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Tough Love: 10 easy pieces

Dancers perform in the street near The Packing House Center for the Arts.

Saturday I photographed a dance performance created by Lauren Simpson, the daughter of one of our neighbors . Also, Lauren’s step sister, Ellie, 9, performed in “the sister piece”. The program was designed and planned to be performed around Valentine’s Day, with love as the common thread.

The program began by asking the audience to go outside The Packing House Center for the Arts in north Denver. Then the dancers came out dressed as brides and groomsmen, piled into a car, drove down the street and danced their way back.

The building is a former meat packing plant near the stockyards and it’s still in an industrial neighborhood. Lauren used the neighborhood as the back drop pushing both the dancers and the audience to connect with the location, such as biker’s private club, below the art center.

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Cheers, Kent

Lauren and Ellie watch as the program begins.

Lauren in the single-girl piece.

Lauren and Ellie in the sister piece.

Ellie with her opening performance flowers from her mother.

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