Tuesday, May 25, 2010

new MILK in the works

Back to reusing recyclables, the plastic milk jugs find new forms for a projected August show in Denver.  See January blog posts for images of the original MILK light installation at Hooked on Colfax Cafe.  This next show will use the milk jug's translucent material in a variety of lighting pieces intended to fill the show space.  Right now, I'm working out various "chandelier" interpretations.  Below, the first successful of my efforts.  A compact fluorescent bulb seems the best choice, if we all assume they actually are better for the environment.  However, I may go with a larger, translucent, white, globe shaped bulb if only to avoid the hot spot. 

By the way, this is our kitchenette.  This past March, we moved into a charming house and this daytime sun-soak is one of my favorite places in our space.  For the time being, the MILK light perks up the space in the evenings as well.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Dependence Upon Initial Conditions

Please see below the press release for the newest Louder Than Words Dancetheatre production: Dependence Upon Initial Conditions!  We are full of excitement for this Summer's production and we hope you'll come discover why. 

Louder Than Words Dancetheatre
dependence upon initial conditions

Louder Than Words Dancetheatre knows that art can be fun, smart, sexy, entertaining and edifying all at once as they take center stage with dependence upon initial conditions, at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, June 4 - 12 in the Byron Theatre in DU’s Newman Center, 2344 East Iliff Avenue, Denver. Tickets are $22 General Admission; $17 Student\seniors and available at the Newman Center Box Office Mon - Fri 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling 303-871-7720, on line at Ticketmaster.com or by contacting info@louderthanwordsdance.com..

With dependence upon initial conditions, the LTW Design Team led by Artistic Director and Choreographer Chris Harris puts color, music and fabric front and center in three acts. 

In Act I, The Undersecretary of Understanding”, the dancers utilize a 1300 sq. ft fabric set piece as both set and costume while the other half the stage is peopled by dancers moving more and less freely through the space

Act II, The Soundkeeper, brings in Music and Music Theory including the beautifully languid Legato, a polyrhythmic piece inspired by Steve Reich’s clapping music; and an original composition performed live by Matthew E. Morgan. 

“Chroma”, Act III, delves into an exploration of additive and subtractive color theory with an interactive collaboration between lighting and costumes.  As dancers move in and out of light, the audience gets to experience traditional color wheels in new and fascinating ways. The Design Team specifically uses the lighting in the way an artist mixes paints, challenging the way our eyes deal with the spectrum of light using the dancers’ costumes as the pallet and the space itself as the canvas.

dependence upon initial conditions is a modern and jazz based dance production inspired by allowing elements of design to become their own characters within in the dance while maintaining high levels of technique and artistic relevance.

As in their June, 2009 show Tensigrity, this show is presented in the round with all three levels of the Byron Theatre open for seating.  The audience is encouraged to change seats between acts and to view the dance from different heights and visual perspectives.

Chris Harris, Artistic Director and Choreographer, was born in Denver and has a BFA in Dance from the University of Colorado and a second degree in Architecture. She is currently an Artist in Residence at the Denver School of the Arts; and on the faculty of Dance Kaleidoscope and A Living Arts Centre. She has choreographed for local theaters; been a guest lecturer at The Arts Institute of Colorado and CSU; designed many websites; and is a co-director of the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop, the Assistant Artistic Director of Interweave Dancetheatre and the Artistic Director/Choreographer Colorado Youth Dance Theatre in Denver.

Rounding out the LTW Design Team are Whit Ryan, Co-founder and Executive Director, who holds a BA in Technical Theatre from CU Boulder; Lighting Designer Lacey Erb, currently a Technical Director at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder and a Guest Artist at the Denver School of the Arts, Matthew Morgan, Technical Director, Sound Designer and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver and newest addition, Costume Designer studio and textile artist Rebecca Peebles .

Louder Than Words Dancetheatre
Dependence Upon Initial Conditions
June 4 -12
Fri. & Sat. @ 8 p.m.
Byron Theatre located in DU’s Newman Center, 2344 East Iliff Avenue
Tickets: $22 General Admission; $17 Student\seniors
Newman Center Box Office Mon - Fri 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
More information at www.louderthanwordsdance.com, or 720-949-4480

Saturday, May 8, 2010

interviews with artists

William Furlong, an English artist, realized during his early career that artists' concerns and perspectives were too valuable  to the art community to go unheard.  "(In)"Speaking of Art," a conceptual artist named William Furlong offers a sampling of interviews from Audio Arts, a "magazine" composed solely of cassette recordings of interviews with artists he found interesting.   

See the article on the New York Times website.

You can hear many hours from over the years of interviews by Furlong at Tate Britian's archives online.  The Tate Museum presents these interviews as the world's largest collection of artist's voices. 

I also think it's worth a few minutes to listen to these tiny NYTimes interviews with artists:  LINK