Regional briefs: Light festival (Breck); River fest (Steamboat); Dirty Girl Mud Run (Copper)
BRECKENRIDGE — Through Sunday, an assembly of artists from across the globe will make Breckenridge’s public spaces their canvas, challenging even the longest of residents to see the town they’ve come to know so well in a new light.
WAVE is a free, four-day celebration of light, water and sound happening through Sunday. For it, organizers at BreckCreate have planned numerous events, performances and interactive installations in and around the Blue River Plaza.
That’s when a series of cutting-edge, contemporary public art pieces — from spheres that respond to touch to wild landscape-changing projections — take over Breckenridge’s bridges, waterfront area and even some of its downtown buildings.
Many of the artists arrived last week, and they have been working overtime since to get set up. Three of the teams of artists made time last weekend to talk about what they have cooking, but the trio reflects only a sample of what’s to come. For a complete schedule of events, go to BreckCreate.org.
An interactive installation created by New York-based new media artist Aaron Sherwood and performer, choreographer and visual artist Kiori Kawai called “MICRO” will feature 200 silicon-coated orbs suspended in midair.
Each orb contains a sensor and a speaker inside, and people will be invited to experience the interactive world of sound, light and dance created by the pair first-hand, as the orbs respond to the slightest touch with different sounds and lights.
The project is a marriage of Sherwood’s background in music and electronics and Kawai’s as a performing artist and choreographer.
Belgian Tom Dekyvere is a rising star on the international light festival scene. He speaks half a dozen languages in various fluencies but rejects the label “artist” in all of them, saying he doesn’t even know what that is.
“Even today, I still don’t consider myself a light artist,” he said, speaking more specifically about his medium. “I think light is a material, like other materials, and I use it.”
Reflection, Projection, Vibration
Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Andrew Wade Smith takes public art to a new level, mixing video, music and sound design with digital projections, all manipulated in real time, to produce what he considers a 21st century collage.
For Smith, collage is seed for all of his art. It isn’t anything new, he said, but rather modern technology allows him new applications of a style that was first introduced to him in grade school.
Yampa River Festival provides weekend fun
The 37th annual Yampa River Festival returns today to raise awareness and help protect the 270-mile river in Northwest Colorado.
Today’s events are at Charlie’s Hole at 13th Street with downriver races, freestyle competitions, the SUP Cup, crazy river dog contest, tubing and raft races and more. A slalom race wraps up the weekend on Sunday, June 4.
For more information, visit http://www.steamboatchamber.com.
Dirty Girl Mud Run is June 10
Copper Mountain invites women to participate in the Dirty Girl Mud Run, one of the world’s largest women’s-only mud runs to raise awareness for breast cancer. All proceeds from the 5K race will benefit Boarding for Breast Cancer, a nonprofit foundation that advocates early detection and a healthy, active and sustainable lifestyle.
For more information, visit http://www.godirtygirl.com.
Music fest coming June 30-July 5
The 21st Crested Butte Music Festival presents a second week of bluegrass, opera, classical music, dance, children’s programs and more performances June 30-July 5.
“Identity Unmasked” is the theme for the second week and explores identity and its revelation or masking.
Performances include Taarka on June 30 ($25); Davis Contemporary Dance Co. on July 1 ($25); Soll Dee Gloria on July 2 (free); and Sound Hearth: Crested Butte Opera Studio on July 5 ($160). Kids are admitted free to certain events.
For more information, visit http://www.crestedbuttemusicfestival.org.