16/17 Season Artists | zoe | juniper Jun 25, 2016

by Erin

photo by Juniper Shuey

Beloved Seattle artists Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey return to the OtB stage with a powerful and empassioned new piece marrying Scofield's angular, intense choreography and Shuey's cutting-edge videography with the raw, uniquely American tradition of Shape Note Singing. Mixing singers with a stellar cast of dancers and performed in the round, this new work plays with constantly shifting points of perspective and highlights strengths in roots and community. 

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Listen to an example of Shape Note Singing here.
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16/17 Season Artists | Alan Sutherland Jun 24, 2016

by Erin

photo by Bruce Clayton Tom

Seattle's fearless Butoh master/mushroom hunter Alan Sutherland makes his debut at OtB next season with a hallucinatory, passionate piece inspired by a children's sci-fi book, his love for the Seattle art community, and his own extensive knowledge of Northwest indigenous mushrooms, especially the "magic" variety. Joined by a fantastic team of local artistic collaborators, this large-scale piece marks the 20-year anniversary of Sutherland's first Butoh performance. 

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16/17 Season Artists | Verdensteatret Jun 22, 2016

by Erin


photo courtesy Verdensteatret

Our season kickoff performance is un-describable, even by our standards. The intrepid artist collective Verdensteatret hails from Oslo, Norway, where they have been working for the past decades in a mix of music, technology, theater, and visual art. Bridge Over Mud is examplary of their mix of styles: a "movable room" complete with train tracks crossing and re-crossing the stage carrying lights and sound, projections that must be seen to be believed, and an encompassing soundscape resting somewhere between outer and inner space. This piece challenges senses of perception and time, allowing for dreamy visions and unconscious connections. 

Bridge Over Mud will only be performed at two locations in the USA this season. We are incredibly proud to be hosting these...

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NW New Works Festival 2016 Studio Showcase – Weekend 2 Jun 20, 2016

by Eli Steffen

I find myself watching these piece wondering if all art is political, than does all art propose its utopian end? So in an offering of hubristic failure I give these projections from, about and ultimately onto these works of art. Arrogant as all audiences must be, to take someone’s art and decide what it means, how it is valuable, where it might lead us. A failure since I start off wrong, missing the point, wondering in the dark of my ignorance and limited experience.


NW New Works Festival 2016 Studio Showcase – Weekend 2 

Art as standard, the bar to reach for and the unit of equal. Art that is boxable, uniform, 20-minutes and out. What does it mean that the first artist is one who’s career has already been launched by this festival? Might it hope for an art world where “emerging” artists mix with more established arts, where art is art is art is art is art and one’s status is one’s status is one’s status is one’s status. Or is it the end of...

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To Do: a reaction to nw new works mainstage showcase, weekend 2 Jun 20, 2016

by Ryan Vinson


Ryan Vinson learns this human thing through words, voice, and movement. He's performed with Victoria Jacobs, The New Animals, Laura Aschoff, and PE|Mo; makes music under the name sketch lightly; and is one half of duo Said the Starling. He's also a writing teacher.

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WHO'S WHO: A Reaction to NW New Works Studio Showcase, Weekend 2 Jun 18, 2016

by Ryan Vinson


Ryan Vinson learns this human thing through words, voice, and movement. He's performed with Victoria Jacobs, The New Animals, Laura Aschoff, and PE|Mo; makes music under the name sketch lightly; and is one half of duo Said the Starling. He's also a writing teacher.

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Being (Black) Me at NW New Works Festival 2016 – Weekend 1 Jun 13, 2016

by Ryan Vinson

MY INITIAL THOUGHTS WHILE WATCHING THE FIRST 3 PIECES OF THE MAINSTAGE SHOWCASE:

There is a minimalist beat. Minimal movement. Stressed face but silly tone for serious words that still come across humorously. Details are included that make me think these stories must be true. Banal details. Heavy under happy. Busy music, restrained bodies. Lives defined by technology. Good and bad and definite. Definitely definite. Ankles. Naked? Can’t direct eyes? Eyes respond to rest of body, which responds to outside stimuli – lights/music. And/or internal impulses. Blood rushing through limbs. Repetitive, stretched, warbly sounds. Industrial. Voice in a metallic cavern. Body echoes. Tremors. Captive. Unyielding to exhaustion. Dress ritual. Transform. Evolve. The human machine. Becoming human. Putting on a show. But still animal. Still defined by skin or fluids or clothing or music or roles or expectations. Clock. Dramatic piano. Quiet...

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NWNW Week 1 In Review by Dani Tirrell Jun 13, 2016

by Dani Tirrell

As I reflect the opening weekend of NWNW Festival, there are three performances that struck a cord with me. And got me excited about PNW arts again. The first being Vanessa Goodman.

Vanessa Goodman: She is what others try to be when it comes to contemporary dance and performance.  Musicality,  physicality, spiritual, control, articulation, loss of control and joy.  She could have easily been lost on the Mainstage , but she easily  made the stage her willing and small partner. 

The other being AU Collective: They are unapologetic in their delivery and aesthetic. From the music to the movement to the wat they entered the stage, the piece was about their stories. I was happy to see them use music that was current and movent that was mixed with contemporary and street/social dances.  The collective seem to be more connected to each other and the ideas and concept were more clear...

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