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ATLAS Black Box: Previous events

The Communikey Festival of Electronic Arts (CMKY)

will feature a series of concerts and workshops including a performance by electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick who will collaborate with video/media artist Lillevan. He will perform Silver Apples of the Moon, commemorating the 45th anniversary of his groundbreaking work, which was been inducted into the Library of Congress. (The performance is sold out, but some seats may become available at the door due to no-shows.) The event is made possible by the generous support of the Roser Visiting Guest Grant.

Electronic artist and vocalist Lesley Flanigan will also perform that evening. Her performance is made possible by a collaboration between CU's College of Music, the Department of Art and Art History, ATLAS and the Communikey Festival. Visit for other festival events and workshops.
7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 26, 2012, Black Box

Double Feature of Multimedia Dance

Two MFA dance candidates share the evening with their original productions, each incorporating contemporary movement, improvisation, projected images, digital technology and live music.
S is for. . . , directed by Cristina Goletti, is a duo for a man and woman who push their emotional boundaries while exploring the politics of gender.
cLementines & cHocolate, directed by Chrissy Nelson, inquires into the many layers of technology we wrap ourselves in versus the unadorned human form.
Admission is free. Reservations are recommended; email: with your name, choice of night and number of tickets requested.
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, April 19-20, 2012,

LIGHT: A Musical Journey

is a five-movement musical work that explores various concepts of light from the spiritual and emotional to the physical. Scored for chamber orchestra, children's choir, rock band, male octet and soloists, each group will express a different aspect of light. The concept of light will transform as the piece progresses, meandering through different instrumentations, tonal centers, styles, textures and media. The piece is written and directed by College of Music instructor Kari Kraakevik.
7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, April 6-7, 2012, Black Box

There Can Only Be One

is a multimedia performance conceived and produced by MFA dance students Lauren Beale and Brooke Gessay in collaboration with Ana Baer Carrillo.
7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 16-17, 2012, Black Box

Charming Hostess

Tickets: $5 for students; $10 in advance for the general public; $15 at the door. Click here to purchase tickets. This Oakland-based group will perform their original work, The Ginzburg Geography, a concert based on the life and work of Italian anti-fascists Natalia and Leone Ginzburg. The concert will include music from Italian Jewish liturgy, the oldest and most remote in Europe, as well as Italian anti-fascist songs, work chants and resistance anthems. To learn more about the group, visit

7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, 2012, Black Box


See experiments in storytelling encompassing performance, prose, music, cinema and visual arts. Featuring: Flash Fiction Authors including Kona Morris, filmmakers Alex Cox and Sarah Jane Biagini, BLOrk (Boulder Laptop Orchestra), choreographers Lauren Michelle Beale and Brooke Gessay, media artist Mark McCoin and slideshows by poet David Antin. Presented by the Brakhage Center, a part of CU's Film Studies and the Art and Art History departments. Free and open to the public.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012, Black Box

The Pendulum New Music Concert Series

presents electro-acoustic performances featuring the following CU composers and performers: Cole Ingraham, live electronics and visuals; John Drumheller, composition faculty, will perform with Nicolo Spera, guitar faculty, combining 10-string guitar with electronics; Hugh Lobel, piano, narrator and electronics (computer and 2/4 speakers); and Nathan Hall, video projection of a percussion quartet.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012

BLOrk (Boulder Laptop Orchestra),

an eclectic ensemble of musicians equipped with laptops, hemispherical speakers, traditional instruments and MIDI controllers, will perform a variety of original pieces under the direction of John Gunther, an assistant professor of jazz studies at CU.
7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, 2012

I Am Watch Television Zombie

is an interdisciplinary production that explores our addiction to television with a team of 20 actors, musicians, technicians and aerial dancers. With no seating, audience members will wade through a transformed theater space waist-deep in balloons, immersed in thousands of animated TV images projected on four walls. The show's rich mix of aerial dancers, actors, live music and thousands of moving images and balloons may create moments of sensory overload, overwhelm and laughter.

The production was conceived and produced by Hunter Ewen, a CU doctoral candidate in music and Nicole Predki of Frequent Flyers (MFA Dance 2009). As there will be no general seating, those with disabilities are asked to email for arrangements that will allow them to be seated during the show.
7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 3-4, 2012

Avant Guerre

A multi-media performance evoking multi-eras, it is produced in collaboration with 11 dancers, a cinematographer, composer/artist Albert Mathais, choreographer/producers Mollie Wolf and Judd Tank. "Using modern media, we reference the past to create a feeling of timelessness," director Wolf explained.
8 p.m. Thursday - Friday, Nov. 17-18, 2011

Vantage Points

An original, immersive, multi-sensory exploration of abstract video and sound by artist/composer Cole Ingraham. The performance includes live instrumentalists, synthesized sounds and a combination of 2D and 3D animated graphics. Ingraham is a doctoral student in CU’s College of Music.
7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28 – 29, 2011, ATLAS Black Box theater

Black & White

A coming of age story told through multi-media dance, theater and video performed by choreographer Gabriel Masson in collaboration with video artist Tara Rynders. Masson is assistant professor in CU's Department of Theatre and Dance. Rynders is an MFA student in multimedia dance.
8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, ATLAS Black Box
Note: For mature audiences.

Striking the Match

A new Web-based performance by writer/performer Beth Osnes using performance to ignite positive social change. Striking the Match uses performance to illuminate soial issues in a new light through short, single-issue performances that are mostly humorous, quirky or just offer a different perspective (most under 2 minutes). Osnes hopes people will share the performances throughout the Web and internet to help ignite positive social change. The performance will be streamed live at
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, ATLAS Black Box theater

Casanova at Twilight

An original musical theater piece written by Bill Mooney who for
14-years was a cast member of ABC's All My Children as well as a performer both on and off-Broadway. See the tale of Casanova's exploits, based on his autobiography. Music is composed and conducted by Hunter Ewen, a doctoral student in CU’s College of Music. Singer/actors include baritone and CU graduate Garrett Smith as young Casanova and Leigh Holman, director of CU’s Opera Department, who plays one of Casanova’s loves.
7:30 p.m. Friday - Saturday, Sept. 23 - 24, Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, 2011
2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 & Oct. 2, ATLAS Black Box theater

Tickets are $30 and available at the CU Presents Box Office
(located in the University Club) or buy tickets online at
Phone: 303-492-8008 or email:
Note: For mature audiences.

Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema

This film and dance event is a niche film festival specializing in dance cinema as an art form and incorporating live performance. With an expansive definition of dance and an appreciation for experimental and interdisciplinary forms, this unique festival presents a wide variety of film and video in a wide range of venues, plus performance. Visit
7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 - 17, 2011, Friday - Saturday, ATLAS Black Box theater

Concert: Andy Hill and Renée Safier

7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9 in the ATLAS Black Box Studio
Folk/rock artists Andy Hill and Renée Safier, founders of the L.A.- based band Hard Rain, perform more than 200 concerts a year. Their 11 independent CD releases have won them numerous awards including "Best Duo/Group" from the International Acoustic Music Awards.

In Colorado, Safier's prodigious blues and jazz vocals won the acoustic blues competition at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2005.
logo They will perform at ATLAS with E-town bassist Chris Engleman, Bruce Springsteen-sideman Marty Rifkin on pedal steel and electric guitar and Denver's Mike Marlier on drums.

Get more details and reserve your seats here.
Visit their website:

What have reviewers said about Andy Hill and Renée Safier?
"America's best kept secret." - B. Noel Barr, Random Lengths
"Andy Hill is rapidly becoming a songwriter to watch..."
- Michael Sullivan, Here, There and Everywhere E-Zine
"Safier's voice... drips with an aching sensitivity filtered through delicate beauty and a fragility that would break and disappear in less capable hands..." - Mark S. Tucker, Folk Music Exchange

logo7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday,
June 3-4, 2011,
ATLAS Black Box

Tyrannosaurus Sex (and other truths) takes the audience on a journey that begins millions of years ago and arrives at the present day. We follow a lead character from a time of reptiles to the various stages of growth that brings us to adulthood–all on a path marked by chaos, passion and growing consciousness.

With drama, humor and song, the production recalls the joyful, light moments of early childhood mixed with darker scenes of sadness, confusion and loss. We watch the lead character confront those day-to-day events that shape us, take away our innocence and confound our best intentions. And see emerging growth and self-acceptance as well.

Live music from an ensemble of musicians will amplify and illuminate this coming-of-age story. A few of the original songs are jazz/blues oriented. Music accompanies the spoken dramatic scenes, heightening mood and emotion. Colorful, changing multimedia images will fill an entire wall of the theater and provide further context and content.

“The production attempts to depict our universal desires, passions or life energy– those ever-changing forces shared by all life through all of time. It’s the energy that pushes green shoots out of the ground, gets us out of bed every morning and keeps the adrenaline flowing,” writer, director and producer Ira Liss explained.

Commenting on the title of the production, Liss continued, “It’s fun to open the show with a tyrannosaurus character. The idea of a giant reptile brings something monumental or mythic to the stage.” He added with a smile, “Also, you don’t see a lot of eloquent, passionate dinosaurs speaking onstage that often. It could be memorable.”

Admission is Seating is limited. Reservations recommended. Reserve your seats:

About the artist/producer:
For more than 20 years, Ira Liss has performed solo concerts and musical comedy one-man shows in NYC, Arizona and Colorado – including the Boulder International Fringe Festival where he won an audience-choice award. He has performed at various venues around Boulder, Denver and NYC and is a member of Boulder Playback Theater.

Carnivals and Snowstorms

7 p.m. Friday, April 29
7 & 9 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2011, ATLAS Black Box

Carnivals and Snowstorms, an interdisciplinary theater production, explores the nature of dreams, memory and the afterlife.
The production is designed to evoke an otherworldly atmosphere of haunting nostalgia and beauty.

To achieve this, it uses an all encompassing projection screen that immerses the audience in film and graphics of another time and place, a set design derived from vintage carnival booths, the elegance of 1930s-inspired costumes and retro-inspired choreography.

The production will utilize projected images that contribute to the ambience and mood of the piece, novel and experimental video surfaces, and direct interaction between live performers and film.

Vinitski concluded, "Carnivals and Snowstorms aims to demonstrate a new voice in multimedia that successfully merges theater and technology in a unique style."

Admission is Seating is limited.
Get more details and reserve your seats here.

Film: The Survivor and the Translator

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. May 1, 2011, Sunday, ATLAS Black Box
See a free screening and discussion of Leeny Sack's solo theater piece, "The Survivor and The Translator." The piece is about not having experienced the Holocaust, by a daughter of concentration camp survivors, in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day. A question and answer session with the artist will follow the screening.

About the artist: Leeny Sack was a member of Richard Schechner's seminal Performance Group."The Survivor and The Translator" came out of the Performance Group, and was subsequently produced nationally and internationally, including at the first World Gathering of Holocaust Survivors in Jerusalem in 1981. The piece is published in several anthologies of Holocaust theatre works and women's solo performance. Get more details here.

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