Denver’s Dance Festival | Denver Dance Photography

I am so excited for the Presenting Denver Dance Festival that is happening this weekend! I have been working with an amazing group of volunteers to make this festival happen, for about two years. Now, it’s finally here! The dance festival will take place on June 23-24, 2018 at The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver. Together with the Newman Center, we will be presenting 15 local choreographers over 2 stages in one weekend of great Colorado dance.

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On the free, outdoor stage, see works by Colorado artists David Taylor’s Zikr Dance Ensemble, Mary Lynn Lewark, Maureen Breeze Dance Theater, Nile H. Russell, Nu-World Contemporary Danse Theatre, Parasol Arts, and Thomas Dance Project in the No Walls concert. This concert is free and open to all ages. View details about the artists here. The No Wall concert is this Saturday, June 23, at 4:30pm at The Boettcher Center Lawn on the University of Denver campus.

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On the main stage, see new works by Colorado artists Chadash Contemporary Dance Movement, Edgar L. Page, Gregory Gonzales, Hannah Kahn Dance Company, Helanius J. Wilkins, Kristen Demaree, Moraporvida Contemporary Dance, and The Schiff Dance Collective in the New & Now concert. View details about the artists here. The New & Now concert is this Saturday, June 23, at 7pm and Sunday, June 24, at 2pm. These shows will take place in the Newman Center’s Byron Theatre. Get your tickets online or at the Newman Center Box Office.

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These photos are from a session we did to prepare for the festival. They’ve been used in the marketing materials to promote the festival, encourage dancer applications and sell tickets to the main stage performance.

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Season Preview Concert | Denver Performing Arts Events

Capturing Denver performing arts events is such a fun way to gain insight into what’s happening around Denver. I love these opportunities to participate and contribute to the local art scene. Most of all, I love sharing the photos from events like these. Some Denver arts events are only open to a small group of people and even with events that are available to all, no one can make it to everything awesome that’s happening around town. Having photos of these events give people who couldn’t make it a chance to see it anyway. And I love that!

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Opera Colorado’s season preview concert was really cool because it gave attendees a sneak peek at the events for the rest of the year. This event gave season ticket holders a glimpse at the upcoming season so they could decide what shows they wanted to see. I think it really helped everyone get excited about what was in store!

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At the event, Greg Carpenter, the Artistic Director, announced the new season and gave some background about each show. But just having someone speak would be boring, right? I mean all that information was online anyway. Not only did he talk about the shows, the singers, and show the sets, and the costume designs, but there was singing! What Denver performing arts event would be complete without some performing arts? The Opera Colorado Young Artists gave viewers a preview of each show by performing a few songs from the shows they would be in throughout the year. It was a great evening and got everyone revved up for the upcoming season.

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By the way, Opera Colorado announced their 2018-2019 season recently. Check it out!

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Local Lab 2017 | Boulder Theater Photography

Local Theater Company, in Boulder, puts on an incredible new-works festival each year called Local Lab. On Saturday of this year’s festival, they had a mainstage reading of Shostakovich, or Silence by Jason Grote and directed by Pesha Rudnick at the Dairy Arts Center. After the reading, the writer and director had a talk back with the audience, followed by an after party with food and an awesome DJ. The talk back was really constructive and Jason and Pesha revealed how the show all came together at the last minute.

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The party was a lot of fun, with great food and amazing music by DJ Savior Breath. Everyone was in chatting and laughing and discussing the reading. The party spilled out into the lobby and gallery of the Dairy Arts Center. Right as I was leaving, the lights went low and everyone started dancing!

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I loved that Local Lab had me come in for the talk back and after party. Since there was no rehearsal for the reading, I would have had to photograph it live, with the audience, which could have been disruptive. This way, I still got photos of the production team speaking on stage and of the ambiance in the room. Plus since the lights were on in the audience, I was able to get photos of the patron engaged and happy.

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It’s always good to have a photographer at events like after parties too. These photos are great for drawing crowds to future events, sharing with attendees, and posting on social media sites like facebook. They can also be used in future marketing materials to show happy patrons, crowds, and ambiance.

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9/11 Stair Climb | Denver Event Photographer

We all remember where we were on September 11th, 2001. I was still young and I remember my 4th grade teacher telling us to sit on the carpet as one by one, my classmates got picked up by their parents. When my mom picked me up, she told me what happened. I could see the Sears Tower from my house and I was convinced that it would be the next target. I was also convinced that it would fall, from 2 miles away, onto our house. I made an emergency plan to hide under the coffee table in the basement. For years, I was scared every time a plane flew by the building. At that age, I wasn’t quite able to process the loss of life or the sacrifices the first responders and others made that day.

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In college, my partner was a volunteer firefighter. Every Friday night, he would be on duty crew, waiting at the station for calls to come in. Even though most of his district was a college campus where the biggest calls were for dumpster fires or alarms because students forgot to put water in their Easy Mac, there was always the slight fear that something worse might happen. That he might not come home that night. That is the reality for so many family members of first responders, especially those in New York City in 2001.

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Each year, around the county, firefighters come together on September 11th and converge on the tallest building in their city. In teams, they climb stairs equal to the number of floors in the World Trade Centers. In Denver, they climb 1801 California St, twice, in order to equal the height of the twin towers. Stations from all over the state were represented. Each one wears the name tag of a firefighter who lost their lives at Ground Zero. Some of them represent the same firefighter each year and maintain a relationship with their families.

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I photographed the ceremony before the climb and then waited on the stairs for teams to come up. Once some of the teams had finished, I went out to the roof, which has some incredible views of the city. My favorite part of the day was when the news crews on the roof interviewed the first woman to finish the climb. I was so moved by how many women were participating. The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is such an important event and I’m so honored I could be a part of it.

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If you have an Denver event coming up, let me know. I would love to be a part of it and document all the most important moments. Send me an email at jamie@jamiekraus.com.

Wine and Opera | Colorado Performing Arts Photography

Last year, Opera Colorado came up with a genius idea. They wanted to create an engaging, fun, and social experience that involved opera. So they teamed up with a sommelier and paired arias with wine at a Denver vineyard. Colorado performing arts photography is always so much fun but this was really something special.

To see two totally different disciplines come together and compliment each other was quite amazing. And the creativity that went into the pairings was incredible. Each aria and wine pairing fed off each other and enhanced the experience. They were paired with purpose.

The whole night was so much fun. The Balistreri Vineyards, a family owned, multi -generation vineyard in Denver, was a beautiful venue and guests even got a tour to see how the wine was aged. The Opera Colorado Young Artists paired three sets of songs with three wines. The songs were curated by Cherity, the Education Director and the wine was chosen and paired by the grandson on the the Vineyard’s founder. I love that the Young Artists end each performance with a full group aria. It is always amazing to see them all sing together.

Events like these are such a great way to draw in new audience members as well as partner with other local businesses. Having great images of these events really helps to draw people in and get them excited about your organization.

Inside OC will be doing more of these events in their upcoming season! The next two events will be at Nocturne and The Preservery with the new cast of Young Artists. You won’t want to miss them!

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Storycraft | Denver Performing Arts Photography

Storycraft is a live storytelling show produced by Denver Storytellers Project. Think of it as Denver’s own The Moth show. There are four shows a year, hosted at Syntax Physic Opera. Laura Condi, the mastermind behind this project and one of the storytellers, asked me to photograph their debut show, at the beginning of the year. My brother, Josh (you might remember him from our Bird Fur photoshoots), was also one of the storytellers. The other storytellers were Joe Fleenor, Erika Holmes, Andrew Curtis Forlines, AJ Pape, Colleen Leggett.

Denver Storytellers Project’s website summed up the process well.

Modern storytelling has made a name for itself with This American Life, The Moth or Denver’s own The Narrators. It’s hard to describe, but once you see it, you don’t forget it.

Way back in October of 2016, Denver Storytellers Project got started when about 13 writers, performers and storytelling fans gathered to a meet-up in a downtown winery. We wanted to hear each other’s ideas, hopes and goals for starting a new show. A new show where we wanted to do something different, something a little more polished and curated. Most importantly, we talked about what. makes. a. good. story. and what’s the best way to tell those stories to an audience.

Then we got to work.

With an in-depth creative process, 7 stories were selected, workshopped, rehearsed and then performed in front of our first audience on January 19th 2017.

And although Denver Storytellers Project had a nice ring to it, we wanted to put our creative minds together and vote on a name for our show…one that spoke to our collaborative process; taking a story from rough draft to stage ready…

So that’s how Storycraft came to be.

For their future shows, they’ll be stepping it up another notch. Each story will be paired with a multimedia slide show to help bring them to life and connect with the audience on a whole new level.

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Choose Your Own Adventure | Colorado Storytelling Photographer

Today is the last day of Chanukah. Last night, I lit the menorah and sang the blessings with my boyfriend and my dad. Then we drove around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights. Even though both my parents are Jewish, both of these activities are holiday traditions in our family.

I love being Jewish because there is no right or wrong way to do it. Judaism taught me to question everything and showed me that my identity is a Choose Your Own Adventure book. I don’t consider myself to be a religious person but I’ll always be a Jew. I had a Bat Mitzvah, I questioned everything, I celebrate Chanukah, and I chose my own identity.

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to start working with a Bar and Bat Mitzvah Photographer. Dave at InSync Photography and Design is a wonderful photographer (and person!) and I love photographing Mitzvahs alongside him. While working for Dave, I’ve been able to witness so many young Jews read the torah, question everything, and choose their own adventures. I am so grateful to be able to be a part of these milestones; they have brought me closer to my own Judaism. I’ve decided to share some photos of a few Bar and Bat Mitzvahs that I photographed with InSync Photography and Design, in honor of my favorite Jewish holiday.

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Samantha

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Zara

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Every day is a story. I would love to help you share yours and document all of life’s big moments. Find out more about Storytelling sessions and tell me about your adventure at jamie@jamiekraus.com