Wonderbound: A Dangerous Liason

When: Sat., Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. 2017

This is a big anniversary year for one of the most prolific contributors to our local dance scene, Colorado Springs Dance Theatre. For 40 years, this group has brought professional dance companies to our city and enriched local arts through dance classes, scholarship opportunities and performances by local dancers.

"One of our strengths," says Beth Carlson, president of group's board, "is that we present a variety of dance. We love exposing the Colorado Springs community to companies they may never have seen before."

That certainly helps keep audiences interested. According to CSDT, they've worked with more than 100 companies, including Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet de Montreal, Sydney Dance Company and more.

Today they host Wonderbound, a Denver-based company of technically trained dancers who will be in town presenting a uniquely choreographed performance and teaching master classes — one for Mixed Emotions, a local dance troupe for adults with developmental disabilities, and a master class in contemporary ballet.

Carlson says today's performance, A Dangerous Liaison, will be a fascinating mix of contemporary ballet and baroque music, choreographed by Wonderbound's Garrett Ammon and Sarah Tallman and performed alongside the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado.

A Dangerous Liaison contains two pieces, In Between Seams and For Pity's Sake My Love. Both play into the themes of sensuality and romance, though Carlson says one is a bit more serious than the other. Wonderbound, in fact, calls In Between Seams a "carnal romp," which should satisfy the springtime restlessness we're all feeling.

"It's a mini-story ballet," Carlson says. "It's not The Nutcracker or Giselle, but you're seeing a story when you watch it."

Both Wonderbound and CSDT focus a great deal of their effort on the community. CSDT has provided more than $33,000 in scholarships to local dancers over the years, and Wonderbound offers classes to local schools and the homeless. The partnership between the two companies looks to be more a match made in heaven than a dangerous liaison, so the collaboration during Wonderbound's short residency should be quite a treat.

7 p.m., Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus, 2115 Afton Way, $25-$35,

Price: $25-$35

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