Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Kim Olson

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#77: Kim Olson

Dancer/choreographer Kim Olson founded SWEET EDGE ten years ago in Boulder as an interdisciplinary vision built on a foundation of collaboration and trust. "The name derives from a state of being -- where change is constant and movement fundamental. We shift, merge, adapt, step out of the known, take risks and ask why -- this is the Dance. For me, the  SWEET EDGE happens in the space between what is and what can be." That's how she describes the tight-knit ensemble's mission in her written statement, and it's a credo that's taken SWEET EDGE, now based in Denver, beyond all limits.

How does Olson keep the ideas flowing through that unknown space? Learn more by reading her 100CC questionnaire.

See also: 100 Colorado Creatives: Patrick Mueller, Control Group Productions

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Westword:If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

Kim Olson: This is a really hard question because there are so many. But if I had to pick a few off the top of my head...

Leonardo Da Vinci: To be a moving model. Imagine the angels and demons he could concoct, not to mention that it might have influenced his models for human flight.

Federico Fellini: In another life, I roamed with a band of estranged circus gypsies. I have a fixation with black-and-white cinema and photography. His casts were fascinating, and I could hang in the wilds of the Italian countryside for a lifetime.

Antoni Gaudi: I would be the designated "principle of motion" live exhibit to sync and to counter all those beautiful curves...ah. I did a barefoot tour in Barcelona's Park Güell that my feet will never forget.

Montgolfier brothers: To design a performance ad campaign -- drawing out the French masses to the first manned ascent into the sky -- the globe aerostatique!

Cristo: All that fabric needs bodies -- can you imagine the suspension of movement within? The play with shape and scale and perspective and place.... many ideas.

Bjork: Her sound speaks to me, and I want to wear those costumes. I have a similar tangent visioning process -- which can lead to bizarre, profound and seemingly unrelated ideas. I think we could make great performance together. She's brilliant.

Radiohead: I am already there -- choreographing outrageously poetic, tragic stage-diving sequences and suspended installations. They could use a fourth layer of kinesthetic/visceral trip -- I'd be all over it. Say the word, Thom.

Continue reading for more from Kim Olson.

Location Info


Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver, CO

Category: Music

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