The Salida SteamPlant Event Center presents Peter Davison and Jennifer Aiken of Objectivity Dance Theatre at 7 p.m. Friday. Objectivity Dance Theater mixes contemporary ballet, physical theater and circus artistry in a one-of-a-kind show for all ages.
Aiken and Davison believe the human experience is intertwined with the objects around us. They are movement artists who reveal shared aspects of life through astonishing interactions with objects and each other. Drawing on decades of experience in dance, circus arts and physical theater, these two artists create a completely original performance.
ODT presents works with diverse styles and visual elements, treating audiences to a rich layering of powerful movement, imagery, humanity and virtuosic skills. For example, “Baroque Diversions” includes skillful ball games and a duel with sword and fan. “Diverse Abstractions” is a series of interwoven movement pieces with juggling, cycling, a single lightbulb on a darkened stage and a duet with an 8-foot ladder. “Sie und Er” (Her and Him) is based on correspondence between the 19th century composer Robert Schumann and his future wife, Clara, who were initially forbidden to wed. The dance illustrates the “emotional movement” that a letter – a simple piece of paper –can inspire. “Ragtime” portrays through both humor and drama a Depression-era couple making do with what little they have while maintaining optimism and hanging onto what is most important – each other.
Raised in Arvada, Aiken, began her dance training at the Arvada Center. She attended Colorado College, where she trained with Debra Mercer and received a bachelor’s in history and political science. While at Colorado College, she performed with the California Ballet and the Opera Theater of the Rockies and at the American College Dance Festival. Aiken began her professional career with Boulder Ballet, becoming a principal in 2003. In 2009, she was praised by Dance Europe Magazine for her performance at the Ballet Builders Showcase of New Choreography in New York City. She has been a company member with BRIAH Danse, David Taylor Dance Theater and Dawson Wallace Dance Project. Currently she performs with Zikr Dance Ensemble and 3rd Law Dance/Theater. Aiken is also an accomplished costumer, having designed and built numerous costumes for Boulder Ballet, 3rd Law/Dance Theater, Littleton Dance Academy, Dawson/Wallace Dance Project and the Academy of Colorado Ballet.
Davison, raised in Santa Monica, Calif., began his performing career when he learned to juggle at age 12. While in his teens, he performed around Los Angeles as a street performer, and he was cast as a juggler in the movie “Xanadu” with Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. In 1982, Davison won first place at the National Juggling Championships and became a founding member of the trio Airjazz, which pioneered a unique style of performance mixing juggling, dance and theater. Airjazz appeared at venues such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, New Zealand International Arts Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. From 2004 to 2015, Davison was co-artistic director of Boulder Ballet, where he choreographed numerous works for both the company and students. His choreography has also been performed by Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Saint Paul Ballet and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, among others, and he earned the 2009 Ballet Builders Award from New Choreographers on Point in New York City.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, visit ObjectivityDance.org.