2014 Festival Artists: Rainbow Fletcher May 30, 2014
On the Boards Ambassador Jameson Fink interviews 2014 NW New Works Festival artists Colleen McNeary and Babette McGeady of The Pendleton House performing as part of the first weekend Mainstage Showcase Saturday & Sunday, June 7 - 8, 2014 at 8pm.
ilvs strauss is a Seattle-based performer, mover, musician, lighting designer, technical director, storyteller, and poet.
On the Boards Ambassador Jameson Fink interviews NW New Works artist Kyle Loven performing June 7 - 8 2014 | Sat & Sun 8pm.
On the Boards Ambassador Jameson Fink interviews NW New Works artist ilvs strauss performing June 6 - 8 2014 | Fri 8pm, Sat & Sun 5pm.
On the Boards Ambassador Jameson Fink interviews NW New Works artist Erin Pike performing June 13 - 15 2014 | Fri 8pm | Sat & Sun 5pm.
On the Boards Ambassador Jameson Fink interviews Portland based NW New Works artist Linda Austin performing June 13 - 15 2014 | Fri 8pm | Sat & Sun 5pm.
On the Boards Ambassador Jameson Fink interviews NW New Works artist David Schmader performing June 14 - 15 2014 | Sat & Sun 8pm.
On the Boards Ambassador Jameson Fink interviews NW New Works artist Coleman Pester performing June 14 - 15 2014 | Sat & Sun 8pm.
ilvs strauss | Manifesto
Fri, Jun 6 | pre-show NW New Works Festival
6pm | OtB Mainstage Lobby
ON THE BOARDS, AMBASSADOR TEAM 5
Special thanks to Ambassador Team 5, Sierra Stinson, Mary Ann Peters and Jameson Fink for organizing a NW New Works Artists potluck in the Smith Tower. Extra special thanks to Petra Franklin for hosting the OtB festival artists in her home!
Thanks to everyone for joining us last night at our Spectacle Spectacular 9 event!
Response by Tessa Hulls, Tia Kramer and Eric Olson.
Funny to me that the thing I remember most about Baron Samedi is the very last moment I saw the performers on stage. The bow, and all their eyes. They all had precisely the same expression — grateful, I think, trying to soak in the new audience in front of them, but soaked more with the complex appreciation of doing something for the first and last time. Baron Samedi's last run.
Alain Buffard set out to tell the stories of people from disparate perspectives yet all with something profoundly human to impart. In this, he succeeded. Baron Samedi took seven directions at once. In perhaps my favorite scene, a conversation ensued between two men, one clearly relishing his power over the other, and that exchange was interpreted in multiple languages as the scene flowed on.
In the lobby I was instantly surprised... these people here tonight to see Baron Samedi.. they are all much older than me, a different generation completely. Other than a couple classic OtB family members, the majority of the audience was..born in the 50's..60's..
"You’ve probably heard the Kurt Weill-Bertolt Brecht ballad Mack the Knife before. But you haven’t heard it like this.
The unruly silk page where bodies brew,
She will never tell you her real name.
The center stage, the timeless hew,
She will never tell you her real name.
The first transgression
for blind and blunted faith.
Should I ever descend into the underworld, well, probably when I descend there, I want a chorus to welcome me with the intrigue, and vocal beauty like what is present in Baron Samedi. Nothing else will matter after that, except perhaps my desire to interview Alain Buffard. I need to get in your head a little please, because you certainly got into mine!
Salvador Dali would enjoy this rambunctious, messy chess game of polyglot adult circus absurdity. Against his chosen landscape of forced perspective and loose gravity, the collage of multi-hued faces pose heroic or crawling; they entwine, swim, scramble about, perch and fold over precarious edges.
It’s almost been two years now since my brief encounter with Herbert Blau. I was a student of his in his last class; it was my only claim to know him besides a scattering of articles and chapters I had read. Within that 10 week class, we were meant to uncover the thread defining the lineage of the Avant-Garde. Indeed, the threads were many, and academic.
Author and cultural critic François Frimat delves into the world of Alain Buffard and Baron Samedi:
Veve (religious symbol) used in Haitian Vodou for Baron Samedi
Olivier Normand was born in 1983. He lives and works in Paris. Having studied Literature at the prestigious Ecole Normale Supérieure, he studied contemporary dance in the ex.e.r.ce programme under the direction of Mathilde Monnier and Xavier Le Roy at the CCN of Montpellier, and in the Transforme programme at the abbey of Royaumont under the direction of Myriam Gourfink.
We at OtB are so saddened by the loss of our colleague Jerry Manning. He was an artists’ artist and a binding force in our community. We will miss his artistic vision and its imprint on the work created here. We will also miss seeing him in our audience, doing what he did so well – supporting Seattle’s artists.