Wonderbound artfully blurs lines between dance, theater in “Dust”

Artistic director Garrett Ammon takes risks that pay off

By John Wenzel
The Denver Post

Garrett Ammon’s fascination with vintage Americana has paid off in the most popular shows of his career, and he’s not done yet.

As the artistic director for Wonderbound, Colorado’s second-largest professional dance company, Ammon has explored wistful, wind-swept longing in “Carry On,” his 2011 collaboration with Denver indie-folk band Paper Bird, and last year’s decidedly theatrical “Boomtown,” with genre-hopping act Chimney Choir.

Those and other crowd-pleasing fare blur the lines between dance, live music and theater, helping drive general-audience interest in the otherwise niche world of contemporary ballet.

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