Ballet Nouveau Colorado, which will present its last show under the BNC umbrella this weekend before transitioning to its new name, Wonderbound, has always surprised and delighted fans with its innovative choreography and unique collaborations with local musicians. In that spirit, Perpetual Beauty is the perfect show to bid farewell to the BNC moniker and embrace its new identity.
“Every project we do now is a collaboration with some other medium, so it is far beyond a dance performance,” says artistic director Garrett Ammon. “We really wanted to have a name that can at least attempt to capture the essence of what we do, which is trying to capture people’s imagination and take them on a journey.” Perpetual Beauty, a two-part performance, borrows its first half from the BNC production Journey of the Human Spirit, and Ammon choreographed the second half to Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings,” which is the music heard behind George Balanchine’s famous Serenade ballet.
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“Most choreographers don’t touch it because it has this legacy behind it,” Ammon notes. “But as I circled back to it, I gave it another listen and heard its beauty as a piece of music, and I knew I would have a completely different take on it. And I’m so glad I did. I had no idea what a pleasure it would be to create it.”
Perpetual Beauty opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School, 1001 West 84th Avenue in Federal Heights; tickets, $19 to $47, can be purchased at bncdance.com or by calling 303-466-5685. Performances continue tomorrow night at 7:30 and Sunday at 2 p.m.
April 19-20, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., April 21, 2 p.m., 2013