16/17 Season Artists | Geumhyung Jeong Jun 29, 2016

by Erin


photo by Gajin Kim

Korean artist Geumhyung Jeong makes her Seattle debut with two super-intimate pieces dealing with the body, machines, emotions, and intellect. This mesmerizing artist has a strong background in puppetry and theater, which she utilizes to great effect in her work. This artist is a rising star on the international art scene and we couldn't be more proud to host an artist from Korea.

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16/17 Season Artists | Tiago Rodrigues Jun 29, 2016

by Erin


photo by Magda Bizarro

Portuguese Renaissance man (theater, film, TV, dance) makes his Seattle debut with a profound and revolutionary piece centered around the memorization of a Shakespeare sonnet in real time. Rodrigues aids the willing soldiers (audience members!) in memorization with help from poet Boris Pasternak, sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury, literary critic George Steiner and his own grandmother.  Battling the ever-present threat of fascism with poetry, this emotionally moving and direct piece only ends when all the soldiers know the words by heart.

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16/17 Season Artists | Andrew Russell | Jerome A. Parker Jun 28, 2016

by Erin


photo by Ryan Dunn

Beloved Seattle director Andrew Russell (Intiman Theatre) teams with NYC playwright Jerome A. Parker in a brand-new piece channeling the music of Dinah Washington in a powerful tale of five intergenerational Black queens. The subversive poetry of Jean Genet crashes into the fierce beauty of Paris is Burning in a world where ritual reigns supreme and survival is the only option. 

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16/17 Season Artists | Markeith Wiley Jun 27, 2016

by Erin


photo by Joseph Lambert / JazzyPhoto

Seattle choreographer/performer Markeith Wiley shows a new side in a piece that is part stand-up comedy, part talk show, part dance, and part theater. Known until now in Seattle as a hyper-kinetic dance performer, here Wiley channels comedian Paul Mooney in a brutally direct comedy/dance work with a rotating cast of local guests and musicians. 


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16/17 Season Artists | Ezra Dickinson Jun 26, 2016

by Erin


photo by Anthony Rigano

Seattle's own Ezra Dickinson makes his mainstage debut with a continutation in his series of "gift performances" for his schizophrenic mother. Delving into her own self-description as a "psychic radio star," Dickinson investigates the broken mental health system in the USA in tandem with the inherent movement and evocative beauty in her words and their complicated mother/son relationship. Dickinson, one of Seattle's top movers and creators, melds sculpture, animation, music, and his beautiful movement style in this unflinching and tender portrait. 

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16/17 Season Artists | zoe | juniper Jun 25, 2016

by Erin

photo by Juniper Shuey

Beloved Seattle artists Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey return to the OtB stage with a powerful and empassioned new piece marrying Scofield's angular, intense choreography and Shuey's cutting-edge videography with the raw, uniquely American tradition of Shape Note Singing. Mixing singers with a stellar cast of dancers and performed in the round, this new work plays with constantly shifting points of perspective and highlights strengths in roots and community. 

Read more about zoe | juniper here.
Listen to an example of Shape Note Singing here.
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16/17 Season Artists | Alan Sutherland Jun 24, 2016

by Erin

photo by Bruce Clayton Tom

Seattle's fearless Butoh master/mushroom hunter Alan Sutherland makes his debut at OtB next season with a hallucinatory, passionate piece inspired by a children's sci-fi book, his love for the Seattle art community, and his own extensive knowledge of Northwest indigenous mushrooms, especially the "magic" variety. Joined by a fantastic team of local artistic collaborators, this large-scale piece marks the 20-year anniversary of Sutherland's first Butoh performance. 

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16/17 Season Artists | Verdensteatret Jun 22, 2016

by Erin


photo courtesy Verdensteatret

Our season kickoff performance is un-describable, even by our standards. The intrepid artist collective Verdensteatret hails from Oslo, Norway, where they have been working for the past decades in a mix of music, technology, theater, and visual art. Bridge Over Mud is examplary of their mix of styles: a "movable room" complete with train tracks crossing and re-crossing the stage carrying lights and sound, projections that must be seen to be believed, and an encompassing soundscape resting somewhere between outer and inner space. This piece challenges senses of perception and time, allowing for dreamy visions and unconscious connections. 

Bridge Over Mud will only be performed at two locations in the USA this season. We are incredibly proud to be hosting these...

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