Jocelyn Green in Big Spender
Jocelyn Green in "Big Spender"
Photo: Amanda Tipton
Baby, it's cold outside, and what better way to warm up than with some spectacular and provocative choreography. Once again, Wonderbound artistic director Garrett Ammon and ballet master and associate choreographer Sarah Tallman have tapped into the great American songbook, fashioning 16 dances and a touch-and-go romance (Morgan Sicklick and Damien Patterson) for the holiday season.

The musical selections for this uptempo, spirited collage of color and tongue-in-cheek naughty teasers is a surprisingly ecclectic playlist that highlights composers and performers alike, including Chuck Berry, Rogers and Hart, the Beatles, Ira and George Gershwin, Peggy Lee, Sammy Davis, Jr., Connie Francis, Sarah Vaughn, and more.

Damien Patterson and Morgan Sicklick in I'll See You In My Dreams
Damien Patterson and Morgan Sicklick in "I'll See You In My Dreams"
Photo: Amanda Tipton
The celebration of the season is not without a serious side, which is partly subtextual, as in Ammon's film projections using historical file footage of atomic events and '50s propaganda that would be campy if not for the contemporary parallels, and partly vocal, as in Barry McGuire's 1965 hit, "Eve of Destruction."

The style and tempo of the dances crisscross classical and modern genres and musical idioms: sock hop, musical theatre to jazz crossovers, pop 45s, crooner standards, and top-of-the-charts rock hits, with a couple of surprising seasonal throwbacks stirred in for good measure.

Wonderbound is performing Brrr!esque in a temporary home while their regular studio and performance space is being upgraded. The production runs through December 18th and is now sold out. To be notified of ticket sales for Wonderbound's next production, The Sandman (March 1st through 12th), sign up for the company's newsletter.

Bob Bows

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