NW New Works Festival Artists: Adriana Hernandez Jun 8, 2015

by Erin

Adriana Hernandez is a choreographer/performer who grew up in Tijuana, Mexico. Mujer Bonita is a dance performed by all Latina women with a live Latina singer. The choreography explores the nature of the truth and lies, and stereotypes existant in Latin American culture relating to women. The choreography encapsulates ideas of machismo, feminism, gender stereotypes, wanting to maintain good appearances. Mujer Bonita is performed by dancers Adriana Hernandez, Carla Maria Negrete Martinez with Nancy Blanco-Hrivnak, and Nico Tower.

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Ya gotta love the NWNW Festival Jun 7, 2015

by Mary Ann Peters

Ya gotta love the NWNW Festival. Every bit of "you're kidding me!" shares the spotlight with virtuosity and finesse. Whatever instinct you have to drop a critique the size of a small building on to the performers collapses behind the truth that all these people are simply giving it a go.  And that deserves a level of respect that humbles any impulse to be overly critical. So I'll just be respectfully critical, more of a first responder on the scene of a fire.....enjoying and commenting on the chaos of the spectacle while trying to grasp important details.

 

Details:

 

  • Synchronized robotic movements slither into a languid stretch.
  • A woman hangs by her fingertips from a stage ladder.
  • Red.
  • Percussive taps layered one on top of the other.
  • Masturbation.
  • My scarf falling to the ground, tipped by the performer who just stepped over my chair.
  • The "peck peck" of a typewriter
  • Big...

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NW New Works Festival Artists: Jessica Jobaris & General Magic Jun 5, 2015

by Erin

Choreographer/performer Jessica Jobaris has been making work for over 20 years throughout the EU and across the US and Canada. In addition to performing on art stages, Jessica is the Movement Director for Freehold's Engaged Theater, that takes Shakespeare into prisons. A Great Hunger reflects on how we cope with loneliness, depression, anxiety and suicide, and having our own unique experiences with grieving and healing. The General Magic team includes  artists Laura Aschoff, Ariel Burke, Neil Coffey, Sruti Desai, Jason Franklin, Miguel Aguilar, Alianna Jaqua, Nikolai Lesnikov, Pol Rosenthal, David Verkade, and Hendri Walujo.

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NW New Works Festival Artists: Violets on Smoke Jun 4, 2015

by Erin

Violets on Smoke is a group of musicians/performers led by Sarah Paul Ocampo. Nonchalant dance and alternately catchy/melancholy pop songs examine the confines of apartment city dwelling of people who live at once together and alone. Violets on Smoke features the talents of Karen Garrett de Luna, Bo Gilliland, Aaron Huffman, and Sara Jinks.

Listen to some of the songs here!  

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NW New Works Festival Artists: Members of Seattle Irish Dance Company Jun 3, 2015

by Erin

Dancers/choreographers Carlye Cunniff and Margery Pulkkinen use their intensive background in Irish traditional step dancing and add a live looping pedal to push the form to new heights. The sound of the shoes is manipulated and looped live, while the dancers create movement to the sound of their own feet. A live fiddler adds to the effect. Cunniff and Pulkkinen are dance professionals and both long-time members of the Seattle Irish Dance Company, an internationally touring, competitive Irish step dance company. 

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NW New Works Festival Artists: Travis Clarke & Benjamin Kamino Jun 1, 2015

by Erin

Two artists meet in person for the very first time on the OtB mainstage in The Journey it Takes. Benjamin Kamino, a Canadian dancer who has performed with Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Pigeons International, Dancemakers, and others, teams with performance/visual artist Travis Clarke in a conceptual work culminating live before the audience. Each artist has completed a series of small individual projects prior to the performance, leading up to the idea of being completely present in the moment of two humans meeting in a simultaneously private and public space. 

See more of Clarke's work here.
Watch videos of Kamino's work here. 


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NW New Works Festival Artists: Nancy Ellis May 28, 2015

by Erin

Longtime dancer Nancy Ellis ventures into the world of choreography with a meta-performance based on a performance. A performer/collaborator in other choreographer's works for 20 years and an arts administrator for 17, Ellis's new work stems from her disconnect with a "performer portrait" (titled NANCY) based on her. In her dance career Ellis has worked with Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar/Big Dance Theater, Pat Graney, and Mac Wellman, among others. 

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NW New Works Festival Artists: Faith Helma May 28, 2015

by Erin

Faith Helma is a fearless performer, creator, teacher, and theater-maker. She makes solo and ensemble work with Portland's Hand2Mouth Theater, of which she is a co-founder. Helma's NWNW performance delves into the somewhat dubious world of self-help seminars. Get ready to meet a personal trianer for your creative mind!

Read more about Helma here. 

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