Cubism points to a new dimension in TESSERACT May 19, 2017

by Koushik Ghosh

Tesseract invites us to move beyond two dimensional shapes into new dimensions and mysteries. Of course, the director, Charles Atlas, is there to assist you with the 'seeing,' with 3-D glasses. The experience is separated into two distinct segments. The movement, however, is continuously mediated, superimposed and purposely broken up by images and patterns.

In the first segment the movie collapses and expands space, with the movement serving as only a reference.

The spaces slice like a knife or turn psychedelic, kaleidoscopic and fractal and at some point become sinuous and continuous like the underworld of ancient Egyptians, or an old Jules Verne imagination of a world yet to be.

In the second segment, the dancers dominate. And, yet, the movement turns elastic, multiplicative like sprouting weeds that seek nourishment from unknown sources, making life busy, complicated and regular at the...

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by Petra Zanki

Charles Atlas/Rashaun Mitchell/Silas Riener: Tesseract (photo by Ray Felix/EMPAC)

Photo: Ray Felix/EMPAC.


A man in a crimson suit
comes to stage
And stands in front of us
right on the white mark
his eyes in between us and his camera
his body between us and his camera
we look at the man with his camera
his shoe, pitch-black on one side
and glittering on the other
that’s a quite peculiar shoe
and a bit demonic too
a man is thin, very thin, and tall
he might have walked out of Kafka’s novel

I have never seen a solo with a camera before
and it’s quite fascinating

and then the Roberta Flack song kicks in
and I am transported
on the back seat of my parents’ Zastava 101
my parents in front and the Roberta Flack song in front, too...

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Villanelle for Valerie: A Response to ‘The People’s Republic of Valerie’ May 6, 2017

by Natalie Singer-Velush

At some point we’ll wake up scattered to our being
Struggling to know as we circulate what’s real
Nurse says our thoughts reflect the things we’re seeing

Questioning the truth to which we cling
We float in space but rarely constellate each other
At some point we’ll wake up scattered to our being

We seek refuge in the unknown when grieving
I used to wonder who would guide my fate
Nurse says our thoughts reflect the things we’re seeing

Postworld, postmemory, postdetails, postmeaning
What if all these shit humans are inchoate, not final?
At some point we’ll wake up scattered to our being

At one point, at a certain point, in this moment, we sing
The fantasy of some savior come to evacuate us is real
Nurse says our thoughts reflect the things we’re seeing

The funny fairy tale of a bright future is freeing
But if we travel to the asterism can we repatriate...

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An open letter to artists about changes at OtB May 5, 2017

by Betsey Brock

Hi. You’re great and we love you. Seriously, we do. We want to make sure you’re in the loop on recent changes at OtB. We’ve got the road map of a smart strategic plan, the hardest working staff in show business, and board leadership that cares deeply about us.

After almost 15 years at On the Boards, Lane Czaplinski is leaving to become Director of Performance for the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio.  OtB has benefitted immensely from Lane’s talent and vision. He produced more than 80 new works, and created, now used in 157 countries, all 50 states, and at 110 universities. Other initiatives sparked during Lane’s tenure — like Studio Suppers, The Ticket Bank, and the Ambassador...

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What is Happening Now: The People’s Republic of Valerie May 5, 2017

by Elissa Favero

Yesterday was a day. The U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of the glibly named American Health Care Act, which, if approved by the Senate, would push back the Obama administration’s expansion of Medicaid and weaken protections for people with preexisting conditions, raising costs based on health history. For some healthcare companies, preexisting conditions include pregnancy and domestic violence. 

Republicans, we learned, listened to the theme from Rocky in a meeting prior to the winning vote. Afterwards, there were reports of beer being delivered to the Capitol for a GOP celebration. In Seattle, the skies opened and the rain came down hard. Lightening flashed and thunder rumbled. Political spectacle and smugness experienced via a screen gave way to a meteorological show I could see blaze and feel rumble. 

Later, at On the Boards, at the opening of The People’s...

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Free write inspired by The People's Republic of Valerie May 5, 2017

by Daemond Arrindell

in the dark present, one of the 7 calls out to us
and speaks of steps forward and an elegant gown
and as the brightness chases the darkness into the past
we see there is no dress

no pomp or circumstance or ceremony
just the being
just the being
just the being
an echoed reminder that every moment is unfolding
with us at centerstage, there is only right now
just the being
just the being
just the being

being, not just a reason, not just a place
not science fiction or religion
this is no spaceship, this is not a dream
we are being, just being, right now, together

we accept the challenge
don't interface, don't interfere

where are we?

we have bigger problems than the where
and the only thing that matters
is that it is happening right now

we learn to be invisible
it is survival to blend into the masses
but we still want the risk of standout

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Ambassador Note on The People's Republic of Valerie: Kristen Kosmas May 5, 2017

by Koushik Ghosh

“…The desire of the moth for the star,
Of the night for the morrow,
The devotion to something afar
From the sphere of our sorrow?…”

– P.B. Shelley


Kristen Kosmas, spoke to me with a candor that I found deeply endearing. She spoke to me of sadness and shock at what she has seen recently. She spoke of human conflicts, announcements of bombings and escalating violence, impending destruction of habitat, the epidemic of banal assertion of power by state actors. Yet, through it all what was striking, was her intuition of hope and possibility. 

Kristen always begins with herself and her thoughts that leap or are flat and slowly translates it to text. As the company of her thoughts begin to feel solitary and confining she reaches out larger and larger, expanding, and including, a director, she admires (Paul Budraitis), a scenographer (Peter Ksander) she loves collaborating with, and finally, the actors (seven; seemed like an...

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On the Cartography Apr 24, 2017

by Kristen Kosmas

I met Leon Finley at a Sarah Schulman reading at the Seattle Public Library in January. He was sitting in front of me, and I noticed that we were nodding emphatically— like, with our whole bodies— at all the same lines from the book (Conflict is Not Abuse), and at all the same points in the conversation between Schulman and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore that followed the reading. Naturally I wanted to meet this person who agreed whole-heartedly, and whole-bodily, with everything I agreed with, so I introduced myself to him after the event and we exchanged contact information. Then we actually contacted each other! And we met for coffee. And while we were having coffee, Leon showed me some pictures of his artwork, and I loved it immediately. 

For a long time I had the idea that this...

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