No Floppy Duck Syndrom Here

No Floppy Duck Syndrom Here
April 21, 2015 W. Celeste Davis Stragand
Photo by Amanda Tipton. Image courtesy of Wonderbound.

Photo by Amanda Tipton. Image courtesy of Wonderbound.

Friday, April 17, 2015 at the Pinnacle Charter School Performing Arts Center, Wonderbound in collaboration with Chimney Choir brought down the house. But before you could even enter the theater, the work of Jared Anderson covered the walls turning the waiting area into an installation gallery.

Through the use of allegory, Artistic Director, Garret Ammon pushed the limits of dance and storytelling to a new level.  Boomtown takes us on a journey through the lust of city building and the newness within places of industrialization and commerce all while examining the heart, authenticity of self and the need for ducks.

“Dreams, bucks and ducks” entice, beguile and elude every one of us.  The goal is to recognize our boundaries, what we truly need, and how to maintain authenticity in the search for self and status. 

Photo by Amanda Tipton. Image courtesy of Wonderbound.

Photo by Amanda Tipton. Image courtesy of Wonderbound.

Serving as the finale performance to the 2014-2015 season, Boomtown opened to a fairly packed house. Chimney Choir served as backdrop to the entire show performing live using traditional and non-traditional instruments to provide sound effects and song.  Chimney Choir is a folk/rock band that actually created over 25 news songs for the production. Their quirky, at times melodic, and ballad-like sounds entrance you with moments of forgetting they are indeed on stage and part of the living set.  

The leads, Dylan G-Bowley and Sarah Tallman, were technical, sophisticated and sinuous. Both did intricate/intimate prop performance with their bodies flipping and slinking over the prop furniture in such a seemingly effortless manner that you questioned if they were truly human or a form of rubber.  The interesting use of body juxtaposed with the music was mellifluous and dreamlike.

Mixing silent theater with tongue-in-cheek, pun laden commentary through ‘reporting’ and ‘commercials,’ Wonderbound’s social commentary was a delight.  Everyone gets caught up at some point in the chase. Our young hero runs after a girl, and then when arriving to Boomtown see temptations at every corner deviating him from his course.

Whether it is money, fame or a rubber duck, the balance is what authentically represents us? Do we need this rubber duck in our lives or do we just like the notion of it and the act of desire?  The topic is so apropos that even the Denver Post took a liking and commentated.

Intrigued? Go see Boomtown next weekend! For remember, “everything’s a rubber duck.”

If you can’t make this production, Wonderbound has laid out its 2015-2016 season starting with lust, wrath, gluttony and all of the other seven deadly sins. The live music collaborations and wonder will just continue to abound.  


W. Celeste Davis Stragand:  Published author, showcased artist and local Denverite, W. Celeste Davis Stragand is not new to the art world. Her passion for delving into the root of existence and movement will challenge and praise both choreographers and the audience.  A graduate of Texas A&M University, Celeste holds two bachelor of arts degrees, one in Chemistry and the other in English. She is also a graduate of Naropa University holding a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing and Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. A former national slam team poet, Celeste is a graduate of the Downtown Denver Partnership Leadership Program and sits on the American Institute of Architects Colorado board.  Her passion and enthusiasm for the kinetic arts will frolic and frenzy through the upcoming season of performances with many hopes for an encore!

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