Flying the Freak Flag

Nancy Smith, director of Frequent Flyers Productions Aerial Dance Theater, is the only company member who was even alive during the 1960s, but that hasn’t stopped her crew of far-out choreographers and high-flying dancers from tackling the turn on, tune in, drop out decade in their new show, Fabulous Freaky Flyers.

“We started with the music,” Smith says. “Whether you were alive during that decade or not, most of this music is familiar, and it’s so compelling. So many things happened during that decade that we’re still feeling the effects of today — or maybe should be feeling more heavily — and we wanted to try to address it through choreography. I was a teenager in the ’60s, and I realized I still have a lot of anger and emotion from that time of my life. It’s been really intense for me to go back and relive it with my dancers.”

Smith’s own work in the show includes a solo performance to “It’s a Beautiful Day,” a Vietnam War study with a Jimi Hendrix sound-track, and a Pink Floyd piece she premiered in Boulder at the 2010 Aerial Dance Festival. Two new choreographers will debut their first work for the company, including nineteen-year-old Josh Rigo’s aerial interpretation of the Stonewall Riots.

The Flyers make a rare appearance outside of Boulder this weekend at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 South Allison Parkway, with 8 p.m. performances tonight and tomorrow and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. For tickets, $23, and more information, call 303-245-8272 or visit
April 15-16, 8 p.m.; Sun., April 17, 2 p.m., 2011

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Colin Bane
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