Control Group Productions is a platform for collaborative research and distribution of art works, loosely dance-based, that drive at the basic structures of live performance and embodied action, pursuing radical innovations and nuanced compositional fabrications toward unique, immersive aesthetic experiences.
The brainchild of Patrick Mueller, a movement and visual artist from Denver, Colorado, the company is working to build a new model for working artists: pioneering the development of a professional avant garde in the sprawling Mountain West; recalibrating relationships between artistic vision and community engagement; muddying boundaries between artists, curators, critics, and advocates; and pursuing new potentials embedded within the basic structures of live performance.
Founded in 2008, Control Group Productions has created over a dozen major works, from stage performances to site-specific, installation, and film projects. The company has founded two Denver venues: The Packing House Center for the Arts (2008-10) and work|space Denver (2011-15), where it has incubated its new works, presented events by dozens of local and touring artists, and comprehensively served its professional and general communities.
Control Group has received project and commissioning support from The Biennial of the Americas, Denver Theatre District, the Denver Office of Arts & Venues, and BINDERY|space; and its work has been presented by RedLine Gallery, Naropa University, Dance Initiative Carbondale, American Dance Festival’s MFA program, Boulder Fringe Festival, and others.
The company is supported by several local foundations and many generous donors. After five years of intensive groundwork in its local community, Control Group is currently focusing on cultivating a stronger regional presence through the creation of works that are affordable for small and mid-range presenters and uniquely stimulating to regional audiences.