Newsletter 2/16: Spring Season in the air

Hey PHCA fans, friends, and associates,

No words to describe… instead, pictures: http://grayareadance.blogspot.com/2010/02/dance-tough-love-10-easy-pieces.html (photographer Heather Gray is a rock star!).

With our epic weekend of Valentine’s Day Tough Lovin’, from its icy-cold start to its sweltering finish, we have emerged triumphant from our FIRST FULL PERFORMANCE SEASON at PHCA.  Pants Off Dance Off to Good Girls to Tough Love – it’s been a spicy winter of sold-out shows offering highest quality no-holds-barred live performance.

Now we’ve got three weeks to re-charge for a jam-packed Spring Season, with two more Dance Night for Beginners showcases, more co-productions, another Performing Artist Residency event, and the premiere of PHCA’s permanent resident company Control Group!  Check it:

1.  Put your brain on red alert Our mind-blowing Spring Performance Season preview…

2.  Filling your prescription while we’re out of office Some recommendations for great art over the next few weeks

3.  Ka-kaw ka-kaaawwww Call for Artists for our Multi-Arts Festival in May

4.  Lookatmelookatmelookatme Call for Dancers for up-coming PHCA Co-Production MISSA POPULI

5.  The Best Nation in the World Donations Update/2010 Wishlist and Plans

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1.  Put your brain on red alert Our mind-blowing Spring Performance Season preview…

This is serious right here.  We’ve got works that will shatter your consciousness into tiny little bits if you’re not properly fortified with a well-maintained tolerance for brilliant art.  Regular viewing recommended.  Watch (out/this)!

March 12-13, 8pm

Dance Night for Beginners episode 5.0: ULTRA-MODERN DANCE

Featuring commentary by Snyderoceros+

With performances by Control Group, Syzygy Butoh, Sharoni Stern Siegal, and TinHouse Experimental Dance Theatre

In Episode 5.0, we explore the standards and requirements for not just modern but ULTRA-MODERN dance!  Watch us transform the aesthetic transgressions of Butoh, Dance Theatre, and Experimental Performance into the crystallized beauty of Martha Graham.

March 25-27, 8pm

MISSA POPULI (world premiere)

An original performance by Vicious Trap, directed by Eric Meyer and Kenny Storms

A reclaiming of the Catholic Mass—an exploration and undermining from within—dissected and rebuilt in the guise of performance and the name of humanity. Combining the sacrifice, transcendence, blood and circumstance of the original with history, live music, science, dance, literature and pop culture to find a wholly modern communion experience that is all human.

April 2-3, 8pm; April 3, 4pm

Aura Fischbeck Dance, Leigh Riley, and Syzygy Butoh

This shared performance weekend initiates PHCA’s Touring Artist Program, bringing two of San Fransisco’s most brilliant emerging choreographers to Denver for three performances over two days, as well as a half-day workshop on Saturday.  Also sharing the bill will be Boulder’s own Syzygy Butoh, directed by Nathan Montgomery.

April 22-24, 8pm

Demolition Queens (world premiere)

A performance spectacle by Control Group Productions, directed by Patrick Mueller

WHEN THERE’S NOTHING LEFT TO BURN YOU HAVE TO SET YOURSELF ON FIRE.  Raze the debris of the glam-fashion-punk-pop-image-icon-anti-cult like a derelict high-rise of spent cultural currency.  Then dance on the ashes.  This isn’t dissection of super-stardom, just a glorious conflagration.  PHCA’s permanent resident company has its finger on the detonator.

April 30-May 2, 8pm

Aleh (world premiere)

A Butoh-Blues Dance-Theatre performance by Sharoni Stern Siegal

Solitude amidst motion, the fragility of the human spirit, sadness, and resilience.  The collective cultural consciousness embedded in each body’s memory, excavated and explored.  This piece draws on Siegal’s Israeli-American Jewish heritage through inspirations and imagery from Blues music, Walt Whitman poetry, and her own dreams and visions, rendered in a unique blending of spiritual and cultural contents.

May 7-8, 7pm – 11pm

Stop. Crawl. Walk. Run.

A Multi-Arts Festival conceived by projectmedia in association with The Packing House Center for the Arts

A cultured chaos, interactive, multi-media event including visual arts, digital media, dance, fashion, music and artists of all types who come together in a vision to stir political, social, and personal observations about our constantly evolving world. Join these artists in an evening filled with stimulating creation where audience and art become one (like Voltron!).  Ponder the walls that contain us and the freedom that breaks through as truth (like Kool-aid!).  Stay home plugged into your digital box or join a vision that sets you free (like the Matrix!).

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2.  Filling your prescription while we’re out of office Some recommendations for great art over the next few weeks

The Mile High Voltage Festival: Feb. 19-20 at 7:30pm

The Newman Center for the Performing Arts

Two day passes: $38 general/$25 student (includes free parking)

Single day tickets: $18/$15

Through featured artists of the Cantaloupe Music Label (the label of innovative percussion ensemble Bang On A Can), the festival explores the ways that popular and alternative music are changing our idea of what can be offered as classical. Witness performances on new instruments, video as an integral part of music, and boundary-crossing composition.  Leave behind the standard concert hall experience by tweeting, texting, googling from your seat, or watch a simulcast of the show from the Cantaloupe Café.  Featuring performances by Burkina Electric, SO Percussion, (Denver Premiere of IMAGINARY CITY, co-commissioned by Newman Center), Michael Harrison, and more.

Roller Skating With My Cousin: An original development work by The LIDA Project

At The Bindery | Space

Final Weekend!: Feb. 19-20, 8pm

Tickets: $15.00 – $17.00, reservations: 720.221.3821 or lida@lida.org

Part science lab, part disco, Roller Skating With My Cousin combines the mythology and archetypes of the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel with the sexual revolutionary act of roller skating, while simultaneously asking whether we can all create a custom-designed universe in our kitchen sink and, furthermore, why did Ronald Reagan fail as the anti-Christ?  This mash-up of themes results in a lively, dark romp in which a synchronized chorus of roller skaters builds a tower under a star-flecked mirror ball sky.

CLUTCH (hang on): Feb. 26 & 27 at 7:30pm

The Nomad Theater, 1410 Quince Ave., Boulder

Tickets at the door: $12 Adults and $10 Students

Contact info: clutchdance@gmail.com

Clutch emerges on the Boulder scene as a vibrant new ensemble. The result is four individual voices—Bianca Cabrera, Emily Lawrence, Jessica Perino and Marlene Strang—defining the artistic intention of the evening. In our debut performance, Clutch (hang on), five works create a wonderland of delightfully outrageous dance characters who find the levity in everyday fears, coping mechanisms and anxieties.  This performance attends to interstitial spaces—engaging the audience directly before, during and after the performance.

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3.  Ka-kaw ka-kaaawwww Call for Artists for our Multi-Arts Festival in May

CALL FOR ARTISTS: A cultured chaos, interactive, multi-media event including visual arts, digital media, dance, fashion, music and artists of all types who come together in a vision to stir political, social, and personal observations about our constantly evolving world. Join these artists in an evening filled with stimulating creation where audience and art become one (like Voltron!).  Ponder the walls that contain us and the freedom that breaks through as truth (like Kool-aid!).  Stay home plugged into your digital box or join a vision that sets you free (like the Matrix!).

More artists are needed for this event.  We are seeking: live performers, music or dance, short films, music videos, photography for projection, and visual artists.

projectmedia is an ongoing conglomerate of artists dedicated to the support and exposition of multimedia art.  Support of PHCA& their resident artists are central goals of projectmedia.

Contact: Kathy Plache kathy@greenenergynation.org for more information

May 7-8, 7pm – 11pm

Stop. Crawl. Walk. Run.

A Multi-Arts Festival conceived by projectmedia in association with The Packing House Center for the Arts

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4.  Lookatmelookatmelookatme Call for Dancers for up-coming PHCA Co-Production MISSA POPULI

Vicious Trap is beginning development on MISSA POPULI, a new devised performance aiming to deconstruct the Catholic Mass and reconstruct an entirely human experience within the old structure: com bin ing the sac ri fice, tran scend ence, blood and cir cum≠stance of the ori gin al with his tory, live mu sic, sci ence, dance, lit er at ure and pop cul ture. We are seeking dancers who would have the interest and energy to collaborate in creating and performing with us. Rehearsals start immediately, with performances on the 25th, 26th and 27th of March. The process will be fast, fun and collaborative. Contact Eric Meyer for more information or to get involved.

Eric Meyer:  eric@vicioustrap.com / 574.975.3620

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5.  The Best Nation in the World: Donations Update/2010 Wishlist and Plans

We are moving forward with plans to relocate at the end of the year to a larger facility that we hope can become our permanent home in Denver.  There’s a lot of work that goes into this, and we’d love all the help we can get.  As we get further along with the process, we’ll be looking for help with picking the new building, collecting materials and labor for renovating the new space, and moving in.

In the meantime, if you’d like to help, here are a couple great ways to lend a hand to our current programs and activities with donations of time, money, and materials:

-Ushers: We’re instituting a Volunteer Usher program that offers you the chance to see any of our public events for free in return for helping us at the door.  Look for more info soon on our website; in the meantime, if you’re interested in ushering, send an email to patrick@controlgroupproductions.org with your name, contact info, and the date/time/show you’d like to usher.

-Building Search: If you know of any buildings that will be looking for new residents in the Fall of 2010, pass on the information to our staff.

-Materials Wishlist: If you finished the Christmas season of more than you need or want of any of the following, you can donate them to us FREE OF CHARGE!  Here’s our current wishlist to make PHCA more and more awesome – or if you have other materials you think we could use, feel free to contact us.  To make it a no-hassle experience for you, we’ll arrange a time for our staff to pick things up.  The wish-list:

-Folding Tables (for cafe-style set-up at up-coming events)

-Outdoor planters (for entry-way aesthetics)

-Outdoor bench (aesthetics + comfort)

-Shelving (for storage)

-Storage Bins (ditto)

-Power Tools (for renovations and building projects)

-Track Lighting (for lighting the visual art on the walls)

-Computer (we’re looking for a couple) (one ‘vintage’ model for the box office, one or two newer machines for administrative and design work)

-Credit Card reader (for box office)

-Flash Video Camera (for recording all events)

-Digital Projector (for projecting, silly!)

-Plywood and boards for risers, flats, and sundry construction projects

-Moolah: And of course we’re always delighted to accept financial donations!

Please donate at: < http://www.fracturedatlas.org/donate/2163 >.

Alternately, make checks payable to ‘Fractured Atlas’ with ‘Control Group Productions’ in the memo line.  Send to:

Control Group Productions

Attn:  Patrick Mueller

835 E. 50th Ave.

Denver, CO 80216

Because a great city deserves great art, and copyright infringement be damned.

Thanks for reading!

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