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Wonderbound, Colorado’s contemporary ballet company, launches into space this season as it performs the new “Celestial Navigation” to “The Flight I Flew,” a fourth album by the Ian Cooke Band (released Oct. 20). Cellist, singer, songwriter Cooke and Wonderbound have joined forces in the past, with happy results.
Wonderbound’s artistic director, Garrett Ammon, who seeks each season to collaborate with local writers, poets, magicians and musicians, heard Cooke’s new music and the concept for “Celestial Navigation” began to take shape in his creative mind.
“I was raised on `Star Wars,’ `Star Trek’ and `Planet of the Apes,’” he recalls, “so creating a sci-fi ballet is a fantastic adventure that has captured my imagination …”
A heroine, who happens to be a dancer, travels into space to rescue the love of her life, a possessor of a fine, scientific mind, who was stolen by unknown forces.
She travels in a hot-air balloon, accompanied by a mysterious sidekick, space octopi, space-traveling puppets, cowboy sirens and more — and Wonderbound’s accomplished dancers, of course.
Interstellar projections aid in the journey. Parker’s PACE Center technicians know how to create remarkable effects via projection.
Live music by the Ian Cooke Band (cello, piano and voice) will accompany each performance and the new album will be available for purchase.
The progressive folk-pop album is said to “illustrate a battle with inner demons which leads to an awakening of self and a realization of love.” It follows “the unrequited love songs” of Cooke’s debut album “The Fall I Fell.”
And it inspires numerous images for choreographer and dancers (as well as for costumers and other tech people), who develop a story for the audience.
“Celestial Navigation” performances, with tickets ranging from $22 to $50, will be presented at:
● 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13-14 and 2 p.m. Oct. 15 at Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School, 1001 W. 84th Ave., Federal Heights, 303-292-4700, wonderbound.com.
● 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 2 p.m. Oct. 22 at PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. 303-805-6800, parkerarts.org.
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