Music and theater merge as a small cast performs songs by Belgium singer-songwriter—known as the Bob Dylan of Europe—Jacques Brel. The songs, many of which reflect on the Vietnam War and expose Brel’s anti-war sentiments, are connected by brief narration and the small cast’s choreographed responses to Brel’s words.
From folk and flamenco to ballet and contemporary, diverse dance styles share the stage during this festival. Five Denver-based dance companies (like 7dancers and Wonderbound) will showcase their varying aesthetics, then join together for a collaborative finale. Watch for exhilarating numbers such as “Dancing to Singing,” a playful dance set to ‘60s rock songs. Thu 7:30 p.m.
Delicate performances in pointe shoes are even better seen from a picnic blanket. Enjoy the Boulder Ballet’s outdoor concert series, which features a mix of dances, some classic, some contemporary, some from previous shows, and some entirely new works.
Log off of eHarmony and Match.com, and step back into the world of blind dates. This unscripted comedy brings three ladies to the stage to reveal their inner quest for love. In the interactive performance, the audience steers the matchmaking as they choose which man will go on a blind date with each woman. Find out if the pairs' evenings end in catastrophe or if love binds. Mon 8 p.m.
Many hypnotists aim to put their audience to sleep with that whole “you are getting very sleepy” act. But Rusty Z has different intentions for his crowds. The comedian—previously featured on Comedy Central—mesmerizes spectators with jokes, improvisations, and hilarious instructions to those who have fallen under his spell.
With an infectious urban energy, Traces blends the precision and grace of Cirque du Soleil with the raw vigor of street shows. Mixing street performance with basketball, dancing with skateboarding, and acrobatics with seesaws, performers create a modern twist on circus acts. Set to music—anything from rock to hip-hop—the daredevils in this vivacious show know how to awe.
Central City Opera pays homage to the medium's masters of seduction with its latest production. From Carmen and Don Juan to Prince Charming and Cleopatra, audiences will delight in duets and arias from some of opera and musical theater's most scandalous characters. FYI: The show is family-friendly.
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