15/16 SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT

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15/16 SUBSCRIPTION SERIES

PHILIPPE QUESNE | PARIS | THEATER
PAT GRANEY | SEATTLE | DANCE
EMILY JOHNSON | MINNEAPOLIS | DANCE
FINDLAY//SANDSMARK | NYC/STAVANGER | DANCE/THEATER
DEGENERATE ART ENSEMBLE | SEATTLE | MUSIC/THEATER/DANCE
ZAHER | FRACÉ | YOUSEFZADEH | SEATTLE | THEATER
RABIH MROUÉ | BEIRUT | THEATER
CHRISTIANE JATAHY | RIO DE JANEIRO | THEATER/FILM
DANA MICHEL | MONTREAL | DANCE
KIDD PIVOT | ELECTRIC COMPANY THEATRE | VANCOUVER BC | DANCE/THEATER
SARAH RUDINOFF | SEATTLE | THEATER
600 HIGHWAYMEN | NYC | THEATER

SPECIAL EVENTS

TAYLOR MAC | NYC | THEATER/MUSIC
TANYA TAGAQ | NUNAVUT | MUSIC

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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 Mélancolie 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 Mélancolie des dragons finds the profound joy and absurdity in human existence. Quesne, currently artistic director of Nanterre-Amandiers Theatre in Paris, was last seen at OtB in 2011 with audience favorite L’Effet de Serge. TOP

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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. Pat Graney is an award-winning Seattle-based choreographer. She was last seen at OtB in 2010 with Faith Triptych, a remount of the iconic works Sleep, Faith, and Tattoo. Girl Gods is supported by the OtB Performance Production Program. TOP

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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. It is the third in a trilogy of works that also includes the 2012 Bessie Award-winning The Thank You Bar, and Niicugni. Emily Johnson is a dancer and choreographer originally from Alaska and currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. SHORE is supported by the OtB Performance Production Program. TOP

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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. Created by choreographer Marit Sandsmark and multidisciplinary artist Iver Findlay, …pretty/sh*tty features performances by Sandsmark, Klaus Kinski look-alike Joey Truman, a relentless live sound score by Pål Asle Pettersen, video by playwright Young Jean Lee, and text by ArtForum/New York Times critic and poet Claudia La Rocco. Findlay//Sandsmark are based in Stavanger, Norway. TOP

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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. Featuring lighting design by Ben Zamora and video by Ian Lucero & Leo Mayberry, with performances by local violinist Paris Hurley, singer Okanomodé Soulchilde, musician Benjamin Marx, costumes by Alenka Loesch, and more. Predator Songstress is supported by the OtB Performance Production Program. TOP

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ZAHER | 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. Jeffrey Fracé is a Seattle-based actor and director. His team of collaborators includes Egyptian-expatriate poet Maged Zaher, director Pirronne Yousefzadeh, Lebanese-Paslestinian video artist Zeina Barakeh, NY-based choreographer Pavel Zustiak, and composer/performer Christian Frederickson (co-founder of the band Rachel’s). The Life Model is supported by the OtB Performance Production Program. TOP

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RABIH MROUÉ | FLYING 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, the 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? Rabih Mroué works in Beirut and Berlin and is well-known internationally as an arts exhibitor and performer. Mroué was last seen at OtB in 2011 with Looking for a missing employeeTOP

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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. Christiane Jatahy is an author, film and theatre director based in Rio de Janeiro. TOP

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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. Formerly a competitive runner and football player, Michel’s captivating brand of physicality is singular and spellbinding. Michel is a choreographer and performer based in Montreal. Her work—a mixture of of living sculpture, physical comedy, and deconstructed social commentaryled Yellow Towel to be named one of the top shows of 2014 by Time Out New YorkTOP

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KIDD PIVOT | ELECTRIC COMPANY THEATRE | BETROFFENHEIT
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. Pite and her company are rapidly rising stars on the dance scene (her piece Emergence was a huge hit in 2014 at Pacific Northwest Ballet). Kidd Pivot was last seen at OtB in 2012 with The Tempest Replica. Betroffenheit is supported by the OtB Performance Production Program. TOP

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. Rudinoff has been singing and performing in theater in Seattle for the past 20 years. She was last seen at OtB in 2004 with The Last State, and 2014 in the NW New Works Festival. NowNowNow is supported by the OtB Performance Production Program. TOP

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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. Featuring the original songs of Obie-award winner David Cale. 600 Highwaymen is helmed by husband and wife directorial team Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone. They are dedicated to a radical approach to live art, constructing events designed to create intimacy among a group of strangers. The company has earned accolades as a rising star of contemporary American theater, with distinctions awarded by The Village Voice, Flavorpill, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Time Out New YorkTOP

 

BONUS EVENTS

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. TOP

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. TOP

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