Wonderbound moving to larger home in northeast Denver

Garrett Ammon’s ‘Wicked Bayou with The Widow’s Bane’ will be presented in two Denver locations Oct. 20-28 at the PACE Center in Parker and at Pinnacle Charter School in Denver. Pictured: Damien Patterson, Nayomi Van Brunt and Evan Flood. Photo by Amanda Tipton.

The acclaimed collaborative dance company says the new space offers the potential of its first permanent home

On Sept. 1, the innovative American dance company Wonderbound will move to a larger home at 2535 E. 40th Ave., it was announced today. The new location, just east of York Street, marks a move of 2 miles to the northeast of Wonderbound’s current home at Park Avenue West and Broadway.

The new building, previously an AT&T Call Center, has been purchased by an investment group led by Brooke and Tom Gordon, longtime advocates and supporters of the dance company.

Wonderbound Directors Garrett Ammon and Dawn Fay are looking at the move with wide eyes and big ideas.

“It will be hard leaving our neighbors and a place that is filled with fond memories, but the new space offers the potential of a permanent home,” said Fay. “That is something we have dreamt about for years.”

Wonderbound has occupied its current home since 2013.

“This space was a perfect fit for us when we moved in and it helped define Wonderbound’s identity,” Ammon said. “But we are a growing organization and our new home can accommodate the needs we have moving forward.”

Read our introduction to Wonderbound 101: Where no one dances alone

In a story for the DCPA NewsCenter last year, featured dancer Evan Flood described Wonderbound as “an American dance company that mingles very human dance with a live music element. One of our productions feels a little like a concert mixed with a musical mixed with raw emotion that will set your soul ablaze. Every Wonderbound performance features live music and collaborations with artists across Colorado. We have worked with illusionists, poets, actors, painters and more. We believe dance is for everyone and we believe in an open creation process.”

Gary Steuer, President and CEO of Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, called Wonderbound’s move a powerful example of arts advocacy in the rapidly growing city of Denver.

“We have been a believer in this company and its mission from its inception and look forward to its continued success in this new facility,” Steuer said. “Securing appropriate and affordable space in Denver has become a critical problem for arts groups in our community and poses a risk to the future of our cultural sector. We hope this inspires other property owners, developers and patrons to action.”

Wonderbound has long been known for open rehearsals, and Ammon said they will remain open to the public at the new location, though visitors are encouraged to call beforehand (303-292-4700).