many ballets have gone on to grace the repertories of renowned global dance companies. Nurturing lasting relationships with dance makers is a company hallmark. Among the choreographer-collaborators creating multiple works on ASFB are Alejandro Cerrudo, Jorma Elo, Nicolo Fonte, Fernando Melo, and Cayetano Soto.

Active Repertoire

  • Beautiful Decay

    • Choreography: Nicolo Fonte
    • Music: Olafur Arnalds, Max Richter, Antonio Vivaldi
    • Underwritten by: Jessica and John Fullerton
    • ASFB Premiere: July 9, 2019
    • Video
  • Half/Cut/Split

    ASFB Commissioned Work
    • Choreography: Jorma Elo
    • Music: Robert Schumann
    • Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s production of Half/Cut/Split is made possible through the generosity of the Aspen Music Festival & School, The City of Aspen, Orange County Philharmonic Society, and Bunni & Paul Copaken.
    • Premiere: March 24, 2018
    • Video
  • Silent Ghost

    ASFB Commissioned Work
    • Choreography: Alejandro Cerrudo
    • Music: Dustin Hamman, King Creosote & John Hopkins, Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm
    • Underwritten by: New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
    • Premiere: July 10, 2015
    • Video
  • Where We Left Off

    ASFB Commissioned Work
    • Choreography: Nicolo Fonte
    • Music: Philip Glass
    • Underwritten by: Kelli & Allen Questrom
    • Premiere: February, 2011
    • Video
  • 1st Flash

    • Choreography: Jorma Elo
    • Music: Jean Sibelius
    • Underwritten by: Maja & Nic DuBrul
    • ASFB Premiere: July, 2007
    • Video
  • Dream Play

    ASFB Commissioned Work
    • Choreography: Fernando Melo
    • Music: Eric Satie
    • Underwritten by: Kelley and Mark Purnell
    • ASFB Premiere: July 8, 2017
    • Video

ASFB's School Outreach

ASFB’s informative and engaging lecture/demonstrations take students on a journey behind the scenes of a professional ballet company. Narrated by Executive Director Jean-Philippe Malaty, the curtain opens to reveal a company ballet class in progress. Students watch as the dancers move through regimented exercises, from the barre to the center, all the while learning about how dancers train, dancing in pointe shoes, and how to partner. Brave volunteers from the audience are even welcomed on stage to try their hand at partnering the ballerinas! The students are then treated to a performance of a work in the company’s repertoire, followed by a Q&A session with the dancers. ASFB’s hour-long lecture/demonstration is an exciting, educational activity that’s sure to leave students eager to learn more.

ASFB Commissions

Title Choreographer
Beautiful Mistake Cayetano Soto
Berceuse Diane Coburn Bruning
Dream Play Fernando Melo
Ear Candy Dwight Rhoden
Eudaemonia Cherice Barton
Everyday Incarnation Nicolo Fonte
Fold by Fold Norbert De La Cruz III
Half/Cut/Split Jorma Elo
The Heart(s)pace Nicolo Fonte
Huma Rojo Cayetano Soto
It's Not About the Numbers Nicolo Fonte
Last Alejandro Cerrudo
Left Unsaid Nicolo Fonte
Life Forms Jacopo Godani
loveCRAZY Trey McIntyre
Miss Blue Dwight Rhoden
Noir Blanc Moses Pendleton
Out Of Time Edwaard Liang
Over Glow Jorma Elo
Passion Samples Bryan Arias
Petal Helen Pickett
Pointeoff Jorma Elo
Quartet Nicolo Fonte
Red Sweet Jorma Elo
Re:play Fernando Melo
The Same Wall Nicolo Fonte
Silent Ghost Alejandro Cerrudo
Spectral Signatures Dwight Rhoden
Square None Norbert De La Cruz III
Trace Helen Pickett
Two Have & Two Hold Dwight Rhoden
Uneven Cayetano Soto
Vertical Dream Nicolo Fonte
Where We Left Off Nicolo Fonte
Whispers in the Dark Edwaard Liang
Wolfgang David Parsons

Performed Works

Title Choreographer
1st Flash Jorma Elo
Afternoon of a Faun Thierry Malandain
Apollo George Balanchine
Aureole Paul Taylor
Ave Maria Dwight Rhoden
Batucada Fantastica Vicente Nebrada
Beautiful Decay Nicolo Fonte
Black + White Dwight Rhoden
Chameleon Itzik Galili
A Children's Rainforest Odyssey David Taylor
Company B Paul Taylor
Continuo Antony Tudor
Djangology Val Caniparoli
The Envelope David Parsons
Fandango Lar Lubovitch
Flight of Angels Edwaard Liang
Fluctuating Hemlines Septime Webre
Fugaz Cayetano Soto
Gardens of Villandry Martha Clarke
In Hidden Seconds Nicolo Fonte
Kiss Me Goodnight Cayetano Soto
Lacrymosa Edward Stierle
Light Rain (Pas de Deux) Gerald Arpino
Like A Samba Trey McIntyre
Little mortal jump Alejandro Cerrudo
Man That Got Away Sherry Zunker-Dow
Mozart á 2 Thierry Malandain
Mobile Tomm Ruud
Night Laura Dean
The Nutcracker Jean-Philippe Malaty and Tom Mossbrucker
Petite Mort Jiri Kylian
Purple Bend I Jimmy Gamonet de los Heros
Rags Robert LaFosse
Return to a Strange Land Jiri Kylian
Romeo & Juliet Jean-Philippe Malaty and Tom Mossbrucker
Sans Detour Dominique Dumais
Sechs Tanze (Six Dances) Jiri Kylian
Sinatra Suite Twyla Tharp
Skiva Moses Pendleton
Sleepless Jiri Kylian
Slingerland (Pas de Deux) William Forsythe
Sonatine George Balanchine
Square Dance Daniel Shapiro and Joanie Smith
Stamping Ground Jiri Kylian
Sue's Leg Twyla Tharp
Sweet Fields Twyla Tharp
Time is the echo of an axe within a wood Karole Armitage
Transtangos Jimmy Gamonet De Los Heros
Tuplet Alexander Ekman
Untitled Pilobolus
Valse Fantasie George Balanchine
Who Cares? George Balanchine
Wired Sam Watson