Let’s Work Together

Editor's note: The July dates are sold out. Additional performances are scheduled for August 2-3.

An unusual collaboration has been brewing between choreographer Candess Giyan of Daughter Cells and Denver artist/gallerist Sabin Aell for more than a year, and it’s been an intense process of personal bonding. The level of trust that developed between these two artists in very different disciplines echoes through their finished environmental performance work, UBUNTU: unspoken trust, which premieres tonight inside and around Aell’s Hinterland Art Space.

“This is a dream come true for a dancer,” Giyan says. “It’s always a challenge for a choreographer to figure out what to do with the costumes and scenery.” Aell’s facility for reimagining found objects into working accoutrements, she continues, helped add complex visual layers to the movement side of the piece.

UBUNTU will unfold in changing locales, beginning in Hinterland’s backyard urban garden and moving onto a sidewalk catwalk, where dancers/models confront the disconnection of living in a world where outer beauty seems to trump all human emotion and interaction. As they move inside, they’ll begin to break down and to rekindle, through dance, lost connections with one another in the midst of Aell’s organic art environments. And while this is a premiere, Giyan and Aell hope to eventually tour the work (a sponsored project of Artspire, a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts), re-adapting it to different performance spaces. “It’s the mission of Daughter Cells to perform in unusual spaces and in unusual ways,” notes Giyan.

Daughter Cells will perform UBUNTU at 7:30 p.m. nightly, today through Saturday, at Hinterland, 3254 Walnut Street in RiNo; admission is a suggested donation of $20 at the door (or take a chance and pay what you roll with four dice). Additional performances are planned for August. For more information, visit daughtercells.com.
June 27-29, 7:30 p.m., 2013

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