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Rave Review by 303 Magazine

Posted on: November 10th, 2011 by admin

 

Did you miss last weekend's performances of, A Shared Experience In Art? Are you curious what all the buzz is about? Well, you're in luck, 303 Magazine can give you the inside scoop on what to expect and why this show is a must see performance. Read their review.

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

 

 

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

Hey, What’s That Worth To You? (Warning: Rambling and Ranting Ahead)

Posted on: September 20th, 2011 by Garrett Ammon

 

Garrett Ammon & Michael J. Henry's Intersection

Read a post by Tiffany Tyson at The Lighthouse Writers Top-Secret Blog.

This past weekend, I went to see “Intersection,” the collaboration between Lighthouse’s poet extraordinaire Michael J. Henry and Ballet Nouveau Colorado’s exceptional artistic director Garrett Ammon. The tickets were modestly priced. I love live theater in almost every form: dance, music, comedy or drama. We regularly splurge on tickets to see musicals or plays at Denver’s Performing Arts Complex. And I do mean splurge. The cost of tickets to see even a small performance at the DPAC can be twice the cost of the Ballet Nouveau performance we enjoyed this past weekend. And yet, I don’t believe I’ve ever been more impressed with a performance. From the poems to the story (and, yes, there is a story) to the choreography to the lighting and music, it was one of the most wholly satisfying performances I’ve ever seen. You can still catch it this coming weekend (Sept. 23-25) at the Performing Arts Complex at PCS in North Denver: For tickets or more information visit Ballet Nouveau Colorado’s website. It’s absolutely worth your time and your money. Read more…

Men and Women, Ballet, and the Shock of Recognition

Posted on: September 17th, 2011 by Garrett Ammon

 

Garrett Ammon & Michael J. Henry's IntersectionRead a post by Michael J. Henry reflecting on opening night of Intersection at The Lighthouse Writers Top-Secret Blog.

Even though I’ve seen the performance of Intersection a handful of times, last night, within minutes, I was weeping. I weep easily and all (I’m a poet), but the terrible beauty of expression in the dancers’ bodies and movements, the music and multimedia images Garrett has chosen—everything coalesces into a stunning unity I never could have imagined when writing the poems or contemplating the story. And yet it all rings so true.

Words in great poems can be gorgeous and capital-T Truthful; but the rare ability to express complex ideas through the movement of bodies is beyond language. And the BNC dancers are so adept at bringing the Intersection characters to life, imbuing them as actors would with their own emotion and wisdom; each character has become something I didn’t envision, and I love that. Ballet is an art I knew little about before I met Garrett, but now I think I understand its almost primal power to move an audience. Read more…

Intersection continues tonight and tomorrow (Sept 17-18) at Lakewood Cultural Center and next weekend (Sept 23-25) at the Performing Arts Complex at PCS. Learn more, watch a trailer and buy tickets here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meredith Strathmeyer and Ben Delony in IntersectionBallet Nouveau Colorado's Meredith Strathmeyer and Ben Delony in MY DEAREST SON during last night's dress rehearsal of Garrett Ammon & Michael J. Henry's Intersection. Photo by Amanda Tipton.

To celebrate the opening of Season 10 and Intersection we thought we would share a photo and poem from the show with you. We hope you enjoy. You can check out a trailer, learn more and purchase tickets to the show here.

MY DEAREST SON

You are my star, always will be, and soon
I will be yours. I want you to find me
in the night sky, draw a line of light
to the others, make a constellation.

I will be yours. I want you to find me
so I can guide your way. Please do not forget
the others, make a constellation
of your father, your sister, those who think of you

and guide your way. Please do not forget
the bed I made every day for you,
your father, your sister, those who think of you,
the clothes I washed and folded, meals I made,

the bed I made every day for you.
My son, this is the way you love someone:
the clothes I washed and folded, meals I made,
this is the way you let them know.

My son, this is the way you love someone.
Each morning, greet the changing sky.
This is the way you let them know.
If you must, study the map of loneliness, then

greet the changing sky with fury,
hole up in a dark closet, huddle on empty shoes,
if you must. Study the map of loneliness,
then, go. Take a girl out for ice cream.

Hole up in a dark closet; huddle on empty shoes.
In the night sky, draw a line of light between stars.
Go, take a girl out for ice cream.
You are my star, always will be, and soon.

 

by Michael J. Henry

A note on Intersection from Garrett Ammon

Posted on: September 14th, 2011 by Garrett Ammon

 

Garrett Ammon & Michael J. Henry's Intersection

In 2008, after having worked together on our first collaboration, When the Power Goes Out, Lighthouse Writers Workshop's Michael J. Henry and I both agreed that we had only just begun exploring the possibilities of how we might work together. We decided almost immediately to dive headlong into another, even larger project. Intersection was the result.

There is much talk about the great wealth of artistic talent that is resident in Colorado. I unabashedly speak of it regularly, and I firmly believe that it is one of our greatest resources as a community. You need not look far to discover the infectious creative energy happening all around us. I believe that Colorado's artists will play a pivotal role in giving voice to how we define ourselves as Americans in this new century.

If I had to make a list of artists that are making this real, Michael J. Henry would be among the first handful of names. Mike's writing is visceral, reaching swiftly and deeply into the fiber of our humanity. His poetry embraces the texture and complexity of our existence. Words wrapped in the scent, taste and sound of our lives remind us that it is not events that we should cherish, but every day that we have among our families, friends and neighbors.

Intersection is built around thirteen poems that Mike created for this project. Together, they bring a neighborhood to life and tell a story that could happen on any street, in any town. It is a story that intimately examines the nature of love and loss, ultimately creating one of the most stirring portraits of American life that I have ever encountered.

It is hard for any artist to be truly objective about their own work, and I will not attempt to speak to my own contributions to this production. I will say that Intersection challenged me and moved in ways that I had never before experienced, and it pushed me to ask more of myself than I ever had.

I am humbled to have had the great fortune of working with Mike on Intersection, and I am proud to have the opportunity to bring the work to life with the artists of BNC for a second time.

I hope you will join us this weekend or next as we open Season 10 with this very special production.