Thoughts About the A.W.A.R.D. Show!, First Night Dec 11, 2009

by Tania Kupczak

From Anne L:

Things that I liked a lot:
1. The huge audience. How often does the Mainstage sell out on a Thursday night? I hope OTB makes a lot of money from this format.

2. Tonya Lockyer running the post-performance Q & A. Her intelligence and insight almost seemed to be contagious.

3. The chance to see familiar work performed by different casts. I had seen every piece in last night's show before, some repeatedly. But Vincent Lopez replacing Jonathan Porretta gave Ultimatum a very different energy; I liked experiencing that. And Danny Boulet and Robert Talamantez replacing Sean Tomerlin and Patrick Pulkrabek/Richard Isaac in He Said, She Said created a different performance experience, too.

4. Choreographers becoming better known. No voting until you've listened to the auteurs! A brilliant idea.

Things that I didn't care for:
1. The P.O.E.M. guidelines. I attend contemporary dance performances hoping to...

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The SunBreak reviews Thursday night's performance Dec 11, 2009

by Jessica

The review even includes videos from Singin' in the Rain and "Buffalo Stance." They totally relate.

As Cosmo Brown reminded us in Singin' in the Rain, the surest way for a performer to win an audience is via laughter. Sang he: "Now you could study Shakespeare and be quite elite / And you can charm the critics and have nothin' to eat / Just slip on a banana peel the world's at your feet / Make 'em laugh, make 'em laugh, make 'em laugh!" So it was Thursday night at The A.W.A.R.D. Show, an audience-judged dance competition at On the Boards. The winning group was also the only funny group.

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Congrats to Thursday night's finalist, Deborah Wolf! Dec 11, 2009

by Jessica

Congrats to Deborah Wolf, the finalist for Thursday night's performance.

Stay tuned for more updates on who will be joining this company on Sunday. For info or tickets, see the performance page. Deb #3 300dpi

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The SunBreak on The A.W.A.R.D. Show! Dec 10, 2009

by Jessica

Jeremy Barker explains how "dance meets bracketsville" in this weekend's performance over on The SunBreak. Check it out!

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The Stranger previews The A.W.A.R.D. Show! Dec 10, 2009

by Jessica

Brendan Kiley wrote up a preview of The A.W.A.R.D. Show! on the Slog:

You'd think the idea would sell itself: Four grants, $10,000 each, given to dance companies in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Seattle based on audience votes during a weekend-long showcase/competition. Local dance geeks get a tour of new work by knowns and unknowns; dancers get publicity and money. Everybody wins. Right? But The A.W.A.R.D. Show!, coming to On the Boards this weekend, has got people all riled up.

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Preview of The A.WA.R.D. Show! on Seattle Met's site Dec 9, 2009

by Jessica

Seattle Met's Culture Fiend blog features a preview of The A.W.A.R.D. Show! by Jean Lenihan.

Art for art’s sake is great, but money talks. This weekend, On the Boards teams with New York City’s Joyce Theater to present the first-ever Seattle A.W.A.R.D. Show —a four-night dance competition (Dec 10-13) that originated at the Joyce and will leave one lucky Northwest choreographer $10,000 richer.

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Seattle Weekly previews The A.W.A.R.D. Show! Dec 9, 2009

by Jessica

Sandi Kurtz lays out the way this production works, interviews some of the artists involved about how they feel in this competition and even includes a little known fact about Merce Cunningham, John Cage and an Italian quiz show.

Read it all on the Seattle Weekly's website.

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Seattle Times previews The A.W.A.R.D. Show! Dec 8, 2009

by Jessica

Michael Upchurch of the Seattle Times explains the background of The A.W.A.R.D. Show!, the experience in other cities and interviews Linda Shelton of The Joyce Theater. She responded to a question about the competitive nature of the program with the following:

Shelton's feeling was that everything choreographers do, every grant they apply for, is a competition. "This is just more transparent," she says. "You're being judged on your work, not on how well you write a grant application."

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