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Attitude on Santa Fe


Friday, March 10, 2017 7:30PM
The Armstrong Center for Dance

Attitude on Santa Fe
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Attitude on Santa Fe performances will feature 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 choreographers include Fernanda Oliveira, Sean Omandam, and internationally-renowned choreographer Jairo Heli. The Attitude event on March 10 will include the performance only and the Attitude event on March 11 will include wine and a three course meal prior to the performance.

Click here for tickets to the dinner and performance on March 11.


Fernanda Oliveira’s new work, Saudade 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 new work is called Pricks of Brightness and 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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