The versatile David Taylor Dance Theatre will upend the notion that theirs is a mono-cultural medium when the troupe presents A World of Dance in a free outdoor performance at Englewood's CityCenter Amphitheater. The show, which begins at 7 p.m. tonight, is a colorful compilation of eight short works, each of which represents a different culture through costuming, dance style and artistic expression. "It's a journey around the world," says artistic director David Taylor.
Segments hop from Spain to Turkey, Russia, Argentina and Scotland; Taylor will provide a narrative on the style and music of each piece, as well as historical insight on each culture and its dances.
The company, founded in 1979, is notably kid-friendly. Outreach programs are important fixtures in the DTDT season, and multimedia productions such as Rainforest continue to draw crowds of adults and children alike. Tonight's performance is a way for the troupe to give something back to the city of Englewood, which helped the dancers settle into their new quarters at the CityCenter in 2002. Notes Taylor: "It's a great opportunity for families to enjoy a wonderful, professional dance performance."
The amphitheater is adjacent to the light-rail station at Santa Fe and Hampden (1000 Englewood Parkway). Seating is on the lawn, so bring a blanket and a picnic. The event, programmed for youngsters' attention spans, is about an hour long. For more information, call 303-789-2030. -- Jonelle Wilkinson Seitz
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Powwow keeps the beat
Celebrate Native American heritage today at the 14th annual Friendship Powwow and American Indian Family Day, on the Acoma Plaza at the Denver Art Museum. The free event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., kicks off with a gourddancing demonstration, followed by the grand entry of tribal dancers at noon. The rest of the day will be filled with drumming, singing, American Indian arts-and-crafts activities and authentic foods.
"It's a great day for families, with dance contests, art-making activities like beading and printmaking, and really great food," says DAM spokeswoman Kelly Hurley. "And it's a nice way to see what the museum has to offer from a Native American standpoint."
Admission to the DAM (100 West 14th Avenue Parkway) is free today; the Morrison Concourse, on the museum's lower level, will feature the opening of Art, Identity & Community, an exhibit of works by local American Indian teens participating in the Native American Youth Outreach Program. For more information, call 720-865-5000 or visit www.denverartmuseum.org. -- Julie Dunn