15/16 Season

SUBSCRIPTION SERIES
PHILIPPE QUESNE | LA MÉLANCOLIE DES DRAGONS | SEP 10 - 13
PAT GRANEY | GIRL GODS | OCT 1 - 4
EMILY JOHNSON | SHORE | OCT 15 - 17
FINDLAY//SANDSMARK | BIOGRAPH, LAST YEAR WAS PRETTY//SH*TTY | NOV 19 - 22
DEGENERATE ART ENSEMBLE | PREDATOR SONGSTRESS | DEC 3 - 6
FRACÉ | YOUSEFZADEH | THE LIFE MODEL | JAN 14 - 17
RABIH MROUÉ | RIDING ON A CLOUD | JAN 28 - 31
CHRISTIANE JATAHY | JULIA | FEB 11 - 14
DANA MICHEL | YELLOW TOWEL | MAR 3 - 6
KIDD PIVOT | ELECTRIC COMPANY THEATRE | BETROFFENHEIT | MAR 18 - 19
SARAH RUDINOFF | NOWNOWNOW | MAR 23 - 27 & MAR 30 - APR 3
600 HIGHWAYMEN | EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR | APR 28 - MAY 1

SPECIAL EVENTS
TAYLOR MAC | SONGS OF THE AMERICAN RIGHT | DEC 10 - 12
TANYA TAGAQ | NANOOK OF THE NORTH | APR 6
NW NEW WORKS FESTIVAL | WEEK 1, JUN 10 - 12 & WEEK 2, JUN 17 - 19
OPEN STUDIO | DATES AND MORE

CHECK OUT MORE PROGRAMS THIS SEASON LIKE CHILDCARE, OPEN STUDIO, STUDIO SUPPERS, AMBASSADOR PROJECT, AND MUSIC.

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15/16 SEASON CURATOR NOTE
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PHILIPPE QUESNE | LA MÉLANCOLIE DES DRAGONS
PARIS | THEATER | SEP 10 – 13, 2015
Internationally renowned theater-maker Philippe Quesne returns to OtB with his singularly playful and poetic artistic vision. La Mélancholie des dragons is a quixotic story of a band of long-haired metalheads on a quest to build a hard-rock amusement park. Featuring a car, a dog, classic rock, medieval recorders, a snowy stage, and charming (and undeniably French) humor, La Mélancholie des dragons finds the profound joy and absurdity in human existence. TICKETS AND MORE INFO.

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PAT GRANEY | GIRL GODS
SEATTLE | DANCE | OCT 1 – 4, 2015
Local and international dance legend Pat Graney returns to On the Boards with a new piece exploring the ancestry of women, family history and rage. Graney uses a stage layered with dirt, explosive and ritualistic physical language, cocktail dresses, uncomfortable humor, and five fiercely unique dancers to explore the huge rage simmering under the surface of the collective feminine mind. Girl Gods features five performers and multiple collaborators including a choreographer, composer, architect and video artist. TICKETS AND MORE INFO.

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EMILY JOHNSON | SHORE
MINNEAPOLIS | DANCE | OCT 15 – 17, 2015
Native Alaskan contemporary artist Emily Johnson brings a multi-day dance performance to Seattle which incorporates dance, story, volunteerism, and feasting. Over the course of a week, from October 11 – 18, 2015, SHORE will include performances that begin outdoors and end in the theater, volunteer actions in partnership with community organizations, a curated reading by Native American local authors, and a festive, culminating potluck/feast. SHORE celebrates meeting places such as land and water, performance and audience, art and community, and past, present and future. TICKETS AND MORE INFO.

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FINDLAY//SANDSMARK | BIOGRAPH, LAST YEAR WAS PRETTY//SH*TTY
NYC/STAVANGER | DANCE/THEATER | NOV 19 – 22, 2015
With a passing nod to Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape and a swipe at the age of selfies, biograph, last year was pretty//sh*tty is theater/dance performance which meditates on nostalgia and contemporary technology. The performance examines the very moment something or someone is captured, recorded and then memorialized in technology. TICKETS AND MORE INFO.

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DEGENERATE ART ENSEMBLE | PREDATOR SONGSTRESS
SEATTLE | MUSIC/THEATER/DANCE | DEC 3 – 6, 2015
Local art superstars Joshua Kohl and Haruko Nishimura create a new dream reality with their signature butoh-meets-anime-meets-modern-day fairy tale vision. Predator Songstress takes on the heavy themes of totalitarianism, surveillance, and control as they relate to the power of a personal, singular voice. TICKETS AND MORE INFO.

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FRACÉ | YOUSEFZADEH | THE LIFE MODEL
SEATTLE | THEATER | JAN 13 – 17, 2016
Local playwright/actor Jeffrey Fracé teams with a group of international artists to create a multi-faceted portrait of Cairo before and after the 2011 revolution. The story revolves around four friends with different perspectives on Cairo: a young Egyptian leftist revolutionary, an Egyptian video artist/activist struggling with the decision to stay or leave Cairo, a young plastic surgeon from Rio, and a visiting American studying Islamic art. TICKETS AND MORE INFO.

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RABIH MROUÉ | RIDING ON A CLOUD
BEIRUT | THEATER | JAN 28 – 31, 2016
Lebanese artist Rabih Mroué returns to OtB with a performance drawing on the experiences of his brother Yasser Mroué’s personal experiences in the Lebanese Civil War. Written by Rabih and performed by Yasser, piece deals with making sense of memories and building a narrative with a mind that no longer understands still images. Mroue’s distinct style blends poetry, soft humor, political history, fiction, and videos made by Yasser. Riding on a Cloud continues Mroué’s preoccupation with representation. What is “real” and what is a representation of the real? TICKETS AND MORE INFO.

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CHRISTIANE JATAHY | JULIA
RIO DE JANEIRO | THEATER/FILM | FEB 11 – 14, 2016
Brazilian film and theater artist Christiane Jatahy makes her OtB debut with a piece based on August Strindberg’s Miss Julie. Cinema is deconstructed before the audience as the theatrical performers are filmed live onstage - theater becoming cinema and vice versa. Like Strindberg, Jatahy closely investigates the themes of class structures, desire, family, and survival of the fittest in contemporary Brazil. TICKETS AND MORE INFO.

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DANA MICHEL | YELLOW TOWEL
MONTREAL | DANCE | MAR 3 – 6, 2016
Drawing on the childhood memory of draping a yellow towel over her head to emulate the blonde girls at school, choreographer/performer Dana Michel transforms into a mesmerizing alter-ego built of constantly shifting cultural stereotypes. The stage becomes a moving vitrine filled with discarded yellow objects as Michel morphs into characters that are simultaneously grotesque and familiar. TICKETS AND MORE INFO.

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KIDD PIVOT | ELECTRIC COMPANY THEATRE | BETTROFFENHEIT
CO-PRESENTED WITH SEATTLE THEATRE GROUP AT THE MOORE THEATRE
VANCOUVER BC | DANCE/THEATER | MAR 18 – 19, 2016
Seattle favorite Kidd Pivot returns to Seattle with a new piece created in tandem with Vancouver BC’s Electric Company Theatre. An investigation into the state of shock and bewilderment that encompasses one in the wake of a disaster, the piece blends choreographer Crystal Pite’s unmistakable brand of physicality with the fearlessness and highly visual work of the Electric Company Theatre. TICKETS AND MORE INFO.

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SARAH RUDINOFF | NOWNOWNOW
SEATTLE | THEATER | MAR 23 – 27 & MAR 30 – APR 3, 2016
Local triple-threat performer Sarah Rudinoff examines the impulse to pretend and play and how that mixes with our modern life. Where does one find authenticity when media is social and reality is increasingly scripted? With the help of director David Bennett, Rudinoff moves from straightforward story to more abstract territory using movement choreographed by Wade Madsen and a live video feed. TICKETS AND MORE INFO.

600 HIGHWAYMEN | EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
NYC | THEATER | APR 28 - MAY 1, 2016 *Please note date has changed*
A child’s house burns down, forcing her to leave everyone and everything she has behind. From this moment a singular journey to create a life begins. Narrated by five young girls, the piece tells the story of the life of a woman from age three to age 80. How do we become who we are? What is the trajectory of one life? Genuine and straightforward with an ingenius theatrical style, this new work packs a serious emotional punch. TICKETS AND MORE INFO.

SPECIAL EVENT | TAYLOR MAC | SONGS OF THE AMERICAN RIGHT
CO-PRESENTED WITH SEATTLE THEATRE GROUP
NYC | THEATER/MUSIC | DEC 10 – 12, 2015
Singer-songwriter, playwright, performance artist, NYC critical darling and a bedazzled shaman for our time, Taylor Mac visits OtB for the first time with Songs of the American Right, a political and hilarious introduction to what will eventually be a 24-hour-long performance work. Political, intelligent, and incredibly entertaining, a Taylor Mac show is like nothing you’ve ever witnessed: “Startlingly unique…a must see for anyone who wants to see a kinder, gentler society.” (Huffington Post). Presented at OtB, this performance is a co-production with Seattle Theatre Group. TICKETS AND MORE INFO.

SPECIAL EVENT | TANYA TAGAQ | NANOOK OF THE NORTH
PRESENTED AT THE NEPTUNE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SEATTLE THEATRE GROUP | NUNAVUT | MUSIC | APR 6, 2016
Inuit throat singer and fast-rising star Tanya Tagaq visits Seattle in a one-night-only performance reclaiming the problematic 1922 silent film Nanook of the North. Performing a live score in front of the film, Tagaq unleashes her considerable vocal powers. Her unique vocal expression is rooted in Inuit throat singing, but her music has as much to do with electronica, industrial, and metal influences as it does with traditional culture. Tanya Tagaq is a singer and artist from Cambridge Bay (Ikaluktuutiak), Nunavut, Canada, on the south coast of Victoria Island. TICKETS AND MORE INFO.

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Projects in our season are curated by OtB's artistic director, 1-2 years prior to being seen in Seattle.

Apr 28 - May 1 | A child’s house burns down, forcing her to leave everything behind. A singular journey to create a life...

We are thrilled to announce our new series. This season is packed with intellectual and corporeal challenges and delights.

Give Big with impact! Tues, May 3, 2016.