2018 Presenting Denver Dance Festival
On June 23-24, 2018, fifteen artists showed choreographic works at the inaugural Presenting Denver Dance Festival, co-presented by Presenting Denver and The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts. A statewide call for submissions took place seeking applications for participation in the Dance Festival. The artists invited to present works at the Dance Festival were selected by an independent panel of Jurors, which include Darrell Anderson, visual artist; Laurence Anthony Curry, actor, dancer and choreographer; Alicia Karczewski, Denver School of the Arts Dance and Movement Department Director; Mary Louise Lee, First Lady of Denver and accomplished performer; and Stephen W. Seifert, former Executive Director of the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.
The nearly sold out weekend of performances included world premieres by Colorado artists Chadash Contemporary Dance Movement, Edgar L. Page, Gregory Gonzales, Hannah Kahn Dance Company, Helanius J. Wilkins, Kristen Demaree, Moraporvida Contemporary Dance, and The Schiff Dance Collective in the Main Stage “New & Now” concert. The “Audience Favorite Award” was presented to Edgar L. Page, who will be invited back as an Artist-in-Residence to create a special piece at the 2020 Dance Festival.
The free public Stage concert, “No Walls”, included standing room only performances by Colorado artists David Taylor’s Zikr Dance Ensemble, Mary Lynn Lewark, Maureen Breeze Dance Theater, Nile H. Russell, Nu-World Contemporary Danse Theatre, Parasol Arts, and Thomas Dance Project.
As part of the 2018 Dance Festival, master classes were taught by Kristen Demaree, Helanius J. Wilkins, Hannah Kahn of Hannah Kahn Dance Company, Gregory Gonzales, Kelly Archer of Chadash Contemporary Dance Movement, and Molly Finlay of Moraporvida Contemporary Dance. Class levels and genres varied. On the 3rd Saturday of each month from February-May, two sneak peek performances by the Main Stage dance festival artists were shown in an informal studio presentation hosted by our Master Class Venue Sponsors, Colorado Conservatory of Dance, Mercury Academy of Dance and the D.A.M. Studios – Dance Art Media. The performances were followed by discussion led by Joan Brown. The event was catered by Perspective Gourmet.
Dance Festival performances took place in the The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Byron Theatre at the University of Denver campus. The biennial Presenting Denver Dance Festival will take place again in the summer of 2020. To receive information about the event, subscribe to our mailing list.
View photos from the dance festival here.