James Beard Award Nominee Chefs at OtB! Feb 24, 2014
Congrats to Otb Studio Suppers chefs Jonathan Sundstrom of Lark and Ethan Stowell of Staple and Fancy for their James Beard Award nominations!
AMBASSADOR PROJECT: UNSTUCK Feb 19, 2014
by Brett Love
ON THE BOARDS AMBASSADOR, TEAM 4
In the spirit of collaboration and inspired by Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People’s And lose the name of action March 6 – 9, 2014, On the Boards Ambassador Team 4 invited Seattle’s Blood Ensemble to host a workshop on developing a creative, democratic dialogue for the creation of new work for artists of
Master Class with Miguel Gutierrez Feb 19, 2014
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 Noon @ Velocity Dance Center
$12 ($7 with ticket stub or Velocity MVP card)
"Seattle Chamber Players (SCP) just concluded Icebreaker, its biennial two-day festival of new music. This year’s edition, the seventh in their history, was titled open source, with a focus on high-tech music-making.
Guest Artist Spotlight – Agata Zubel Feb 16, 2014
"A spectacular voice, the new first lady of Polish vocalism..." – Jacek Skolimowski in Newsweek
The Seattle Times previews Icebreaker VII Feb 14, 2014
Think “chamber music,” and you don’t necessarily think “multimedia.”
Vocal genius/guest soprano Agata Zubel
Guest Artist Spotlight – Marcin Pączkowski Feb 11, 2014
Marcin Pączkowski is a is a composer, conductor, and performer, working with traditional and electronic media. He is an integral part of Icebreaker VII.
Watch the Seattle Chamber Players Preview Trailer! Feb 11, 2014
A sneak peek into Icebreaker VII, a 2-day festival of new music and new technology featuring composers and players from around the globe. Presented by the Seattle Chamber Players and On the Boards.
Laura DeLuca (clarinet) and Mikhail Shmidt (violin) of the Seattle Chamber Players talk music, technology, psychological thrillers and more.
The Many Heads of Eric Olson Feb 10, 2014
by Tessa Hulls
By Tessa Hulls, Tia Kramer, and "Eric Olson"
Tessa: In the curator’s note for Niwa Gekidan Penino’s The Room Nobody Knows, Lane Czaplinksi writes: “I’m not suggesting any work of art is capable of defying critique but I like it when using words to respond to art is made more difficult, all the same.”
A Special Kind of Voyeurism Feb 8, 2014
by Ariel Glassman
Watching The Room Nobody Knows was a special kind of voyeurism. Make no mistake - when you watch it, you are watching the product of somebody working their shit out. The kind of shit we are told we should be ashamed to have to be battling in the first place.
Riddles After Riddles Feb 8, 2014
by Mimi Katano
I have yet to thoroughly unpack The Room Nobody Knows by Niwa Gekidan in my head. It was as if I took a trip inside someone’s head for an hour, where I was swimming through distorted logic, fantastical habitat, unfiltered thoughts, and riddles after riddles. All strung together with Pachelbel’s Canon in D.
The Room Everybody Knows Feb 7, 2014
Director Kuro Tanino mentioned in an interview that he didn’t view his work as strange, and I agree. Although the obsessions made manifest in the show mostly aren’t my particular obsessions and fantasies (I wonder what it’s like to be a dude?), there was an uncomfortable familiarity there.
by Ross Lambert
In the lobby before the show, a friend suggested that to best understand what we were about to see, I needed to take all of my sexual thoughts, fantasies, and hang-ups, and put them in an imaginary room and close the door. “Then, after the show, open that door again. Then you’ll really get it,” she said. My first thought was, why the hell would I want to open that door again?
by Joyce S.C. Liao
I came from Taiwan. When I watched this show, it was hard for me not to think about the very high unemployment rate among the younger generations in Taiwan and other parts of Asia. Thinking living on the minimum wage is hard?
As often as I see work at OtB, sometimes performances like Niwa Gekidan Penino's The Room Nobody Knows take me for a HUGE trip where images become extremely hard to articulate and my dreams become a mosaic of colors, questions, images and feelings.
Crotch of Love Feb 7, 2014
by Jessica Jobaris
Raunch ain't so far from virtue
cause when you love someone purely
you'll give of yourself to the point of exploitation.
Denouncing your needs and putting the beloved ahead of the self, you bring yourself full circle back to purity.
Peningophilia Feb 5, 2014
Some stuff you'll see on the Niwa Gekidan Penino blog (in Japanese). Sort of NSFW (depending on where you work):
Behind the Scenes of "The Room Nobody Knows" Feb 5, 2014
Some lovely lighting plots and set design notes from the Niwa Gekidan Penino company:
Rich Lifts the Set Feb 4, 2014
OtB's Technical Director Rich Bresnahan helps with the building of the Penino set by lifting a chair.
Time-lapse set build video Feb 4, 2014
Watch a time-lapse video of the Niwa Gekidan Penino set build. (Turn on sound for the full experience!)