MEDIA ADVISORY: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Peformance and Talk at USC on Feb. 22

February 11, 2014

CONTACT: Allison Engel 213/740-1927

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, a prestigious incubator and showcase for choreographic invention, will be performing three works – including one new commission – at USC’s Bovard Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, followed by a discussion with the company’s executive director, artistic director and the director of the new USC Kaufman School of Dance.

The three works to be performed are Return to a Strange Land, by  Czech choreographer Jiří Kylián, Over Glow, choreographed by the Finnish-born Jorma Elo and The Heart(s)pace, choreographed by Nicolo Fonte, an American who has staged and created ballets around the world. The Fonte work is a new commission, which will have its premiere in mid-February.

Called “a breath of fresh air,” by the New York Times, the 16-year-old company features top global choreographers, virtuoso dancers and distinctive groundbreaking works.

After the performance, there will be a discussion onstage with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet executive director Jean-Philippe Malaty, artistic director Tom Mossbrucker and USC Kaufman School of Dance director Jodie Gates, a choreographer, educator and former principal ballerina with the Joffrey Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, The Pennsylvania Ballet and other leading companies.

The event is sponsored by USC Visions and Voices: the Arts and Humanities Initiative and USC Spectrum. A slideshow of images from Over Glow and Return to a Strange Land is at

If you would like to cover this performance and discussion, please contact Allison Engel at or 213/740-1927. Or, if you’d like to interview Jodie Gates about the USC Kaufman School of Dance and its innovative curriculum, contact Allison Engel about that as well. A story about the new curriculum is here: