The front range certainly has had quite a year of ups and downs. But through it all the Boulderites, Denverites and Coloradans in general have persevered, moved through the trials and tribulations and even created some great performing arts. And, so, readers I dedicate this article to my state of Colorado. To the people, the artists, the patrons, the survivors. This is 2013 in review!
In the world of dance there were many performances, proving once again, there is an abundant amount of choreographic talent in the Boulder/Denver area. 2013 started off with compassion and the spirit of giving. Community dancers gathered together to honor and dance for Amy Hollinger, a dancer severely injured in a car accident. They did the dancing for her, until she graces the stage again, all the while raising funds for Amy's recovery.
Denver-based Louder Than Words Dancetheatre presented “If/Then”, a modern dance performance which examined the compelling notion of cause and effect.
Boulder multi-disciplinary dance artists Laura Ann Samuelson (director of Hoarded Stuff Performance) and Joanna Rotkin (director of TinHOUSE Experimental Dance Theatre) offered up the first installment of their series “Tiny Gods: Shuffling Home to See the Queen”.
Kat Gurley enlisted the talents of four strong female dancers who filled the stage with their passion and performing experience in “Wild Heart”.
Local choreographer Leslie Merrill premiered “The 13th and Final Principle” which investigated the extreme nature of society’s barrage of technology in the Boulder Fringe Fest.
Angie Simmons, Artistic Director of the Denver-based dance company Evolving Doors Dance, summed it all up through movement and music with her premiere work “Sum of Your Parts”.
Under the artistic directorship of Linzee Klinkenberg, New Breed Dance Company brought to audiences a sensual, athletic and soulful exploration on the journey of love, in the premiere work “Love Moves”.
Theatre, much like the dance scene was just as prolific.
With Brenda Wither’s play, “The Ding Dongs (Or, What is the Penalty in Portugal?) Boulder’s award-winning theatre company, square product theatre, tackled the issues of private property, indigenous rights and ownership.
“One Act” the fully improvised one-act play and the brainchild of director and local actor Meridith C. Grundei is an ongoing theatrical production where the ensemble of artists have never rehearsed, scripted or planned the play. Suggestions are taken from the audience and they go from there.
The Boulder Fringe Fest went on as scheduled despite the flood and showed us all that art can heal and has an important place in the recovery process.
And, finally, In “Failure: A Love Story” presented by the Boulder theatre company, The Catamounts, we are reminded all that remains is love. In times of peril, sadness and the passing of loved ones this is the underlying idea. And, friends, love is not the only important, can’t live without it, surefire ingredient in life. There is, indeed, something else to embrace. Acceptance. Acceptance that life is precarious. Life is precious. Life is full of uncertainty and can derail us at any given moment.
A full, rich year of art. Art that succeeded in making audiences laugh, cry, contemplate and feel. Art that brought a community together when all looked lost. Art that healed. Congratulations to the artists who placed their hearts and souls on a platter to feed our hearts and souls. I can’t wait to see what is next on the menu!
Happy New Year!