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BNC’s Dawn Fay on Fox 31 Colorado’s Best

Posted on: November 8th, 2011 by Sarah Maltrud

 

Dawn Fay on Fox 31's Colorado's BestBNC's Associate Artistic Director, Dawn Fay appeared on Fox 31 Denver's Colorado's Best today to discuss the currently running performance, Redline + BNC: A Shared Experience in Art and future performances Love in the Digital Age.

Through Colorado's Best Deals, BNC is offering two tickets for the price of one at just $36 for performances Redline + BNC: A Shared Experience in Art, Love in the Digital Age, and Rock Ballets.

To watch the segment, click here.

Purchase 2 tickets for just $36 through Colorado's Best Deals.

 

In the Spotlight:

Maurya Kerr, choreographer & Sarah Scott, visual artist

There is only one weekend left of Redline + BNC: A Shared Experience in Art so be sure not to miss this incredible collaborative performance piece with contributions from so many talented, local artists. We asked collaborative team Sarah Scott, visual artist, and Maurya Kerr, choreographer, to comment on their contributions and experience with A Shared Experience in Art.

How has your collaborative experience been?

Scott: “The collaboration with Maurya has evolved mostly through email since Maurya lives in San Francisco. We've shared an assortment of ideas around words, animals, longing, and various experiences and artists we relate to.”

What medium will you be working in?

Scott: “I will be working in my usual medium of handmade recycled paper sculptures and also animated film.”

Choreographer Maurya Kerr was asked about her collaborative experience as well.

What drew you to work with Sarah?

Kerr: “I was awed and viscerally moved by Sarah's work. There is so much poetry and silence and experience held in each of her pieces. I was particularly drawn to her work around animals, as animal themes resonate deeply with me as well. Her work resonates with many of the same elements that I value deeply: love, loneliness, relationship (to self, to others, to experience), vulnerability, empathy, silence.”

How has the collaboration evolved?

Kerr: “We began a few months ago with a very free exchange via email of artistic convictions, ideas, and dreams. I appreciate that we both entered into the conversation without judgment, as it allowed us to fantasize about the possibilities before entering the realm of pragmatism. I think that we were both relieved, heartened and inspired to find that we were very much of the same emotional and artistic ilk.”

What music have you selected for the performance?

Kerr: "I wanted music that was very open and vast. We settled on Enneagram, Georges I. Gurdjieff & Thomas de Hartmann: Gaea, Jacob Kirkegaard Chickadees’ Roar, Pt. 2, Efrim Manuel Menuck; Mary, On The Wall, Grouper"

What subject matter or theme does your piece reflect on?

Kerr: “Sarah and I are working with themes around relationship, birds, loneliness, silence, repetition. We discovered early on a mutual fascination with human/animal couplings in literature and myth, so the genesis for much of our brainstorming was around this abstract idea of falling in love with a creature, and what that means.”

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

Kerr: “My cat plays fetch and gets in the shower with me every morning!”

Performance Information
Redline + BNC: A Shared Experience in Art

Dates/Times Nov. 11-13, Fri. & Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 2pm
Location Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School
1001 W. 84th Ave | Denver, CO 80260
There is ample free on-site parking.

Cost Prices range from $17-$44, Student/Senior & Group rates also available, starting at $11.90.

Order Tickets Online at bncdance.com or by phone at 303.466.5685

 

In the Spotlight:

Garrett Ammon, BNC Artistic Director & Theresa Ducayet Clowes, Visual Artist

Last night was the first performance of Redline+BNC: A Shared Experience in Art.  The show was unlike a traditional show at a theater, as the dancers became a part of an installation within an art gallery. The fusion of visual art, contemporary dance, and even a live music performance from such a variety of perspectives in the intimate gallery setting was a breathtaking experience.

Garrett Ammon, BNC’s Artistic Director, shared some background on how A Shared Experience in Art manifested.

Ammon: "RedLine+BNC: A Shared Experience in Art grew out of my continuing interest in how we as artists can inform and inspire each other through collaborative processes. By creating together we can deepen and broaden the conversation about the world we live in and gain greater perspective on our common existence. We hope to touch more people in our community and inspire new ideas about what can be achieved when we work together to create something that is larger than ourselves.

We have had the pleasure of getting to know RedLine over the past couple of years and our organizations share common themes around innovation, community and sharing. This project seemed like a natural next step in our evolving relationship. RedLine's resident artists are an immensely talented group of people who live and work in our community, it is a delight to have the opportunity take this journey with them."

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We asked Redline visual artist Theresa Ducayet Clowes to provide us with some feedback on her experience working with BNC and to learn more about her contributions to the performance. To learn more about Clowes, visit her Redline page.

How has your collaborative experience been working with Garret?

Theresa Clowes hard at work

Theresa Clowes hard at work

 

 Clowes: “I continue to be amazed by the similar language used when talking about BNC’s dancers and my work. If one closed their eyes and listened to the words Garrett uses when describing movement of the dancers, he could also be describing the movement of my fabric panels. I believe it is this unspoken connection that brings these two entities together and is a true ‘collaboration’ in every sense of the word.”

What medium are you working in for this project?

Clowes: “For ‘A Shared Experience,’ I have created nine fabric panels which will define the performance space for the BNC dancers. Each 12’ x 5’ panel is stitched and pieced together from recycled white sheer and opaque curtains and then transformed through silkscreened patterns. Each panel is one piece of the whole; and put together all nine panels create an abstract landscape.”

What subject matter or theme does your piece reflect on?

Clowes: “Our initial conversations included everything from who we were as artists and what we believed in to the simple events of the day.  It was through this open dialogue that our ideas and thoughts about the collaboration emerged and intertwined. To begin any collaboration is a challenge, however, from the onset Garret and I had an understanding that as we talked, brainstormed, and eventually worked - we would allow things to naturally evolve. It quickly became clear that there wasn’t one single idea surrounding this collaboration but rather an interwoven natural dialogue between the dancer’s bodies and ephemeral fabric, the eerie but beautiful sound of a cello and the vibrating movement throughout the performance space; a true juxtaposition and collaboration of dancers, music, and art.”

Tell us some fun facts about yourself.

Clowes: “I’ve taught K-12 art for 13 years and I am presently a teacher of Art Education at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. I have two girls ages 6 and 9. I’ve been an artist for over 20 years. I have an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. “

Garrett Ammon was also asked about his collaborative experience.

Ammon: "I was immediately drawn to Theresa Clowes and her work for many reasons. We both seem to have an affinity for texture, complexity and pattern, as well as a sense of nostalgia and how the past informs our perspective. Her work is at once static and filled with great movement, as though the world has been slowed to almost a stop, but without ever losing a sense of the inevitability of change."

What music have you been inspired to choreograph to?

Ammon: "Theresa and I began our conversations around thoughts on displacement - displacement in nature, displacement of nature by civilization, displacement of individuals and self. We leaned into the emotional response to these ideas and their relationship to the transitory nature of existence. We invited Cellist James Bailey to join the conversation and found that Bach's Cello Suites provided a natural and timeless soundscape to these concepts. Their sweeping lyricism, built through themes and variations, adds another layer of texture and pattern to the work."

Note: Cellist James Bailey will be performing live for the performances.

Performance Information
Redline + BNC: A Shared Experience in Art

Dates/Times     Nov. 4-6, &11-13, Fri. & Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 2pm
Location            Nov. 4-6 Redline Gallery 2350 Arapahoe St. |  Denver, CO 80205
                            Nov. 11-13 Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School                  1001 W. 84th Ave |  Denver, CO 
                            80260
                            There is ample free on-site parking at both locations

Cost                    Prices range from $17-$44, Student/Senior & Group rates also available, starting at $11.90.  

Order Tickets    Online at bncdance.com or by phone at 303.466.5685

Testing, testing……is this thing on?

Posted on: November 4th, 2011 by The Busnardo Family

 

Well, just a quick introduction from the Busnardo Family.

We are Bruno (dad), Tracey (mom), Isabella (age 9 & BNC student) and Giuliano (age 5).  We are all very involved at BNC.  Bruno is on the Barre Committee, Tracey is part of the Volunteer Committee and Isabella takes 4 classes a week.  Even little Giuliano participates in different events from time to time like Kids Night Out and the Disco Dance Off.

 

 

In the Spotlight:

Sarah Tallman, BNC Company Artist/Choreographer & Virginia Folkestad, visual artist.

The opening of Redline + BNC’s: A Shared Experience in Art is just a few days away and our artists, choreographers and dancers are hard at work perfecting the show just in time for Denver Art Week.  In anticipation of the show premier, we want to get to know a little more about our Redline artists and the collaborative process between the choreographers and artists themselves.

Today's focus is on local visual artist Virginia Folkestad and her collaboration with Sarah Tallman, BNC Company dancer and choreographer. Below are some of Folkestad's works. To learn more about Folkestad and see more of her creations, click here.

 

"The Clearing" by Virginia Folkestad

 

How has your collaborative process gone thus far?

Folkestad: “I love the way Sarah and I speak the same language... a conceptual language.”

What medium are you working in for this project?

Folkestad: “Cut and reassembled aluminum mesh.”

What subject matter or theme does your piece reflect on?

Folkestad: “The round form that the reassembled mesh takes is reminescent of seed, pod, womb, shelter, cocoon; a nature/human connection.   Plain on the outside and at times intricate on the inside...as is often the human predicament.  The beauty of the mesh forms, is that they are individual, static canvases waiting to be brought to life in whatever way desired... the choreographer+dancers’ mission.

For many years I have been interested in having my work collaborate with dance, not as stage-set but in a more integrated way.

The collaboration with Sarah and the six dancers has that same feeling of close collaboration; as the dancers rehearse, the mesh forms become worn, much like when I collaborate with nature; a weathering of sorts.  I repair the forms, reacting to the use/weathering by adding layers of repair.  The acts of wear and repair are an organic building of the forms, a true collaboration.

At the same time I’ve been collaborating with meterological events.  I assemble small, mixed media forms and put them outside to weather.  After a few months in the outdoors, I again work on the forms; adding and subtracting materials. They are then returned to the elements:  a constant give and take with nature... seeing what develops... chance.”

 “Art must take reality by surprise.”

Tell us some fun facts about yourself

Folkestad: “I keep bees and I love to forge metal.”

We also asked Sarah to tell us a little about her collaboration with Virginia

Tallman: “I have been looking at Virginia's work for a little over a year now, and was drawn to the intricacies of her work. After speaking with Virginia, I realized we both shared a similarity in conceptual thought. The collaboration has been an incredibly natural experience. It grew out of a 7 minute ‘speed’ conversation that developed into several long conversations.”

What music have you been inspired to choreograph to?

Tallman: “I have chosen to work with the music of Samuel Barber. The complex, melodious inter-weaving of his work both matched and inspired the intricacies and conceptual ideology of Virginia's work. 

The work is still evolving, but definitely deals with the peeling away of layers, while simultaneously adding layers in an effort to illustrate the human predicament (as Virginia stated, plain on the outside, and intricate on the inside). The idea of chance, and the cause and effect of this concept has been explored throughout the process.”

Tell us something interesting about yourself

Tallman: “I love the outdoors (sun and snow!), I like to eat with chopsticks, orange is my power color, and I have a vintage dress collection”

 

Performance Information
Redline + BNC: A Shared Experience in Art

Dates/Times     Nov. 4-6, &11-13, Fri. & Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 2pm
Location            Nov. 4-6 Redline Gallery 2350 Arapahoe St. |  Denver, CO 80205
                            Nov. 11-13 Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School 1001 W. 84th Ave |  Denver, CO  
                            80260
                            There is ample free on-site parking at both locations

Cost                    Prices range from $17-$44, Student/Senior & Group rates also available, starting at $11.90.   

Order Tickets    Online at bncdance.com or by phone at 303.466.5685

 

In the Spotlight:

Dawn Fay, BNC Associate Artistic Director/Choreographer & Thomas A. Guiton, visual artist

Thomas A. Guiton's ArtworkThomas A. Guiton's artworkThomas A. Guiton's artwork

 

 

 

 

Ballet Nouveau Colorado’s choreographers and dancers have been hard at work collaborating with six local visual artists at Redline for the upcoming production Redline + BNC: A Shared Experience in Art. Redline and BNC have worked together multiple times over the past two years and the shared passion for creativity and collaboration gave birth to this magnificent show, breaking down the constricting barriers of art medium and bringing them to life through movement and dance.

“By creating together we can deepen and broaden the conversation about the world we live in and gain greater perspective on our common existence. We hope to touch more people in our community and inspire new ideas about what can be achieved when we work together to create something that is larger than ourselves.” –Garrett Ammon, Artistic Director

The show will run Nov. 4-6 & 11-13 and is a featured production as part of Denver Art Week.

In anticipation of the show premier, we want to get to know a little more about the Redline artists and the collaborative process between the choreographers and artists themselves.

Dawn Fay, BNC Associate Artistic Director, teamed up to work with visual artist Thomas A. Guiton. Examples of Guiton's work are featured throughout the post, but to see more, visit his Redline Artist page. We asked Thomas to give us some feedback on the collaboration and tell us a little about his works for the production.

How has the collaborative process between yourself and Dawn gone thus far?

Guiton: “Our exchanges have been high-energy, very rapid. We seem to have developed a short-hand communication very quickly."

What medium are you working in for this project?

Guiton: “I will be working with mixed media. The wands are made from wire, paper, and paint. They are done from painted photographs and from paintings.The chair [I’m working on] was made from three chairs. These were altered and re-assembled with other materials and objects attached during the process. I have been using many materials that are new to me (glues, rubber, fur, woods).”

How has the collaboration evolved?

Guiton: “Dawn has expressed an affinity and sympathy for my work for several years. I appreciate the works of Ballet Nouveau. When we had the opportunity through RedLine to work together, we jumped on it. She particularly disliked the chair they used in their studio. She also liked the alien or Outsider aspect of the wands.

I felt that she should have the leadership role. I brought ideas to her and she shaped the process based on her vision. I worked to enable her to create what she wanted. For me, this was an opportunity to make some wands unlike previous ones- in size and construction. Chairs are interesting to me. The idea of ‘chairness’ and trying to make an expressive or mythic functional object. Crossing boundaries and extending yourself in uncomfortable ways is a way to grow.”

 

What subject matter or theme does your piece reflect on?

Guiton: “I think it's about personal struggle, how we put together meaning and understanding, how we get things wrong and grow incrementally. It is also about what we cannot change, but struggle with until we can or learn to - not accept – accommodate.”

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

Guiton: “My dog is a Weimaraner named Fritz- short for "Schnickelfritz". ( Pennsylvania Dutch: a spoiled, mouthy child, usually a boy.)”

 

We asked Dawn to give a little insight about her experience working with Thomas:

Fay: "Thomas A. Guiton has been an integral part of this work from start to finish. His art and our conversations have truly dictated the path and placed the food for thought on the table for us both to gnaw on. It is a true privilege and delight to be working with Thomas."

What type of music has been selected for your collaboration?

Fay:"As the works delves into the many knotty and treacherous facets we possess as individuals and draws from the incredible complexity of Thomas's art, I chose music that was just as varied. Ranging from Andrew Bird's Vidalia to an old recording of Texas Gladden, it is definitely diverse in genre."

Performance Information
Redline + BNC: A Shared Experience in Art

Dates/Times:  Nov. 4-6, &11-13, Fri. & Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 2pm
Location             Nov. 4-6 Redline Gallery 2350 Arapahoe St. |  Denver, CO
80205
          Nov. 11-13 Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle
Charter School
1001 W. 84th Ave |  Denver, CO
80260
There is ample free on-site parking at both locations

Cost                        Prices range from $17-$44, Student/Senior & Group rates
also available, starting at $11.90.

Order Tickets   Online at bncdance.com or by phone at 303.466.5685

Continuing Education for Intermediate/Advanced Dancers and Professional Dance Teachers

Posted on: October 29th, 2011 by Julia Wilkinson Manley

 

BNC will host a 2-hour ballet class workshop with School Director Julia Wilkinson Manley and former professional dancer and Pilates Rehabilitation Specialist Camcie Foster on Friday, November 11, 4-6pm.

This class will provide students with a comprehensive education of muscle group dynamics and bio-mechanics of proper technique.

Julia will teach a BNC-style ballet class – kinesthetic corrections, classical foundation, contemporary sensibility – while Camcie will go further in-depth with descriptions of muscle group function and correct bio-mechanics. Participants, either student dancers or teachers, will be given the opportunity to explore in detail how better to achieve classical lines and improve technique when the body is functioning as a universal whole.

$20 general public, $10 BNC students, FREE for BNC faculty members

Call 303.466.5685 to make your reservations today.

Kids’ Nite Out 10/15/11

Posted on: October 20th, 2011 by The Long Family

 

BNC's Student Company held their first Kids' Nite Out event of the year this past Saturday. Kids' Nite Out is a fundraiser hosted by the members of the Student Company. While parents enjoyed a night out, the kids also enjoyed a great time at BNC. Activities of the night included eating yummy (and healthy!) snacks, playing games, making crafts, getting tattoos at the temporary tattoo parlour and even getting their nails done! And since Halloween is right around the corner, costumes were a must! Be on the look out for more Kids' Nite Out events coming soon!

Here are a few pictures from the Kids' Nite Out on 10/15/11.

Nutcracker Tea – November 20

Posted on: October 19th, 2011 by Elaine Adair

 

Kick off your holiday season with this unforgettable family tradition – this year for the first time at the beautiful Aloft Hotel in Broomfield! 

Guests will hear a beautifully recited rendition of the classic story, see excerpts from The Nutcracker performed by our student dancers and all little dancers will get to dance, too Bring your camera for pictures and get autographs. Commemorative Teacups and auction items will be available for purchase.

Sunday, November 20, 2011 @ 2:00-4:00pm

Aloft Hotel

8300 Arista Place, Broomfield, CO

$30 per Adult

$25 per Child

Click here to purchase tickets 

Dance Tip Tuesday: Flexibility

Posted on: October 18th, 2011 by Sarah Maltrud

 

dancer stretching

For a dancer, gaining and maintaining flexibility is very important. Flexibility is not something that can be achieved easily or quickly and is something you must constantly work on to retain. The truth of the matter is everyone’s bodies are different; some people are very flexible naturally, while others have never been able to achieve a middle split. Regardless of how naturally flexible you are or are not, here are some tips on how to work on your flexibility:

  • To achieve optimum flexibility, stretching outside of classes at home on your own time is crucial.
  • The most important part of stretching is making sure you’re warm first. If you’re at home, try doing 25 jumping jacks just prior to stretching. When you’re warm, your muscles are the most receptive to stretching and improvement, so do it while you're still sweaty!
  • Don’t push yourself too hard, you don’t want to injure yourself over-stretching too fast. Most stretches should not be held longer than 30-45 seconds.
  • Yoga and Pilates workouts, in addition to dance classes, can help with core strength and flexibility.
  • Winter is on its way! Remember that when the weather is colder, it takes the body longer to warm up. Take care of your body and be sure to allow extra stretching and exercise time to be in great shape and help prevent injuries.