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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

http://www.heyreverb.com/blog/2014/04/14/steal-track-jesse-manley/87926/

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

http://www.diydancer.com/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”

http://www.denverpost.com/entertainment/ci_25532876/wonderbound-dance-company-gone-west-ballet#

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

http://www.presentingdenver.org/blog/2014/04/05/Wonderbounds-Brave-New-World.aspx

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

http://www.cpr.org/news/story/gone-west-combines-colorado-poetry-dance-and-music-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

http://highlandsranchherald.net/stories/ENT-0403-wonderbound,150496

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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Denver-based Wonderbound gets campy for ‘Gone West’

http://www.diydancer.com/denver-based-wonderbound-gets-campy-for-gone-west/

Denver-based dance troupe Wonderbound, formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado, doesn’t shy away from exploring different medians of art. Artistic director Garrett Ammon often speaks of his inclination to explore where different artistic disciplines intersect. And, with past productions like “Carry On,” “Intersection,” and “A Gothic Folktale,” the list of Wonderbound collaborators is long and diverse.

For the company’s season closer, “Gone West,” Ammon and his kindle of Wonderbound dancers teamed up with local musician, singer/songwriter Ian Cooke and Michael J. Henry, a poet and the executive director of Lighthouse Writers Workshop — original costumes were designed and built by Rachel Kras, wardrobe supervisor and costume designer at Wonderbound.

As a guest for Wonderbound’s recent “Gone West” teaser, held at the company’s downtown Denver headquarters known as Junction Box on March 19, I got a sneak peek of what to expect for the two-week run in early April.

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Wonderbound: Beyond Dance

http://dandizettemagazine.com/wonderbound-beyond-dance/

For the final performance of Wonderbound’s 2013-2014 season, artistic director Garrett Ammon and Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop executive director Michael J. Henry collaborate for the third time to produce “Gone West”—a cross between Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and a KOA campground.

Sound like an unusual concept for a ballet? It sure is. But with these two creative talents at the helm, expect only the extraordinary.

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Photos: Wonderbound’s Hare Ball

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Wonderbound, the dance company formerly known as Ballet Nouveau Colorado, hosted its first Hare Ball — and for anyone wondering how that name was chosen, it’s because Wonderbound’s logo is a bunny rabbit. There was a through-the-looking-glass theme, and the added attraction of “no auctions, no special appeal … no kidding! Leave your checkbooks at home!” In addition to dinner, the evening paid tribute to Susan France, former director of programming at the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. There also was a 360-degree projection mapped experience made possible by the immensely talented Kristopher Collins and a performance by Wonderbound dancers. The event was held at Junction Box, which is where Wonderbound is headquartered.

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Library Spotlight: The Most of It

http://www.thirdcoastfestival.org/library/1556-the-most-of-it

We interrupt our regular library spotlight for a quick pas de deux: a minute (and two seconds) that gives voice to movement and movement to voice.

In The Most of It, dancers Amanda Copple and Brandon Freeman use rhythm, phrasing, emphasis and texture to create a dance… for ears only.

The Most of It was commissioned by Colorado Public Radio’s brand new arts bureau, as part of their ongoing experiment in translating dance to the radio. What does Ira Glass have to do with it? And how did the Wonderbound dancers approach this challenge? Find out.

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Wonderbound to Premiere ‘Gone West’

http://danceinforma.us/articles/wonderbound-to-premiere-gone-west/

This April, Wonderbound invites audiences to experience a brand new creation that is best described as a cross between Shakespeare’s The Tempest and a KOA campground. A collaborative work featuring the choreography of Garrett Ammon, music of Ian Cooke and poetry of Michael J. Henry, this world premiere work, entitled Gone West, will close Wonderbound’s 2013-14 season.

“Each time I have worked with Michael J. Henry, he has pushed me to new and unexpected places. Gone West is no exception. Mike has brought a collection of beautifully flawed humans to life in these new poems,” said Ammon. “Having Ian Cooke and his band join us on this adventure is adding an entirely new dimension. Ian’s music is as layered as Mike’s characters, creating a richness and depth that is utterly inspiring. It is a privilege to work with such dedicated and honest artists.”

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Can dance work on the radio? Ira Glass weighs in

http://www.cpr.org/news/story/can-dance-work-radio-ira-glass-weighs

On the inaugural episode of CPR’s new arts show tomorrow, Ira Glass, the host of “This American Life,” comments on a new project mounted by CPR’s Arts Bureau to find out how dance — a predominantly visual medium — might carry on the aural medium of radio.

Glass is in a prime position to offer thoughts on CPR’s “Radio Dances” project as he recently toured the country with dance-makers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass in a live stage show in which the radio personality and his collaborators told stories with words and movement.

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Gone West Brings Together Western Artists in World Premiere Production

A world premiere creation by Wonderbound Artistic Director Garrett Ammon featuring new music by Denver musician Ian Cooke and original poetry by Lighthouse Writers Workshop Michael J. Henry, Gone West will take you on a true Western journey – April 4-13 DENVER (February 24, 2014) – This April, Wonderbound invites audiences to experience a brand […]

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Radio Dances: ‘The Most of It’ by Wonderbound

http://www.cpr.org/news/story/radio-dances-most-it-wonderbound

“The Most of It” is choreographed by Garrett Ammon, artistic director of Wonderbound, and Wonderbound dance artists Amanda Copple and Brandon Freeman. Copple and Freeman perform the dance. The musical selection is titled “A Reasonable Life,” and is composed and performed by Denver musician Ian Cooke.

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Review of Wonderbound’s “Love”

http://303magazine.com/2014/02/review-wonderbounds-love/

I wake up, put on my face, I go to work. I come home, watch Jeopardy, brush my teeth, go to bed.

It isn’t easy to intertwine the monotony of the daily grind into a ballet, but audience members were treated to the complexities of human need during Wonderbound’s “Love” this past weekend. The first act began with Artistic Director Garrett Ammon’s 2009 production of When the Power Goes Out, set to the poetry of Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop’s Michael J. Henry and accompanied by pianist Heather Leathwood. It’s a piece that touches upon the honeymoon phase, the ache of observation only loneliness, and the shift in dynamics over time between two people.

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Wonderbound’s “Love” and the Examined Life

http://www.presentingdenver.org/blog/2014/02/16/Wonderbounds-Love-and-the-Examined-Life.aspx

Wondering what to expect from this Wonderbound performance? Expect enthusiastic applause. Expect to witness powerful artists flexing their various crafts and loving it. Expect a multi-generational audience ready to participate in the humor and joy the company brings to the stage. Love is vibrant and sensual, fun and wry. Pick your poison: Exceptional music, charged dancing, provocative poetry; all are created fresh and live before your eyes, ears, and mind. Wonderbound’s collaborative emphasis is beautifully realized here.

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Sharing the Love

During the past month Wonderbound was preparing for its production of “Love” and along the way we had the opportunity to share our art and work with the community in a variety of ways. Denver Shared Spaces Learning Community Gathering –On the evening of January 15, we hosted our friends from Denver Shared Spaces for […]

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Q&A: A photographer chronicles dancers and homeless people

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The enormous garage doors at the Wonderbound dance studio in Denver beg any curious passersby to glance through the glass panels.

Since moving to its new location in Five Points last year, the dance company has attracted the attention of many people in the neighborhood, including homeless individuals.

After hearing about various exchanges between Wonderbound’s dancers and the homeless community, Lena Prieto wanted to explore the relationship with her photography.

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