The dance artists of Wonderbound present Industrial Project in their space at Junction Box May 2-3, 2014

Denver (April 16, 2014) Although the 2013­2014 Wonderbound season has come to a close, the dance artists at Wonderbound are still working hard ­ for a good cause. On May 2 and 3, they will present the 5th annual installment of Industrial Project — a program of innovative dance works produced and performed entirely by […]

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Steal This Track from Jesse Manley


On April 26, Jesse Manley will debut the live recording of “A Gothic Folktale,” music he wrote for a ballet in collaboration with Wonderbound and mentalist/magician Professor Phelyx. Steal “The Rules” now.

What do you get when you cross a folk musician, a dance troupe and a magician? No joke, you get a gothic folktale.

In early 2013, Denver folkster Jesse Manley teamed up with Garrett Ammon, artistic director of Wonderbound, the dance company formerly known as Ballet Nouveau, to create a work of art that transcends music and dance, and enters the realm of magic.

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Wonderbound Goes West: A {Dd} Exclusive with the collaborators


Wonderbound is celebrating the essence of Denver in its final production of its 2013-2014 season with Gone West.

The story takes place at a campground, with the interpersonal dynamics of the characters as the groundwork for Garrett Ammon’s choreography. Michael J. Henry of Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop wrote new poetry for the piece, and Denver musician Ian Cooke composed new work, for a collaborative feast only Wonderbound can produce.

I chatted with Cooke and company seamstress Rachael Kras about their involvement in the ballet.

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Wonderbound dance company’s “Gone West”


With its reputation for crowd-pleasing, cross-genre collaborations, Denver’s Wonderbound dance company (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado) has become a reliable way to see ambitious new works. Its latest premiere, “Gone West,” continues this weekend with live music from acclaimed cellist and singer-songwriter Ian Cooke and Lighthouse Writers Workshop co-founder Michael J. Henry. The multimedia show, which press materials describe as.

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Wonderbound’s Brave New World


And scene: up-tempo, heavy drum roll and a cello – the makings of a good night! But, wait, I am here for a dance performance, and I have a live band before me (ian cooke), the magnificent dancers of Wonderbound and the eloquent words of Michael J. Henry? What kind of Denver dance icon came up with this collaboration at the Performing Arts Complex, Pinnacle Charter School? Garrett Ammon, artistic director of Wonderbound is the acclaimed choreographer/visionary to thank.

The last show of Wonderbound’s season, Gone West, invigorates the senses.

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‘Gone West’ combines Colorado poetry, dance and music on stage


For the latest production from Denver’s Wonderbound dance company, artistic director Garrett Ammon collaborates with poet Michael Henry to explore the natural, mythical, social and political landscapes of Colorado.

“Gone West,” which marks the third partnership between the choreographer and poet, also incorporates original music by songwriter/cellist Ian Cooke.

The story is set in a drive-in campground which characters who represent different backgrounds and beliefs temporarily call home.

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Wonderbound troupe offers new creation at PACE Center


Wonderbound is a dance company under the direction of Garrett Ammon and Dawn Fay — 11 dancers who are known for unusual movement and collaboration with other artists in the community, as new works are created.

The most recent creation is “Gone West,” with 11 new poems by Michael J. Henry, director of the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and 10 new songs written by Denver musician Ian Cooke, a cellist with a popular band, which will accompany the dancers.

Ammon writes of the “collection of beautifully flawed humans” brought to life in Henry’s poetry, while Cooke said, “My inspiration for `Gone West’ comes from the relationships humans have with each other and the earth.

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