A Once and Future Art

By Deanne Gertner

[Colony 933] smartly conflates religion and capitalism through wordplay and symbols. Profits, for example, guide the recruits through the space while also serving as a homonym to prophet. The Corporation’s practices involve repetition, communal ritual, and sacred spaces. Colonists lead the mandatory dance/light rituals and the High Profit appears to pray to a plush eye made by Toan and graphic mural painted by Forrestal in the Profit Office. Fun, thoughtful, and complex, [Colony 933] raises issues surrounding group think, individual agency, and the cost of capitalism not only on the environment but also on humanity. Read more…

Making Widgets Not Revolution: Experimental Theater Mirrors Life

by Kealey Boyd

The rendezvous point was a small coffee shop and bar. Along with about 30 other recruits (participants) I was given a lanyard containing a welcome letter and a schematic of Colony 933. I almost missed a small tightly-rolled scroll that outlined a brief modern history of Earth and the colony. It made claims contradictory to the ones in my welcome letter. Directed by Kate Speer, an artist-in-residence at Denver’s RedLine Contemporary Art Center, Colony 933 is an immersive experimental theater of a post-apocalyptic world which mirrors an authoritarian society. Read more…

Get Lost in Colony 933’s Immersive Mystery Dance Theatre

The world certainly ends with a bang at Colony 933, an immersive mystery dance theatre event produced by Control Group Productions and directed by Kate Speer, the resident artist at RedLine Contemporary Art Center. Local experimental artists who work in music, dance and visual art interpret post-apocalyptic Earth at this show, which runs through January 20.

The 21 Best Events in Denver, January 9-15

To start the new year, Patrick Mueller of Control Group Productions is ceding the stage to RedLine resident Kate Speer for [Colony 933], an intimate, multi-disciplinary immersive mystery event that Speer designed in collaboration with RedLiner F.E. Toan, who penned the post-apocalyptic plot. Be prepared to step outside and into the mystery at the fictional Colony 933; at every show, the audience will determine the story’s outcome as it’s entertained by a mixture of dance, theater, installation art and music. Read more…

100 Colorado Creatives 4.0: Kate Speer

The best choreographers are pioneers in space, intellectually binding movement and ideas in a singular sweep through time. It takes a dynamic, malleable mind to do that, while staying just ahead of trends in the outer reaches of the dance universe. Kate Speer [Colony 933 Artistic Director] — a consummate collaborationist, recent PlatteForum resident and a member of RedLine’s newest class of artist/residents — has got that down, and you can see her talent at work this month in Colony 933, an immersive mystery that’s also a participatory journey for artists and audience alike. Read more…

Denver: Colony 933

From one of the performers/creators behind The Wild Party and Sweet & Lucky, comes Colony 933, a mystery immersive dance-theatre piece set in a strange post-disaster world where the sun no long rises. Attendees will find themselves welcomed as newcomers to ‘Colony 933’. Read more…

Create Award Resident Artist Rowan Salem on the Blurred Lines between Choreography and Improvisation and the Fleeting Nature of Movement

Rowan Salem [Colony 933 Performer] is a modern dancer, choreographer and teacher. She moves like a ninja in a pullover sweater, deft and quiet. Her wide eyes keenly take in her surroundings, as if she’s listening to everything, even things she cannot see with her eyes. One of her great loves is improvisation in dance–which, she says, requires sensitivity to your environment and the ability to always be noticing, noticing, noticing. Read more…

100 Colorado Creatives 4.0: Genevieve Waller

A whole person with innumerable grassroots interests, Genevieve Waller [Colony 933 Visual Artist] dips her focus head-on into several scenes at once. She’s an analog camera-less photographer, a queer historian, a DJ for Radio 1190’s The Violet Hour, a silent-film aficionado with the Denver Silent Film Festival, and an installation and performance artist with the Secret Love art collective (and on her own) – and that’s just a fraction of what she does. Read more…

100 Colorado Creatives 4.0: Katy Zimmerman

Mysticism, nature and personal politics mingle freely in artist Katy Zimmerman’s [Colony 933 Visual Artist] organic work, rendered in a constellation of mediums while hurtling through a dimensional space-time continuum. As a micro-entrepreneur and people person, she also recycles her own charming, star-studded imagery into affordable cards, prints, stickers and “Fuck the Patriarchy” pins, selling them in community with the Witch Collective, a group she helped found. Comprised of like-minded makers looking for grassroots ways to do business, the collective direct-markets wares at seasonal pop-ups that keep costs down for both the buyer and the seller. Read more…