The arts in Denver: Ten people to watch in 2013
Theresa Anderson had a very good year in 2012. Her installation show with Rebecca Vaughan, Swank (fool), was a hit at Ice Cube Gallery, and she followed that by participating in the freely-flowing group soft-materials show Stuff(ed) at Laundry on Lawrence (an expanded version curated by Cortney Lane Stell and Amber Cobb will pop up at Pirate later this winter). She's also a member of the venerable Pirate Contemporary Art, and when she's not making art, Anderson runs Ice Cube Gallery at the Dry Ice Factory and also keeps an arts blog offering a valuable insider's view of the happenings in Denver galleries.
Toward the end of 2012, Garrett Ammon's acclaimed and innovative Ballet Nouveau Colorado announced an important leap in the force that had produced programs, often collaborative, over the past two decades: BNC, the dance school, will become the Colorado Conservatory of Dance and remain in the company's old Broomfield digs, while BNC, the troupe, will move to Five Points as the newly christened Wonderbound, a name that conjures up new and more adventurous creative leaps.
BNC dances around poems and pop music and sexy stuff, too; its best-known work -- Carry On, a collaboration with the Colorado combo Paper Bird -- is indicative of the places Wonderbound is bound to explore in the future. "What we do is not what people imagine ballet to be," Ammon has said. "It's more a different reality, where movement expresses who we are as people. Ballet just happens to be the vocabulary that our dancers use to start from." Amen. Let the dancing begin.
- Ballet Nouveau Colorado is headed for Five Points -- and Wonderbound
- Paper Bird and Ballet Nouveau Colorado carry on with Carry On
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