Garrett Ammon

Tune In To Colorado Matters On CPR

Posted on: April 10th, 2012 by admin

 

Garrett Ammon sat down with Ryan Warner for an interview on Colorado Public Radio's Colorado Matters. During the interview, Garrett reflects on the 10th anniversary of BNC's professional company.  Listen in to hear him share a past, present and future look at the professional company.

Square of Ice

Posted on: March 29th, 2012 by jamie-melaragno

 

On Saturday, March 31st at 10pm, Sarah Tallman and Colby Foss will be performing a pas de deux from Garrett Ammon's work, "Walk the Line" set to Johnny Cash's famous tune.  Why? Because Off-Center at The Jones (located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex) is hosting a 2 day festival entitled "Square of Ice - A Johnny Cash Remix." 

This festival is a talent competition style format where acts will be performing their best Johnny Cash covers - everything from improv comics to ukelele players. The top 14 entries have been selected and will compete this coming Friday and Saturday evening; doors open at 9:30pm.

All of the entries will perform on Friday, followed by a live vote and a finalist showdown on Saturday the 31st.  Our dancers will be the opening entertainment for the showdown (think the guest performers on SYTYCD's results show).  Other entertainment on the 31st includes live ice carving outside of the theater and a closing performance by Rocky Mountain DanceGrass band Whitewater.

Come and enjoy the performers' Johnny Cash Remixes, and don't miss the beautiful dancing of Sarah Tallman and Colby Foss opening the show on March 31st!

SQUARE OF ICE, A Johnny Cash Remix
A Two Night Festival (come to one night or both)
March 30 & 31: Doors 9:30pm, Show 10:00pm
Tickets $10

For tickets click here.

Coming Soon!

Posted on: February 2nd, 2012 by sasha-galikeeva

 

Last week I had the opportunity to sort of experience my first BNC dance performance. I got to see rehearsal for Love in the Digital Age! I was very excited to see the dancers perform because every now and then I can hear them rehearse to music from my office. Let me just say, the production is going to be awesome! There are so many different facets to the dancing - sadness, humor, intensity, and of course, love. The music and choreography match each other perfectly with neither overpowering the other. I'm excited to go see the production tomorrow, live on opening night, and see how the music, the dancing, and the costumes all come together!   

Here are some photos from rehearsal and a short video to get you in the mood!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn more. Buy tickets.

Late as Usual

Posted on: January 16th, 2012 by Garrett Ammon 1 Comment

 

Some rehearsal footage from Love in the Digital Age. Be sure to check out The Freak Fandango Orchestra from Barcelona, Spain.

February 3-12, 2012

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As Seen On TV

Posted on: November 19th, 2011 by admin

 

Can't get enough of BNC and A Shared Experience in Art? You're in luck, we were featured on 9 News and Rocky Mountain PBS, so you can get a little taste of it again.  The good news is - we've got more shows to come in Season 10. Come, enjoy and feed your addiction for dance.

Watch Rocky Mountain PBS   Click on Ballet Nouveau Colorado under the video to watch.

Watch 9 News (BNC is featured at the end of Kirk's segment.)

Garrett Ammon's work, A Stitch in Time

Students Collaborating, Just Like the Pros

Posted on: September 30th, 2011 by Garrett Ammon

 

Last night, Lighthouse Writers Workshop's Teen Council and The School of Ballet Nouveau Colorado's Composition class met for the first time to begin work on a collaborative project.

Lighthouse and BNC have been working together since 2007 and have created two world premiere productions that bring the written word together with dance. Now, we are delighted to be getting the students in on the action.

Over the coming months these young writers and dancers will be exploring the nature of collaborative creation and work to create short works that will be presented in a performance this spring.

After introductions, Lighthouse's Michael J. Henry and I shared a little about our personal experiences working together and then the students got down to business. Led by Lighthouse's Megan Nix and BNC's Julia Wilkinson Manley and Jayne Persch, the students settled on "Awakenings" as the theme of their project. The students were then teamed up in groups of two and three to begin getting to know each other and exploring ideas.

What a pleasure it was to see all of these talented students in deep, thoughtful discussions as they begin this new journey together. I can't wait to see what happens.

 

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

BNC’s Intersection featured in Dance Magazine

Posted on: September 8th, 2011 by Garrett Ammon

 

Runaway LoveDance Magazine September 2011BNC's upcoming production of Intersection is featured in Dance Magazine's September 2011 issue, read the full article at dancemagazine.com. Intersection opens September 16th and runs through the 25th, learn more and buy tickets here.