Dec. 6-8, 7 p.m., and Dec. 7 and 8, 4 p.m., 10 S. Spruce St., $20-$26, ormaodance.org
Immerse yourself in the arts this weekend with Ormao Dance Company’s highly ambitious show, 5-4-3-2-1
. The multi-disciplinary performance promises audiences an unforgettable experience that will encompass music, story, art and dance.
“We have chosen to transform our studios into black box theatrical spaces to create a new environment for our patrons to experience modern dance up close,” says Janet Johnson, Ormao executive and artistic director. “Patrons will have a full sensory experience with one studio for the dance performance and one studio for the art installation, and a post-concert reception with beverages and hors d’oeuvres.”
Each performance is limited to just 50 attendees, which Johnson says will create an intimate experience for the audience. The smaller crowd will allow the entire audience to see modern dance up close and truly feel the energy of the dancers as they move through the space.
Ten professional dancers will perform modern and contemporary original works created by Johnson and five other acclaimed choreographers. While the subject conveyed in each dance will be different, all will illustrate the power of dance as a storytelling device.
“We embrace dance as an art form, a celebration of human connection, expression, and diverse life experience,” says Johnson.
The music will be as varied as the evening, including scores from composers such as Antonio Vivaldi, plus catchy and classic tunes from the likes of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. A work titled “3” will even feature a didgeridoo accompanying a dance originally intended to be performed in four different sections to completely different music. The contrast between intention, action and sound should create a dynamic experience.
Artist Wendy Mike’s accompanying art installation will explore the show’s “5-4-3-2-1” theme through a series of vignettes intended to complement the evening’s choreography.
“Whereas the dancers explore this through movement, changing as they carve the space with their bodies, the art presents a kind of still life of each configuration,” says Mike. Her installations and other works have been in multiple Colorado Springs galleries, as well as local indoor climbing gym CityROCK. She says her work to capture the body in motion in three dimensions has made this partnership with Ormao quite natural.
You Look Like! A Comedy Roast Battle
Dec. 5, 6:15-9 p.m., 1305 N. Academy Blvd., $6 and two item minimum, loonees.com
Want to spice up an otherwise boring Thursday evening? Loonees Comedy Corner is ready to entertain you with a full bar and lots of laughs. During this special event, comedians will go head-to-head in an epic roast battle that ends with one winner who will become the new champion. What is a roast battle? Think of it like a shootout at the O.K. Corral, but with insults instead of pistols. All the comedians are fully informed and ready to rumble so there’s no need to feel bad during particularly epic burns — it’s all part of the game.
Small Works Show
Opening reception, Dec. 6, 5:30-11 p.m., 17B and 17C E. Bijou St., free, themodbo.com
This phenomenal show is stocked with tiny works that pack a big punch of creativity. From floor to ceiling throughout The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. Artspace next door, you’ll find artwork no larger than 18 inches in every dimension that’s ready to be bought and carried home — or to the home of someone you love. Of course, that means you won’t want to dally if you find an exceptional piece of art; the show runs through Jan. 3 but there’s no telling whether another fan might snap it up. With contributions from more than 150 artists and no limitations on the mediums or subject matter, there is sure to be at least one perfect piece to feed your visual soul.
Healing Out Loud
Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m., 1626 S. Tejon St., donation, themat.org
The stigma attached to addiction and mental illness can often make those who live with these challenges feel invisible. So their successes as they navigate their recovery are no small feat. Nonprofits Homeward Pikes Peak and the Millibo Art Theatre will honor these individuals with an evening of music, comedy, spoken word, dance and other performances. Prepare to laugh, cry and leave with a new appreciation for the journey to recovery. Proceeds from the evening support Homeward Pikes Peak in its mission to offer supportive housing services for those experiencing homelessness, as well as recovery services for those struggling with addiction.
Holiday House of Horrors
Dec. 13-14, 7-10 p.m., 3910 Palmer Park Blvd., $20, hellscreamhaunt.com
If you just can’t let the horrors of Halloween rest in peace, there’s a place for you at the Haunted Mines. They won’t make you feel bad that you cheered for the ghosts that visited Ebenezer Scrooge, nor will they dare argue with your belief that Nightmare Before Christmas is both a Halloween and a Christmas flick. They just want to scare your stockings off — and they’ll do a great job of it, too. For two days only, the popular haunted house is decking the halls with Christmas fear in a haunt featuring evil elves, sinister Santa, and the king of scary Christmas lore, Krampus. Disclaimer: A visit will definitely put you on the naughty list.