Wonderbound is a non-profit dance company lead by Garrett Ammon and Dawn Fay, a husband and wife team. The name “Wonderbound” might seem strange, but there is a method to their madness. As Garrett Ammon explained, “wonder is for the state of awe that they want the audience to feel and bound has three meanings, one is leaping and bounding across the stage, another is bound on a journey, and Wonderbound is bound to the community and each other.” Wonderbound’s logo is a red rabbit. Both the color and the animal have meaning. The rabbit has legends about it in many different societies, but usually is apart of the magical world, powerful, yet mischievous. Also, the rabbit is found in Colorado which ties into community. The red color is significant to Wonderbound because it appears on both the American and Colorado flag.
Wonderbound works to make art and dance available and accessible to everyone in our community. Therefore, they provide in-school programs that bring dance to thirty at-risk elementary schools each year. They perform at schools and even get the children to dance with the performers. Wonderbound has an open door policy to their creative world. The Wonderbound studio has floor to ceiling clear garage doors that are opened when the weather is nice so people can observe the process of their work. Even when the garage doors are closed, the artistic doors are open to anyone who wants to come in and sit on the couches to watch their dance, something I highly recommend.
In Wonderbound’s most recent performance, Hidden Constellation, the dancers were elegant and graceful. The flips and lifts the dancers did showed the trust they have with each other. The Wonderbound dancers are a widely diverse group ten of dancers, five women and five men. The dances are humorous, inspirational, and unique. There are abrupt changes in pace and types of dancing. One doesn’t know what to expect; the choreography goes from slow and serious to fast and furious. In the dances, there weren’t too many props, only chairs. The audience could really focus on the strength and skill of the dancers. Throughout the performance, the dancers made eye contact with the audience. They also had emotion that was plain as day to see on their faces. However, I would caution the seeing the performances with children in elementary school since some of the dances were slightly intimate. The timing the dancers had with the music was impeccable, and the local musicians played on the stage which made the audience feel connected to the entire performance.
For the second year in a row, Wonderbound presents Winter with Jesse Manley and His Band for their next performance. Wonderbound Artistic Director, Garrett Ammon, created this darkly magical fable, and Jesse Manley set the original score of music. Winter is a rare performance that involves all five senses. Four of the audience’s senses are taken in during the performance: sight, smell, touch, and hearing. The last sense of taste is incorporated with appetizers or desserts provided before Winter. Because of this dark fable theme, Winter is much more somber than Hidden Constellation so it may not be appropriate for young audiences. Wonderbound will be presenting Winter from December 8, 2015 through December 17, 2015. For more information about Wonderbound and upcoming events, visit their official site www.wonderbound.com.