Denver’s Control Group Productions Makes Dances To Be Seen In The Dark

· Mar. 2, 2016, 4:31 pm
Photo: Control Group Productions, dances made to be viewed in the dark(Courtesy Patrick Mueller)
From left to right: Control Group Productions artists Patrick Mueller, Todd Bilsborough, Lauren Beale and Brooke McNamara in "dances made to be viewed in the dark."

Dance without visibility is the idea behind a new work by Denver-based experimental performance troupe Control Group Productions. Its piece, "dances made to be viewed in the dark," debuts this Friday.

Artistic director Patrick Mueller says he was inspired by CPR's "Radio Dances." The 2014 project challenged Colorado dance companies to envision a traditionally visual art form for the radio. Mueller says he thought about how sound or even touch can create pictures in our heads. 

"Our relationship with darkness is very primal," Mueller said. "We are seeing our memories, we're seeing our imagination, what we project into the space around us when we're in the dark."

But the performance won't be in total darkness. Mueller says the dancers perform in dim lighting and even wear head lamps at times.

A new work by Boulder dancers Lauren Beale and Brooke McNamara, "CAVE," will be performed simultaneously in an adjacent room.

Performances will be held in Boulder this weekend and Denver next month. 

You care.

You want to know what is really going on these days, especially in Colorado. We can help you keep up.  The Lookout is a free, daily email newsletter with news and happenings from all over Colorado. Sign up here and we will see you in the morning!