presented by Control Group Productions
May 5-7, 2017
7:30pm Friday & Saturday | 6pm Sunday
(found space), 5106 Washington Street, Denver 80216 (map)
event takes place in the unmarked building on NE corner of Washington and 51st
$25 General Admission | $20 Students & Seniors
Advance Tickets (thru April 30): $20 | $15
This is not normal.
This is no time for normal.
This is a time for standing up and looking each other in the eye.
SETTING FIRES is a demonstration in both meanings of the word: an act of resolute noncompliance and an embodied example of how we can be. It’s a simultaneous commitment to resistance and transcendence, unfolding radical challenges through gentle embrace and calm, firm stance. In a twilight zone of cascading American carnage, we embrace darkness as a communal refuge, a safe house, a place for power to coalesce.
SETTING FIRES (Denver edition) is full-evening event comprised of an ensemble work by Control Group Productions and the collaborative duet Standing Here Across From You by artistic director Patrick Mueller and Wild Heart Dance artistic director Kat Gurley.
Patrick Mueller (direction & performance)
Todd Bilsborough (sound)
Kat Gurley (co-direction & performance: Standing Here Across From You)
Shana Cordon (performance)
Jake Fry (performance)
Mandy Hackman (performance)
Julie Rada (performance)
Ben Waugh (performance)
background on the works
The fifth work in Control Group’s dances made to be viewed in the dark series, SETTING FIRES conjures darkness as a communal space of connection and strength. It examines subcultures and congregations long relegated to the darkness, from religious radicals to drag, trans, and vogue ball cultures. Through acts of resistance, reiterating the recognition that THIS IS NOT NORMAL, we seek invisible acts of communion, and the collaborative creation of momentary, miniature utopias.