Fifteen citizen dancers selected to perform in artist Nick Cave's Soundsuits at the DAM
Late last week, the Denver Art Museum let the crazy dancers out of the bag: The DAM announced that fifteen out of 120 hopefuls who auditioned for artist Nick Cave last month will perform in Cave's fantastical Soundsuits in June, alongside dancers from local professional troupes.
Nick Cave, "Speak Louder," 2011. Mixed media. James Prinz Photography, Chicago. Courtesy of Nick Cave and the Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
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And the winners are:
Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2009. Mixed Media. Photo courtesy of Nick Cave and the Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © The Artist.
- Mary Bliss
- Laura Burchard
- Matthew Creery
- Phaedra Eason
- Chanel Godwin-McMaken
- Heidi Kleder
- Marcy Mitchell
- Jordan Parman
- Markus Ramirez
- Liesel Schmidt
- Casey Shivers
- Mitch Slevc
- Emma Thomas
- Jessica Troppmann
- Haruna Tsuchiya
And here's what they'll suit up to do, in conjunction with the exhibit, Nick Cave: Sojourn, which opens at the DAM on June 9:
Being chosen is no small honor, as DAM spokeswoman Ashley Pritchard notes: "The participants shimmied and shook, jumped and jived; they donned legwarmers, sweatbands, a Chewbacca mask and even a security uniform. The enthusiasm and energy were amazing."
Check out that joyful shimmying and shaking in this video footage released by the DAM:
"If you thought the auditions were fun, just wait until you see the final show!" Pritchard adds. Visit the DAM online for all details and updates.