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10th Anniversary Production of The Christmas Revels

Founded in 2000, Rocky Mountain Revels is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting public education, understanding, and appreciation of traditional music, dance, drama, and ritual through participatory theater and communal celebration.

We have created Revels productions of Medieval, Renaissance, pan-Celtic, Victorian, Scottish, Irish Immigrants, and Colorado Pioneers. Each year, beginning in the late summer, nearly 100 people from all over the greater Boulder and Denver area come together to rehearse and create a production with full historical costumes, live traditional music, and authentic dance and theater.

Revels productions are a unique blend of amateur and professional performers. Guest artists appearing with Rocky Mountain Revels have included North American step dancing champion Alexandra Siega, Native American flutist Leon Littlebird, folk artist David Jones, Boulder Philharmonic concertmaster Gregory Walker, and many others.

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Ana Sia at the Mishawaka Ampitheatre

Cervantes Masterpiece presents Ana Sia at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre on Friday, August 20th, 2010.  She has toured through clubs and forests all festival season long with serious stacks in the middle of nowhere.  The Electric Canyon show will feature Ana Sia leading crew including Octopus Nebula, Eskmo, and The Passage Project.

I was lucky enough to see her set at Summer camp that made arms sway, heads bob, and the same forced rush of an indoor thump to an outdoor amphitheatre.  Watching the crowd come alive is almost as enlightening as the musical experience itself.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; if you aren’t dancing half as hard as she is on stage then step back.  There will be plenty rushing forward to dance with her.

The Mishawaka Amphitheatre is like a swing set of sound, the electric canyon crew will no doubt light it up.  Ana Sia has been warming up after parties enough.  Her worldly excursions are put to sturdy declarations of bass with treble dancing over the top.  It’s as if she embodies the Virgo through her music.  It’s time for the first lady of euphoric rhythm to lead the pack.  Her response to the crowd is always posed, graceful, and delicate with prayer hands in peaceful association.

Ana Sia co-creates her show with the audience.  The word puppeteer has a negative connotation, yet such a familiar feel at an Ana Sia show.  It’s not negative when you see how she handles the power of the beat.  Its fun like a puppet show, her music is beckoning you, “let me pull your strings.”  As hard as your feet will push you, the beat controls the strings that makes souls sing.