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Some bunny is on the move! Forgive the terrible pun, but Wonderbound—a contemporary dance organization whose logo is a hare (get it?)—recently relocated to new digs.
As of September 1, fans can find the troupe rehearsing at 2535 E. 40th Ave. in the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood, just two miles from the group’s previous space in RiNo.
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The new Wonderbound Studios will be home base for all teasers (sneak peeks of a few dances from upcoming shows) and December’s Winter productions. “With this place, we [looked at] what does Wonderbound need to grow, to continue our evolution, to continue to be generous to our community?” says producing director Dawn Fay. “This area is coming up, and there’s a lot going on. We’re the first ones in. I feel like we’ve only gained in possibility.”
The ordinary brick building (previously an AT&T Call Center) is larger than Wonderbound’s former location, with two studios, expanded offices and dressing rooms, a bigger break room for the dancers, and a separate space that will serve as the costume shop. The rehearsal areas still have the mix-and-match couches and antique rugs, and, in more good news, there’s also a parking lot, so patrons no longer have to drive round and round searching for street parking.
The space is owned by an investment group headed by Brooke and Tom Gordon, longtime donors and, as Fay calls them, “champions” of Wonderbound, providing the nonprofit with a long-sought-after sense of security and permanence.
Prior to the move, Wonderbound spent five years operating out of a former post office garage on Park Avenue West on the edge of RiNo. Referred to as the Junction Box, the venue was on the market for more than two years, creating a lot of uncertainty for the group. Fay says Wonderbound always wanted to buy the venue, but the market priced the site “out of our reach.” It was also too small.
Wonderbound Studios “[allows us to] maximize the bandwidth of the dancers,” Fay says. “It was the right fit.”
Known for collaborative shows with local musicians and other creatives, Wonderbound will continue producing its inspired imaginings and maintain its open-door policy, which invites the public to watch rehearsals at any time (just call or email beforehand to confirm when rehearsals are being held).
The public’s first chance to see the new space will come on September 25 when Wonderbound kicks off its sixth season with Teaser Episode 17, which will feature excerpts from Wicked Bayou, opening October 20. Teaser tickets are $30 and include light bites and refreshments; the show starts at 6:30 p.m.
2535 E. 40th Ave., 303-292-4700