Aspen Santa Fe Ballet closes its winter season this weekend, with an encore performance of the three works the company performed in February.
The three-piece repertory includes “Heart(s)pace,” by choreographer Nicolo Fonte. Commissioned by the local company, the piece premiered last month.
“I’m looking for effervescence and joyful and exuberance and I had that from the get-go [from the Aspen Santa Fe dancers],” he told Time Out before the premiere.
Fonte has been a frequent collaborator with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. The company has commissioned nine ballets from him. The resident choreographer for Salt Lake City-based Ballet West, he’s worked all over the world, from Australia to Sweden and Houston to Tulsa. But no other company has brought him on board as often as Aspen Santa Fe.
The encore performance and season finale is Saturday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Aspen District Theatre. Tickets and more information at www.aspensantafeballet.com .
The fourth annual Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival takes over Thunder River Theatre in Carbondale this weekend, with events running from Friday, March 28 through Sunday, March 30.
The event honors Chamberlain, the beloved local poet, who passed away in 2010.
Featured performers include Western Slope Poet Laureate Aaron Abeyta, Rich Broderick, Judyth Hill, Katherine Seluja, Don McIver, Micah Franz, Jared Smith, Lenny Chernila, and Barbara Ford. Performances and open mics take place Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 7 p.m. On Sunday morning, the festival closes with a breakfast and an open mic beginning at 10 a.m. Twelve poetry workshops run all day Saturday as well.
Tickets are available online at www.thunderrivertheatre.com , with financial assistance scholarships to high school and college students available. For more festival information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Local folk fans have had Dan Bern’s return to the valley marked on their calendars for awhile.
With incisive lyrics and an old-school troubadour’s commitment to life on the road, Bern is a treasure of a songwriter and performer. He’s released a whopping 22 albums and EPs since 1997, with wit and wisdom parsed out in his countless songs, along with humor and a Dylanesque delivery. The show is Thursday, April 3 at Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale. More info at www.stevesguitars.net .