A Toast to Matthew Richter's "Dinner Theater" by Alex M. Dunne Sep 18, 2006

by mikeker_admin

From the opening invitation sung by Sarah Rudinoff to the closing Secret Cream Puffs, this show is full of surprises. Diners play the Board of Directors of a fictional futuristic "Foundation" that commissioned Richter's elders to investigate the simple question "how do we save food?"
Seventy-three years later, it is Richter's role as Director of the Commission, and his assistant played by Jodi-Paul Wooster, to deliver the answer in 16 servings of invention, creation, history and culinary tomfoolery.

Like an edible inconvenient truth, "Dinner Theater" explores how near to extinction real food has become. Facing fast food's "immortality gained through repetition", the show asks what is lost if scientists can replace the caprese salad with a genetically modified tomato growing on the vine with basil and mozzarella already inside it? It may taste good, but the increased risk brought by simplified food diversity may not be worth it. Put another way, if there's only one...

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Matthew Richter/Dinner Theater:  “sun piercing night ” by Yoko Ott Sep 17, 2006

by mikeker_admin

Dinner Theater is another provocative and risky idea by Matthew Richter that promises to get people talking and thinking, and that’s why I love it. The intimacy of the evening and well-crafted presentation makes me feel like I just went through a rite of passage and now I am part of a secret club. I don’t want to comment too specifically on the food and accompanying narrative because that would spoil the fun. But I will say,  “yum! ”,  “pretty! ” and  “poprocks rule! ”. Put them in your wine and hold the glass to your ear and listen for a while, then guzzle it down—fun times people.

I won’t lie though, there are bugs to work out. Most notably, the pace. It is too fast, please slow it down. Each bite needs to be savored longer, thought about deeper and experienced on its own before being interrupted by the next storyline.

Yoko Ott recently started...

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OtB Dispatch aka The Bog (for Annie) Sep 15, 2006

by Lane

I don’t like the name OtB Dispatch much but it’s our feeble attempt at a staff blog, which is really just a cover-up strategy for the fact that I was terrible about updating my own blog. At a minimum, we’re promising weekly posts by our staff and we hope readers will check back often to make sure we’re staying on top of it.

Anyway, we’re psyched about the utility of our new website. Not only do we have more control over our blogs but there are also more interactive features that make the blogging experience so much better. We also have a lot more potential with the streaming audio and video which means you can get a glimpse of upcoming shows and listen to interviews with artists on our season. We’re still in beta-mode with the site so please let us know if you see any glaring errors or room for improvement.

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Allen Johnson fixes our website Sep 14, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

Allen Johnson

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Cake Sep 14, 2006

by mikeker_admin

Stranger Cake

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Our blog archive Sep 8, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

Click Here to read the blog archive of performances from May 2004 - June 2006

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Mountain Blog #2 Aug 18, 2006

by mikeker_admin

Amelia's Mountain Song

dune se-ra-ru me-rahr-so ran
who ra serar ooooo eyour too wowh
who ooo srha-roon
who soranln tu_a sraruo oo oo oo_"Grapple"
"Grapple"
"Grappl_oooo-ru-oo-su"
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Opening Mountain Song

juoi juoi juoi juoi bup
bup juoi bup juoi juoi bup
------o-------bup
bup juoi juoi bup juoi bup
-----bup-----bup-o--------
--------bup----o---bup-----
juoi
-------o-----
juoi
--------o----------

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stage 3 vocabulary

slap
slash
gouge
chop
flay
kaboom
bam
ship
shoot
bang
cut
stab
butcher
kapow
saw
mutilate
crush
beat
rape
gag
chew
spear
pierce
slice
punch
jab
sock
suffocate
wap...












































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Mountain Blog #1 Aug 15, 2006

by mikeker_admin

These are thoughts, questions, frameworks, revelations from our first week of residency with Deborah Hay in Bellingham. (Peggy Piacenza, Gaelen Hanson, Amelia Reeber)

What is choreography?

How can we further that question?

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TOOLS TO NOTICE WHAT IS HAPPENING AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT ON STAGE

What if every cell in the body has the ability to perceive the uniqueness and originality of all that there is?

Noticing the feedback of the whole body at once as the teacher.

Surrender the pattern of facing a single direction. The body has no front it just behaves as though it has one.

Reading the body as a barometer of space

Invite being seen (from the bones).

What if where I am at is what I need?

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I CHING
The hexagram is the end and the beginning of all movement – where death and birth pass one into the other. Rest is merely a state of polarity that always posits...


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