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Redline artist Theresa Clowes & BNC’s Garrett Ammon for A Shared Experience in Art

Posted on: November 5th, 2011 by Sarah Maltrud

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