Colorado Ballet Announces 2018/19 Collaboration with Wonderbound and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance 0

Colorado Ballet announced the full 2018/2019 season today, and there is plenty to look forward too, but the big news is the collaboration featuring Colorado Ballet Alongside Colorado’s Own Wonderbound and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Companies with four performances at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House March 8-10, 2019! Full Season Schedule

Speaking about this innovative collaboration, Artistic Director Gil Boggs states,

“We are delighted and honored to announce that we have partnered with these two respected ballet companies to bring a new work into existence, and onto the stage of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, performed by Colorado Ballet’s own dancers with live music by Matthew Pierce performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. Today, performing arts companies are exploring creative ways to produce new and grand productions on limited budgets, and this collaboration gives all three companies a way to create something new and much larger than any of us would have been able to produce independently.”

GIL BOGGS Artistic Director

This collaborative program will showcase a contemporary work performed by Colorado Ballet, a new work choreographed by Wonderbound Artistic Director Garrett Ammon starring Colorado Ballet and Wonderbound dancers, and a new work choreographed by Artistic Director Cleo Parker Robinson featuring Colorado Ballet and Cleo Parker Robinson Dancers. This vibrant and innovative program will celebrate dance in Colorado and the incredible way that the art of dance can create joy and inspiration.

  GARRETT AMMON Artistic Director, Choreographer, President
CLEO PARKER ROBINSON Founder & Artistic Director

 

About Wonderbound

Wonderbound


Wonderbound is an American dance company that lives at the convergence of tradition and innovation, vulnerability and courage, and intimacy and openness. Under the leadership of husband-and-wife team Garrett Ammon and Dawn Fay, Wonderbound is committed to the development and sharing of collaborative artistic experiences. These undertakings have come to define Wonderbound, producing creations that erase boundaries between mediums and engage artists and audiences in candid explorations of the human experience. https://wonderbound.com/

 

About Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance (CPRD) is a cultural ambassador, infusing vitality, innovation and education into every community they touch—around the corner and around the globe. CPRD became a 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profit organization in 1974, continuing to build upon its dance school and ensemble origins. In four decades, they have developed into an internationally esteemed organization that operates beyond the traditional performing arts model. https://cleoparkerdance.org/

 

Season subscriptions are on sale now and single tickets will be on sale July 15, 2018.  Visit www.coloradoballet.org for more information.

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Eden Lane is a freelance journalist based in Denver Colorado

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Q&A with Playwright Dakota C. Hill 0

Denver’s rapid growth impacts housing, transportation, and business. Space is valuable. The arts and artists often struggle to survive in the areas they helped to make appealing. Lisa Wagner Erickson has staked a claim in the Sloan’s Lake/Edgewater neighborhood at 5138 West 29th Street. This new black box theater space aptly named Theater 29, is home for five theater companies focused on presenting Colorado playwrights.

 

The founding companies and collectives are Pandemic Collective, Feral Assembly , DirtyFish Theater, The Lulubird Project, and Chase & Be Still Stage, which is presenting the inaugural show, Burnt Offering by Dakota C. Hill.

In rural west Texas, a young man living with a prominent skin disorder awaits the arrival of a stranger whose visit has been orchestrated by his domineering sister under the pretense of a cure. He soon learns that everything comes with a price and that blood isn’t always thicker than water.

 

Here is my Q&A with him after opening night.

Playwright Dakota C. Hill
Playwright Dakota C. Hill

Eden Lane:

Can you share a bit about how and why you became a Playwright?

 

Dakota C. Hill:

Well, I was cast in my first summer stock production around the age of 15. I didn’t get a summer break in high school because I was away performing and soaking in as much of a professional theater environment that I could. That is all to say that an undying love for theater has been present for as long as I can remember. But I lost touch with it for a number of years and instead focused on film school and life outside of theater. That is, until I went to an audition, got a call-back, really really wanted the part and was the runner-up. I went home that night and realized that I should try and write a play. I wrote it in two days and absolutely fell in love with writing for the stage. I hadn’t realized, until then, that my passion for writing was entirely focused on a desire to tell human stories. To dive as deep as I can into what makes us tick, laugh, cry, lash out, hurt and heal one another. What are we, us humans? For me, the stage is the best place to explore that.

 

EL:

What sparked you to write Burnt Offering?

 

DCH:

I wrote Burnt Offering because of Dustin, the son and hero of the story. I met this guy, got to know, and grew to love him over a number of months both in my head and in various scenes I wrote until I realized after a while he would still be with his family. And so I got to know them. His sister. His mother. And then Mason as this sort of catalyst for change for Dustin. And once they all met on paper it sort of poured out of me. If I were to really dive into where a lot of the themes and metaphors come from it would be my growing up gay in rural Texas and trying to grapple with something within myself that I thought was abnormality. I was so very fortunate to have an incredible, loving, and supportive family. But, I certainly knew a lot of people who weren’t so fortunate.  So in some ways I think I wrote the play for them.

Marcus Turner (Dustin)
Burnt Offering at Theater 29

EL:

How did this play become the inaugural production at Theater 29?

 

DCH:

You know, I got really lucky in regards to being the first show at Theater 29. Ellen K. Graham and I had already decided to co-produce this play and we were looking for a space when Lisa Wagner Erickson decided to buy the property and turn it into a theater. The two of them were already friends and had worked together in the past. So, Lisa and I were introduced and hit it off!

 

EL:

Playwrights often mention the value of simply hearing the work spoken by actors, and at Theater 29 you are able to have a full production, what have you learned during this experience?

 

DCH:

It is so helpful to hear the work out loud. To really get a sense of what works or comes across with the correct intention and what doesn’t. And having the full production here, in a space where the playwright is an integral part of the production, I could treat the beginning of the process as a sort of workshop until the script looked and sounded it’s best. That’s invaluable. Add to that, having the full production also gives the playwright this full sense of accomplishment and pride that a reading, while wonderful and invaluable in it’s own right, can’t really accomplish. And it can’t accomplish that, for me at least, because it’s not a complete play. A complete world.

 

Nicole Campbell as Rose

Our last teaser: the incredible Nicole Campbell as Rose. Tickets are moving, we hope you do too. www.theater29denver.com

Posted by Ellen K Graham on Monday, May 14, 2018

 

MAY 17 – 26

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