Seattle's Nancy Guppy will be in the OtB mainstage lobby during the NW New Works Festival this year with a new project Empathic Listening Booth. Grab a beer from our FU-BEER GARDEN and some nosh from the food trucks outside and check out her installation between 7pm and 8pm in the mainstage lobby during both weekends of the festival. Get your NW New Works Festival Tickets today!
The Empathic Listening Booth is born out of an idea I think about a lot: That what most of us want is to be understood, to be recognized, to be seen. Empathic listening “is the capacity to understand or feel what another being is experiencing from within the other being’s frame of reference…” The Empathic Listening Booth is not...
photo by Tim Summers
The Three Yells is a dance company founded by choreographer Veronica Lee-Baik. Her work reflects Western avant-garde styles through the prism of Asian aesthetics and traditions. In her return to the NW New Works Festival, Lee-Baik deconstructs the classic ballet Giselle, distilling it to its central themes of madness, death, spirits, true love, grief, revenge, traditions. She then reinterprets the ballet through the playful and grotesque language of butoh, juxtaposing butoh’s slow hyper-controlled motion with the athleticism of contemporary dance.
The Three Yells perform on the mainstage in the second week of the...
photo by Lauren Crew
Dancer/choreographer David Harvey makes his Festival debut with a solo dance piece centered around the idea of a "brake tender" - the special car on a locomotive, filled with scrap metal to add weight, which aids in braking efficiency. Harvey deals with themes of vulnerability, self-imposed limitations, the weight of responsibility, and one’s attachment to aloneness.
An accomplished dancer, David Harvey formerly danced with Alonzo King Lines Ballet from 2008-20014. He contributed to the creation of 13 new pieces while working with Alonzo, and danced soloist roles in almost 400 performances worldwide. He is currently a freelance dancer, teacher, and choreographer.
David Harvey performs on the...
photo by Adam Weintraub
Artist Megan Murphy is a longtime OtB alumni with many performances on our stage under her prolific belt. She helms a new dance/film project incorporating themes of balance, falling, and the part of you that just might jump – complete with live Foley sound, JS Bach, and lots of humor. Murphy brings a stellar cast of familiar faces to the stage, including dancer Marisa Niederhauser, 16/17 OtB artist Ezra Dickinson, and her son, Charlie (last seen in Murphy/Lachow's 2014 The Man Who Could Forget Anything).
Megan Murphy performs on the mainstage in the second weekend of the Festival.
photo by Kathee Miller
Janusphere Dance Company is a Eugene, Oregon-based company helmed in part by director and choreographer Darion Smith. The company makes its Festival debut with Object, a multimedia dance work which explores the physical and cultural connections between people and objects.The dancers in Object illustrate a collection of stories while interacting with a monolithic set piece and exploring themes central to the human experience.
Janusphere Dance Company performs on the mainstage in the second week of the Festival.
photo by Tyler Korth
Performance/visual artist Kyle Loven branches out from his beautifully intimate puppetry shows with a surreal, dreamlike landscape inspired by natural history dioramas and night terrors. Loven focuses on mind-body connections in his exploration of dance and movement, coming together with the help of a half-gorgeous, half-scary Arctic creature.
Kyle Loven performs in the studio theater the second week of the Festival.
Learn more about Kyle Loven here.
photo courtesy Shontina Vernon
Writer/performer/musician/playwright Shontina Vernon makes her debut at the NW New Works Festival with a conceptual experience in movement and music exploring the politics of the black female body and the way it occupies literal and poetic space. Her Black Body Politic challenges ideas of what it means for black women to self-define and intentionally take up space in an environment that always seeks to marginalize and make them invisible.
Shontina Vernon performs in the studio in the second week of the Festival.
Learn more about Shontina Vernon here.
photo courtesy Gary Hill
Pioneering video artist Gary Hill makes his Festival debut with a visually mesmerizing piece incorporating 300 watt light flashes, remote control vehicles, virtual reality, and an attempt to reconcile with the progress of time. Gary Hill is known internationally for his work in art, performance, sculpture, electronic art, and new media art.
Gary Hill performs in the studio in the second weekend of the Festival.
Learn more about Gary Hill here.