by Brett Love
ON THE BOARDS AMBASSADOR, TEAM 4
When I first heard about the Ambassador program, the thing I was immediately excited about was the idea of merging communities. As someone who sees a lot of theatre and dance, I have long been aware of the differences in those audiences. In general, I see the dance people at dance events, and the theatre people at theatre events. There is very little crossover. I often hear from people, “I should see more dance.” Or, “I should see more theatre.” But getting them to jump from should to actually doing it is tough. On The Boards is the one place that does manage to bridge that gap, so I was very interested in being part of furthering that cause.
It’s my belief that one of the best ways to achieve this merging of communities, and the reason that OtB is so successful at doing that, is through art that combines their passions. If you have dancers working with theatre companies, working with musicians, they are...
In the spirit of collaboration and inspired by Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People’s And lose the name of action March 6 – 9, 2014, On the Boards Ambassador Team 4 invited Seattle’s Blood Ensemble to host a workshop on developing a creative, democratic dialogue for the creation of new work for artists of different genres.
READ ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE as told by OtB Ambassador Brett Love and Blood Ensemble leader Dayo Anderson
All artists and artisans who are interested in exploring performance are welcome.
Saturday, March 1 | 11am – 4pm | @ OtB | Free
Limit 20 – water and snacks provided
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 Noon @ Velocity Dance Center
$12 ($7 with ticket stub or Velocity MVP card)
What if everything we need to make a compelling performance is already in or around us? What if we practice harnessing a consciousness of immediacy, explicit mystery, relevance, irreverence and import? What if instead of worrying about money, time and space, we use compression and imagination to tap into somatic tuning, compositional accident and improvisational decision making to create experiences that are definitive and unstable? Can we identify and sophisticate a relationship between depth and speed? Let's spend a day re-invigorating our ability to discover through process.
Let's practice making Instant Performance.
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Master Class co-presented with...
"Seattle Chamber Players (SCP) just concluded Icebreaker, its biennial two-day festival of new music. This year’s edition, the seventh in their history, was titled open source, with a focus on high-tech music-making.
Artistic director Elena Dubinets — a key figure responsible for the Seattle Symphony’s smart programming — organized a stimulating and provocative program of five compositions spread over two evenings at Seattle’s terrific On the Boards space. SCP’s core members consist of Laura DeLuca (clarinet), David Sabee (cello), Mikhail Shmidt (violin) — all members of the Seattle Symphony — and Paul Taub (flute).
Their ranks were supplemented...
by Hanna Benn
For those who haven't had the chance to attend a Seattle Chamber Players concert, you don't know that the experience is nothing like your average chamber concert. In fact, it may feel more reminiscent of a rock & roll show, or even a 3D movie. It's very rare, in my experience as an audience member, to be completely captivated throughout an entire concert, but this event was a game changer. This ensemble truly succeeds in curating exceptionally innovative, daring and engaging programs that can challenge ones expectations.
In their seventh installment of Icebreaker, an annual festival that showcases new works by international artists, the Seattle Chamber Players initiated a conversation that infused music with technology. Each composer's unique combination of electronics, live music, and video were thoughtfully presented to engage and enhance the senses.
The highlight of the evening was Michel van der Aa's stunning multi-media cello...
"Two large screens hung from the ceiling at opposite sides of the room, and in the center of the space a white parachute was suspended by its edges, lit from behind, resembling an inverted jellyfish. A shallow white box had been placed on the floor under one of the screens; a vast white curtain hung on the side of the space with no seats, and opposite it was a smaller white curtain. Before the show began, we heard a man’s voice, but it was only barely audible, owing to the shimmery music overlaying it. This was a tantalizing beginning: I wanted to understand what the voice was saying but was continually thwarted. Meaning remained just out of reach."
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by Andrew Smith
According to the baritone soloist Jared Michael Brown on LuÃs Tinoco’s Spam! (the first piece on the evening’s program), clips of the videos accompanying the monodrama (oratorio?) were “a live feed from YouTube.” In a similar spirit, may I present an Index of Thoughts During Icebreaker VII, Concert 1, along with a relevant link to the Internet.
air-traffic controller: 1
anxiety: i, 2
Beatles, The: 3
by James Holt
If you're a fan of contemporary music, live in Seattle, and DIDN'T check-out An Index of Metals last night you should be ashamed of yourself. Granted, like the distinctive Pink Floyd sample that marks the beginning of the piece, it's probably best appreciated on a recording with headphones and your legal/illegal depressant/stimulant of choice. Still, experiencing this rarely performed "video opera" in person is worth changing your plans for and settling for a couple drinks from the bar. Agata Zubel, soprano (doubling on megaphone!), was the perfect choice for this electrified psychedelic journey.
Soprano Agata Zubel on megaphone. Photo courtesy of On the Boards.
You do have a chance to redeem yourself tonight though. The Dutch composer Michel van der Aa...