by Victoria Jacobs
1.The southwest inspires extremes in a way the pacific northwest tends to mute them. In the high desert the summers scorch, the winters freeze, water is a scarcity until it flash floods, and life seems to hang on by a tenacious and ferocious patience. I remember walking past juniper scrubs that were over a thousand years old. I imagined living there but I felt like the extremes would push me to my edge and then past it. I wondered in the canyons how my European family had traveled there, determined to push into new places and find new homes, tenacious and ferocious enough to endure the edges of their edges and keep going into the void, looking for a place that would be their own.
I have wanted to say everything at once too. I have felt a too-much-ness of myself, an intensity of the world and my response to it, and have felt that no one would understand me unless I gave them all the layers of myself at once. I would make them work, the way I had made myself work, to penetrate...
Do you find yourself STARVING between performances and don't know where to go for a quick bite? This year we've got you covered! We contacted some of our favorite food trucks to come join in on the festival fun. They'll be parked just outside of OtB and will be available between the Studio and Mainstage showcases on Saturday and Sunday of BOTH weekends. Once you have your food, join us in the OtB mainstage lobby at the Fu-Beer Garden for some beer on tap and our traditional selection of great cocktails and wine.
Here's the schedule below to make sure you get your tickets on the day your favorite truck will be here!
WEEK 1 TICKETS AND ARTIST LINE UP
Saturday, June 11th
Pop Up Popsicles/Full Tilt Paletas...
by Claudia La Rocco
Is this what ____ is, she wondered, this always waiting and never being able to read the instructions. The lights always stay on for too long, go down too quickly. The people do inscrutable things. Is this love is this love is this love she chants to herself, counting the words out on her fingers and stopping when she gets to the pinky on the right word. The hip of the woman next to her is oozing into her own hip. When she twisted her neck down and to the left, it satisfied her with an ominous cracking jolt, something felt more than heard. She couldn’t stay in the past or the present tense. The blond woman kicks the foreign-looking man off the plane, again and again, only with the right wrong words; she is tanned, toned, he is neither. I wanted to love you she tries but it’s no good it already has five words. No possibility of traveling. Now the woman and the man are naked and what they are doing to each other should be sexual but it’s not and her brain goes in...
Seattle's Nancy Guppy will be in the OtB mainstage lobby during the NW New Works Festival this year with a new project Empathic Listening Booth. Grab a beer from our FU-BEER GARDEN and some nosh from the food trucks outside and check out her installation between 7pm and 8pm in the mainstage lobby during both weekends of the festival. Get your NW New Works Festival Tickets today!
The Empathic Listening Booth is born out of an idea I think about a lot: That what most of us want is to be understood, to be recognized, to be seen. Empathic listening “is the capacity to understand or feel what another being is experiencing from within the other being’s frame of reference…” The Empathic Listening Booth is not...
photo by Tim Summers
The Three Yells is a dance company founded by choreographer Veronica Lee-Baik. Her work reflects Western avant-garde styles through the prism of Asian aesthetics and traditions. In her return to the NW New Works Festival, Lee-Baik deconstructs the classic ballet Giselle, distilling it to its central themes of madness, death, spirits, true love, grief, revenge, traditions. She then reinterprets the ballet through the playful and grotesque language of butoh, juxtaposing butoh’s slow hyper-controlled motion with the athleticism of contemporary dance.
The Three Yells perform on the mainstage in the second week of the...
photo by Lauren Crew
Dancer/choreographer David Harvey makes his Festival debut with a solo dance piece centered around the idea of a "brake tender" - the special car on a locomotive, filled with scrap metal to add weight, which aids in braking efficiency. Harvey deals with themes of vulnerability, self-imposed limitations, the weight of responsibility, and one’s attachment to aloneness.
An accomplished dancer, David Harvey formerly danced with Alonzo King Lines Ballet from 2008-20014. He contributed to the creation of 13 new pieces while working with Alonzo, and danced soloist roles in almost 400 performances worldwide. He is currently a freelance dancer, teacher, and choreographer.
David Harvey performs on the...
photo by Adam Weintraub
Artist Megan Murphy is a longtime OtB alumni with many performances on our stage under her prolific belt. She helms a new dance/film project incorporating themes of balance, falling, and the part of you that just might jump – complete with live Foley sound, JS Bach, and lots of humor. Murphy brings a stellar cast of familiar faces to the stage, including dancer Marisa Niederhauser, 16/17 OtB artist Ezra Dickinson, and her son, Charlie (last seen in Murphy/Lachow's 2014 The Man Who Could Forget Anything).
Megan Murphy performs on the mainstage in the second weekend of the Festival.