The A.W.A.R.D. Show! winner is... Dec 14, 2009

by Tania Kupczak

Amelia Reeber. Congrats to her and to all the amazing and talented participants!

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Follow up on last night's Q&A Dec 13, 2009

by Amelia

Hello and thank you to everyone who has been participating in this event!! It has been interesting.

There are a couple of things I would like to address: a response to a comment about the audience being qualified and my thoughts about viewing performance.

I do think that everyone is qualified to assess work and be responsible for their experience. To set a format where that request is made (that the audience gets to make choices qualitatively) illustrates that audiences have been made to feel disempowered.   We all have voices and we don't need permission to use them.   I think any person in the relationship (creator/audience) of an art experience is innately capable and empowered but different circumstances come into play to make us forget that or lose touch with that.

Related to that is something I would like to pose as something to ponder or use as a tool in the act of viewing work/making judgements.   What if all critics...

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Congrats to Saturday night's finalist, Amelia Reeber Dec 13, 2009

by Jessica

Audience votes determined that Amelia Reeber will proceed to the final night.

For info or tickets about Sunday night's final performance, see the performance page.

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Seattle Times recaps Friday night Dec 12, 2009

by Jessica

Michael Upchurch at the Seattle Times recaps Friday night's performance:

As "The A.W.A.R.D. Show!" continues, it reminds us that Seattle has some stellar dance talent in its midst — more than can possibly be helped out by the $10,000 prize attached to this four-night showcase presented by On the Boards and New York's Joyce Theater.

Read the full review.

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The A.W.A.R.D. Show! Or - how I found myself thinking about the artists thinking about me thinking about them thinking about "the money" Dec 12, 2009

by Jessica

From Laura Curry:

A few initial impressions: it was wonderful to see condensed, diverse representations of the art form, and the diverse – at capacity – audience.

As "come to the show – I’m competing for 10k!" emails increased for 2 weeks, and then experiencing the evening; the suggestion of splitting the prize 12 equal ways was appealing. Have I lived in Seattle too long? Or is it compassion for the artists’ work? Or, is it "fuck it – let’s re-write these rules too." All things are not equal, and last night I considered the sanctity of art in the context of bald-faced moneyed competition. I wasn’t the only one. One audience member commented on an example of jazz players competing in a person’s home for a dinner. Close encounter – immediate pay out. I can kind of get that. My challenge last night was that this was not a dance-off where everyone is present together, like breaking or krumping. Even though the pieces were time limited, with limited tech (that’s not a...

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Congrats to Friday night's finalist, Catherine Cabeen Dec 12, 2009

by Jessica

Audience votes determined that Catherine Cabeen will proceed to the final night.

Stay tuned for more updates on who will be joining her on Sunday. For info or tickets, see the performance page.

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Slog on the response to The A.W.A.R.D. Show! Dec 11, 2009

by Jessica

Brendan Kiley has posted a follow up to both his preview of The A.W.A.R.D. Show! and his coverage of the NEA's stats that art attendance, according to their tracking, is at an all time low.

Read about the full houses and what it was like to watch all of the dance submissions for Seattle, Philadelphia and Chicago.

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Seattle Times reviews Thursday night Dec 11, 2009

by Jessica

Michael Upchurch at the Seattle Times reviews Thursday night's performance of The A.W.A.R.D. Show!:

On your mark. Get set. Dance! Four Seattle dance companies set a high standard Thursday night, in the first of four evenings that make up The A.W.A.R.D. Show!

Read the full review.

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