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."

Read the full article.

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Spy glasses and Amsterdam, or what are Reggie and Tommy up to now Dec 7, 2009

by Jessica

Reggie Watts and Tommy Smith just had their first public performance/workshop of their latest piece, Dutch A/V. The collaboration with Seattle writer Brendan Kiley "seeks to replicate the first hand experience of being a flâneur in another city." The boys packed up spy glasses and headed to Amsterdam where they filmed a myriad of people and places.

Brendan wrote up what the experience of getting this onstage was like on the Slog. Read his thoughts in "Overheard in the Rehearsal Hall."

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Tim Summers highlighted in Seattle Times Dec 7, 2009

by Jessica

Tim Summers, local photographer extraordinaire, was featured in yesterday's Seattle Times in an article about publicity photographers. Tim's work has been consistently featured at OtB, from the festival to the NW Series.   OtB's Sean Ryan is quoted in the article:

"Having been such a dance enthusiast for so long, he knows when to shoot . . . He knows when that physical point is that's expressive, and he has a great eye for capturing it"

Congrats, Tim!

Read "Publicity photographers capture the essence of the show."

tim in the times...

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KUOW previews The A.W.A.R.D. Show! Dec 4, 2009

by Jessica

Alice Kaderlan talks about The A.W.A.R.D. Show! on KUOW. From KUOW's site:

"Dancing with the Stars" is one of the most popular programs in America. The ABC competition invites viewers to vote on ballroom dancing couples. But, it also weighs the scores of professional dance judges. This month in Seattle modern dance gets a similar treatment. Local audiences and dance experts will evaluate new choreography together. Seattle dance Critic Alice Kaderlan spoke with KUOW's Dave Beck about the program at Seattle's On the Boards presented in conjunction with New York City's Joyce Dance Theatre Alice says it's an opportunity for both dance experts and novices to sharpen their critical skills.

Listen to the preview.

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Profile of local dancer Jim Kent on ArtZone Dec 4, 2009

by Jessica

A profile on local dancer Jim Kent is the first part of the latest episode of ArtZone on Seattle Channel. Jim has been seen on the OtB stage frequently in the past couple years, including appearances in Mark Haim's Goldberg Variations, Scott/Powell Performance's Geography and, most recently, the 2009 NW New Works Festival, dancing with both Scott/Powell Performance and zoe|juniper. You can see him perform live at OtB soon, in both The A.W.A.R.D. Show! and Olivier Wever's Three Seasons. In the meantime, watch the profile of Jim over at the Seattle Channel.

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Linas Phillips goes to Sundance Dec 3, 2009

by Jessica

Linas Phillips, an 08/09 alum, will be heading to Sundance this year with Bass Ackwards. The film also features Jim Fletcher (his partner in crime from Lasagna), Davie-Blue  and Paul Lazar. Here's the short blurb from the official Sundance release:

After ending a disastrous affair with a married woman, a man embarks on a lyrical, strange and comedic cross-country journey in a modified VW bus.  

Congrats to Linas and his team!

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Whim W'him Dec 2, 2009

by Tania Kupczak

The charming and talented Olivier Wevers talks about his upcoming performance Three Seasons here at OtB in January. Listen [mp3]

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