462 Main Street
Uncompahgre National Forest, Ouray, CO 81427
Trance Dance On Superbowl Sunday!
The Zikr Dance Ensemble graces the stage of the Wright Opera House at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, presenting “Sacred Spaces,” an exploration of cultural expressions through dance.
Denver’s newest professional dance company takes its name from Sufi literature; Zikr can be loosely translated as “The Remembrance of God”. Founded by choreographer and Artistic Director David Taylor in 2009, Zikr’s roster includes some of Colorado’s finest trained professional ballet dancers.
Their Ouray performance offers a surreal counterpoint to the madness of Superbowl Sunday (also on Feb. 3), with a mixture of transcendent dance rituals from many different ancient world cultures (including what Taylor describes as an “absolutely incredibly profound and beautiful” Assyrian women’s mourning dance that is over 2,000 years old), and a number of original and contemporary dance/theatre realizations.
Stunning slide projections, colorful costumes, unique music and visual effects complete the multi-media experience that audiences across the country have found both artistically stimulating and intellectually captivating.
Taylor himself will introduce each piece to help the audience understand the historical and cultural themes.
Tickets are $15 ($5 for students) and can be purchased in advance at Buckskin Booksellers in Ouray, Cimarron Books and Coffee in Ridgway, the Coffee Trader in Montrose, or here on our website. We will also be selling tickets at the door.
While in the area, Zikr also offers a master class through Weehawken Creative Arts (Saturday, Feb. 2 at 5:30 p.m., for more information visit weehawkenarts.org) and in-school performances on Friday, Feb. 1 in Ouray and Ridgway, sponsored by OCPAG in partnership with the Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation.
For more information about the Zikr Dance Ensemble, visit www.zikrdance.com or check out this video: