Beloved Seattle director Andrew Russell (Intiman Theatre) teams with NYC playwright Jerome A. Parker in a brand-new piece channeling the music of Dinah Washington in a powerful tale of five intergenerational Black queens. The subversive poetry of Jean Genet crashes into the fierce beauty of Paris is Burning in a world where ritual reigns supreme and survival is the only option.
Seattle choreographer/performer Markeith Wiley shows a new side in a piece that is part stand-up comedy, part talk show, part dance, and part theater. Known until now in Seattle as a hyper-kinetic dance performer, here Wiley channels comedian Paul Mooney in a brutally direct comedy/dance work with a rotating cast of local guests and musicians.
Seattle's own Ezra Dickinson makes his mainstage debut with a continutation in his series of "gift performances" for his schizophrenic mother. Delving into her own self-description as a "psychic radio star," Dickinson investigates the broken mental health system in the USA in tandem with the inherent movement and evocative beauty in her words and their complicated mother/son relationship. Dickinson, one of Seattle's top movers and creators, melds sculpture, animation, music, and his beautiful movement style in this unflinching and tender portrait.
Beloved Seattle artists Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey return to the OtB stage with a powerful and empassioned new piece marrying Scofield's angular, intense choreography and Shuey's cutting-edge videography with the raw, uniquely American tradition of Shape Note Singing. Mixing singers with a stellar cast of dancers and performed in the round, this new work plays with constantly shifting points of perspective and highlights strengths in roots and community.
Seattle's fearless Butoh master/mushroom hunter Alan Sutherland makes his debut at OtB next season with a hallucinatory, passionate piece inspired by a children's sci-fi book, his love for the Seattle art community, and his own extensive knowledge of Northwest indigenous mushrooms, especially the "magic" variety. Joined by a fantastic team of local artistic collaborators, this large-scale piece marks the 20-year anniversary of Sutherland's first Butoh performance.
Our season kickoff performance is un-describable, even by our standards. The intrepid artist collective Verdensteatret hails from Oslo, Norway, where they have been working for the past decades in a mix of music, technology, theater, and visual art. Bridge Over Mud is examplary of their mix of styles: a "movable room" complete with train tracks crossing and re-crossing the stage carrying lights and sound, projections that must be seen to be believed, and an encompassing soundscape resting somewhere between outer and inner space. This piece challenges senses of perception and time, allowing for dreamy visions and unconscious connections.
Bridge Over Mud will only be performed at two locations in the USA this season. We are incredibly proud to be hosting these...
I find myself watching these piece wondering if all art is political, than does all art propose its utopian end? So in an offering of hubristic failure I give these projections from, about and ultimately onto these works of art. Arrogant as all audiences must be, to take someone’s art and decide what it means, how it is valuable, where it might lead us. A failure since I start off wrong, missing the point, wondering in the dark of my ignorance and limited experience.
NW New Works Festival 2016 Studio Showcase – Weekend 2
Art as standard, the bar to reach for and the unit of equal. Art that is boxable, uniform, 20-minutes and out. What does it mean that the first artist is one who’s career has already been launched by this festival? Might it hope for an art world where “emerging” artists mix with more established arts, where art is art is art is art is art and one’s status is one’s status is one’s status is one’s status. Or is it the end of...
Ryan Vinson learns this human thing through words, voice, and movement. He's performed with Victoria Jacobs, The New Animals, Laura Aschoff, and PE|Mo; makes music under the name sketch lightly; and is one half of duo Said the Starling. He's also a writing teacher.