NW New Works 2017: Cameo Lethem Jun 8, 2017

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NW New Works 2017: Cameo Lethem

 

Isla is a new work by Seattle-based choreographer Cameo Lethem premiering at NW New Works in the Weekend 1 Studio Theater Showcase, June 9-11. An exploration into social isolation, Isla juxtaposes the individual's perception of isolation with the physicality of shared experiences. With music provided by Steve Reich’s Violin Phase, five dancers explore feelings of loneliness as they attempt to navigate the phasing music within their solo choreography.

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Cameo, originally from Hawaii, incorporates her curiosity for psychology and...

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NW New Works 2017: Nikola Tesla Projekt Jun 7, 2017

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NW New Works 2017: Nikola Tesla Projekt

Gino Jevdjevic (with Amy Denio and Matty Noble) of Kultur Shock and Tony-nominated director Wilson Milam bring The Light to OtB — a new story of Nikola Tesla’s origins and exodus, told with Balkan ethnic melodies, electronic and industrial sounds, and dance.

In this new work, Tesla’s story is told in all its tragedy and grandeur, playing out as a turning point in the never-ending strife between Prometheus (advocate of humanity) and Zeus (enforcer of conformity) and as a reminder of the internal struggle of the refugee between time and place. The Light focuses on the struggle from the point of view of the refugee, rather than the more typical outsider perspective of the Western world; the refugee must choose between chasing time — advancing and growing with society — or staying loyal to a place that has become isolated...

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NW New Works 2017: Kaitlin McCarthy Jun 5, 2017

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NW New Works 2017: Kaitlin McCarthy

 

DANFORTH: But she have danced?
PARRIS, unwillingly: Aye, sir.
Danforth, as though with new eyes, looks at Abigail.

 

See it first at OtB! This weekend in the Mainstage Theater Showcase (Jun 10-11 at 8 pm), Seattle-based choreographer Kaitlin McCarthy presents Eight Abigails, a reimagining of the teenage villain from Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. A dance about a girl teetering on the edge of sanity, survival, and insurgency, a full-length version will premiere at Velocity Dance Center later this fall.  

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Kaitlin McCarthy is a dance artist from Seattle, WA. She grew up dancing in Ann Arbor, Michigan and continued dancing on the East coast, where...

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NW NEW WORKS 2017: Vanessa Goodman/Action At a Distance Jun 4, 2017

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NWNW 2017: Vanessa Goodman

NWNW 2017: Vanessa Goodman

Countdown to the first weekend of the NW New Works Festival! 

On Saturday and Sunday in the Mainstage Showcase, Vancouver, BC-based Vanessa Goodman of Action at a Distance Society performs “Floating Upstream” — an exploration of having one’s head in the clouds where everything is simultaneously possible and impossible. Sound and visual design were created by frequent collaborator, Loscil (Scott Morgan), a composer, sound designer and multimedia artist living in Vancouver, BC. 

For the 2016 edition of NWNW Goodman performed her work “Container”, a piece where heritage,...

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NW NEW WORKS 2017: Kim Lusk Jun 3, 2017

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NWNW 2017: Kim Lusk

Subtle humor, technical footwork, 90s pop beats and a bit of country giddy-up — Kim Lusk’s Quartet for the Dead Set is a story about the ultimate power of the unlikely winner. Come see it performed as part of the first weekend of the NW New Works Festival, from June 9-11! 

Quartet is a part of A Dance for Dark Horses — an evening-length piece that will premiere next March as part of Velocity Dance Center’s Made in Seattle program. Another excerpt of the work-in-progress will be shown this fall on a shared bill at Velocity.

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Kim Lusk is descended from a hearty line of cowboys, homesteaders, and mountaineers. A performer and choreographer based in Seattle,...

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NW New Works 2017: Waxie Moon Jun 2, 2017

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NW New Works 2017: Waxie Moon

 

Next weekend we welcome Waxie Moon back to the OtB mainstage for NW New Works weekend 1 (June 10-11)! In After the Funeral, Waxie Moon, a widowed gender-blending burlesque artist, shares her Victorian secret.

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NW New Works 2017: PETE (Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble) May 31, 2017

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NW New Works 2017: PETE

 

Want to pack a lot of art into one evening? OtB’s NW New Works gives you the opportunity to see short versions of longer experimental or in-progress projects.

As part of the Studio Theater Showcase for Weekend 1, Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble (aka PETE) will present a 20-minute sample of Deception Unit — a kitchen-sink tragi-comedy and series of overlapping domestic narratives driven by the notion that our lives are fundamentally a series of well-constructed lies. 

What happens when we lose track of our tidy narratives — the lies we tell ourselves, each other, and the world — and truth exists only in the eye of the beholder? Examining the geopolitical through the lens of the quotidian, Deception Unit creates a world in which the audience’s...

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NW New Works 2017: Katie Piatt May 30, 2017

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NW New Works 2017: Katie Piatt

 

HELLO SUMMER! And hello to the 34th NW New Works festival! We're excited to showcase 16 artists and companies from around the region in OtB's annual festival of new and in-progress performance works. This week and next we'll be posting more about the artists and performers that are part of this year's line-up.

 

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In the Studio Theater Showcase on Weekend 1 (Jun 9-11), Katie Piatt performs "Male Fragility: A Night of Rant & Reason" — a critical love letter to men. Patriarchy’s tradition of cutting off men from their feelings and solely rewarding aggression leaves us all with stories to tell, and sometimes, to rant. Or, to put it another way: You're very loved, but also accountable, and nothing helps us learn...

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