Garrett Ammon

Video: Satisfaction at 910 Arts

Posted on: September 3rd, 2011 by Garrett Ammon

 

Meredith Strathmeyer and Colby Foss rock First Friday at 910 Arts on Santa Fe. Learn more about BNC's Spontaneous Urban Performances.

A Short Film from Intersection

Posted on: September 1st, 2011 by Garrett Ammon 3 Comments

 

This is The Empty Desk written by poet Michael J. Henry and recited by dancer Julie King. Filmed on location at Ranum High School (now Middle School), it is just one of several films that I created with the company for the full length performance of Intersection.

This show is the second of two major collaborations BNC has done with Lighthouse Writers Workshop to date. Mike and I developed Intersection together and he wrote a total of 13 poems for the production, which premiered in 2009. You can go here to learn more about the show and buy tickets.

We are delighted to bring Intersection back to launch Season 10 from September 16-25. I hope to see you there!

 

One Night Only, Local & National Advanced Dance Students, Training for the Summer at The School of Ballet Nouveau Colorado Share their Diverse Talent on Stage

Denver- Saturday, July 30th at 7:30pm, The School of Ballet Nouveau Colorado’s (BNC) most advanced dance students, a group comprised of 20 young dancers, will showcase their hard work and development as dancers gained while training in BNC’s Advanced Summer Intensive program. The whole family will enjoy this evening full of entertainment that will include contemporary choreography and classical repertoire at economical ticket prices of $10 for students and $12 for adults.

The various works are choreographed by The School of BNC's School Director Julia Wilkinson Manley, BNC's Associate Artistic Director Dawn Fay and former BNC professional company artist, Megan Coatney. The production is staged by renowned dance historian, Randall Newsom. "Using contemporary dance, I wanted to explore the use of everyday objects and see where they led the piece. What has resulted is whimsical, yet has moments that reflect daily life,” says Fay.

National Dance Day was established to recognize and build awareness in three important areas: healthy lifestyles, dance education and physical fitness across the United States for all ages. The School of BNC is committed to this same vision and desires to build local awareness about these areas. The Advanced Summer Intensive Showcase is a perfect celebration of these principles.

The School of BNC has long offered summer dance programs for students of all ages. The six-week Advanced Summer Intensive has attracted students from across the nation for the past five years, one of only a few in the country filling a niche for high-quality contemporary dance training with a strong classical foundation. “The program is unique in that students get the opportunity to train with professionals in a fresh, innovative and caring environment while providing them with individual attention,” says Manley.

This year’s 20 students in the 2011 Advance Summer Intensive program range in age from 10-21. Six students represent the following states -- Georgia, California, Pennsylvania, Washington and Texas. The other 14 students reside in Boulder, Broomfield, Louisville, Superior, Erie, Westminster, Arvada and Thornton, many of whom have been training with BNC since they were in kindergarten or younger.  One of these students is 14-year-old, Momo Sakai who resides in Superior, Colo. She is one of 39 students who are part of BNC’s need and merit based scholarship program. This past season, Sakai played the lead role, Clara, in BNC’s The Nutcracker and was a featured dancer in BNC’s Student Company Spring Concert, Prince Igor. “Being part of the Summer Intensive Showcase is amazing; it allows me to explore the use of space, music and the use of props with dancing. It’s rewarding to gain a better understanding of contemporary dance that is so different from my classical ballet training,” states Sakai.

Another student, Broomfield resident, Antonio Houck, age 14 has danced with BNC for six years. This past year, he was the lead role, Nutcracker Prince, in BNC’s The Nutcracker. “I love getting the opportunity to train like a professional and get the one on one attention of working with Garrett Ammon,” says Houck. Manley states, “Seeing these students’ confidence and contemporary technique sky rocket by the end of the summer is so rewarding.”

Performance Information

Advanced Summer Intensive Showcase

Date July 30 at 7:30pm

Location Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School - 1001 West 84th Ave I Denver, CO 80260. There is ample free on-site parking available.

Cost Children 12 and under, tickets are $10 I Adult tickets are $12

Order tickets Online at www.bncdance.com/school or by phone at 303.466.5685

For exclusive photo and interview opportunities with the various choreographers and students contact Ashley Burns, communications manager.
Phone 303.466.5685
Email
aburns@bncdance.com

 

Ballet Nouveau Colorado and Paper Bird Reunite to celebrate the official CD release

DENVER -- On Saturday, June 11, back by popular demand, Ballet Nouveau Colorado (BNC) will reunite with Paper Bird to present a special encore performance of Carry On - a full-length, contemporary dance, live music and multimedia production, which premiered in February 2011 receiving critical acclaim and six sold out performances. With choreography and films by BNC’s artistic director, Garrett Ammon, and featuring live, original music of Paper Bird, this production exemplifies BNC’s commitment to collaborating across multiple art forms with Colorado’s most talented artists.

Paper Bird, one of Colorado’s top bands, composed and orchestrated all new music for this production. The performance also serves as the CD release party for the full-length, self-released album, also titled Carry On. The album was recorded live during the debut presentation in February. Their melodic and authentic sound is a refreshing and breathtaking blend of folk, jazz, bluegrass and rhythm and blues,  and their talent has been recognized by NPR’s All Things Considered, voted one of the “10 Best Underground Bands” by Denver Post three years in a row, as well as 5280’s Top of the Town 2009 “Top Local Band”.

“It is a tremendous privilege to work with such dedicated and consummate artists as those at BNC. Our songwriting was challenged and the result is nothing less than the most mature, complete album we have created to date. In short, Carry On is an American original, and will be, we hope, an American classic,” says Paul DeHaven, a member of Paper Bird.

“I fell in love with Paper Bird’s music the first time I heard it,” says Ammon. “We are looking forward to sharing the stage with them again. They wrote the music for many months and this album reflects their hard work and amazing talent, it's truly inspiring.”

Carry On Performance Information

Dates June 11 at 7:30pm, Outdoor Amphitheater Gates open at 6:00pm.

Location Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities Outdoor Amphitheater- 6901 Wadsworth Blvd    Arvada, CO 80003

There is ample free on-site parking available.

Cost Prices range from $15-$32 and group tickets are available.
Order tickets Online at www.arvadacenter.org/summer/events or by phone at 720.898.7200

Recent reviews of Carry On:

“Carry On features an entirely new lineup of songs from the throwback folk band, with the lovely BNC dancers and a large screen upon which images were projected telling the rest of the story. It's an ambitious multimedia event, but both groups pulled their parts off admirably, and the performance as a whole is bound to be one of the most beautiful, heartfelt things I'll see all year…The overall effect is charming, whimsical, nostalgic and heartbreaking at times, evoking a simpler time and rollicking connections between friends and lovers.” Westword Review of Carry On by Amber Taufen

“It was stunning, really. The real success, I think, is the air of effortlessness they all brought to this. Never mind that the process took almost a year to put together with over a two dozen talents- once it came out the other side, it was as if it has always existed. That’s a huge accomplishment for both parties whose careful, creative involvement made something like, Carry On, one hell of a show…that’s success.” 303 Magazine Review of Carry On by Joshua Novak

For exclusive photo and interview opportunities with Garrett Ammon and Paper Bird, as well as an invitation to observe BNC and Paper Bird in rehearsal contact Ashley Burns, communications manager.
Ph: 303.466.5685 Email: aburns@bncdance.com

 

DENVER - Ballet Nouveau Colorado (BNC)’s second installment of Community Sundays will be held on the last Sunday performance of Carry On featuring Paper Bird on February 13 at 2pm.  BNC will donate 50% of that day’s revenue in ticket sales to their chosen human service partner, SAME Café. During the 2010-11 season, BNC has partnered with two human service non-profits in the Denver metro area. In November 2010, BNC’s Community Sundays performance of Chasing the Sublime benefited Judi’s House.

SAME Café is an organization filling the gap of food security in the Denver Metro area. With daily selections made using fresh, organic ingredients, SAME Café offers a donation box – rather than a cash register – for one to pay what they felt their meal was worth, or to leave a little more and help out someone less fortunate. SAME Café’s philosophy is that everyone, regardless of economic status, deserves the chance to eat healthy food while being treated with dignity. SAME Café opened its doors in October, 2006 and has been recognized as Best Free Lunch (or Dinner) by Westword and a 7 Everyday Hero by KMGH Denver.  For more information visit www.soallmayeat.org.

BNC Artistic Director Garrett Ammon said, “SAME Café is a beautiful organization and one of Paper Bird's favorites. We are delighted to have them be the beneficiary for our second Community Sundays performance and hope to help raise awareness of an organization that is making a significant difference in the Denver Community.”

"We are thrilled to partner on such a caring, creative endeavor,” said Libby Birky, co-owner of SAME Café. “BNC and Paper Bird will put on an amazing show and we appreciate that proceeds from this event will be used to feed neighbors in Denver."

BNC’s Carry On featuring Paper Bird is the fourth production of their 2010-11 season. This performance continues BNC’s commitment to collaborating with local artists and organizations.  With new music by Paper Bird, and new choreography and films by Garrett Ammon, Carry On runs February 4-6 at the Lakewood Cultural Center and February 11-13 at The Performing Arts Complex at PCS in Federal Heights. For more information and tickets, go to www.bncdance.com.

Ballet Nouveau Colorado will celebrate its 10th anniversary of the company in 2011-2012 and the 20th anniversary of the school in 2012-2013.