Nine Men! Grupo de Rua's H3 Opens tomorrow Jan 27, 2010

by Mike P

It's been quite a season at On the Boards this year, and this month has been jam packed so far with some awesome dance. Starting with Olivier Wevers' Whim W'him and the group's sold-out showings of 3 Seasons a couple weeks ago, this week brings dance from the other end of the dance spectrum (and also, other end of the world) with Brazilian chorographer Bruno Beltrão and Grupo de Rua's H3. With stellar reviews pouring in from all over the globe, this fast-paced and aggressive work brings nine men (I repeat, NINE men) to the stage to battle it out on the floor, abstracting hip-hop theatrics and intense physicality into "a minimalist, almost meditative interpretation of hip-hop in which the movement itself becomes its own pulsating rhythm." Q. What happens in the space between hip hop and contemporary dance? A: This show. Did I mention there will be nine men onstage? From the short clip of H3 on the YouTubes, Vancouve BC's Kidd Pivot and the 605 Collective...

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OntheBoards.tv on ArtZone Jan 26, 2010

by Jessica

Check out this OntheBoards.tv mention, Friday the 22nd of January on Art Zone with Nancy Guppy.   She skyps with Brangien Davis about the latest art news – the first one being OntheBoards.tv.   The conversation begins about 7.5 minutes in.

Watch it!

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Update: OntheBoards.tv on the blogs Jan 26, 2010

by Jessica

Here's a quick Tuesday morning roundup of what people are saying about OntheBoards.tv around the internet:

"You know that digital revolution some have been talking about coming to theatre?   Well: it's here." - The Playgoer

"This is the first site of it’s kind to present complete, sometimes challenging, contemporary performances." - Art Here and Now

"Hulu for the performing arts?" - The L Magazine

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Retribution Gospel Choir Jan 25, 2010

by Jessica

A band called Retribution Gospel Choir has been getting ample air time lately on KEXP. If you've caught them being played on the station, they might sound familiar since their lead singer is the one-and-only Alan Sparhawk of Low. Earlier today DJ Kevin Cole played a little of them at about 4:30pm (go here to listen  - search for Jan 25 at 4:30pm -  and hear his commentary about upcoming Low and RGC appearances in Seattle).

Want to hear more? Check out Alan with Morgan Thorson and company in Heaven at On the Boards Apr 1 - 4.

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Linas Phillips' Bass Ackwards now available to rent on YouTube Jan 25, 2010

by Jessica

With the Sundance debut of Linas Phillip's film Bass Ackwards only days away, a new program at YouTube will allow you to watch his film now. From the press release:

As further commitment to expanding audiences for independent films, Sundance Institute today announced a collaboration with YouTube to make available for rent three world-premiere films from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.   Beginning today, films will be spotlighted on the YouTube homepage, after which they will also be available until January 31 at YouTube Movies.   Two audience favorites from the 2009 Festival will also be made available for rental.

John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival said, "It has been our goal this year to find opportunities for our filmmakers by linking them to our technology partners and...

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Reposted: Wayne Ashley interviews Lane Czaplinski about OntheBoards.tv Jan 23, 2010

by Jessica

Dr. Wayne Ashley, founding director of FuturePerfect, interviews OtB Artistic Director Lane Czaplinski about the launch of OntheBoards.tv

Listen [mp3]

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More reviews from the road: Grupo de Rua Jan 23, 2010

by Jessica

Here's some of the latest reviews on Grupo de Rua: "The head spin is to hip-hop what the pirouette is to ballet: a feat both impressive and bizarre. What made it notable in  “H3 ” was that it was one of the few  “normal ” moments in an abstract but suggestive piece that reconfigured the elements of hip-hop and our expectations of its possibilities." - LA Times "There is more than one dimension to the art of hip-hop, and all we need is someone with the creative and innovative genius like that of Bruno Beltrao’s to discover and create something new and exciting...

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NY Times feature on OntheBoards.tv Jan 23, 2010

by Jessica

The NY Times article about  Ontheboards.tv begins like this:

For some Cinderellas a fairy godmother delivers a prince. For others? A high-quality film of a theatrical performance.

 “It was like a dream come true, ” the playwright Young Jean Lee said of the invitation by On the Boards, an adventuresome Seattle theater with a nascent high-definition recording arm, to film her acclaimed production  “The Shipment. ”  “Like a big fairy godmother. ”

More interviews with OtB's artistic and managing directors (Lane Czaplinski and Sarah Wilke), other OntheBoards.tv artists and outside views from creators in the dance and film industries are included.

Read the full...

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