Boulder Contemporary Dance Fest brings a “buffet” of expressive movement to the stage – Colorado Hometown Weekly

Contemporary dance, full of emotions and raw, manages to say a breadth of things when words are simply not enough.

Dancers Joshua Dwyre and Kimberly Chmielewski, from JK-CO, a company that will perform at the Boulder Contemporary Dance Festival. (Martha Wirth/courtesy photo)

Loaded with narratives that express the personal and the political – the harrowing and the triumphant – this art form has the ability to elicit a number of reactions from viewers.

The fifth annual Boulder Contemporary Dance Festival, founded by choreographer Cindy Brandle, returns to the Dairy Center stage on Friday.

Following last year’s virtual event, eight companies from the region will perform live at the center’s Gordon Gamm Theater from 7:30 p.m.

From moving works by Nu-World Contemporary Dance Theater, a Denver-based company focused on healing through the power of art, to compelling narrative pieces from the Boulder-based Nosilla Dance Project, the lineup of powerful content is sure to stay. with the audience after the performers. make their exit.

Christopher Page-Sanders and Bashir Page-Sanders of Nu-World Contemporary Danse Theatre, a company performing at the Boulder Contemporary Dance Festival. (Nu-World Contemporary Dance Theater / Courtesy Photo)

Since 2005, the Cindy Brandle Dance Company — a group that will also perform — has been lighting up the region’s stages with dynamic performances that manage to be both avant-garde and very athletic.

With a subject matter that reflects changing world events, a show by the Cindy Brandle Dance Company is one that eloquently transforms timely material into visually captivating productions.

Tickets for the Boulder Contemporary Dance Festival cost between $11.30 and $28.25 and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event is required to attend. Masks must also be worn and only 70% of the theater will be filled to ensure social distancing.

We caught up with Brandle to find out more about how the mayhem of 2020 has inspired new artistic materials, what she hopes attendees will take away from the festival’s varied offerings, and what new ventures await her shortly after the festival ends. .

Kalene McCort: What are you most looking forward to bringing the Boulder Contemporary Dance Festival back to the Dairy stage?

Cindy Brandle: During the pandemic confinement period, I was lucky enough to be able to produce two online festivals, which definitely allowed me to continue as an artist and producer. While these festivals were lovely and brought together not only local Colorado artists, but also artists from around the world, they lacked that spark of energy and community connection that we get from doing a live performance in person. So, I’m delighted to have everyone under the same roof and on stage. I love sitting in the audience and drinking all the offerings from this talented group of Front Range artists.

Members of Nosilla Dance Project, a company that will perform at the Boulder Contemporary Dance Festival. (Nosilla Dance Project/courtesy photo)

KM: I feel like the last year has provided a lot of emotional nourishment for new material. Can we expect to see new works from Cindy Brandle Dance Company inspired by last year’s chaos at the festival?

CC: Cindy Brandle Dance Company will perform an excerpt from our most recent show, “Project Human”, which we produced in August 2021. “Project Human” was an exercise in resilience, hope, social justice and community. The two sections we’ve linked together are “Bodies Deserving of Motion” and “Return to the Ocean”.

It is beautifully danced by five of my company members to an original sound score created by my colleague, Barry Bennett, who is a composer in Chicago. We’ve included small clips from dance films that I’ve created with artists in the community to represent a larger sense of humanity. So, yes, in creating our work, we are always influenced by unfolding world events and “Project Human” was no exception.

KM: What do you hope attendees take away from the day’s offerings?

CC: It’s always my desire that our audiences are entertained and if their minds are provoked, that’s even better. The beauty of bringing together so many different artists for a festival is that you get a buffet of what Colorado dance has to offer. We also hope people feel excited to go to the theater again and feel a sense of community and support. After nearly 18 months of no work for performers, we are doing everything we can to keep the event safe for everyone involved.

KM: Are most of these dance companies returning artists from the festival or are you welcoming new additions?

CC: There are eight companies performing this year. Seven of those eight artists are returning and we’ve invited new kids in the neighborhood, JK-CO from Denver to join us. We welcome back Evolving Doors Dance, Morapovida Contemporary Dance, Industrial Dance Alliance, Nosilla Dance Project, Nu-World Contemporary Dance Theatre, VisKosity Dance Collective and, of course, Cindy Brandle Dance Company. This year’s festival is sure to be full of technical and talented dance artists, inventive choreography and lots of heart and soul on stage.

Angie Simmons of Evolving Doors Dance. Evolving Doors Dance is one of the companies performing at the Boulder Contemporary Dance Festival. (Martha Wirth/courtesy photo)

KM: After the conclusion of BCDF, what can we expect from you next?

CC: This is the question of the day. I am about to embark on a new adventure. My husband, Ashay, and I – along with our Shih Tzu, Sami – will be moving to New York on Sunday, just two days after the Boulder Contemporary Dance Festival closes. The company Ashay works for is located in (New York City). After struggling for months to decide on this major life change, we finally realized that we didn’t need to draw a binary conclusion and structured – at least until May – a hybrid life situation where we go time in New York and time in Rocher.

I hope to find work in the dance world and concentrate a little more on writing. Funding permitting and theaters remaining open, I will return to Boulder in January to create what will likely be my last show here with the company. The show is called “Imagine The After”, in which we envision a future full of promise, hope and change and will premiere at the end of March. Stay tuned.

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