Staying limber in the winter months means more than just getting out of the house, as the Front Range dance community knows.
Here are a few of our picks for the most worthy dance offerings in the coming months.
"Stomp," Jan. 13-14, Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, (970-221-6730 or lctix.com). How does a blockbuster, internationally touring dance-theater show stay fresh after 20 years? By tweaking the formula, of course. The per cussive, rubber-limbed performers in "Stomp" employ matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, lighters, hubcaps and more in their pursuit of bizarre rhythmic bliss. If you saw (and loved) the show years ago, it may just be time to revisit.
"Threefold," Louder Than Words Dancetheatre, Jan. 13-21, Denver School of the Arts, (louderthanwords dance.com or 720-949-4480). From its modest perch on St. Paul Street, this Denver company has been consistently producing community-engaging work, and "Threefold" continues that mission with an intimate setting, post-show conversations with the choreographer and company and an appearance from the Colorado Youth Dance Theatre.
"Love in the Digital Age," Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Feb. 3-5, Lakewood Cultural Center; Feb. 10-12, Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School (bncdance.com or 303-466-5685). The always-adventurous Garrett Ammon continues his exploration of the intersection of technology and culture with this multimedia, contemporary ballet show. Kristopher Collins, the designer of digital spectacles for pop superstars such as the Black Eyed Peas, co-creates using public domain media from across the Internet. Also worthy: Ballet Nouveau's ever-popular "Rock Ballets," April 13-15 at the Performing Arts Complex at PCS, with music from Queen, INXS and David Bowie.
"Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen," Feb. 3, Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver, (303-871-7720 or rmpbs.org). This touring show from the Tony-award winning Broadway mainstay includes tributes to Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. as part of Rocky Mountain PBS' pre-Valentine's Day concert.
"Stepping Out 2012," Boulder Ballet, Feb. 17-19, Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, (303-871-7720 or rmpbs.org). Not to be confused with the above performance, Boulder Ballet's annual contemporary choreography show includes works by Boulder Ballet artistic directors Ana Claire and Peter Davison, as well as guest choreographer Valerie Madonia, former principal dancer with American Ballet Theater and the Joffrey Ballet.
"Peter Pan," Colorado Ballet, Feb. 24-March 4, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, (303-837-8888 or coloradoballet.org). The artistic duo behind "Dracula," choreographer Michael Pink and composer Philip Feeney, present a vision of J.M. Barrie's beloved children's tale with new costumes and scenery, high-flying characters and imaginative choreography, set to Feeney's original score.
"fits like a gLOVE,"Schiff Dance Collective, March 2-3, the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder; March 10, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre (720-771-2737 or schiffdance.com). How do you wear your skin? That query marks the jumping-off point for Schiff's latest work, which explores issues of body image and finds choreographic inspiration in personal stories collected from Denver and Boulder residents during movement and writing workshops.
"Cleo on Cleo," Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, March 16-18, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre (303-295-1759, ext. 13 or cleoparkerdance.org). One of the country's most respected African-American companies will feature new works created and choreographed by members of Cleo's ensemble, including Chris and Edgar Page, which the music of Cassandra Wilson, Ledisi, Nina Simone and more. Also worthy: Cleo collaborates with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra on "Romeo and Juliet" and other selections, March 30-31 at Boettcher Concert Hall.
"Nascent," Dawson/Wallace Dance Project, March 23-24, Lakewood Center for the Arts (303-987-7845 or lakewood.org/culturalcenter); March 25, Dairy Center for the Arts (thedairy.org). Formerly David Taylor Dance Theatre, this company will premiere artistic director James Wallace's "Murmuration," reprise his "Parasomnia" — a dark interpretation of sleep disorders — and close with the world premiere of co-artistic director Gregory Dawson's "Nascent."
"Bare Feet and Spanish Soles," Kim Robards Dance, April 21-22, the KRD Theater (303-825-4847 or kimrobardsdance.org). This Denver institution continues celebrating its 25th season by pairing up with Jeanette Trujillo-Lucero of Fiesta Colorado to cross-pollinate modern and Spanish dance traditions.
Axis Dance, April 28, Newman Center at the University of Denver (303-871-7720 or newmancenterpresents.com). Known — and celebrated — for its use of dancers with disabilities, this Oakland, Calif., repertory modern company will stop by DU's Gates Concert Hall as part of its national tour.
John Wenzel: 303-954-1642 or firstname.lastname@example.org