"Splurge Land dives into the excesses of pop culture" - Kate Wallich at City Arts Magazine Mar 26, 2015

by Erin

*City Arts goes behind the scenes with choreographer Kate Wallich:

In the final days of 2014, Kate Wallich posted a selfie on Instagram: she and her sister clutching keg cups and wearing sunglasses and lipstick. Exuding youth, beauty and glamour, the two blondes look like they could be at a party in New York or LA. In reality they were in their hometown of Tecumseh, Mich.

In Wallich’s world, it’s what’s behind the image that counts. The 25-year-old choreographer’s latest work, Splurge Land, premieres at On the Boards next month, digging into the cultural phenomenon of social media and prying out the issues that lurk beneath the surface.

“This is a very personal piece for me,” Wallich says, sipping on an orange concoction at...

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"...A Lucid Dream, Perhaps" - Seattle Dances on Michelle Ellsworth Mar 25, 2015

by Erin

Anna Waller on Michelle Ellsworth's Clytigation #3 at Seattle Dances:

If you like absurdity and technology mixed in with your dance and served alongside portions of antiquity and current events, let me introduce you to Michelle Ellsworth. Ellsworth returned to On the Boards last week withClytigation: States of Exception, a cycle of works that combine an ongoing fascination with Clytemnestra (Ellsworth and Clytemnestra were last here with 2012’s Phone Homer) with the surveillance anxieties of a post-9/11 world.Clytigation #3 took place in OtB’s Studio Theater, and made a funny, peculiar, and wholly engrossing experience for an intimate audience, March 12-14. It’s hard not to be won over by phrases...

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Complex Movements | Beware of the Dandelions | Full Event Schedule Mar 19, 2015

by Monique

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THU, APR 16 FRI, APR 17 SAT, APR 18 SUN, APR 19
1PM NO PERFORMANCE NO PERFORMANCE BUY TICKETS BUY TICKETS
4PM NO PERFORMANCE NO PERFORMANCE BUY TICKETS BUY TICKETS

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Complex Movements | Beware of the Dandelions | Installation Schedule Mar 19, 2015

by Monique

Saturday April 25
Installation with discussion
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Location: On the Boards | FREE
Description:  The Beware of the Dandelions installation maps community stories of resilience and resistance. Attendees are invited to view any or all portions of the installation. At 2pm we will host a facilitated discussion on complex science principles, and how these relate to community-led social justice strategies.

Thursday April 30
Installation with discussion
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Location: On the Boards | FREE
Description:  The Beware of the Dandelions installation maps community stories of resilience and resistance. Attendees are invited to view any or all portions of the installation. At 2pm we will...







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Complex Movements | Beware of the Dandelions | Community Events Mar 19, 2015

by Monique

Saturday April 11
Complex Movements: Connecting social movements, creative expression, and science
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Location: Hillman City Collaboratory, 5623 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118 | FREE
Description: An interactive workshop and dialogue about the connections between complex science and social movements, with a particular focus on the application in local community organizing efforts in Detroit and Settle. Complex Movements will share insights into their project: Beware of the Dandelions.  The discussion will also include how creative and organizing processes can be demonstrated through a hip-hop and multimedia installation based performance. Community participants will explore concepts of complex science in nature and technology apply...



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Michelle Ellsworth Blog Mar 16, 2015

by Joshua Kohl

At a career training workshop I attended with Michelle Ellsworth a year ago she was questioning the need for publicity in general, stating that she really might prefer a bovine audience to a human one, and why can't she just make an arrangement with a farmer, have him bring the cows, and do it in a field.  She seemed serious.  Really.  After last night's performance I have to say, I am deeply grateful that she didn't take that approach - I was grateful to have been allowed to be there.  It was one of the most enjoyable, hilarious, exciting and engaging shows I have seen.  Michelle is a master of fucking with form; form of dance, form of performance art, form of comedy, form of installation.  It is a play in the purest sense of the word play - she is playing with all of the tools of the performance experience, creating a space of wonder.  Somehow her work uses many of the usual expected cliches of performance art, but they just feel fresh, real,...

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Michelle Ellsworth Blog Mar 16, 2015

by Joshua Kohl

At a career training workshop I attended with Michelle Ellsworth a year ago she was questioning the need for publicity in general, stating that she really might prefer a bovine audience to a human one, and why can't she just make an arrangement with a farmer, have him bring the cows, and do it in a field.  She seemed serious.  Really.  After last night's performance I have to say, I am deeply grateful that she didn't take that approach - I was grateful to have been allowed to be there.  It was one of the most enjoyable, hilarious, exciting and engaging shows I have seen.  Michelle is a master of fucking with form; form of dance, form of performance art, form of comedy, form of installation.  It is a play in the purest sense of the word play - she is playing with all of the tools of the performance experience, creating a space of wonder.  Somehow her work uses many of the usual expected cliches of performance art, but they just feel fresh, real,...

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CLYTIGATION #3 Mar 14, 2015

by Kyle Loven

Ok. I'm typing this on my phone, which seems appropriate in some technological invasion spewing of words sort of way. I've also decided to not delete anything that I've already typed. The errors will remain. I'm just in the door from Michelle's world of boxes and constructed realities and disembodied commanding voice. I'm thinking about the man trapped in the box, being told what to do. When to snap, when to eat, when to hang yourself. It's funny when your the viewer but how frightening if you're the man. Is someone laughing at me now? He exists in a void which is presented as some concrete shifting reality to those of us on the outside. I asked the man on the phone when the world would end. He asked me if I really wanted to know. I said I didn't. We exchanged farewells and then my voice, or the voice guiding me was gone. I don't really want to know when the world will end. His answer made me think that he really did know though! He just didn't want to tell me. It put me in a box...

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