In the spirit of Little Brown Mushrooms Sep 30, 2016

by Betsey Brock

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Little Brown Mushrooms: Psilocybe cyanescens Sep 29, 2016

by Erin

photo by Bruce Clayton Tom

Artist Alan Sutherland is also an avid mushroom hunter and mushroom expert. Little Brown Mushrooms draws especially from a particular mushroom, of the "magic" variety: Psilocybe cyanescenes.

In the words of the artist: "Little Brown Mushrooms is a dance theater meditation on mushrooms with a focus on the genus Psylocybe, whose members bruise blue and wreak glory in human beings."

This mushroom is native to the Pacific Northwest and is well-known for its potent psychedelic properties. 

These mushrooms can induce euphoria, altered thinking processes, clossed and open-eye visuals, synesthesia, an altered sense of time, and spiritual experiences.


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Butoh: What Is It? Sep 29, 2016

by Erin

Performer and choreographer Alan Sutherland is known in the Seattle community as a butoh performer. But what is butoh? This description from dancer Iwana Masaki is an interesting place to start:

"I have never heard of a butoh dancer entering a competition. Every butoh performance itself is an ultimate expression; there are not and cannot be second or third places. If butoh dancers were content with less than the ultimate, they would not be actually dancing butoh, for real butoh, like real life itself, cannot be given rankings."

This dance form is, for better or worse, nearly unclassifiable. It emerged from Japan in 1959 as a reaction to the dance scene at the time, which was largely focused on imitating Western styles or following traditional Japaneses styles like Noh. To quote Wikipedia: 

Thus, [co-founder Hijikata Tatsumi] he sought to "turn away from the Western styles of dance, ballet and modern",...

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Alan Sutherland: Butoh Artist Sep 29, 2016

by Erin

Get a taste of Alan Sutherland's beautiful movement style in this short excerpt from a performance at Vermillion Art Gallery with Little Brown Mushrooms collaborator Sheri Brown. 


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Journey Back Home Sep 24, 2016

by Petra Zanki

Verdensteatret Bridge over Mud is a perfect theater, the one that reminds of theater Edward Gordon Craig’s evokes in his essay “The Actor and the Ubermarionette.” “If you can find in nature a new material, one which has never been used by man to give form to his thoughts,” writes Craig, “then you can say that you are on the high road towards creating a new art. For you have found that by which you can create it.” (EGC, “The Actor and the Ubermarionette”, The Mask, Vol. 1. p. 8.) Verdensteatret has one such content and form material, and they call it flotsam: a driftwood of recollections past, present, and yet to be.

Bridge over Mud it is not easily rationally interpreted, as it sources from voiced intuitions, talking to us from places reminding of those we inhibit just before waking up. Those bardo like in-betweens keep their work open to us, allowing for...

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Sounding Off: Verdensteatret’s Bridge Over Mud Sep 24, 2016

by Elissa Favero

There’s a 1929 painting by the American artist Arthur Dove that I’ve loved for a long time, though I’ve only ever seen it in reproduction. It’s called Fog Horns, and though you can read in it landscape and layers of atmosphere and distance, it is as much about sound as it is space, as Dove’s title signals. Concentric ovals suggest the way sound travels, starting loud and concentrated at a center and then softening as it moves out from its source, waves of sound over and overlapping waves of water. 

​I thought of Dove and his painting last night in the middle of Verdensteatret’s Bridge Over Mud at On the Boards as a tuba sounded off, stage left, the rim of its circular brass bell catching and reflecting the spotlight as projected black-and-white circles grew and shrank and morphed. Sound, here, distorting, transforming, ...

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"If a City Could Have a Nightmare, It Would Look Like Bridge Over Mud" - The Stranger Previews Verdensteatret Sep 23, 2016

by Erin

The Stranger previews Verdensteatret's Bridge Over Mud:

Right now the stage at On the Boards looks like a landfill. A miniature train track snakes around glass plates, bones, crystal balls, angular sculptures, and piles of crepe paper fringe. Bullhorn speakers line the floor and ceiling. It's a mess.

When it's showtime, the lights go out.

Then stuff starts to move.

It turns out all the junk on the ground is a complex, room-...

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Bridge Over Mud - The Audience Has Spoken Sep 23, 2016

by Erin

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