Review: New take on ‘Serenade’ for Smuin Ballet


Garrett Ammon must know it takes chutzpah to choreograph Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings in C Major,” the same music George Balanchine used for the first ballet he created in America, in 1934. Balanchine’s “Serenade” isn’t just a classic; it’s a cornerstone of 20th century ballet.

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Indian Summer with Smuin


To tell the truth, it was with some trepidation that I considered Smuin Ballet’s opening program of their new Untamed series. Did I really want to see a work to Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings in C” that nobody, at least as far as I knew, had attempted since Balanchine had put his genius to its service in 1934.

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Smuin Ballet Opens Season with UNTAMED Dance Series Tonight


Smuin Ballet will kick off its 21st Season in October at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts Theatre with its Untamed Dance Series. The program features the West Coast premiere of Serenade for Strings by Wonderbound (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado) Artistic Director and choreographer Garrett Ammon, set to Tchaikovsky’s breathtaking score.

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ARTrepreneur of the Month–October 2014


Artistic director and choreographer Garrett Ammon, along with producing director Dawn Fay, created Wonderbound, a new American dance company in the heart of the River North Art District (RiNo). Garrett has created over 50 ballets, is a recipient of the 2013 Denver Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and is the October 2014 ARTrepreneur of the Month.

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Liberating the Imagination through Dance


Fascinated by 20th century surrealism, Wonderbound’s Sarah Tallman has created a ballet that bridges the unconscious and the conscious. The blurred lines between fantasy and reality are expressed through dreamlike choreography.

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Photo Gallery: Sketching at the Speed of Dance

“If you like to study working bodies,” Caster explains, “dancers are great.” The class, now in its second year, is called The Dancer in Motion/ Wonderbound Collaboration and involves 15 students spending five Saturdays at the company’s rehearsal studio. After reviewing technique with Caster, students grab materials and head into the studio. Pencils fly in […]

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A Conversation with Sarah Tallman


Sarah Tallman, dancer and choreographer for Wonderbound, sat down for an interview about her new piece prepared for the upcoming production Enduring Grace. Hear about Tallman’s influences and creative process as well as the classical dance roots that underpin Wonderbound’s modern take on dance, collaborative art and performance.

Hosted by Michael Edwards with special guest co-host Meredith Strathmeyer.

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Whatever happens in this space feels like magic


When someone loves her job, you can feel it. When the energy is palpable in a space and magic happens, there is a shared sense. The magnitude of potential available within the walls of Wonderbound simply astounds.

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Though Wonderbound’s regular season ended in April, things didn’t slow down much as we marched on toward summer. 2014-15 Season Photo Shoot – On May 16, we had the pleasure of spending the day at Junction Box with Kristen Hatgi and Mark Sink. These two remarkable photographers are longtime Wonderbound collaborators and have been shooting […]

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Few Colo. artists highlighted in international arts festivals in Rockies


Several world-renowned arts festivals have made their homes in Colorado mountain towns, including the Aspen Music and Vail International Dance festivals.

They bring in some of the world’s top performers. But few Colorado artists and companies perform at these events each year.

The last time a major Colorado orchestra performed at the Aspen Music Festival was in 1950.

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Wonderbound Artistic Director Garrett Ammon To Bring Work to National Stage

This October, Garrett Ammon’s “Serenade for Strings” will open in Denver featuring musicians of the Colorado Symphony and premiere on the West Coast with Smuin Ballet. DENVER (July 30, 2014) – Denver’s Wonderbound is gaining national attention this October as Artistic Director Garrett Ammon’s “Serenade for Strings” premieres with San Francisco’s Smuin Ballet. In addition, […]

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Hochman: Peyton Manning flagged for illegal motion


FUNKYTOWN — The dancer had the flamboyance of Carlton Banks on “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” the rhythm of Elaine Benes on “Seinfeld” and the scare-off-women moves of Benjamin Hochman on wedding dance floors.

Peyton Manning’s dance at a recent Broncos practice continues to be the talk of the town and Twitter.

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I’m Not Perfect.

This article was originally published at sarahtallman.com Yup, you read it here first. I was born with the need to be perfect. No comments from the peanut gallery please! It’s the thing that keeps me up late at night, and gets me up early in the morning. It’s what called me to my first ballet […]

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Project Generations: How Will You Dance?


“Spell your name with your butt, and it’s like you’re dancing,” advises Heather Sutton, whose sparkly, silver TOMS are quickly becoming a topic of conversation amongst her nine dance partners, and she laments the fact that she could not find a pair in red.

It takes five aluminum walkers, two wheelchairs and an oxygen tank to get this group ready to dance, but here they are.

‘Here’ is The Argyle, an assisted living facility in Denver.

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Morning Rehearsal at Denver’s Wonderbound Ballet Company


“Wonderbound is an amazing contemporary ballet company that I have been lucky to call my client over the past year. Their rehearsal space in the RiNo district is amazing and open to the public. I just had to grab my camera and head down there one morning to capture the spirit of the space, the dancers and the creativity that flows from the building.”

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Art and Artist: Charles MacLeod on Colorado Theatre Guild lighting panel


Charles R. MacLeod, an Aurora native and resident lighting designer at the Denver Center since 1987, was part of an educational and, yes, illuminating public forum on the art of lighting design held by the Colorado Theatre Guild on Monday night at the Ede Theatre in Lakewood.

MacLeod, who started at the Denver Center as a carpenter 31 years ago.

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Denver struggling to keep performing arts complex relevant


How do you keep a civic gem from becoming an urban relic? That’s the question facing the Denver Performing Arts Complex and Denver Arts and Venues, the agency which owns it.

DPAC, as the complex is known, is the second largest of its kind in the U.S., after Lincoln Center. Massive performance halls house the city’s flagship classical arts companies: the Colorado Ballet, the Colorado Symphony, and Opera Colorado. Patrons can see a variety of performances there, from Broadway shows to cutting-edge theater.

But walk through the glass-roofed galleria when a show isn’t playing and there’s one thing you won’t see: people.

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Heading West

After closing “Love” in mid-February, Wonderbound leapt into the studio process to create “Gone West” with poet Michael J. Henry and singer/songwriter Ian Cooke. Mike, Ian and I had been meeting for a year to develop the concept for this new evening-length performance, and having worked with Mike twice before, we returned to our shared […]

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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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