Intermission Impossible - Thu morning round up Feb 19, 2009

by Jessica

A couple things landed in my inbox this morning that ought to be shared.

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OtB artists zoe|juniper reviewed in the NY Times Feb 16, 2009

by Jessica

zoe|juniper are touring their piece the devil you know is better than the devil you don't all along the East Coast. This weekend they were reviewed in the NY Times.

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The Stranger suggests (or would have suggested)... Feb 16, 2009

by Jessica

...that you come to Intermission Impossible this Friday. Here's the SLOG post saying so.

Get your tickets here.

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Celebrate Valentines Day with OtB and the Sitting Room Feb 13, 2009

by Jessica

Still figuring out what to do for Valentines Day? Looking for an alternative spin on the dinner and drinks routine?

We've got you covered.

First, go to the Sitting Room, which is running a few specials for the evening:

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tEEth | Grub Feb 13, 2009

by Tania Kupczak

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

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Reviews for Grub are rolling in! Feb 13, 2009

by Jessica

"It's dynamic and creative and funny (someone in the audience yelled at the rest of the crowd for being afraid to laugh) and definitely worth seeing." - Seattlest

"There's stomping and grunting, laughing and muttering, grimacing and thumbsucking, videography (including blue-screen trickery) and snapshot-taking (or the parody thereof), jitters and quivers, lip-licking and teeth-gnashing." - Comments (0) Read More

artdish on tEEth Feb 13, 2009

by Jessica

Dance is seldom easy to quantify or explain. How can the movement of bodies across a stage depict things so essential to the human experience?   Often we witness the drama of personal relationships or the interaction of the soul and the larger cosmos. The object is frequently transcendence, the process of our unlocking this mortal coil to inhabit a space beyond it.

The Portland collective tEEth, whose work Grub is being performed through Saturday the 14th at On the Boards, takes the human body itself as domain and subject.

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An open letter after seeing Grub Feb 13, 2009

by Jessica

Dear Colleagues of tEEth,

I want to say thank you for your performance tonight. I was glad to have a chance to see your work in person, as opposed to pressed into a tiny YouTube box.

You are clearly a charismatic and talented group of artists, and it’s for this reason that I want to be respectfully honest about my reaction to your work. What I saw tonight, though engaging and dynamic at times, seemed unfinished, or perhaps more specifically, underdeveloped.

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post-tEEth Feb 13, 2009

by Tania Kupczak




my friend adam and i adjourned to the sitting room after the show last night, talked about Grub and drew a napkin flipbook. Click the picture above to go to the animation i made of it.

- Tania

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tEEth @ OtB Feb 13, 2009

by Jessica

Inside you there is something uncivilized, miserable, hungry and to put it frankly-- grubby and no matter how much you try to paste a well-behaved pretty face atop it will always be there just under the skin screaming for attention.   Your ill-tempered, self-indulgent inner child so to speak.   tEEth let this part of themselves run the show from start to finish.

I was under the misconception this was a dance show, but really it is more of a multi-media musical theater piece.   tEEth has a lot of things going for them.   A physically diverse and courageous cast.

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The Stranger Suggests, Seattle Met recommends and Hankblog says check tEEth out Feb 11, 2009

by Jessica

Three out three publications/blogs around Seattle recommend tEEth and the world premiere of Grub:

"tEEth isn't a dance company - it's a dream machine." - The Stranger

"If you were me...

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Holcombe Waller on Theatre Replacement Feb 10, 2009

by Jessica

I had the opportunity to see That Night Follows Day while we were performing at the Vancouver PuSH Festival early February.   This piece is simply stunning.   The children performing were so shockingly natural, so utterly engaging and, at times, confrontational that it felt like one of the freshest, most honest pieces of theater I've ever seen.   Their unique and quirky personalities are each showcased, and you fall in love with each and every one of them.   Their ability to deliver unison text without any apparent cues for timing really left me wondering if childr

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Thanks, google, for giving me a shot of randomness this morning Feb 9, 2009

by Jessica

When searching for "Seattle + tEEth + Grub + On the Boards", one of the options Google gave me was this video of a hamster eating popcorn on a piano. What this has to do with tEEth, I'm not sure. And why Google didn't give me something more along the lines of this clip from tEEth's production Abracadaver, I really don't know...

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tEEth and NW dance on KUOW Feb 6, 2009

by Jessica

Seattle dance critic Alice Kaderlan talks up tEEth and some of the trends happening in NW dance at the moment (bonus - she also mentions OtB alumni, locust) on KUOW's Sound Focus program.

Listen to what's happening in dance around Seattle starting around the 34 minute mark.

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OtB's (unofficial) big weekend of dance and theater approaches Feb 6, 2009

by Jessica

Next weekend OtB is presenting a full 5 days of art. That's right - 5.

On Thursday, February 12, we kick off the weekend with some creepy, yet crafted dance theater from Portland's tEEth.

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From the PuSh Festival Blog | Theatre Replacement writes to Tim Etchells Feb 6, 2009

by Jessica

A couple weeks ago Theatre Replacement's James Long wrote to Tim Etchells (director of Forced Entertainment and writer of That Night Follows Day) to update him  on how the English version of the show was progressing. He had this to say:

Tim,

TNFD is going great- we are in deep and its clearing up.

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Watch Art Zone tonight on the Seattle Channel Feb 5, 2009

by Jessica

OtB is getting a little love for Intermission Impossible: A Party Celebrating 30 Years  on this week's episode of Art Zone in Studio.

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comments from UW class on chelfitsch Feb 5, 2009

by Jessica

I was very intrigued at the idea of subtle gestures.

The fact that the storyline wasn't too extravagant, but rather very simple, simple enough to actually mimic or imitate what the characters were "feeling." I really felt this was evident in Miffy's character. Her gestures made me see what she was feeling.
-Aara

Five Days in March was an experience unlike any other. It broke that bonds of what I view to be conventional theater. The actors specific movements on stage seemed involuntary and random at times.

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Seattlest reviews chelfitsch, recommends upcoming OtB events Feb 4, 2009

by Jessica

The Seattlest review of chelfitsch starts out like this:

Before we even start getting into the coolness of chelfitsch's performance last weekend at On the Boards, we need to apologize for something: We try to make sure to let readers know about events in time to get tickets, but for the second time this season, OtB sold out before we started plugging.

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Intermission Impossible | cabaret in pictures Feb 4, 2009

by Jessica

Sometimes words just don't do an event justice.

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That Night Follows Day | insider blog Feb 4, 2009

by Jessica

Theater Replacement is keeping a blog for their production of That Night Follows Day. There you can find new images from the production, stories from Jamie and Maiko (artistic directors of Theatre Replacement) and notes from the kids who make up the cast.

Check out what they're up to at thatnightfollowsdayvancouver.blogspot.com.

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chelfitsch: Five Days in March Feb 4, 2009

by Jessica

I was utterly impressed by Five Days in March.   After a couple disoriented minutes of trying to read subtitles while simultaneously watching the fascinating movements of the actors, I eventually gave up any semblance of control and allowed the play to wash over me.   The work itself was unique in that it had no real notable incidents taking place, lest you include the beginning of the Iraq war (which was more part of the stasis of the play than anything else), and jumped from part to part in the five days, extrapolating more information from instances you thought were mere

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Dirty Dancing with tEEth Feb 2, 2009

by Jessica

From Seattle Magazine:
"This premiere work, Grub, promises to be no less eerie, and equally skillful and compelling."

Read what else they had to say about tEEth's upcoming appearance at OtB.

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The kids of That Night Follows Day Feb 2, 2009

by Jessica

What happens when a large group of kids (ages 8 - 14) first encounters the set of their performance?

Watch this video to find out.

(Tip of the hat to Theatre Replacement and their blog for the NW performances of That Night Follows Day)

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