Ambassador Theresa Crim partnered with Seattle-based creative director Strath Shepard to pull together a playlist for the OtB lobby during GERMINAL. The list consists of 52 songs - a song for each week of a calendar year, "each song represents a different aspect of building or destroying or transcending a civilization."
Check out the playlist below and buy your tickets now to experience the magic yourself.
More about Strath Shepard at http://strathshepard.tumblr.com
1 Junya Watanabe Fall/Winter 2014 runway show music iPhone recording
2 Rotary Connection "I am the Black Gold of the Sun" Hey, Love
3 Shabazz Palaces "Are you… Can you… Were you? (Felt)" Black Up
In GERMINAL YOU REINVENT THE UNIVERSE, NO LESS! HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO WORK WITH SUCH A VAST BASIC PREMISE?
It was a crazy gamble. We imagined starting all over from scratch, organizing a finite universe consisting of only four people on an 8m by 10m stage. Those four people would grow and mature according to a somewhat Darwinian logic, like a theory of evolution pushed to the limit.
We did not proceed by elimination or by positive selection. Instead we asked ourselves what we would like to see, then we determined what we were going to put onstage.
For example, we wanted to break the stage, literally break it – abuse it, destroy it.
We were looking for a somewhat brutal violence of form, of materiality. That came about right at the beginning, even before we began writing the piece.
OtB's Erin Jorgensen talks with French artists Antoine Defoort and Halory Goerger about their work GERMINAL. How they talk about their piece, how they started working together, interview strategies, and most importantly - what's in their suitcase.
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"Over the course of 75 minutes, four performers create a world—thoughts, language, the laws of physics—from scratch. Forget however self-indulgent or aloof that might sound: By taking us along on their process of discovery and definition, Germinal's performers obliterate the need for us to suspend our disbelief. They redefine the contract between artist and audience. It's a brilliant subversion of traditional theater, and utterly devoid of moralizing or hubris. This is why live performance exists."
Read the rest of the glowing review at Willamette Weekly.
"High Note: It’s hard to say much without giving away the discoveries of the show, but suffice it to say there’s singing, a conversation with a universal operator (that is, an operator who can install things into their confined universe like the law of thermodynamics), the destruction of the stage with a pick axe, and the most amazing use of Windows you’ve ever seen.
Bottom Line: At heart, the show is an exceptionally inventive exploration of creativity, curiosity, and joy—all the things that make living in this universe worthwhile. This is the can’t miss show of the festival—and possibly the year. Beat someone up and steal their ticket."
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"As a white woman working in a style first developed by black men, O’Neal found herself challenged from multiple sides. Was she authentic? Was she respectful? Was she working sincerely or just another white artist appropriating African-American culture? Disturbed by the controversy, she turned to Rennie Harris—a nationally known artist based in Philadelphia and one of the first breakdancers to create work for concert venues (he’s performed here at On the Boards)—whom she considers a mentor. His advice was to 'know her history' cold—to be able to demonstrate where her influences came from and explain how she learned them."
Read the entire article in the Seattle Weekly.
photo by Nate Waters
Lots of OtB presence in The Stranger's A&P Fall Arts guide! A lovely photo of Murphy/Lachow's The Man Who Can Forget Anything (featuring dancer Marissa Niederhauser), a photo of Tere O'Connor's company, a call-out for NW New Works applications (due Mon, Oct 27!) and Open Studio ideas, and a TBA ad from our friends at PICA featuring ...
"'I think love in that process is...being able to let the other one go his own way, even if you think 'oh god, this is crappy.'" –Halory Goerger
The creators of Germinal (and numerous other projects) work it out on OK Radio with Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper (Nature Theater of Oklahoma).
Listen to interview here (scroll down a bit)
Check out all the other great & FREE OK Radio interviews on their site, or download their podcast app and listen anywhere.