REVIEW: REMOTE DENVER with the Denver Center
by Michael Mulhern
Join a group of 50 people swarming Denver on a guided audio tour that seems to follow you as much as you are following it. You’re not just audience members—you’re actors and spectators, observers and observed, individuals and hordes, all at the same time.
“You and the others……you were a system…”
The premise was shrouded in mystery and my curiosity was peaked and I couldn’t wait to witness this tour firsthand. Like this non traditional tour this will be a non traditional review because this “tour” it is more of an experience than stage event. I would like to share observations and amusements from the tour as to not give too much away so you can experience this for yourself.
We start in a park in the middle of nowhere near downtown and we meet (or hear) “Heather”. Her voice reminded me of the same electronic voice from the that George Michael song Too Funky (Would You Like Me to Seduce You?). Heather is a little creepy at times and partially sadistic, relishing at times on her manipulation of our senses and actions. She makes us really experience, contemplate, and appreciate our surroundings through environmental awareness.
This was definitely an immersive theater experience with a strong psycho-sociological element. I loved the audio manipulation and sensory overload that this tour provided. For example we walked by a pool where you heard splashing and kids playing and laughing when there was no one physically there. I truly believe that when the cyborgs take over and enslave us….it will be Heather’s voice that we hear. We travel by lightrail to downtown and explore union station and so many nooks and hidden gems that you walk by every day and just forget to appreciate. This is also an experiment in obedience and whether you will give complete control to the voices i(temporarily) in your head as you dance, meditate and applaud the aspects of downtown Denver.
During meditation Heather transforms into will who dogs deeper into the introspective aspect of the group; offering division, dissension, and finally unity in the conclusion of the top. This transformation was a little disjointed and confusing, but still fun. My favorite moments were “silent disco” disco dancing in Writers Square and racing through an alley of Larimer Square. This is a great way to try something new, but if you are a little apprehensive or shy, then bring a group of friends (I did!!). I also want to point out that having a your group of 40 to 50 people makes you feel safe and brave in the cluster and willing to try everything that Heather and Will throw at
What an odd and utterly unique experience and I am so glad that I took the journey…to the far side! It truly is “A live art experience to alter your reality”!
REMOTE DENVER is awakening participants now through July 1st all around Denver. For tickets or more information, contact the Denver Center Box Office by calling 303-893-4100 or online at www.denvercenter.org.
PLEASE NOTE: The fun starts at Lincoln Park: Corner of 13th Ave & Mariposa St with a walking distance will be approximately 2.5 miles; expected duration of the tour is approximately 2 hours.
Advisory: This is a pedestrian-based live art experience. A waiver is required to attend.