Black Box Experimental Studio Events


Produced by the ATLAS Center for Media, Arts and Performance (CMAP)
Performances are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. The ATLAS Black Box Experimental Studio venue is located downstairs, lowest basement level, B2 in the Roser ATLAS building. Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. Audiences are advised to arrive 10-15 minutes before the scheduled start of a show.

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Poemedia 2.0 – literary interactive environment and performance


Immerse yourself in a rich sound and visual environment of spoken word, text, poetry, music, animated graphics and nature in this interactive montage.

Abstract and realistic imagery will be projected on mylar, paper and mesh screens. Speak into a microphone and hear your voice become part of the interactive sound montage.

Poemedia 2.0 is a continuation and evolution of an earlier installation produced in 2010 by Aaron Angello and Erin Costello. See their earlier work. Free and open to the public.
7-9 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Dec. 5 & 6, Black Box theater

time ÷ space = performance + installation

Facilitated by CU-Boulder faculty member Frances Charteris, the performance and installation will showcase the work of 11 multimedia artists. Free and open to the public.
7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, Black Box theater
Enjoy a reception and refreshments after the event.

Past events

MediaLive 2014 Concert
Discover three multimedia innovators


See audiovisual performances by artists Josh Ott (New York), John Gunther (CU-Boulder) and Light Surgeons (London & Malaysia). The event is part of an annual three-day festival of multimedia art, MediaLive 2014 (Friday to Sunday, Nov. 14-16), produced by the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Arts (BMoCA).

Light Surgeons is a creative studio that produces and performs on the world stage. They develop new forms of cross-disciplinary artworks through the fusion of film production, animation, motion design plus the creative use of code and cutting edge tools. Visit:

Joshue Ott, a NYC-based visualist, creates cinematic visual improvisations, performed live and projected in large scale. Ott composes ephemeral yet memorable images that reside and evolve somewhere between minimalism and psychedelia. He turns sound into vision, creating a multi-sensory, in-the-moment experience. Visit:

John Gunther is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who explores all forms of jazz from traditional to avant-garde. In addition, he is well-versed in classical music, world music and experimental electronics. He is a founder and current co-director of the Boulder Laptop Orchestra (BLOrk). Visit:

Purchase tickets: $20. Get more details about the three-day MediaLive festival.
7-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, downstairs Black Box theater


Ojo – multi-genre, multi-media dance performance


Kim Olson, director of the dance company Sweet Edge, Nathan Montgomery, director of Syzygy Butoh and videographer Ana Baer Carillo collaborate for their second multimedia dance performance in the ATLAS Black Box theater.

Choreographer Olson presents a dynamic style of dance with an ensemble that includes dancers Sarah Bowers, Ondine Geary, Sonya Smith and Kate Speer.

Montgomery offers his unique aesthetic of Japanese Butoh and Ritual Dance working with a male trio. Baer’s video will bring an additional dimension of graphics and motion to the evening.

Purchase tickets. Get information.
8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 7-8, Black Box theater

World Premiere Multimedia Concert:
The Four Pillars Appearing from the Equal D…

This latest work from New York based Minimalist composer Randy Gibson was commissioned by renowned long-duration pianist
R. Andrew Lee. Visit: Tickets: $10 general admission; free for current CU students;
$5 for non-CU students. Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. Purchase tickets, reserve your seat, visit:


Over the three hours of this World Premiere performance, Lee will improvise within a formalized structure, exploring the overtone content of each D on the piano, in combinations and alone, creating, with the aid of electronics, a visceral whirling mass of tones from which melodies and rhythms can soar to the stars.

Inspired by his guru La Monte Young, The Four Pillars Appearing from the Equal D under Resonating Apparitions of the Eternal Process in the Midwinter Starfield, will be presented with video projections by Oscar H. Scott, Gibson’s longtime visual collaborator.
8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, ATLAS Black Box theater


The Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema


Discover a niche film festival dedicated to works that merge the beauty of dance with the innovations of cinematic art.
Now in its 11th year, enjoy beautiful dance films from more than
12 countries. Free and open to the public. Visit:

Enjoy a completely different film program at each screening.
7 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Sept. 5-6, downstairs Black Box theater

7 p.m. video installation opens in Black Box lobby.
7:30 p.m. film screenings begin in Black Box theater.

See additional dance films at these off-campus venues:
• Sunday afternoon screenings, Sept. 21 & Oct. 19, Boedecker Theater, Dairy Center for the Arts, tickets: $6-11 Visit: or call: 303-444-7328.
• 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, Canyon Theater, Boulder Public Library, free admission

Composer Fellows’ Concert

A part of CU Now’s Opera Workshop (see below), CU NOW’s Composer Fellows Institute is a new initiative linking select CU student-composers with composer Alberto Caruso, the CU composition faculty and the CU NOW musical and direction staff to create new vocal works for the stage.

The 2014 Fellows include Chelsea Komschlies, Ryan Connell, Raechel Sherwood, Trevor Villwock, and Dan Cox. Their musical, theatrical scenes will be featured in this new concert. Free and open to the public.
2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 8, downstairs Black Box theater

Opera Workshop: The Master

Renowned Irish author Colm Tóibín (KAH-lum toe-BEEN), Italian composer Alberto Caruso and Ron Daniels, associate director for the Royal Shakespeare Company, will join forces at CU Opera’s New Opera Workshop June 13-15 in the ATLAS Black Box theater.

The trio will work with College of Music student artists on Tóibín’s adaptation of his 2006 novel, “The Master”—a finalist for the prestigious Booker Prize. The opera deals with the American author, Henry James.

“Like certain of the characters in his novels,” says Leigh Holman, co-director of CU NOW, “James was hidden and secretive. Director, Ron Daniels, calls the opera ‘an unrequited ghost/love story.’ This should translate powerfully to the operatic stage.”

On Saturday night, June 14, the performance will be recorded.

“You’ll see us with stands and mics, recording this piece live,” Holman says. “It’s a rare opportunity to observe the process of creation and to share those observations with the creators.”

Each performance will be followed by a question and answer session.

For further information, call 303-492-6576 or visit CU-Now’s current season.
7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday, June 13 & 14
2 p.m. Sunday, June 15, downstairs Black Box theater

Fieldwork Performing Arts Showing

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, downstairs ATLAS Black Box theater, lowest basement level, B2

Photos of the three artists who are facilitating the evening – Sonya Smith, Chrissy Nelson and Hugh Lobel

Photos of the three artists who are facilitating the Fieldwork Performing Arts Showing (from upper left and clockwise) – Sonya Smith, Chrissy Nelson and Hugh Lobel

Enjoy the works-in-progress of local artists in dance, music, theater, film, storytelling and more – a culmination of work developed through an artist development process called FIELDWORK.

The evening will begin with a demonstration of a specific feedback process which leads into a performance of the artwork-in-progress. A talkback with the artists will follow.

The evening will be facilitated by artists:

– Hugh Lobel, composer, CU-Boulder College of Music doctoral candidate and artist/producer of the April 2014 production, The Pain of Becoming.

– Chrissy Nelson, interdisciplinary dance artist and choreographer, CU-Boulder MFA in Dance and artist/producer of the April 2012 production, cLementines & cHocolate.

– Sonya Smith, aerial dance artist, CU-Boulder MFA candidate and artist/producer of the January 2014 production, Beneath the Text.

The artists’ productions listed above, like the upcoming work-in-progress Bloom, were all presented in the downstairs ATLAS Black Box theater, lowest basement level, B2, CU-Boulder campus.

Free and open to the public. (Check back to see whether a reservations or RSVP system is put into place to reserve your seat.)


Conference on World Affairs (CWA)

Monday – Friday, April 7-11
Enjoy dozens of free panel discussions and presentations on a wide range of topics at various locations across campus, including the downstairs ATLAS Black Box theater. Learn more.

Ecdysis- Installation/Performance by Sougwen Chung

Sougwen Chung is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores transitional edges. Her artistic practice spans installation, sculpture, still image, drawing, and performance, informing her multi-faceted approach to experiential art.
Her work has been featured in exhibitions in North America, Europe and Asia. Recent venues include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Geneva, Switzerland and 319 Scholes in Brooklyn, New York. Additionally, Chung has been featured in The New Yorker, Dazed and Confused, Cool Hunting and The Creators Project.

This event/installation is part of the annual Communikey (CMKY) Festival, April 10-13, 2014. The festival brings performers and artists from around the world who are focused on sound, new music, the visual arts and the innovative use of electronic technologies.

This downstairs ATLAS Black Box theater event is free and open to the public. Other CMKY events require the purchase of a festival pass and/or individual tickets. Learn more about Sougwen Chung.
1-5 p.m. Saturday, April 12, downstairs Black Box theater

The Pain of Becoming – multimedia concert with dance

three dancers
This free performance debut examines the threads that connect the ego to the self. Produced by College of Music doctoral student and ATLAS fellow Hugh Lobel, the performance features eight musicians, four dancers and live, real-time video. Choreography by CU MFA Chrissy Nelson. Videography by CU alumnus Kyle Monks.
Seating is limited & first-come, first-served. Reservations recommended. Reserve your seat,
7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, April 4-5, downstairs Black Box theater

Brakhage Center Symposium

Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Guy Maddin joins JJ Murphy for the 10th Annual Brakhage Center Symposium. They will explore Maddin’s work in the context of new approaches to independent cinema production.
See the entire symposium schedule: Events take place at several locations on campus. A partial list of events located at ATLAS are below.
Downstairs Black Box theater, lowest basement level, B2
Friday, March 7
10 a.m. All-day installation of director Guy Maddin’s film Only Dream Things
Saturday, March 8
1 p.m. Stage Séance – Director Guy Maddin puts 10 actors in a trance on stage, directs them and makes a film.
3 p.m. ATLAS 100, Cofrin Auditorium, ground floor Selected shorts
with Guy Maddin and discussions with JJ Murphy

Pendulum New Music

This CU College of Music concert will feature original electro-acoustic music composed and performed by artists Jess Garrett, Sara Corry, Nathan Hall and Hugh Lobel.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, downstairs Black Box theater

The Boulder Laptop Orchestra (BLOrk)

Sun Ra and BLOrk BLOrk will play the music of Sun Ra (1914-1993), a prolific jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet and philosopher. The performance will feature special guests Trace Reddell producing video graphics and poet Tremaine-Maurice-Thomas performing his hip-hop meditations.
BLOrk, directed by CU faculty John Gunther and John Drumheller, features performers using traditional instruments blended with or modified by controllers, laptops and new technologies.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, downstairs Black Box theater

Sensory Preservation Chamber

Sex Milk Instrument and Nano Twin
A multimedia double-feature that promises
to be creatively unconventional in its aesthetics, two multimedia groups will perform separate 10-15 minute sets and then collaborate as a super-group.
Sex Milk Instrument, a four-piece band using digital and analog
technology, will create a rich sonic textural landscape
accompanied by modified black and white video graphics of the
silent movie Faust.
Nano Twin will produce a colorful, visually oriented experience
with sound using cathode ray tube televisions.
7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 14-15, downstairs Black Box theater