Colorado Springs, Colo. – June 19, 2015 - Pikes Peak Community College’s (PPCC) Downtown Studio Art Gallery and Springs Ensemble Theatre (S.E.T.) are creating a collaborative artistic experience, through both a play and art exhibit, that not only shares space, but also the themes of powerlessness, empowerment and finding one’s voice. The Gallery’s exhibit, Invitation to Narrate: Voicing the Voiceless and S.E.T.’s production, Circle Mirror Transformation begins in July.

Max Ferguson, S.E.T., director/producer, needed a dance studio surrounded by mirrors for his production, while Laura BenAmots, PPCC, art gallery director needed a performance group for the gallery exhibition. After an introduction, a creative and collaborative solution was developed.  Essentially the movable wall that separates the PPCC Art Gallery from the dance studio was removed so theatergoers will be seated in the art gallery surrounded by the exhibit with the dance studio as the stage.

OPENING RECEPTION: Meet the Artists 

Join the PPCC Art Gallery and S.E.T. for refreshments, conversation and a chance to meet the artists, actors and directors.

July 17, 5 - 7:30 p.m.

  • PPCC Downtown Studio Art Gallery, 100 West Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.
  • Free

ART EXHIBIT: Invitation to Narrate: Voicing the Voiceless

Artists De Lane Bredvik and Wendy Mike, together with PPCC Art Gallery Director Laura BenAmots, invite the viewer to explore and meditate upon their own feelings of powerlessness and empowerment. The imagery and sculptures floating in the space are a visual follow-up to the March exhibit exploring societal violence with an emphasis on domestic violence. The particular images included here are going to be a part of a major upcoming exhibit dealing with issues pertaining to Human Trafficking locally, nationally and globally. “Meditate in the space, engage in the airy figures and panels in flight and be inspired to rejoice in the independence of your self determination and vulnerabilities,’ says Laura BenAmots.

July 14 -31, Tuesday through Friday, 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.

  • PPCC Downtown Studio Art Gallery, 100 West Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
  • Free

THEATER PRODUCTION: Circle Mirror Transformation

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Annie Baker is known for presenting everyday life in a touching and engaging way. In Circle Mirror Transformation Baker focuses on an adult acting class at a community center in small-town Vermont. Acting instructor Marty has four students: her husband James, the recently divorced Schultz, Theresa an actress from New York, and Lauren a local high school student. An unlikely group, the students gamely participate in the exercises and activities Marty has planned, revealing bits of themselves along the way to self-discovery. Over the course of the six-week class, we watch as the characters in the play find a voice and build a small world full of secrets, intrigue, heartache and ultimately a kind of bittersweet redemption. 

July 10 - 11, 17 - 19 and 24 - 26

  • Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m.
  • PPCC Downtown Studio Art Gallery

Ticket/Info: 719.357.3080 or springsensembletheatre@gmail.com.   

  • $15 at the door or at springsensembletheatre.org
  • $10 for RUSH students with valid ID at the door
  • $5 for PPCC students, faculty and staff with valid ID at the door

CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION Photos (All photos by Emory John Collinson)

CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION trailer.

About PPCC

Pikes Peak Community College is in its 47th year of operation and has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1975. It is a two-year college offering 158 associate degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With four campuses and two military education centers in El Paso County, PPCC serves approximately 21,000 students annually. 

About Springs Ensemble Theatre

Springs Ensemble Theatre produces intimate, live theatre in collaboration with artists throughout the Pikes Peak area.  By telling diverse stories on our stage, we explore problems and examine choices central to the human condition.  We believe that theatre should engage its audience and build community by exercising the conscience, entertaining the mind, and inspiring the imagination. 

PPCC Media Contact:

Laura BenAmots
719-459-9999
laura.benamots@ppcc.edu

S.E.T. Press Contact

Matt Radcliffe
719-440-2966 
neovoltaire@gmail.com