On loss and resiliency.

Control Group Associate Director Nicholas Caputo in CAVALCADE! Photo by Finnocitta. The name ‘control group’ is fraught with ironies: A nod to our goals of research and experimentation, to our desire to connect scientific and artistic processes, to a proposal that perhaps we are the uninflected ones, the lab rats receiving sugar pills instead of […]

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UPCOMING: “devotions”

In early 2015 Control Group completed its final Salon Romantik series project, culminating nearly 4 years of research, experimentation, and 7 different performance creations. In 2015-17 Control Group is diving into a variety of new explorations, pursuing several different new work concepts simultaneously. Here’s one of the projects we’re currently digging into: devotion’s last full […]

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Salon Romantik, op. 5

NOTE: Salon 5 is appearing soon as part of (the world we’ve created), a multi-artist installation gallery at The Studio Loft at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, June 13-15, 2014. For information about that event, follow this link. To hear about the concept and process of Salon 5, read on… Salon Romantik, op.5: CREATION An […]

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‘Salon Romantik’: the story behind the spectacle…

Salon Romantik Event Page here PROGRAM NOTES – Patrick Mueller, 4/19/2012 It’s important to note that Salon Romantik is Control Group’s first exploration of narrative – we usually organize our works thematically and experientially, allowing a lot of space for personal interpretation. I’ve included the libretto below, but I hope that the work is much […]

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Review: Uncle Rooster

Art and Interlocution: Uncle Rooster and The Elephant Man as script vs. experience By Patrick Mueller Written 2/27; revised for publication 3/22 To be forthright: I have issues with traditional theatre (script-driven narrative plays on stage) as a practice – the subservience to plot and script (and the focus on the text that arises from […]

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Review: Mimosa

Late Night Mimosas (size medium) by Patrick Mueller January 6, 2012 I saw Trajal Harrell’s solo Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church – (S) in November at Colorado College – an unlikely but very fitting venue for Harrell’s calm, delicate, cerebral performance. A work that collides the Harlem voguing scene and […]

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Review: Pina

On Stage and in the Woods with Pina’s Ghost By Patrick Mueller January 3, 2012 I’ve now seen two movies in 3-D (black-plastic-hipster-glasses 3-D, not last century’s crappy red-and-blue-lensed-paper-glasses 3-D): the 2009 Christmas blockbuster Avatar and the art film documentary Pina. By German New Wave cinema icon Wim Wenders, Pina documents the work of German […]

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PHCA Newsletter 10/27/11: Colorado, consider yourself CHRONICLED!

FULL NEWSLETTER HERE A new community blog for CO’s new arts community. Read the newspaper recently?  Arts coverage is abysmally thin, and shrinking fast.  So a group of local arts innovators has banded together to create a forum for us – and you! – to move Colorado’s arts innovation forward as a community. Introducing:  The […]

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Preview: Diego Pinon / Boulder Butoh Festival

Touching the Unknowing By Patrick Mueller 10-20-11 “To submit to and integrate all the energies around you […, to] reach my own limits, to be scared, to touch the unknowing…” – this is the heart of performance for Diego Pinon. Pinon’s Butoh Mexicano performances appear on a basic level as dance works:  they use movement […]

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