Sneak peek of Crystal Pite @ Nederlands Dans Theater Oct 31, 2008

by Jessica

Crystal Pite, in addition to going out on tour with her company Kidd Pivot this fall, recently created her first piece for the Nederlands Dans Theater.

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Rasterbated JERK Oct 27, 2008

by Tania Kupczak

JERK

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Audio Interview with Gisele Vienne about JERK Oct 22, 2008

by Tania Kupczak

Have a listen as Lane, our artistic director, talks with Gisele about JERK:
Click here to listen [mp3]

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Press Reviews for Compagnie Marie Chouinard Oct 20, 2008

by Tania Kupczak

Check out these press reviews for Orpheus and Eurydice:

Seattle Times – Dance Review | Chouinard gives "Orpheus and Eurydice" a provocative twist

Seattle PI – Chouinard's visual power is unfailing

Cross Cut – Marie Chouinard, a very distinctive voice in dance

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Compagnie Marie Chouinard | Orpheus and Eurydice Oct 19, 2008

by Tania Kupczak

Welcome to our review blog for Orpheus and Eurydice. Read our patron reviews, click on the Comments button to read the comments of others and post your own thoughts.

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A former CMC dancer on Orpheus and Eurydice Oct 19, 2008

by Jessica

Marie Chouinard creates universes that unto themselves.   When I first saw the company perform many years ago, I was struck by the completeness of her vision, by the absolute other reality she created.   In the years when I worked with Marie as an  “interprete, ” I learned that that otherworldliness is not a façade.

When I first saw Marie’s Le Sacre du Printemps, I knew that I had been challenged.   Marie’s Sacre is a masterpiece and I never grew tired of performing this work.   It changed me as her work changes anyon

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Marie Chouinard's Orpheus & Eurydice Oct 17, 2008

by Tania Kupczak

Something of a sexual assault on the senses, Marie Chouinard’s Orpheus and Eurydice is a piece of primitive, gut wrenching emotion. There's a heavy emphasis on sexuality. Men and women are both naked from the waist up throughout apart from gold pasties covering their nipples, and men stalk about from time to time in platform shoes with six inch heels, evoking more from this clearly mythological performance. An explicit production with a substantial amount of on-stage copulation. And one with a single moment I'd like to isolate from the entire production.

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Compagnie Marie Chouinard | You can't make a lyre without killing trees Oct 17, 2008

by Tania Kupczak

Extraordinary performance by Compagnie Marie Chouinard doing Orpheus & Eurydice, starting from the story most people know about the poet charming his way down to the underworld to bring back his lost love and losing her when he looked back. And, what most people don't know about Eurydice and how she died, and what happened to Orpheus afterward. All this and much, much more! Revelry, lyric, adoration, insanity, terror, grief. Sexy, earthy, silly fun and some touching moments, too. Fabulous dancing, vocabulary of balletic theatrical martial artsy lyrical modern movement.

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Orpheus and Eurydice @ OtB Oct 17, 2008

by Jessica

What cosmic forces are drawing artists to Orpheus and Eurydice these days?

Are we all feeling pulled toward the underworld of late? Is it the economy?

Whatever the reason, we're getting a lot of O & E around here, which is fine by me. I recently saw Sarah Ruhl's take on the ancient Greek myth, "Eurydice," at ACT Theatre, which was modernized in a lovely way--gorgeously staged, funny and quite moving.

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Chouinard's Orpheus and Eurydice Oct 17, 2008

by Tania Kupczak

Companie Marie Chouinard's 'Orpheus and Eurydice' treats it's audience to an orgiastic feast for the senses. The company performs with such visceral intensity that their movements transform into sound, or perhaps they are trying so hard to speak that their voices pull their bodies into movement. I though of Martha Graham's work while watching the company, not only because of the bound movement quality and emotional initiation of the movements, but also because the myth was used as a symbolic anchor for the evening rather than as a narrative score.

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Crystal Pite - flashback to 2007 Oct 16, 2008

by Jessica

Crystal Pite, Vancouver BC resident and new associate choreographer at the Nederlands Dans Theater, first appeared at OtB in 2007. Her contribution to the Split Bill was an epic of riveting choreography, text and tap dancing aliens. You can read audience reviews in our archived blogs.

Want to know more about what Crystal is bringing this time?

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Audio Interview and Podcast Lecture for Compagnie Marie Chouinard Oct 9, 2008

by Tania Kupczak

Check out our audio interview with choreographer Marie Chouinard:
Click here to listen [mp3]

Here's the Podcast Lecture for Compagnie Marie Chouinard:
Click here to listen [mp3]

Knees to neck: How and what bodies can represent | Andrea Woody, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Washington

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KUOW plugs Compagnie Marie Chouinard Oct 9, 2008

by Tania Kupczak

Dance critic Alice Kaderlan raved about Compagnie Marie Chouinard last week on KUOW. Her talk about the company kicks in at the 34 min mark.

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Compagnie Marie Chouinard at Wesleyan University Oct 8, 2008

by Tania Kupczak

Orpheus and Eurydice played at Wesleyan a few weeks ago, and here's some of the things folks had to say about the show:

"This is just to let you know how much I enjoyed Orpheus and Eurydice.
Extraordinary! Difficult to categorize. Totally original. Perhaps: Aubrey Beardsley meets Euripides meets Breugel the Elder meets Antonin Artaud meets Laurel and Hardy meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest..."
Michael, Middletown CT

"I thought it was absolutely great. Entertaining, funny, beautiful.

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NW New Works Info Meeting on Tuesday! Oct 6, 2008

by Tania Kupczak

Whether you're pretty much done with your application or still wondering what the heck applying involves, come to an informational meeting about this season's NW New Works Festival and get your questions answered!

TUE, OCT 7, 2008 @ 6:30pm The Merrill Wright Mainstage Theater Lobby | OtB Staff will be on hand to walk through the application process and assuage your concerns.

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Holcombe Waller | Into the Dark Unknown: The Hope Chest Oct 3, 2008

by Tania Kupczak

Welcome to our review blog for Into the Dark Unknown. Read our patron reviews, click on the Comments button to read the comments of others and post your own thoughts.

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Don't Miss This Show Oct 3, 2008

by Jessica

This show is a tour de magical necessity. Slight of hand used not for deception but as a gentle "please don't assume anything thank you I love you i love you."

Right off, Mr. Waller sets up a familiar folksinger-storyteller-chat-you-up-between-songs performer/audience relationship and you're like, "oh I know what this is. this is familiar - this is american prophet territory. i expect insights about the everyman condition" and then, while your brain is settling into this quadrant, Mr.

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Holcombe Waller @ OtB Oct 3, 2008

by Jessica

I don’t think that the owner of the statement Holcombe Waller is  “the missing link between Jeff Buckley and George Michael ” could be more wrong and I couldn’t be happier.   I was almost driven away by that press.   1/1000 of the time there was a slight vocal inflection that might be compared to George Michael, in timbre alone.     Thank god he doesn’t sound anything like Jeff Buckley, nor is he trying to, unlike every other young male hipster, shoe gazing Jeff Buckley rip-off.   It is such a tragedy that Jeff Buckley has becom

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Holcombe Waller | An Evening in a New Home Oct 3, 2008

by Tania Kupczak

...or an old home. This show gave me both feelings. Holcombe Waller did his theatrical-musician thing tonight at On the Boards, and even though I've been to OtB may times, and Waller and his team are only here for the weekend, I found myself feeling more like a guest in his world.

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VP Debate Viewing before Holcombe Waller Oct 1, 2008

by Tania Kupczak

Get your VP debate AND art fix this Thursday night at On the Boards. Join us in the Studio Theater while we drink cheap beers as Biden and Palin go head-to-head. Afterwards come upstairs for the opening night performance of Holcombe Waller’s Into the Dark Unknown: The Hope Chest.

Party | VP Debate Viewing | 6pm | Studio Theater

Performance | Holcombe Waller | 8pm | Mainstage Theater

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