Podfest #6 | Randi Courtmanch | Fragments Jun 13, 2010

by Tania Kupczak

VIDEO NO LONGER AVAILABLE Originally intended as a "sketch" for a larger work, this piece explores how perceptions can change through shifting fragments of time as well as the ways in which we experience and view varying levels of self.

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NWNW Weekend Two - Studio Showcase Jun 12, 2010

by Shango Los

Attending the On the Boards 2010 NWNW Festival weekend #2 was slightly different for me than last weekend. Due to scheduling issues, I decided to split the two Showcases up onto different nights. Last night I saw the Studio Showcase pieces and will be enjoying the Mainstage Showcase on Sunday evening. As I said last weekend, I do not consider my role on this blog as a critic at all. I’ll leave that to the misanthropy of the local papers. I am an artist’s booster. I am there, yes, to watch with the experienced eye I have developed over 10 years of attending and being engaged by performance but the  “critical" part was already taken care of by the OTB selection committee. I am merely writing today to give a glimpse into some of the shows, help you reminisce if you were there and encourage you to go if you have been silly enough to not go already.

The Satori Group The Making of a Monster It is always...

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Podfest #5 | Adam Sekuler & Shannon Stewart | Water Rights Jun 12, 2010

by Tania Kupczak

VIDEO NO LONGER AVAILABLE Conceived of, shot, and edited in one day, Water Rights features the bridge that supports the City of Roslyn's water line. The bridge locks. The film's protagonist is trapped inside and can only be saved by a modern dancer with a suitcase. Music by the Monarch Duo/Eli Rosenblatt.

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Podfest #4 | Open Field | Reality Tunnel #23 Jun 11, 2010

by Tania Kupczak

VIDEO NO LONGER AVAILABLE In the future, there is no future. Notice the dystopia.

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NW New Works reviews of Weekend 1 Jun 9, 2010

by Jessica

Check them out: The Stranger: "High Wire: Northwest New Works vs Cirque du Soleil " Seattlest: "Northwest New Works, Week 1: The Studio Showcase" Crosscut: "Northwest New Works: campy, clever and unpredictable" ETA: The SunBreak: "NW New Works at On the Boards: Week 1 Wrap-Up, Week 2 Preview" Seattlest: "Northwest New Works, Week 1: The...

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2010 NWNW FEST 1st Weekend Jun 9, 2010

by Joe von Appen

Blogin. In most festival situations I find that after a certain density of work seen the pieces begin to speak to one another, they start to answer each other’s questions and echo each other’s sentiments. After the first weekend at the 2010 NWNW festival between the studio and the mainstage I saw three different solos of vastly different disciplines each have moments where the performer brandished a weapon. Now maybe I just like swords, knives and guns but it was a visual reminder of an effect I really appreciate, when art begins to overlap and expose a universality and connecting thread that bonds it all together. I don’t always like festivals but I like this effect and I fucking love the NWNW fest.

Studio Showcase. The sold-out studio showcase started with the Mint Collective’s Daughter of Air a multi-media meditation on mermaids. Sharp gasps in the dark cued the start of the show but may as well have been a...

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Seattle Times: "Mischief and attitude in dance, theater pieces at OtB's Northwest New Works showcase" Jun 7, 2010

by Jessica

Michael Upchurch and Misha Berson teamed up to tackle the first weekend of NW New Works. Read their take on the performances.

More reviews coming soon!

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NWNW - Weekend One Jun 6, 2010

by Shango Los

Attending the On the Boards 2010 NWNW Festival weekend #1 was a real thrill for me last night.   This Festival can always be counted on for some exciting and surprising performances.   One new twist this year was that in the weeks approaching the Festival, I was able to overhear the chatting between performers on Facebook as they went though their final changes, dress rehearsals and, most fun of all, good lucks and  “go get’em girls" in the last 24 hours.   As someone who is a  “professional audience member" like myself, I felt warmly and happily somehow included. Let’s get one thing off the table at the outset.   I do not consider my role on this blog as a critic at all.   I’ll leave that to the misanthropy of the local papers.   I am an artist’s booster. I am there, yes, to watch with the experienced eye I have developed over 10 years of attending and being engaged by...

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