SANTA FE, N.M. — It’s easy for a ballet about the aging process and the life cycle to sound morbid.
But Nicolo Fonte stressed that his work is not that at all. In fact, the choreographer describes “Beautiful Decay” as just the opposite.
“There’s a lot of energy in the work and, in the end, I believe, (it is) uplifting and life-affirming,” the New York native said during a recent phone interview from Aspen, where he was rehearsing the full-evening ballet performance with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet ensemble. The cast of intergenerational dancers will stage ASFB’s premiere of Fonte’s “Beautiful Decay” at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Saturday. The show will return for a performance Aug. 31.
The two-act show, which interprets and juxtaposes the different stages of human life through modern dance, premiered in 2013 with Philadelphia’s BalletX Theater. Fonte’s inspiration for the piece came from a series of three-dimensional photographs a friend of his had taken of decaying flowers.
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