Icebreaker V | Music from Modern Italy Feb 28, 2010
by Byron Au Yong
During the 8pm performance of Kafka Fragments OtB will be hosting Zach Carstensen of the Gathering Note as he liveblogs about the performance. You can follow his thoughts throughout the entire thing or read them afterwards here.
Want to learn more about Kafka Fragments in the meantime?
Michael Upchurch spoke with Seattle Chamber Players' Mikhail Shmidt about the festival opening tonight at OtB. Check it to see what's happening at each of the 5 concerts throughout this weekend.
A hot tip from OtB managing director Sarah Wilke came in this morning about a WNYC podcast related to performance in non-traditional settings. Sarah writes:
"I think OntheBoards.tv challenges the traditional view that performance should be seen only in a theater setting. Along these lines, I found this conversation between PS122 Artistic Director Vallejo Ganter and Whitney Biennial co-curator Gary Carrion-Murayari very interesting.
Today just keeps delivering more and more descriptions about OtB artists that are kind of incredible. The title of this post comes courtesy of nytheatre.com in reference to Radiohole. The company's latest performance (soon to be featured on OntheBoards.tv) inspired this new description and this:
Life was dull and joyless, my theatre-going lackluster. Late-winter New York City blues have left me impatient, fractious, and listless.
Seattle Weekly had this to say about Seattle Chamber Players and their Icebreaker festival:
There are plenty of love songs out there, but how about songs about war? An about.com posting lists the following as the top 10 songs related to war:
1. Eminem - Mosh - 2004
2. Paul Hardcastle - 19 - 1985
3. John Lennon & the Plastic Ono Band - Give Peace a Chance - 1969
4. Barry McGuire - Eve of Destruction - 1965
5. Metallica - One - 1989
6. Paper Lace - Billy, Don't Be a Hero - 1974
7. SSgt. Barry Sadler - The Ballad of the Green Berets - 1966
Almost a year ago, Pacific Musicworks (then known as Pacific Operaworks) made a splashy debut in a high profile production of Return of Ulyssses that included partnerships with William Kentridge and South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company.
The men of "Awesome" are up in Bellingham at the moment, trying out a few more ideas before the world premiere of West in April. Before opening up there, they made a stop at the grocery store to get the following provisions for the performance:
3. orange juice
4. Archie comics
5. Mint Milano
6. Pico De Gallo
7. carrots & pineapple
8. ice skating lessons
9. saloon sketch
Zach Carstensen from the Gathering Note, a local blog dedicated to classical and chamber music around Seattle, sat down with Mikhail Shmidt from Seattle Chamber Players to talk about Icebreaker V.
Pinter Industries (aka Ian Pinter) helped us get the videos up on OntheBoards.tv. Earlier today he posted a little something about the playback component on the site. Interested in tech? Head there to learn a little about what makes OntheBoards.tv tick and find more info on coding and software development.
Next weekend is a big one for OtB. We've got 5 concerts plus multiple seminars with Seattle Chamber Players and a slew of international guests.
OtB staff is going to be showing some work around town this weekend. Here's what you should check out out:
FORCE OF NATURE
featuring Tania Kupczak, Operations Manager
Sat | Feb 20 | 2 & 4pm | *free*
NW Film Forum (get directions)
An hour of short films by Seattle filmmakers curated around a theme of people dealing with their natural environment.
Chamber Vs. Chamber No.
It's the return of PodFest, our online showcase of new digital performative works that runs concurrent with the NW New Works Festival.
Applications are due by April 26, 2010, so start making some art!
Here's what other people around town are saying about Break a Heart:
"It’s a crush not a torrid affair." - Publicola
"Break a Heart" bills itself as "a loungy, alcohol-soaked cabaret on the theme of love." What it is is a very mixed bag of Seattle silliness without a lounge singer or martini glass in sight..." -
...can be found at projecture.org. Pick up the password in the OtB lobby this weekend!
Did you see Break a Heart? Do you have a favorite moment? A favorite song? And how about those Fruit of the Loom-style costumes?
Love it or hate it, let us know in the comments!
I have to be honest with you. I dreaded going to see Break a Heart. The last thing I need is to be reminded that it's VALENTINE'S DAY. I think I've had one good Vday, which was book-ended by two terrible ones, the worst of which was last year.
Looks like my box of Valentines chocolates was delivered to On the Boards this year. Last evening's exciting opening night performance of "Break a Heart" had all of the variety and surprises of that holiday heart shaped standby. I got the impression right off the bat that this was not the usual high brow OtB fare.
Brangien Davis at Seattle mag sums up OntheBoards.tv for Seattlites at large:
If you're kicking yourself for missing recent killer performances at On the Boards, such as Reggie Watts & Tommy Smith's Transition (laugh-out-loud funny and true), or Diana Szeinblum's Alaska (stunning athleticism and emotion), or Allen Johnson's Another You (oh-my-god brutally good), well, you should still kick yourself, actually, because, where the hell have you been?
"OntheBoards.tv rescues innovative live performances from the ether with front-row video recordings that fans can purchase, rent, or stream with a low-cost subscription."
Earlier this week 2 patient crew members put together a balloon wall that fills the entire back of the mainstage for this weekend's Break a Heart.
Fresh off the presses! Our very own Regional Programs Coordinator Sean Ryan talks with choreographers Wade Madsen and Kristina Dillard about commercialism, clowns, balloons and broken hearts.
Sequenza21 (the contemporary classical music blog) has a brief bit about Seattle Chambers swiftly approaching Icebreaker V and a podcast interview with SCP member Paul Taub. Read his thoughts on the company and listen to the podcast here.
Jeremy Barker at The SunBreak posted an article this morning about 3Seasons that digs back into the piece and its approach to women. He pulls quotes from Donal Byrd's blog that similarly address the performance.
The reviews for Olivier Wevers' 3Seasons—the first full-length production by his company Whim W'him—last month were nearly all glowing and positive (including mine).
This morning you may have received an email about the February events at OtB. If so, you might have noticed this gentleman in the 12 Minutes Max section:
Please meet Otis P. Otis of the A-hole Baryshnikovs.
On Sat, Feb 27, we'll be hosting a slew of composer seminars in OtB's Studio Theater as part of Seattle Chamber Player's Icebreaker V.
We've got 2 special events happening with Break Heart next weekend at OtB to help you fill your Valentine's Day weekend. Here's what you should pencil into your calendar:
Thu | Feb 11
Join the cast and crew of Break a Heart following the opening night performance for a celebration at the Sitting Room.
Good news: Live theatre discovers digital distribution.
As featured in last week’s KadmusArts News feed, a new initiative at On the Boards is helping “progressive contemporary performances ” reach a wider audience. In a not-for-profit venture, OntheBoards.tv selects performances to record in HD and distributes them via a pay-per-view network.