NW New Works Festival Artists: Jessica Jobaris & General Magic Jun 5, 2015

by Erin

Choreographer/performer Jessica Jobaris has been making work for over 20 years throughout the EU and across the US and Canada. In addition to performing on art stages, Jessica is the Movement Director for Freehold's Engaged Theater, that takes Shakespeare into prisons. A Great Hunger reflects on how we cope with loneliness, depression, anxiety and suicide, and having our own unique experiences with grieving and healing. The General Magic team includes  artists Laura Aschoff, Ariel Burke, Neil Coffey, Sruti Desai, Jason Franklin, Miguel Aguilar, Alianna Jaqua, Nikolai Lesnikov, Pol Rosenthal, David Verkade, and Hendri Walujo.

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NW New Works Festival Artists: Violets on Smoke Jun 4, 2015

by Erin

Violets on Smoke is a group of musicians/performers led by Sarah Paul Ocampo. Nonchalant dance and alternately catchy/melancholy pop songs examine the confines of apartment city dwelling of people who live at once together and alone. Violets on Smoke features the talents of Karen Garrett de Luna, Bo Gilliland, Aaron Huffman, and Sara Jinks.

Listen to some of the songs here!  

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NW New Works Festival Artists: Members of Seattle Irish Dance Company Jun 3, 2015

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Dancers/choreographers Carlye Cunniff and Margery Pulkkinen use their intensive background in Irish traditional step dancing and add a live looping pedal to push the form to new heights. The sound of the shoes is manipulated and looped live, while the dancers create movement to the sound of their own feet. A live fiddler adds to the effect. Cunniff and Pulkkinen are dance professionals and both long-time members of the Seattle Irish Dance Company, an internationally touring, competitive Irish step dance company. 

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NW New Works Festival Artists: Travis Clarke & Benjamin Kamino Jun 1, 2015

by Erin

Two artists meet in person for the very first time on the OtB mainstage in The Journey it Takes. Benjamin Kamino, a Canadian dancer who has performed with Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Pigeons International, Dancemakers, and others, teams with performance/visual artist Travis Clarke in a conceptual work culminating live before the audience. Each artist has completed a series of small individual projects prior to the performance, leading up to the idea of being completely present in the moment of two humans meeting in a simultaneously private and public space. 

See more of Clarke's work here.
Watch videos of Kamino's work here. 


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NW New Works Festival Artists: Nancy Ellis May 28, 2015

by Erin

Longtime dancer Nancy Ellis ventures into the world of choreography with a meta-performance based on a performance. A performer/collaborator in other choreographer's works for 20 years and an arts administrator for 17, Ellis's new work stems from her disconnect with a "performer portrait" (titled NANCY) based on her. In her dance career Ellis has worked with Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar/Big Dance Theater, Pat Graney, and Mac Wellman, among others. 

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NW New Works Festival Artists: Faith Helma May 28, 2015

by Erin

Faith Helma is a fearless performer, creator, teacher, and theater-maker. She makes solo and ensemble work with Portland's Hand2Mouth Theater, of which she is a co-founder. Helma's NWNW performance delves into the somewhat dubious world of self-help seminars. Get ready to meet a personal trianer for your creative mind!

Read more about Helma here. 

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NW New Works Festival Artists: Lauren Edson May 26, 2015

by Erin

Lauren Edson is a dancer and choreographer from Boise, Idaho. An alumnus of the School of Jacob's Pillow Contemporary Dance program, she has danced with the Trey McIntyre Project, Hubbard Street 2, Ballet Idaho, and Idaho Dance Theatre, among others. Edson's new work incorporates live music and movement in an exploration of the tumultuous life of Zelda Fitzgerald. Edson is an alumni of the NW New Works Festival and we are happy to welcome her back to the main stage! 

Learn more about her work here. 

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NW New Works Festival Artists: Markeith Wiley May 20, 2015

by Erin

Markeith Wiley is a dancer, choreographer, and performer who easily moves between genres. Artistic Director of The New Animals dance company, he has also choreographed for Washington Ensemble Theatre, Saint Genet, and the Satori Group. Wiley's new work, 31 and Counting, is a dance/theater work incorporating a live DJ and performance by Wiley and his "shadow" in a fast-paced piece incorporating the true-life experiences of one young black man in the USA. 

Read more about Wiley in this feature in City Arts Magazine. 

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