The Roaring Fork Valley’s newly formed and only local dance company, DanceAspen, is returning to the Wheeler Opera House stage next week in two premieres of ELEVATED, presented on Friday, March 4, and Saturday, March 5, at7:30pm. Tickets range from $35-65 with reserved seating and are currently on sale through the Wheeler Opera House box office or at aspenshowtix.com.
With an all-female choreographed show, DanceAspen brings innovative dance inspired by artistry and athleticism. ELEVATED will feature two world premiere performances by renowned choreographers Ana Maria Lucaciu and Danielle Rowe. In addition, DanceAspen will present the Aspen premiere of Press Play choreographed by Caili Quan, and return with a crowd favorite For Pixie by Rowe. The local dancers in the performance are Anthony Tiedeman, Matthew Gilmore, Sammy Altenau, Madeleine Scott, Kaya Wolsey and Katherine Bolanos. The performance will also feature a short film of a dancer shot on Aspen Mountain as the backdrop to a live cello musical performance by Juilliard graduate Erica Ogihara. DanceAspen Executive Director Laurel Jenny Winton stated, “It has been an incredible experience watching these premieres come together. A new era of dance is upon us and this production is setting the stage for a golden age of artistry and creation.”
DanceAspen’s vision of building a year-round, high-caliber, local dance company in the Roaring Fork Valley is fast becoming a reality. The company’s inaugural performance of The Pieces Fall in September 2021 was a sold-out success at the Wheeler. “The Wheeler is proud to welcome back DanceAspen with these important works celebrating women artists,” commented Wheeler Executive Director Lisa Rigsby Peterson. “The Wheeler team is thrilled to work with the creative talents of DanceAspen and support their vision of sustaining a year-round dance company in our community. The Wheeler shares the same passion for bringing relevant and authentic performances to our stage and our community.”
In celebration of International Women’s Month and to kick off the two-night performance, a ticketed VIP opening night will be held at Hotel Jerome on Friday, March 4, at 6pm. The evening will begin at Bad Harriet with a cocktail reception where guests can meet the new female-led choreographers Danielle Rowe and Ana Maria Lucaciu. Following the cocktail reception, guests will head over to the Wheeler for the premiere of ELEVATED. Following the show, guests will return to the Jerome where the artists of DanceAspen will join the guests for a three-course wine-paired dinner in the Aspen Times room. The price is $295 and includes a ticket to the performance as well as cocktails and a wine-paired dinner. The VIP event has limited availability.
For more information about DanceAspen, visit www.danceaspen.org.