Artist Nick Cave Presents Interactive Soundsuit Performance

Featuring local dance companies, music groups and 15 community members, the performance will take over the DAM on June 28

To celebrate the opening of Nick Cave: Sojourn, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) will present a community performance of epic proportions at Untitled #58 (Getup) on June 28. Cave’s Soundsuits are like sculptures for the human body, meticulously constructed of found objects such as buttons, twigs, stuffed animals and wigs. Cave, who trained professionally with Alvin Ailey, activates the Soundsuits through the movements of dance.

In February, the museum held open auditions and 120 hopefuls tried out to take part in this performance. Now their hard work, and a week of rehearsals, will pay off. Cave is also working with local dance companies 3rd Law, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance and Wonderbound. For the music element, the improv band Double Ply Translucent Caterpillar will provide free form beats and DJ Man Mantis will inspire movement from the dancers and crowd. The audience will also have the opportunity to experience Nick Cave: Sojourn, on view at the DAM through September 22, 2013.

Nick Cave Performance Details

The DAM and renowned contemporary artist Nick Cave will host a dance performance, featuring three local dance companies, a musical improv group, a DJ, video elements and 15 community participants along with Cave himself in a Soundsuit. The June 28 performance will begin at 7 p.m. in Ponti Hall. The performance will also be live streamed in various locations throughout the museum.

Ticket packages for the performance will go on sale June 4 at 10 a.m. for DAM members and June 4 at noon for nonmembers. Ticket packages include admission to Untitled #58 (Getup), admission to Nick Cave: Sojourn and a seat at the performance. Packages are free for DAM members and $15 for nonmembers. Everyone must reserve a spot. Visit for complete details.

Participating Community Members:

  • Mary Bliss
  • Laura Burchard
  • Matthew Creery
  • Phaedra Eason
  • Chanel Godwin-McMaken
  • Heidi Kleder
  • Marcy Mitchell
  • Jordan Parman
  • Markus Ramirez
  • Liesel Schmidt
  • Casey Shivers
  • Mitch Slevc
  • Emma Thomas
  • Jessica Troppmann
  • Haruna Tsuchiya

Untitled #58 (Get Up) Activities

The final Friday of the month, from 6 to 10 p.m., the DAM offers a dose of the unexpected with offbeat art encounters, unique detours of the DAM collection, cash bar, munchies and more. At each mixed-media Untitled event, the museum explores a specific theme with exhibition- related activities and community collaborations.

At Untitled #58 (Get Up) visitors can outfit their night and take a look at how the west was worn as DAM staff pair paintings with period artifacts.

Nick Cave: Sojourn Overview

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) will present a new body of work by internationally acclaimed artist Nick Cave in Nick Cave: Sojourn, on view June 9–September 22, 2013. Taking visitors on a journey through the artist’s imagination, the exhibition will feature approximately 40 new artworks including more than 20 new Soundsuits. Cave’s multi-sensory, immersive installation will transport visitors to a magical world of color, texture, sound and movement. It will be a ticketed exhibition, free for DAM members.

New works include a sculpture inspired by a found baptismal font and a monumental archway constructed of thousands of buttons that serve as both the entrance to the exhibition and the beginning of the journey. Next visitors will experience about 10 large-scale, 3-D sculptural objects made out of found objects including a 16-foot tondo. Taking a new direction, Cave has removed the human figure from his sculptures and focused his work on abstract and animal forms. The next gallery space allows guests to explore more than 20 new Soundsuits. Finally, the exhibition will close with four or five new short films. The DAM is producing a substantial catalogue, which focuses on Cave’s new body of work along with his performances.

Nick Cave: Sojourn is organized by the Denver Art Museum. This exhibition is made possible through the significant support of Vicki and Kent Logan, U.S. Bank and PB&K Family Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4 and The Denver Post.