Friday night is not just a film screening - it's a record release party as well! We'll have vinyl copies on-hand of the amazing (completely remastered) Shredder Orpheus soundtrack, which has been re-released by Light in the Attic records.
The soundtrack is a work of art in its own right, featuring local music geniuses including multi-instrumentalist Amy Denio and drummer Bill Rieflin (currently playing with REM and King Crimson). Director Robert McGinley explains it best on the BAM blog:
"I shot and...
Shredder Orpheus played last year at BAM as part of their "Skateboarding is not a Crime" series. Director Robert McGinley answers some deep questions on the BAM blog about the ideas and mayhem behind the making of Shredder Orpheus:
Could you tell us about your involvement in Seattle's skate, music, and art scenes at the time, and how this project came about?
During the 80s I served as On the Boards' founding artistic director and had a blast developing OTB's new performance programming, which included utilizing the space for punk rock shows (Dils, Dickies, Dead Kennedys, Sub Humans, etc.). I had a brief stint...
It's nearly impossible to live in Seattle and not know about the "godfather of grunge," punk poet Steven Jesse Bernstein. The NW's answer to William Burroughs, Bernstein was an integral figure in the 90s Seattle scene. Poet, provacateur, performance artist, Bernstein is known for his unflinching poetry and unique style. The 90s were a fruitful time for genre crossing in Seattle, and Bernstein made the most of it - opening for bands including Nirvana, Big Black, The U-Men, Soundgarden, and The Cows. His recordings on local label Sub Pop are legendary.
Bernstein plays an integral role in Shredder Orpheus, and you can even see him on a skateboard. This 25th anniversary screening is dedicated to his memory.
Read more about Bernstein here and check out some of his work...
by Seattle Dances
Seattle Dances' take on Opposing Forces:
"In execution, Opposing Forces proved itself an extraordinary collaboration, not just between O’Neal and the dancers, but also in every aspect of the technical development. DJ Waylon Dungan (WD4D) provided excellent beats and created new musical landscapes for each section. However, it was the partnership between Amiya Brown’s lighting design and Ben Zamora’s set that stole the show. Zamora’s design of interlocking geometric patterns (boxes, triangles, ‘x’s, and eight-pointed stars) on the floor and backdrop set an incredibly adaptable scene, especially in tandem with the lighting. Brown’s lighting transformed the space time and time again, from sharply focused spots flashing tiled patterns reminiscent of disco clubs to bright washes of light revealing vulnerabilities. Arguably, these elements upstaged...
by Leah Baltus
Leah Baltus at City Arts on Opposing Forces:
"Most trips to On the Boards begin with a buzzing lobby. But on opening night of choreographer Amy O’Neal’s Opposing Forces last Thursday, the doors to the theatre opened early and the lobby crowd thinned. The action was already inside, where an open B-boy cipher informally welcomed everyone to get down before taking their seats. Pre-shows can have a canned, awkward quality, but this one exuded casual authenticity.
The room also took an atypical shape, the stage area flanked by two additional sets of risers for the audience. Geometric patterns were taped to the stage and the back wall by designer Ben Zamora. Composer and DJ Waylon Dungan, aka WD40, hovered over his rig near the back wall where he would run sound for the night.
The cipher—the circle in which B-boys take turns showing...
Robert McGinley was one of the original founders of OtB. He served as Artistic Director into the 80's, curating a healthy dose of performance art and punk rock. McGinley currently works as a media artist in film, poetry, and photography.
by Devin McDermott
To be at peace. A physical manifestation of grace as an expression of individuality. An outpouring of inner landscape...universal, ephemeral, pure, and personalized. No two bodies are the same, no two experiences are identical, no moment a replication of the one that preceded or followed it. An expression outside of gender, politics, history, category, and yet influenced and shaped by all of those things and every cell of the person who in the mode of creation. When I watched the dancers of Opposing Forces moving in their element whether in unison or as soloists, choreographed or improvised, my impression was steeped in an appreciation for the unbridled energy and perhaps joy expressed by fellow humans on stage. The technique may be beyond my experience, the culture of hip hop and break-dancing may be a world I know very little about first hand, but I know that very special state of expression through movement. I know what that feels like to be fully consumed by the experience of...
by Marcie Sillman
Marcie Sillman breaks down Opposing Forces at her arts and culture blog, And Another Thing:
"I freely admit I don't know heaps about hip hop culture or b-boys. But I do know when a dancer is technically skilled with a full-on commitment to his, or her, art form. That commitment was on full display on the parts of the performers in choreographer Amy O'Neal's 'Opposing Forces' at On The Boards, Saturday October 25th, 2014.
O'Neal assembled five of the Seattle area's most respected b-boys, along with musician/DJ WD4D, to create a performance that both opens the door to hip hop culture for a (mostly) non-hip hop audience, while at the same time allowing the cast members to explore both their art form and themselves as artists. The result...