Ballet company joins with band to examine nation’s divisions

Wonderbound, Flobots stage shows in three area venues

Posted 4/4/17

“Divisions,” is a new production by Wonderbound contemporary ballet company and nationally known hip-hop band the Flobots — both involved in community activism through the arts. It will play in three metro Denver venues between April 14 and …

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Ballet company joins with band to examine nation’s divisions

Wonderbound, Flobots stage shows in three area venues

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“Divisions,” is a new production by Wonderbound contemporary ballet company and nationally known hip-hop band the Flobots — both involved in community activism through the arts. It will play in three metro Denver venues between April 14 and 30.

Choreographer Garrett Ammons and his wife, Dawn Fay, began with the company in Denver in 2007, then called Ballet Nouveau, now called Wonderbound. They have made a practice of collaborating with other artists.

“With our country more divided than ever, it’s important to come together through art,” Wonderbound says. “This production is inspired by how art has impacted great revolutions in history and costuming will be based on clothing worn by revolutionaries through time.”

Ammons, known for his ability to work with other artistic groups, including Paper Bird, poet Michael J. Henry, illusionist Professor Phelyx, DeVotchka’s Tom Haggerty and musician Ian Cooke, has teamed this year with Flobots lead singer Jamie “Jonny 5” Laurie and the band, as they were also completing a new album following several years of effort.

“Our job is all the more important as social conflict increases,” said Ammons.

The new Flobots album, “NOENEMIES,” is due on May 5 and the dance portion of the production was created from the new music. The album includes the voices of a gospel choir and intends to give listeners a sense of hope. “We hope `Divisions’ is a thoughtful and compelling look into the soul of a nation stirring with unresolved questions — What are we mobilizing for? Who are we mobilizing against? Why are we scared of each other? As more and more people take to the streets, these questions are more vital now than ever,” Laurie said.

The socially active band started Youth on Record, which, with help from working musicians, trains at-risk students to develop career skills while staying in school. They work from a new studio located in the Mariposa community in Denver, with support from the Boettcher Foundation.

Performances will be at the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School in north Denver, at Parker’s PACE and at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, between April 14 and 30.

If you go

“Divisions” will be performed at three metro area venues:

● 7:30 p.m. April 14-15 and 2 p.m. April 16 at 2 p.m. at the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School, 1001 W. 84th Ave., Federal Heights (tickets: 303-292-4700, wonderbound.com)

● 7:30 p.m. April 22 and 2 p.m. April 23 at PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker (tickets: 303-805-6800, parkerarts.org)

● 7:30 p.m. April 29, 2 p.m. April 30 at the Newman Center for Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, at the University of Denver (303-871-6200, newmancenterpresents.com)

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