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Steal This Track: “Bring Me Home” by Denver’s Jesse Manley

Jesse Manley has a fresh track for your hungry ears. Photo by Amanda Tipton. There are many reasons to create music, of course. There’s the pedestrian desire for popularity, there is the vaulted idea of artistic creation, but there are also less common reasons. For Jesse Manley, one reason seems to be archeological exploration. On […]

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A Dangerous Liaison

Photo by Amanda Tipton. Image courtesy of Wonderbound. Wonderbound presents A Dangerous Liaison!  Sill-Terhar Motors sponsors the production, which runs February 10-19, 2017 at the Pinnacle Performing Arts Complex located north of Denver on 84th St.  A Dangerous Liaison, two ballets in two acts, premiered November 2, 2012.  At the time, Garrett Ammon announced his […]

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Denver’s own Hip-hop Group Gives Voice to today’s Movements

January 26, 2017 Article Meg Simon | Photography Amanda Tipton Denver’s own alternative hip-hop group THE FLOBOTS have been making music together since 2000. After releasing their first major-label album Fight with Tools in 2007, the hit single “Handlebars” pushed them into the national music spotlight. Since then, they’ve completed two other albums and are […]

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Wonderbound’s Garrett Ammon Creates a New Holiday Tradition With Snow

The setting for Wonderbound’s Snow. Erica Prather A gargantuan juniper tree twists its way from the floor to the ceiling of Junction Box, Wonderbound’s studio and rehearsal space; dancers rehearse combinations underneath leaves constructed from umbrellas. Anyone stumbling across this scene might feel that they’ve walked into a fairy tale, or maybe a scene from […]

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Smuin’s Dance Series 01

 Song to the body beautiful Providing a sweetly diverse program of short works, Smuin presented their Dance Series 01 at the Lesher Center for the Arts this past weekend. The company is also scheduled to perform at San Francisco, the South Bay and Monterey venues. The program included three works: Indigo, choreographed by Stanton Welch […]

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From Firebird to the Flobots: Four Must-See Dance Shows in Denver

Maria Mosina in Firebird. Denver is a dance city: It hosts a classical ballet company, as well as the nation’s second-largest contemporary ballet company, mere miles from one another. Few cities between the coasts boast such an array of repertoires and styles. Upcoming dance performances along the Front Range range from Balanchine to storybook ballets […]

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Dancer Sarah Tallman on Wonderbound, Kurt Weill and Her Ballet Premiering at JAAMM

Dancer Sarah Tallman at work on her new ballet. Amanda Tipton Sarah Tallman has been dancing with Wonderbound, the Denver-based contemporary ballet company, since 2004. She’s also doubled as a choreographer, creating work both for Wonderbound and the Oklahoma City Ballet; in 2015, she was selected for the National Choreographers Initiative. Tallman is premiering a […]

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Review – Wonderbound Makes Magic on Stage in “A Gothic Folktale”

Wonderbound is a contemporary dance company created in 2007 and helmed by Garret Ammon and Dawn Fay, whose vision is continually pushing the boundaries of traditional dance theater. Through the use of multimedia and creative collaborations with a variety of musical artists, the company delights audiences both locally and nationally. Wonderbound invites audiences to step […]

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Wonderbound: A Gothic Folktale

By Lauren Archuletta An “overlooked” janitor dances his way into a magical love story in Wonderbound’s A Gothic Folktale, a circus-themed production from 2013 that’s being brought back to kick off the company’s new season. “This is a collaboration between contemporary ballet and Jesse Manley’s folk-rock score,” says Amber Blais, communications manager for Wonderbound. “Additionally, […]

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Smuin kicks off its 23rd season with Dance Series 01

By Terez Rose, 03 October 2016 A subtle rebranding has taken place at San Francisco’s Smuin Ballet, with the company’s moniker both shrinking, to simply “Smuin”, and expanding, to incorporate “Contemporary American” within its name. And in proper form, the season’s opening program, Dance Series 01, performed Saturday at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, […]

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Smuin debuts rollicking Garrett Ammon work

    Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue — that was Stanton Welch’s “Indigo, as presented in its West Coast premiere last Friday by Smuin in the company’s season opener. The program repeats Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco, then again in March of […]

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Madness, Rack, and Honey: Behind Garrett Ammon’s Ballet

Witnessing Garrett Ammon work in the studio is no passive task. He is observant and methodical in his interactions with the dancers, watching hawk-eyed as his steps and phrases slowly connect and grow into a much larger work. Ammon’s original work for Smuin, Madness, Rack, and Honey, is an ambitious and distinctively quirky piece, rife […]

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Smuin Launches 23rd Season With World Premiere

Smuin kicks off its 23rd season with the Bay Area tour of Dance Series 01 showcasing the diverse styles of this contemporary American ballet company. The program features Madness, Rack, and Honey, a world premiere by acclaimed choreographer Garrett Ammon. Also on the program is the West Coast’s first look at Stanton Welch‘s critically praised […]

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Taking it to the Streets

Contemporary dance company Wonderbound makes dance a part of life for all If you’re looking for The Nutcracker, you won’t find it at Wonderbound. Odds are you won’t be seated next to a woman in pearls at a Wonderbound performance either. In fact, you may not even be in theatre or concert hall. But if […]

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At the Denver Art Museum, dancing on thin air

The Denver Art Museum’s “Summer of Dance” is a good example of the power that big cultural institutions have to bring meaning to our lives. And, also, their limits. Like everything at DAM, it’s a high quality effort, with four bang-up shows spread across several excellent collections and each, influenced by movement, is thorough, scholarly […]

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Get Down at #dancelab

We hope you’re comfortable dancing in public. Because #dancelab is a unique installation—part of the Denver Art Museum’s summerlong Dance! program—that requires your participation. But you won’t be on your own: The project (which was commissioned by the DAM) was dreamed up by Wonderbound and Legwork Studio, a Denver-based creative studio, and Wonderbound’s dancers will be walking you through the steps. Plus, […]

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Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Denver Art Museum’s Interactive Exhibit, #dancelab; Opening 7/10

What do the Wonderbound dancers and audiences across Denver have in common? They will all be dancing side by side in the Denver Art Museum’s newest exhibit #dancelab this July. Created in collaboration by Wonderbound (led by Garrett Ammon) and Legwork Studio (led by Matt FaJohn), this interactive movement installation is part of Dance! – […]

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ArtScene: 0204

On this month’s ArtScene, we are joined by the incredible dance company, Wonderbound, plus Art Students League of Denver instructor Tom Mazzullo. We’ll also look at some non-traditional public art with The Bridge Project.

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‘Dust’ Asks Whether The Dust Bowl Is Still Relevant In Song, Theater And Dance

The challenges that faced Coloradans on the Eastern Plains 80 years ago during the Dust Bowl are still relevant today, according to a new theater production of song and dance opening in Denver. Job loss, environmental problems partly caused by humans and distrust in the government are all themes in “Dust,” from Wonderbound ballet, Curious Theatre Company and folk […]

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Wonderbound’s `Dust’ is anything but dry

Dance, theater, music join forces for new production Sonya Ellingboe “Integrating our artistic companies and redefining the limits of our collective art forms is an essential part of what makes the `Dust’ collaboration so exciting,” said Dee Covington of Curious Theatre Company, who has written a script for “Dust,” a combination dance, theater and music […]

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