Wonderbound Debuts Original Ballet with the Colorado Symphony Concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams

Experience Beethoven & Schubert in a high-octane, world premiere dance performance

Wonderbound dancers Amy Giammarrusco and Damien Patterson in  Cupid’s Playground  with the Colorado Symphony. Photo by  Amanda Tipton , 2018.

Wonderbound dancers Amy Giammarrusco and Damien Patterson in Cupid’s Playground with the Colorado Symphony. Photo by Amanda Tipton, 2018.

DENVER, CO, Feb. 1, 2019/Wonderbound/- This February, Wonderbound will present Cupid's Playground, a world-premiere ballet performed live with an original string quartet from the Colorado Symphony. Set to the sounds of Beethoven and Schubert, Colorado Symphony Concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams will lead the quartet on stage.

Cupid's Playground is a high-octane performance made up of two original ballets that take an untraditional dive into the nefarious corners of love. The first is choreographed by Wonderbound  Company Artist Sarah Tallman, featuring Schubert's String Quartet No. 13, in A-Minor (Rosamunde) which was composed near the end of Schubert’s short life. Similarly, the score to the second original ballet choreographed by Wonderbound Artistic Director Garrett Ammon—Beethoven's String Quartet No. 13, Op. 130—was also composed very close to Beethoven’s death. Both pieces of music are considered traditionally complex and very contemplative while still holding their places as the pinnacle of the genre. This conscious venture into classical music has also reintroduced much more classical ballet technique within the choreography, adding to the versatility of the organization, collaborators and Company Artists.

"I admire Wonderbound for exploring this kind of in-depth quartet work with us," Hwang-Williams said. The Colorado Symphony Concertmaster will be joined on stage by Symphony members who she doesn't often get to play alongside. "It's a great opportunity to play with newer members and work outside of our typical orchestra fashion," Hwang-Williams said. "Playing in an orchestra is only one facet of what we do. There's something perfect about the combination of the four voices in a quartet, that's an intrinsic aspect of our diets as string players." Joining Hwang-Williams on stage will be Violinist Susan Paik, Violist Leah Kovach and Acting Principal Cellist Judith McIntyre Galecki.

Cupid's Playground is running from February 15-24 and will be at two Denver Area Venues. Opening weekend will be at the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School (February 15-17), and the show will close at the PACE Center (February 23-24). Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the Wonderbound website (www.wonderbound.com) or through the PACE Center (www.parkerarts.com).

About Wonderbound
Wonderbound is a contemporary ballet company located in Denver, Colorado that lives at the convergence of tradition and innovation, vulnerability and courage, and intimacy and openness. Under the direction of Garrett Ammon and Dawn Fay, Wonderbound is committed to the development and sharing of collaborative artistic experiences. These undertakings have come to define Wonderbound, producing creations that erase boundaries between mediums and engage artists and audiences in candid explorations of the human experience.

Lauren Turner