"I have been really interested in the Creative Commons movement and how artists are sharing what they're creating, particularly through the Internet and through social media," says Garrett Ammon, the artistic director at Ballet Nouveau Colorado. For Intersection, which Ammon created with Denver poet Michael J. Henry, he sought out "visuals that would be used in the projections behind the dancers, and I utilized Flickr to find many of those images." He did something similar in Carry On, a collaboration with the band Paper Bird that involved a lot of public-domain video footage.
For Love in the Digital Age, the latest offering from BNC, Ammon looked even more deeply into fair-use art. "Expect it to be very eclectic," he says. "The music draws from everywhere, from old public-domain recordings to folk music to rock music to techno -- you name it. The music contains the broadest, most expansive genres I've ever taken on in a single project. And within that, we're going to be incorporating the written word and video and images and so forth.
"It's kind of like if you just got on the Internet and started exploring," he continues. "One thing leads to another, and you can end up taking these incredible journeys down the rabbit hole, per se, to discover new things."
The theme of the night is "love," of course, so grab your sweetheart and make a date night of it. Love in the Digital Age opens tonight at 8 p.m. at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 South Allison Parkway, and repeat tomorrow night at 8 and on Sunday at 2 p.m. The show moves to the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School, 1001 West 84th Avenue, February 10 through 12. Tickets r5ange from $15 to $44; visit www.bncdance.com for information or to purchase tickets.
Feb. 3-5, 2012