(un)Usual Beauty Jan 29, 2014
by Spark Awesome
Swirling forward, the performers push their bodies toward the audience with the momentum of a wind storm. What I see: Assertion. Aggression. Androgyny. The women that rule the atmosphere.
I see women in heels, their bodies impressively ripped, their fluidity rippling across their skin like water. Normal interactions re-cast as strange.
"A visceral experience unlike any other" Jan 28, 2014
"Gravel combined challenging contemporary dance, new music reminiscent of Death Cab for Cutie and other twee indie artists, rock and roll music, classical music, silence, rock show lighting, champagne, formal wear, and personal addresses to the audience that made for a visceral experience unlike any other I’d had in a long time."
It's fucking excruciating (this, not the show) Jan 27, 2014
by Eric Olson
Eric: After watching Frédérick Gravel's Usually Beauty Fails, I remember saying that I enjoyed the performance, but I also jokingly quipped, "don't I like them all?". My tablemates disagreed: I was quickly reminded that I don't like them all.
The Awkward Morning After… Jan 27, 2014
by Amy O'Neal
The context of personal memory, experience, and where you are currently at in your development as a human has everything to with how you view and digest art. For most of you ready, I am sure that is a given, but just in case… During this piece, I just couldn't seem to get out of my head when the piece really wanted me to get into my body.
i was lost in the beauty Jan 24, 2014
by Joyce S.C. Liao
The piece was a minimalist in its expression of emotions floating in the ampleness of physicality.
Body Party. Jan 24, 2014
by Neil Ferron
Recently, I watched the 1992 classic Far and Away, and I was shocked to discover that after 2.5 hours of observing a romance unfold between the young, shiny-toothed Tom Cruise and an immaculate Nicole Kidman, they never actually get naked or engage in any kind of sex. The end result is a kind of frustration (resolved by Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut) that lea
Thoughts on Frédérick Gravel’s Usually Beauty Fails Jan 24, 2014
by Kate Wallich
Generally I get overly excited to see shows, however, I have been finding recently that my excitement sets me up for some sort of disappointment so yesterday as I was walking into OtB I tried to completely enter as a blank slate, which was hard to do yesterday as I was completely exhausted and a bit bummed that I was flying solo to the show, but regardless I tried really hard….so just to give y
A Ready Grace Jan 24, 2014
by John Boylan
I remember thinking when I was a teenager how great it would be to be able to walk like Fred Astaire. Not to dance like him; that was a style that was sufficiently unique and set in a point in time as to be obviously pointless to duplicate.
Rebels don’t Rewind Jan 24, 2014
by Yonnas T Getahun
Couldn't turn my back elsewhere. And I couldn't climb into your body any longer. I had bewitched myself with something that wasn't mine to take or glorify. A current as wild as the damn it breaks. ‘The electricity of our bodies.’ And I am here to hear the muse.
"simplicity and vulnerability hit me the hardest" – The Stranger Slog reviews "Usually Beauty Fails" Jan 24, 2014
Manic Panic Jan 24, 2014
by Eric Pitsenbarger
The band’s set up right there, front and center and I see the performers meandering around on the stage checking stuff. They walk back and forth, sit down in a chair, lean on the wall together exchanging meaningful looks, bending in for a snippet of conversation or spontaneously grab each other in a full body hug.
Well, I'll Be Jan 24, 2014
by Dylan Ward
This post regards FRÉDÉRICK GRAVEL / GROUPED’ARTGRAVELARTGROUP. I spell this in all capital letters because I honestly think it deserves capital letters.
In the program: The performers are meant to “persist enormously/to have fun/intelligently.”
STOMPY'S POST-SHOW DJ SET Jan 15, 2014
Coming up! STOMPY'S 1.25.14
DJ SET & DANCE PARTY
There There for those that weren't weren't/ Tam Tam dlya tekh, kotoryye ne byli ne byli Jan 10, 2014
by ilvs strauss
Nothing and the same Jan 10, 2014
by Yonnas T Getahun
Inspired by Kristen Kosmas’s There There
I reach out my hands
but you are a dreamer.
The island of loneliness
I have learned to grief
and dislodge my secrets.
I have lost the privilege
and they are burying poets
underneath the very cities
they profaned. Who is the culprit, battled, lent to oscillate?
Jeffrey and Storme talk about There There Jan 10, 2014
by Jeffrey Frace
A collaborative blog written by Jeffrey Fracé and Storme Sundberg
Jeffrey and Storme are parked beside Lake Union.
Storme: Jeffrey, are you trying to terrify me?
Jeffrey: Oh, a little.
THERE THERE WAIT LIST ONLY!! Jan 10, 2014
The run of There There is now WAIT LIST ONLY as the show is sold out.
Dueling Jan 10, 2014
by Kyle Loven
I have this desire to be understood. There. I said it.
THERE, THERE: INSTANT THOUGHTS Jan 9, 2014
by Marya Sea Kaminski
I have never seen this woman perform before but, for many years, I have known Kristen Kosmas' name from conversations about solo performance. I understand why. She is a like a bird. Delicate, quick, unpredictable, but capable of doing things we can't do. Holding full attention without insistence. Delivering jokes like they are carefully crafted chocolates hidden in newspaper.
Kristen Kosmas Interview Jan 9, 2014
Interruption, wrongness, collaboration, Seattle in the 90's and Chekhov: an interview with Kristen Kosmas and OtB Patron Relations Director Blair Feehan
The story of Russian poetry, tuberculosis, love via letters, a due of honor, and a mysterious woman with a beautiful voice and dark secret.
Ideas behind There There: Visuals Jan 7, 2014
Ideas behind There There: Literature Jan 6, 2014
You might not see them right away (or at all!), but they're there: some of the inspirations that went into the making of There There.