NW New Works reviews! Jun 17, 2009

by Jessica

Here are a few of the NW New Works reviews that have rolled in this week:

Seattlest takes on both the Studio and Mainstage showcases for weekend 2.

The Seattle Weeky reviews th

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Weekend 2 of NWNW, Studio + Mainstage Jun 16, 2009

by Tania Kupczak

If the Weekend 2 showcases of NW New Works this year were any indication of Weekend 1, I'm sorry to have been out of town at that time. Way to shake off the shackles of geographic anaemia, northwesterners! What a captivating display of creative vitality.

Sunday night on the mainstage:

The evening begins with It's Just a Dance by the response. I would say that it's much more than just a dance, it's a successful lobby installation. Seeing a good pre-show lobby installation is like spotting a pegasus perched on top of a tree outside your window.

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NWNW Weekend 2 | Mainstage Jun 15, 2009

by Tania Kupczak

The NWNW mainstage showcase on June 14 was an exciting evening of dance that raised many questions for me as a viewer. The show made me wonder about the relationship between kinesthetic and aesthetic choices, about abstracting the body, about virtuosity and how it can be both invigorating and isolating. I feel that great art should provide more questions than answers so as to inspire inquiry into art and life.

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NWNW Festival | Podfest Video #6 Jun 14, 2009

by Tania Kupczak

Alice Gosti | Hit Me



This video was only available for the duration of the 2009 NWNW Festival.

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NWNW Festival | Podfest Video #5 Jun 13, 2009

by Tania Kupczak

BASE Movement Theatre | Drop Your Art





This video was only available for the duration of the 2009 NWNW Festival.

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NWNW Festival | Podfest Video #4 Jun 12, 2009

by Tania Kupczak

Stotler Ludwig Kioe | One



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Seattle Met and Seattle Mag on the Festival Jun 11, 2009

by Jessica

Two out of two local magazines agree that the NW New Works Festival is a thing to check out:

Steve Wiecking at Seattle Met recommends a couple NW New Works artists in his weekend round up.

Seattle Mag calls the festival "overwhelmingly good stuff" as pasrt of their "Weekend Must List."

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Performance Art Protest Jun 9, 2009

by Jessica

Vital 5 has a few pictures from last Friday's protest of performance art here at OtB (part of their Aribitrary Art Grant series). Check it out and read about how the winner was arbitrarily chosen.

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Weekend 1 in review Jun 9, 2009

by Jessica

Here's a couple of the reviews that have rolled in so far:

"God Save the Queen" - Brendan Kiley on Slog:

"Shmooquan's heart beats pure entertainment—glittery, gaudy, and shameless."

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Tanja Liedtke's construct honored at Australian Dance Awards Jun 8, 2009

by Jessica

Tanja Liedtke's construct received 2 major accolades at the Australian Dance Awards last weekend - for outstanding acheivements in choreography and in independent dance. Kristina Chan was also awarded the prize for best female dancer.

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NWNW Fest Mainstage Week 1 Jun 7, 2009

by Tania Kupczak

Recently Brendan Kiley wrote another piece in The Stranger lamenting how Seattle doesn’t have a festival like Portland’s TBA or Austin’s Fusebox. I love TBA, but let’s be fair. TBA tries to do in two weeks what On The Boards does over an entire season. It’s impressive that last year TBA had Jerome Bel and Tim Etchells (two of my favrav artist/thinkers), but this year OtB had Jan Faber, Marie Chouinard and Tanja Liedtke doing full-scale productions—one of my favorite OtB seasons to date.

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NWNW | Weekend One! Jun 7, 2009

by Tania Kupczak

Often when I see a dance concert, there is one dance company presenting, and I can fully grapple with and give value to questions that arise, resonations, and beauty recognized. New ideas are introduced, but always within the same framework (save the rare deus ex machina.) For the NWNW Festival Mainstage, four artists are given a limited amount of time to present.

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NWNW Festival | Podfest Video #3 Jun 7, 2009

by Tania Kupczak

Grace Carter + Joe Von Appen | The Future Series




This video was only available for the duration of the 2009 NWNW Festival.

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NWNW Festival | Podfest Video #2 Jun 6, 2009

by Tania Kupczak

Adam Sekuler | Merely Mouthpiece 4



This video was only available for the duration of the 2009 NWNW Festival.

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NWNW Festival | Podfest Video #1 Jun 5, 2009

by Tania Kupczak

ilvs strauss | Bertrude and Ernesto, Episode 1



This video was only available for the duration of the 2009 NWNW Festival.

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This weekend's Festival artists talk about the work they're presenting Jun 4, 2009

by Tania Kupczak

Click on an artist's name below to hear an audio interview [mp3]


Studio Theater Showcase | Jun 5 at 8pm & Jun 6 - 7 at 5pm

Byron Au Yong – Music (Seattle)

Helsinki Syndrome – Performance Art (Seattle)

Umami Performance – Dance (Seattle)

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So, about that... Jun 4, 2009

by Jessica

Some of you may have heard about this, which will be happening in front of OtB this Friday.

Read our official response on the Slog and Seattlest.

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Seattle Times preview - "...it's worth coming inside for this festival, even now." Jun 2, 2009

by Jessica

Jean Lenihan previews the NW New Works Festival in today's edition of the Seattle Times:

Each program has its attractions; it's impossible to pick one single recommended show. Just know that it's worth coming inside for this festival, even now. This slate of formidable artists provides Seattle a second spring awakening, this one painted in serene flesh and motion.

Read the full preview.

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beauty, technique, nostalgia, drama, obsession, boundaries, investigation, simplicity, indepedent Jun 1, 2009

by Tania Kupczak

Our stalwart Regional Programs Coordinator Sean fired off a list of words for each of the NW New Works Festival artists to respond to. Have a listen to what they said:

Byron Au Yong

Helsinki Syndrome

Umami Performance

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