Jandek Oct 28, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

Welcome to our blog reviews for Jandek! Leave a comment and give us your thoughts on the show or rate the existing reviews by clicking on the stars to register your opinion.

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Jandek review by Kate Silver Oct 28, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

Not long ago I worked in a record store in Minneapolis with a Jandek section to rival the Dave Matthews Band display at your local Best Buy. It took several re-orders (they were surprisingly popular) before curiosity drove me to choose from the cheapie discs with stark photographs of that guy, like Boo Radley-meets-Danny Partridge, and play Staring at the Cellophane (1982) on the store’s stereo.

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Kiley on Jandek Oct 28, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

Here's what Brendan Kiley had to say about last night's Jandek show over at Line Out, the Stranger's music blog:
It was both haunting and boring—long, melancholy songs with a ghost of a folk-blues structure languishing at the bottom of an ocean of weird... [click to read more]

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Jandek review: Let me tell you a story... by Dustin Haug Oct 28, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

3 years ago, I was on tour in Nashville, TN. On Halloween, I performed 3 sets of improvisational dance with some local musicians in the attic of an abandoned maple syrup warehouse. There was an art gallery opening downstairs, and when I wasn’t dancing, I was drinking beer from a gigantic metal keg out of a plastic cup. A few days later, I found myself at a bar that one of the local musicians suggested I check out. The bar was called "The Bleeding Pig" or "The Skewered Hog" or something equally southern and disturbing.

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locust: mockumentary Oct 24, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

Welcome to our blog reviews for locust! Leave a comment and give us your thoughts on the show or rate the existing reviews by clicking on the stars to register your opinion.

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locust's "mockumentary" review on Artdish Oct 24, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

Here's a review by Jim Demetre on Artdish

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OtB is a forever thing... Oct 24, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

as displayed by Erin, our intrepid Box Office Associate.
erin's arm

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Dapper pics from Stranger Genius Award Celebration at the Henry Oct 23, 2006

by Sara E

We had a great time at the Stranger Genius Award Celebration this weekend.

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locust review on Seattlest.com Oct 20, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

Here's what the fine folks over at Seattlest.com had to say about mockumentary: An Excellent Evening at the Zombie Disco

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locust's "Mockumentary" Rocks by Anne Oct 20, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

Choreographer Amy O'Neal and costume designer Macks Leger share an artistic credo: Both seemingly will try anything as long as the result looks fabulous. In "mockumentary," O'Neal, composer/co-director Zeke Keeble, and a talented ensemble of dancers and collaborators create a work that is eclectic, funky, and occasionally incomprehensible, but that invariably looks fabulous. If you care about modern dance, you shouldn't miss it.

"Mockumentary" lacks the high concept of O'Neal's and Keeble's previous work, "convenience," but in many ways is the more enjoyable for it.

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locust / mockumentary: New Friends In Different Mediums by Adam Sekuler Oct 20, 2006

by Adam

In respect of full disclosure, I thought I should start by letting you know that I know Amy O'Neal. Not well necessarily, but I've worked with her on a small project earlier in the year. That might not mean much for some, but for a guy who's been in Seattle a mere eight months, knowing anyone at all means that they're a friend.

Now that I have that out of the way, I'll let you know what I witnessed, or rather experienced last night. locust's mockumentary is nothing short of expansive. That is, it's a show on the verge of overload.

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Pas par pas – Growth and growing pains for locust by Mike Keim Oct 20, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

Mockumentary, the new show by locust, has excellent dancing and music hampered by video that does little to enhance the show. The dancing is good in solos and full cast sections, and sublime during the partner dancing. I went last night remembering part of their last show, convenience, in which Ellie Sandstrom did the craziest awesome foot-pattycake (is that the technical term?) with another dancer lying on her back, and I was excited to see more of this partner work. I was not disappointed. I think locust’s partner choreography is incredible; I could watch it all night.

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locust review Oct 20, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

I always appreciate when artists put themselves out on a limb. Locust’s opening night performance of  “Mockumentary ” multi-tasked several elements with dance, live sound, video, a story with characters, and the technical nightmare of syncing up 3 video screens and light cues. Amy O’Neal’s choreography is by far a strength. Her unique movement vocabulary, which blends modern and hip hop, is completely interesting an unpredictable. I love the contradiction that it is both grounded and light and beautiful and ugly.

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Genius Awards Oct 18, 2006

by Jessica

Come join The Stranger, OtB staff and friends, and the other 2006 Genius Award winners for a night of music, drinks and celebration at the Henry Art Gallery!

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Constanza Macras/Dorky Park: Back to the Present Oct 9, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

Welcome to our blog reviews for Constanza Macras/Dorky Park! Leave a comment and give us your thoughts on the show or rate the existing reviews by clicking on the stars to register your opinion.

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Constanza Macras/Dorky Park by Peggy Gannon Oct 9, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

I know nothing about dance. Hell, I hardly know anything about anything except maybe theatre. But dance is not in my world view thus far. This is the year I am changing all that. I've done pretty good so far, thanks in whole to OtB. One thing I didn't know before was that dance isn't just dance anymore. I am beginning to know better.

In terms of energy expended left on stage, this show is second only to Forced Entertainment a year or so ago. But while Forced Entertainment had a dark-edged humor, Dorky Park's humor has a kid-like nerdy sweetness.

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Constanza Macras/Dorky Park Review by Stuart Smithers Oct 7, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

The first thing you need to know is: if you miss Constanza Macras and Dorky Park, you will have really missed  ”¦ something. I’ve come to expect surprises at On the Boards performances, but this one was out of the box. The show doesn’t really fit into any handy category. It’s a delightful and hilarious romp through life, a web of chaotic energy that washes over the stage with dance, music, stuffed animals flying everywhere, mock personals, video shorts, and an inflatable lamb with a questionable destiny.

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Constanza Macras: Memory is fragile, garbage lasts forever by Kamla Hurst Oct 7, 2006

by Kamla Hurst

Two immediate thoughts come to mind when I heard that the trash queen of Berlin was coming: Felix Ruckert and Munich. Berlin-based choreographer Ruckert was at On the Boards a few years ago, bringing a sexy, cool club experience that truly engaged audience members -- a friend of mine recently recalled being repeatedly bounced on by a dancer named Jose at an evening performance. This is a fond memory. And I think of Munich whenever I hear Berlin b/c not long ago my mother worked for an airline, which meant I could travel to places like Germany for pennies.

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Constanza Macras: On Dorky Park by Mark Boeker Oct 7, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

This show was so hot there was a fire engine waiting outside immediately after leaving the theater...no serious. It was hot in that dorky vs. sexy way. The playfulness and inventiveness kept me enthralled throughout and even though, after a pitch-perfect first act, the wind left the sails a bit, there would be a change of scenario, like a rice-cake eating contest to Bon Jovi's "You Give Love A Bad Name" performed by the entire troupe, and I'd be focused right back in. Who knew dance could be so much fun?

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Constanza Macras/Dorky Park: Review in the New York Times Oct 6, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

"What distinguishes 'Back to the Present', apart from a personable, sexy cast, is the manic good humor of the entire enterprise...it's just exhilarating."
-The New York Times

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Constanza Macras/Dorky Park: Review in the New York Sun Oct 6, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

"the kind of show that generates wildfire word-of-mouth...if you can picture a sequence including a rock ballad, a guy on one roller skate, a striptease involving a flute and a neck brace, Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons', and an inflatable sheep... you're well on your way to imagining the dizzying anarchy of 'Back to the Present.'"
-The New York Sun

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The arrival of the Back to the Present set Oct 6, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

Here we are unloading the 53' freight truck that brought Dorky Park's set from Minneapolis:

Dorky Park set

Dorky Park tub

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Constanza Macras: its aesthetic is a frenetic, brazen orgy of of experimental dance, pop, and trash Oct 5, 2006

by Sara E

Check out Brendan Kiley's awesome post about Constanza Macras on the Stranger's Slog

Stuffed Animals and Cigarettes

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Constanza Macras/Dorky Park: Back to the Present Oct 4, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

Stay tuned for comments from Alia Swersky's Cornish dance class students right here!

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