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The Garden

Henry Maximilian McCall as Anthony
Henry Maximilian McCall as Anthony
Photo: Amanda Tipton
 
Wonderbound's third production of 2021 draws upon an ancient story so universal that it remains a popular metaphor thousands of years after it was first written—Adam and Eve and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden.

Karina Cardella as Eva
Karina Cardella as Eva
Photo: Amanda Tipton
 
Artistic director Garrett Ammon choreographs his adaptation to a collection of popular musical hits that span the big band era to rock 'n' roll, yet the age-old temptations and transgressions, now wrapped in contemporary packaging, provide the same allure as they did at the beginning of recorded time, when humankind moved from the fluidity of instinct to the duality of ego, expelling itself from unified consciousness.

In Ammon's garden, six characters and the ensemble struggle with love triangles, financial wheeling and dealing, and mortality, seasoned with idylls at the beach, in the park, and in each other's arms.

Ammon's choice of musical artists—including Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, and Leonard Cohen, to name a few—engender a spectrum of modern and classical dance styles, punctuated with playful and striking costumes by Dawn Fay and Caitlin Goldstein.

Isaac Huerta as Samuel
KIsaac Huerta as Samuel
Photo: Amanda Tipton
 
The 45-minute one act is filled with memorable moments, including: an elegant pas de deux to Cole Porter's "Night and Day" between an older man and his memory of his ex-wife when they were young, before he let their relationship fall apart; a married woman attracted to an ingenue in a sweet pairing, danced to Julie London singing "Fascination"; the husband drawn under the ingenue's spell in a mesmerizing sequence set to Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne"; and, the entire ensemble's celebratory bohemian swim party.

Wonderbound's presentation of The Garden, choreographed and directed by Garrett Ammon runs through May 9th. All 24 performance are sold out, due to limited seating protocols. To be notified of ticket sales for Wonderbound's next production, Penny's Dreadful, opening the 2021-22 season on October 14th, sign up for the company's newsletter.

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