Performance Art Protest Jun 9, 2009

by Jessica

Vital 5 has a few pictures from last Friday's protest of performance art here at OtB (part of their Aribitrary Art Grant series). Check it out and read about how the winner was arbitrarily chosen.

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Weekend 1 in review Jun 9, 2009

by Jessica

Here's a couple of the reviews that have rolled in so far:

"God Save the Queen" - Brendan Kiley on Slog:

"Shmooquan's heart beats pure entertainment—glittery, gaudy, and shameless."

"NW New Works, Week 1: the Studio Showcase" - Jeremy Barker on Seattlest:

"Helsinki Syndrome produces experiences, not just shows, performances that actively engage (and frequently trip-up) their audiences."

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Tanja Liedtke's construct honored at Australian Dance Awards Jun 8, 2009

by Jessica

Tanja Liedtke's construct received 2 major accolades at the Australian Dance Awards last weekend - for outstanding acheivements in choreography and in independent dance. Kristina Chan was also awarded the prize for best female dancer.

Read about the awards in The Age's article "Dance awards honour the dead."

Congrats to the construct crew!

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NWNW Fest Mainstage Week 1 Jun 7, 2009

by Tania Kupczak

Recently Brendan Kiley wrote another piece in The Stranger lamenting how Seattle doesn’t have a festival like Portland’s TBA or Austin’s Fusebox. I love TBA, but let’s be fair. TBA tries to do in two weeks what On The Boards does over an entire season. It’s impressive that last year TBA had Jerome Bel and Tim Etchells (two of my favrav artist/thinkers), but this year OtB had Jan Faber, Marie Chouinard and Tanja Liedtke doing full-scale productions—one of my favorite OtB seasons to date. In this context, consider The NW New Works Festival (along with the NW Artist Series) OtB’s more than equivalent presentation of PNW time-based art. For sure, OtB’s season doesn’t have the carnival atmosphere that it would if it was crammed into a two-week extravaganza; and it doesn’t have the extensive symposia, lectures, and gallery shows of TBA. But if you add it up, I’m pretty sure OtB would come out on top for in more than a few...

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NWNW | Weekend One! Jun 7, 2009

by Tania Kupczak

Often when I see a dance concert, there is one dance company presenting, and I can fully grapple with and give value to questions that arise, resonations, and beauty recognized. New ideas are introduced, but always within the same framework (save the rare deus ex machina.) For the NWNW Festival Mainstage, four artists are given a limited amount of time to present. Many choose to excerpt or cram much larger works into a spurt of 20 minutes, and the result can sometimes be fully loaded, but usually very chewy.

Portland-based collaborative company Hot Little Hands and their piece Always Merry and Bright opens the show. Keeping in theme with previous works, Always Merry and Bright directly incorporates visual art into their work, a lot of which is simple and paper-based. Sound score: comprehensive and beautiful. The aesthetic of the piece is quite pleasing, as far as conventional forms of beauty is concerned--I think of dryads or nymphs, milky-peach complexions, forest-...

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NWNW Festival | Podfest Video #3 Jun 7, 2009

by Tania Kupczak

Grace Carter + Joe Von Appen | The Future Series




This video was only available for the duration of the 2009 NWNW Festival.






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NWNW Festival | Podfest Video #2 Jun 6, 2009

by Tania Kupczak

Adam Sekuler | Merely Mouthpiece 4



This video was only available for the duration of the 2009 NWNW Festival.





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NWNW Festival | Podfest Video #1 Jun 5, 2009

by Tania Kupczak

ilvs strauss | Bertrude and Ernesto, Episode 1



This video was only available for the duration of the 2009 NWNW Festival.





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