Renewing each year, we sit, evaluate and take the time to reach out to loved ones. At times, we also reflect upon the need to add new people to our catalog of lovers, friends and friends we call family. As we embark upon Valentine’s Day, the enduring question is, why love? What makes it our bane and vitality?

If you ask Garrett Ammon, the answer is simple. To love is a human necessity.

Pulling from Roland Barthes, A Lover’s Discourse and the consummate romantic, Garrett Ammon, we are going to crystal-ball the vision, emotion and energy resulting in the forthcoming collaboration with Chimney Choir, Aphrodite’s Switchboard, presented February 9-24 2018 at three Denver-area venues.

Amy Giammarusco and Damien Patterson in Garrett Ammon’s Snow.

“The lover’s discourse is usually a smooth envelope which encases the Image, a very gentle glove around the loved being…”

Roland Barthes, A Lover’s Discourse

Sarah Tallman and Evan Flood in rehearsal for Garrett Ammon’s A Dangerous Liason. Amanda Tipton Photography.

Resulting from a conversation, the collaboration began to explore this production’s essence. A conversation – the first sound of romance. The delicate movements that initiate as a body begins to acknowledge, interact and embrace another. The switchboard is one of our central characters for this period piece set in the 1930s/40s. Factory work is the way of the world. Taking mass transit, we sit staring at our newspapers gaining information on the daily. Relate that to the present, and you will notice yourself staring down at your phone―not much has changed.

How do we embrace love? Current society seems to place just as much weight on strife as peace. Couples who have been together for a long time are almost the exception versus the rule. We’ve almost built a society contrary to love. Aphrodite will challenge this devolution and bring about spirited folly.

Morgan Sicklick and Ben Youngstone in rehearsal for Garrett Ammon’s Celestial Navigation. Martha Wirth Photography.

“I want to understand myself, to make myself understood, make myself known, be embraced; I want someone to take me with him.”

Roland Barthes, A Lover’s Discourse

Is our Aphrodite going to lead us to the pure, emblazoned moments free from consequence or is she flawed as we all are? Will attending this immersive experience involve risk? I dare say, yes! Wonderbound has actively embraced risk as part of its identity. As Garrett gets to know Aphrodite as a character, the story evolves. In fact, it is continuing to evolve so much that upon its debut, we will all transport to land of whimsy, vulnerability and amor.

“The amorous subject experiences every meeting with the loved being as festival.”

Roland Barthes, A Lover’s Discourse

Universally, we all want the same thing: to obtain a higher connection with humanity, with hope, with a better world. We invite you to experience this elevated exploration of the heart through an immersive sensory experience of movement and sound sure to delight during this month of love. See you there.

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