by Rosa Vissers
I have some questions.
We hold hands and wait for divine inspiration.
What about language? Do the words we use create clarity, space even, or do we get caught? A famous choreographer said that the body doesn’t lie but people lie all the time.This work is so transparent, nothing is hidden, yet I feel like I am being tricked. There is something lurking just underneath the surface.
What is real? What is planned? What just happened by chance?
Limbs are tossed, tussled, two people create a phrasetogether on the spot, or at least pretend to. They lose interest. A man speaks about emptiness. Two men sit on chairs and create angles with their limbs.
by Brett Love
There is a lot to talk about where And Lose The Name Of Action is concerned. The seance, the ghosts, how we deal with death, and what's in the box? But I would like to talk about something else entirely from opening night. Community.
Building community is a big part of the Ambassador Project, and it is something that I think On The Boards is particularly suited for. More than any other place in the city, On The Boards brings together the various tribes of Seattle art. There are dancers, painters, writers, actors, choreographers, directors, managers, people with beards... It is an audience unlike any other. And that lends itself to some fantastic chance meetings.
Last night, I went to the show with a friend. We were talking with some people we know when a young woman just stepped into the circle and said, "Hi!" Everyone stopped, and introductions were made. It turns out that Lauren is a dance/theatre student at Florida State, visiting Seattle on spring...
by Catherine Blake Smith
"The dancers created a spectrum, a cloud, a shifting organism of several cells. They reminded me that as humans, we are more similar than I remember. The body imagery I encounter in my day-to-day media consumption is very much unlike my own physical self. When I am confronted with nudity, it’s often with a sexual bent. In and lose the name of action I was confronted with nudity in a way that spoke to me on a level beneath my skin. It made me happy to see bodies of different shapes, sizes, and ages, but that’s what happens in dance right? Just means I should attend more dance shows.
Another reason to see more dance is because I’m now asking several questions that will inform my practice. What are our senses? How...
by Eric Pitsenbarger
Apparently it’s not something that anyone professes to think about, or at least talk about in polite dinner conversation: Death; and here we were, instructed to have a soft hearted gab about what you’d do with the last eight hours of your life. Seated across from Wade and beside my female namesake at the long, suspended table for OTB’s Studio Supper, the answer to me was of course, eat! Seriously, I would eat and then find a soft, quiet green place away from everything and everybody. A damp mossy log out in the woods somewhere. The end. A great set-up for this evening’s performance of Miguel Gutierrez (and the Powerful People) which seemed to illustrate the restless mind in the throws of coping with death.
Underneath the benign, glowing jellyfish of a hanging parachute we’re welcomed to an ad hoc seance of sorts, evoking the manifestation of restless ghosts, each determined to find something very important and impossibly lost. Ignited by...
by Brett Love
A project by Jaycee Coleman, Ilaria Ghattas and Brett Love
ON THE BOARDS AMBASSADORS, TEAM 4
Over the years, audience members have contributed thousands, and thousands, of words to the OtB Blog with their reviews. It’s been a wonderful thing. With each one you get a little peak at the performance from a different perspective. It is with that idea of differing perspectives in mind that we are announcing the 1000 Words Project.
For the next three shows (Miguel Gutierrez And The Powerful People, Zoe | Juniper, and Holcombe Waller) we will be bringing in visual artists to interpret what they see. They will watch the Thursday performance and then be given a canvas on their way out the door. They will have 48 hours to create their visual response to the work. The resulting paintings will be on display in the lobby after the Saturday and Sunday night shows.
At the end of the project we will have a set of paintings that...
by Ilaria Ghattas
An invitation from Jaycee Coleman, Ilaria Ghattas and Brett Love
ON THE BOARDS AMBASSADOR, TEAM 4
One of the great things about an On the Boards show is that it always sparks conversation. In the lobby after the show, on social media throughout the run, and around town as you navigate Seattle's performance community, people love to discuss what they saw. You also always have the option of posting your thoughts to the OtB blog. This time, we thought we would add a new wrinkle to these conversations.
Instant Karma gives the audience the ability to post their thoughts literally on the wall at On the Boards, right after the show. What did you like? How did it make you feel? Did it make you think back to another show you saw? Anything goes. You can even post a question to your fellow audience members, or respond to something that is already on the board. Just attach your note to the corresponding one and keep the conversation going. Think of it...
by Ilaria Ghattas
ON THE BOARDS AMBASSADOR, TEAM 4
Taking you out of your element and into my tea-infused world. Experience and enjoy the adventure of tea. Immerse yourself in the flavors just as you do when you're captivated by a performance. Specialtea cocktails will be crafted for each show during the Ambassador Team 4 term to unteather your taste buds!
Featured during Miguel Guiterrez and the Powerful People:
Our twist on teh traditional long island ice tea; smokey tea infusion (vodka, tquila, rum, gin, triple sec). Lemon, Cola.
Liquid wisdom iced tea (hibiscus, chamomile, cassia, honeybush, lavendar, ginger) sweetened with orgeat (an almond syurp)
Want to know more? Come visit the LUCID lounge every...
Truth be told, my pulse picks up a bit when I’m around Miguel Gutierrez. He says what’s on his mind and sometimes the words whizz by your head like spinning rocks. It’s part of his charm.
It was rainy on Monday night when I picked him up from the airport. I welcomed Miguel to “sunny Seattle” and he said, “Yeah, it’s going to rain for the next week.”
He was exhausted, having just flown in from Paris from an engagement at Centre Pompidou. Somehow we got onto the subject of the choreographer Alain Buffard, who recently passed away. (His last work Baron Samedi will be performed at OtB, May 8-11) I asked Miguel to tell me about Alain since I had never gotten to meet him, and he explained how he owed a lot to Alain since the first two times he appeared in France were through collaborating with him. He used words like “...