Break a Heart Feb 12, 2010

by KateR

by Kate Ratcliffe

Love is extraordinarily complex and frequently commented upon. Valentine’s Day is a garish Christmas sweater with a far more repellent color palette disguising itself as a celebration of love. The "Break a Heart" dance showcase at On the Boards seemed to toy with either love or the holiday, depending on the piece, and overall the performances felt like light musings rather than deep explorations. Which is fine by me – it’s February, dark, rainy - bring on the people in the giant heart costumes and knee socks. I can’t say that I’ve ever seen a dance showcase and thought to myself "Oh, I loved all of that, everything was marvelous!" Juxtaposition naturally leads to comparison, and so the first half of the program struck me as a sandwich with crumbly bread and a warm, juicy interior. The second half was made of wacky bread with a filling of earnestness. I could be influenced by my soft spot for pantomime clowns (Harpo Marx-like clowns, not...

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Bawdy, Engaging and Dadaist Poppycock! Feb 12, 2010

by Shango

Looks like my box of Valentines chocolates was delivered to On the Boards this year. Last evening's exciting opening night performance of "Break a Heart" had all of the variety and surprises of that holiday heart shaped standby. I got the impression right off the bat that this was not the usual high brow OtB fare. The lobby was filled with volunteers, patrons and OtB staff all decked out in reds and pinks and golds. The lobby was jam packed with balloons, decorations and cheesy and genuine smiles that no one seemed to be able to wipe off their faces.   There were even Seattle performance luminaries behind a second festive bar providing complimentary Valentine themed cocktails and rightly stoking the crowd’s expectation for a fun, frivolous and flirty evening. Scanning the room I did not see anyone able to retain their workday grump with so much fun seduction in the air. The performance itself was varied, bombastic and hilarious. I knew I was in for a treat as I was...

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More and more balloons Feb 11, 2010

by Jessica

Here's some of what you can expect to see in the OtB lobby tonight though Sunday: lobby balloons1 lobby balloons2

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Seattle Mag about OntheBoards.tv: "genius" Feb 11, 2010

by Jessica

Brangien Davis at Seattle mag sums up OntheBoards.tv for Seattlites at large:

If you're kicking yourself for missing recent killer performances at On the Boards, such as Reggie Watts & Tommy Smith's Transition (laugh-out-loud funny and true), or Diana Szeinblum's Alaska (stunning athleticism and emotion), or Allen Johnson's Another You (oh-my-god brutally good), well, you should still kick yourself, actually, because, where the hell have you been? There really is no excuse for missing the always intriguing and usually stellar programming at our very own On the Boards, but thanks to their new  [OntheBoards.tv] video on demand project, at least now you have some reprieve when you do have an excused (or unexcused) absence.  

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OntheBoards.tv: Flavorpill's Daily Dose pick Feb 11, 2010

by Jessica

Flavorpill, a national guide to art and culture, chose OntheBoards.tv as their featured pick of the day:

"OntheBoards.tv rescues innovative live performances from the ether with front-row video recordings that fans can purchase, rent, or stream with a low-cost subscription."

Read more and watch some trailers.

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[Tanja Liedtke | construct. Image by Chris Herzfeld]


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Break a Heart's Balloon Wall Feb 11, 2010

by Jessica

Earlier this week 2 patient crew members put together a balloon wall that fills the entire back of the mainstage for this weekend's Break a Heart. Quick trivia - it took 2 full days and 800 balloons to make this happen.

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[OtB's Communication Intern, Monique, stands in front of the wall]


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Break a Heart Audio Interview Feb 9, 2010

by Tania Kupczak

Fresh off the presses! Our very own Regional Programs Coordinator Sean Ryan talks with choreographers Wade Madsen and Kristina Dillard about commercialism, clowns, balloons and broken hearts. Listen [mp3] More about the Break a Heart show here.

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Sequenza21 interviews Paul Taub Feb 9, 2010

by Jessica

Sequenza21 (the contemporary classical music blog) has a brief bit about Seattle Chambers swiftly approaching Icebreaker V and a podcast interview with SCP member Paul Taub. Read his thoughts on the company and listen to the podcast here.

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