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Thursday, April 25,2013

Best of Boulder 2013: Performance Arts and Theater

By Boulder Weekly Staff
Photo by Jeremy Williams
Boulder Theater

Live Dance Group

2590 Walnut St., Suite 10, 303-443-0028

Second Place: Frequent Flyers Productions, Inc.
Third Place: Streetside Studios
Fourth Place: Ballet Nouveau Colorado
Fifth Place: Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet

It would take a long Friday and a few beers in our bellies before anyone here would even think of dancing; and even then, we’re fairly certain our “dancing” wouldn’t be an especially pretty sight. That’s why we have to give props to live dance groups and the arresting beauty they create through movement. Our winner, Boulder Ballet, has been lauded for the stunning live shows that always deliver on theatrics and impressive choreography. Past productions include Carmen, Cinderella and their annual Nutcracker holiday show. Our runner-up, Frequent Flyers Productions, Inc., takes live dance to new heights with amazing aerial-dance performances.

Movie House/Theater

2032 14th St., 303-786-7030

Second Place: Century Theatre
Third Place: Boedecker Theater
Fourth Place: Chautauqua Auditorium
Fifth Place: Boulder Outdoor Cinema

Movie theaters might be losing their appeal as more and more people invest in home theater systems, but there’s something indescribably fun about enjoying a flick with a host of your fellow humans. The communal experience of watching a movie gets amplified at the Boulder Theater, with its bar and enthusiastic crowds. The art deco décor provides a beautiful backdrop for whatever movie you see, whether it’s part of one of the film festivals the theater hosts or simply an independent flick touring the country. Catch the blockbusters at runner-up Century Theatre, and fulfill your art house desires at Boedecker Theater.

Performance Arts Venue

2590 Walnut St., 303-440-7826

Second Place: Boulder Theater
Third Place: Chautauqua Auditorium
Fourth Place: Macky Auditorium
Fifth Place: Boulder’s Dinner Theater

The line-up at the Dairy Center for the Arts is like a box of chocolates — yes, you know how it goes. The Dairy Center opens its doors to such a wide variety of local theater and dance companies that you just never know what you’re going to get — but, as with chocolate, it’s going to be a treat.

By building relationships with resident organizations that emphasize arts education, the Dairy Center has also made itself an incubator for new, young performers studying with lauded local arts organizations like Boulder Ballet, CenterStage Theatre Company and Imagination Makers Theater Company. The stage is also opened for eclectic and adventurous endeavors like an original steampunk opera and a performance that matches an African marimba ensemble and singers with an aerial dance company.

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