Wonderbound Opens 2013-14 Season with A GOTHIC FOLKTALE Tonight
Evoking a time when magic, mythology and superstition were real and believable, Denver based Dance Company Wonderbound's inaugural season production, A Gothic Folktale, will transfix audiences entwining all new music and dance with illusion and projection art.
Wonderbound will kick off the 2013-2014 season with the world premiere of A Gothic Folktale choreographed by Artistic Director Garrett Ammon. Denver artist Jesse Manley will perform on-stage with the Wonderbound artists, unveiling all new music created in collaboration for the production.
"I have had the pleasure of working with Jesse Manley in the past and I have watched him evolve as an artist over the past several years, so I have been anxious to work with him again. Adding Professor Phelyx to the project seemed like the perfect mix for a new a daring adventure that would push us all into new territory. I am proud to be working with both of them and quite anxious to see what we ultimately create together," said Garrett Ammon.
"The concept of this project has been highly inspirational to me. I was particularly influenced by the music of Kurt Weill, Tom Waits and early 20th century ragtime," said Jesse Manley. "I have grown immensely as an artist during this process, and the music I have written is some of the best that I have created. This collaboration is truly monumental, and I'm thrilled to see how Garrett brings it to the stage."
This performance promises to be like no other, as further collaboration with Denver illusionist/mentalist Professor Phelyx adds a third "magical" dimension to the mix. Phelyx, an award-winning Comedic Mentalist, began performing in Denver in 1981. His special talents will be utilized to add audience participation and perception-bending mystery to Ammon's choreography.
"I am truly looking forward to the entire process of co-creating and performing in A Gothic Folktale! With a huge blank canvas and several amazingly talented artists, this really is one of the most exciting projects I have been involved in throughout my career," said Professor Phelyx.
Featuring illusionists, poets, visual artists, musicians and more, Wonderbound's Season of Wonder will continue to bring exciting collaborations to audiences through April. As always, the public is encouraged to experience the performers, not only at the official shows throughout the season, but in their new rehearsal space in the heart of Denver. Visitors are asked to call to confirm rehearsal schedules.
A Gothic Folktale will take place tonight, October 18-27. Tickets are on sale now at wonderbound.com or by calling 303.292.4700.