The Big Bang

Ballet Nouveau Colorado will kick off its 2009 season with the original company production POP, featuring a blend of contemporary dance and popular music by such artists as Rufus Wainwright, the Knife and Joanna Newsom. “We are starting the season with a bang, as POP will feature three world premieres choreographed this past month," says BNC communications manager Elani Grove.

The use of popular music with contemporary dance is a way for the company to communicate with its audience, explains artistic director Garrett Ammon. “The idea of using music that people are connected to in their lives is a way to start a conversation — and that’s how I think about dance, as a conversation with your body. There are different ways for people to connect to dance, as sometimes dance can be a foreign idea for people. But as living creatures, movement is one of the most important things we do, and we love sharing that exploration of movement with our audience."

Now into its eighth full season, BNC has more than 300 students and performs for more than 20,000 students a year. The troupe was recently named one of the 25 to Watch in 2009 by Dance magazine, the first Colorado dance company ever named to list. POP will be performed at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 South Allison Parkway in Lakewood, September today through Sunday, and again October 2-4 at Pinnacle Charter School, 1001 West 84th Avenue in Federal Heights. Tickets are $16 to $42; call 303-466-5685 or go to for details.
Sept. 25-26, 8 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 27, 2 p.m., 2009

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Rob Fisher
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