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‘Divisions’ unites and conquers

The Wonderbound dance company joined forces with Denver hip-hop band The Flobots for the “Divisions” show at the PACE Center on April 22. The performance emphasized hope for the future and social unity through choreography and lyrics. PHOTO BY AMANDA TIPTON, WW                           […]

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Wanted: Technical Director

Wonderbound is accepting applications for the position of Technical Director. The Technical Director is part of a three-person production team that reports to the Producing Director and Artistic Director. Primary Duties: (60% time) Wonderbound: Responsible for all performance related technical needs for a three-production main stage season, three-four special projects, and ancillary performance needs for […]

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Flobots Preview Music From ‘NOENEMIES’ At CPR’s OpenAir

Flobots recently returned to the CPR Performance Studio to preview some music from their forthcoming album “NOENEMIES.” The Denver hip-hop band explores the power of protest music on the new record. It features call-and-response choruses written to empower protesters and performed by members of the Denver community. The band performed three songs in the studio, backed […]

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Favorite Photos From Last Week on Twitter and Instagram @GoPlayDenver

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16 Unique Things to do in Denver this Weekend

Divisions Photo Courtesy of Facebook Event Page When: Friday, April 14 – 16 starting at 7:30 p.m. , 2:30 p.m. for Sunday Where: Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School – 1001 W. 84th Ave, Denver Cost: $22 – $50. Get tickets here.  The Lowdown: Watch and listen as Wonderbound and the Flobots come together for an incredible live collaboration […]

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3 April Ballet Events You Should Know

Bots at the Ballet Flobots and the dancers of Wonderbound. Photo by Amanda Tipton, Courtesy Wonderbound. Denver contemporary ballet company Wonderbound (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado) has become something of a hub for collaborations in the Mile High City. They first performed to live, local music in 2011, and have since dedicated nearly every new work […]

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Flobots Collaborates with Experimental Dance Company Wonderbound for New Album

http://http://www.westword.com/video/flobots-collaborates-with-experimental-dance-company-wonderbound-for-new-album-6QqGZ3n9 Monday, April 10, 2017 For its new album, Noenemies, which drops May 5, Denver-based hip-hop group Flobots collaborated with experimental dance company Wonderbound for, of all things, a ballet. Divisions will “explore the every-evolving struggles between personal identity, community, individual freedom and collective power.” The ground-breaking performance runs from April 14 through April 30. […]

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Wonderbound and Flobots Join Forces for Hip-Hop Ballet Divisions

  Wonderbound, which we named Best Innovative Dance Company in the 2017 Best of Denver, has worked with a bevy of artists and stretches the boundaries of what can be done in tandem with a ballet performance. The troupe has collaborated with mentalist Professor Phelyx, Lighthouse Writers Workshop writers and Curious Theatre Company on innovative and sometimes provocative pieces. […]

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Wonderbound And Flobots Join Forces For “Divisions”

When faced with adversity, artists often turn to what they know: creating. Each paintbrush stroke, song lyric, or dance move is their attempt at processing the world around them and their place within it. That exploration of humanity is at the heart of much of the work created by two of Denver’s most celebrated talents: […]

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Denver’s Flobots Want Protesters To Sing More — They’re Providing The Music

  Flobots’ Stephen Brackett, known as Brer Rabbit, and Jamie Laurie, known as Jonny 5. (Flobots) The Denver hip hop group Flobots wants protesters out on Colorado streets to sing more, so a few years ago they started writing chants and teaching them to people who were demonstrating for social justice and equality. Those songs […]

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Wonderbound Dances in a Different Direction, Creates a New Business Model for the Performing Arts

More and more, Denver has become a collaborative city, especially for performing artists who are bringing together shared visions as a way of evolving their art — and expanding their audiences. Denver’s own Wonderbound dance company, formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado, offers such an example through its evolution under Artistic Director Garrett Ammon. The last decade […]

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Can’t wait: Wonderbound & Flobots present DIVISIONS

  I love me a good live collaboration, especially when it occurs between some of the best artistic endeavors Colorado has to offer. Give yourself a good night out in April and get your tickets to Divisions ASAP!  Perhaps it will prove inspiring in addition to wonderfully entertaining in light of the current state of […]

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Wonderbound Brings the Universal Language of Dance to Denver

For the contemporary dance company Wonderbound, a typical day may involve helping Denver’s homeless people experience movement in a session at the St. Francis Center. Or they might perform a show with live music from the hip hop and rock band, Flobots. Or they may dance with a group of Denver schoolchildren, who are able […]

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Wonderbound teams with Flobots for hip-hop ballet “DIVISIONS”

Flobots rappers Jamie Laurie (left) and Stephen Brackett are surrounded by Wonderbound dancers in this image from the new show “Divisions,” which will preview on March 28. (Amanda Tipton, Provided by Wonderbound) In some ways it seems inevitable that Wonderbound, Colorado’s second-largest professional ballet company, would pair with Flobots, one of Denver’s best-known musical exports. […]

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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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