16/17 Season Artists | Alan Sutherland Jun 24, 2016

by Erin

photo by Bruce Clayton Tom

Seattle's fearless Butoh master/mushroom hunter Alan Sutherland makes his debut at OtB next season with a hallucinatory, passionate piece inspired by a children's sci-fi book, his love for the Seattle art community, and his own extensive knowledge of Northwest indigenous mushrooms, especially the "magic" variety. Joined by a fantastic team of local artistic collaborators, this large-scale piece marks the 20-year anniversary of Sutherland's first Butoh performance. 

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16/17 Season Artists | Verdensteatret Jun 22, 2016

by Erin


photo courtesy Verdensteatret

Our season kickoff performance is un-describable, even by our standards. The intrepid artist collective Verdensteatret hails from Oslo, Norway, where they have been working for the past decades in a mix of music, technology, theater, and visual art. Bridge Over Mud is examplary of their mix of styles: a "movable room" complete with train tracks crossing and re-crossing the stage carrying lights and sound, projections that must be seen to be believed, and an encompassing soundscape resting somewhere between outer and inner space. This piece challenges senses of perception and time, allowing for dreamy visions and unconscious connections. 

Bridge Over Mud will only be performed at two locations in the USA this season. We are incredibly proud to be hosting these...

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NW New Works Festival 2016 Studio Showcase – Weekend 2 Jun 20, 2016

by Eli Steffen

I find myself watching these piece wondering if all art is political, than does all art propose its utopian end? So in an offering of hubristic failure I give these projections from, about and ultimately onto these works of art. Arrogant as all audiences must be, to take someone’s art and decide what it means, how it is valuable, where it might lead us. A failure since I start off wrong, missing the point, wondering in the dark of my ignorance and limited experience.


NW New Works Festival 2016 Studio Showcase – Weekend 2 

Art as standard, the bar to reach for and the unit of equal. Art that is boxable, uniform, 20-minutes and out. What does it mean that the first artist is one who’s career has already been launched by this festival? Might it hope for an art world where “emerging” artists mix with more established arts, where art is art is art is art is art and one’s status is one’s status is one’s status is one’s status. Or is it the end of...

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To Do: a reaction to nw new works mainstage showcase, weekend 2 Jun 20, 2016

by Ryan Vinson


Ryan Vinson learns this human thing through words, voice, and movement. He's performed with Victoria Jacobs, The New Animals, Laura Aschoff, and PE|Mo; makes music under the name sketch lightly; and is one half of duo Said the Starling. He's also a writing teacher.

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WHO'S WHO: A Reaction to NW New Works Studio Showcase, Weekend 2 Jun 18, 2016

by Ryan Vinson


Ryan Vinson learns this human thing through words, voice, and movement. He's performed with Victoria Jacobs, The New Animals, Laura Aschoff, and PE|Mo; makes music under the name sketch lightly; and is one half of duo Said the Starling. He's also a writing teacher.

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Being (Black) Me at NW New Works Festival 2016 – Weekend 1 Jun 13, 2016

by Ryan Vinson

MY INITIAL THOUGHTS WHILE WATCHING THE FIRST 3 PIECES OF THE MAINSTAGE SHOWCASE:

There is a minimalist beat. Minimal movement. Stressed face but silly tone for serious words that still come across humorously. Details are included that make me think these stories must be true. Banal details. Heavy under happy. Busy music, restrained bodies. Lives defined by technology. Good and bad and definite. Definitely definite. Ankles. Naked? Can’t direct eyes? Eyes respond to rest of body, which responds to outside stimuli – lights/music. And/or internal impulses. Blood rushing through limbs. Repetitive, stretched, warbly sounds. Industrial. Voice in a metallic cavern. Body echoes. Tremors. Captive. Unyielding to exhaustion. Dress ritual. Transform. Evolve. The human machine. Becoming human. Putting on a show. But still animal. Still defined by skin or fluids or clothing or music or roles or expectations. Clock. Dramatic piano. Quiet...

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The Shit is FRESH Jun 12, 2016

by Jessica Jobaris

How to belong, how to betray, how do we say what we say when we say

Kaktus Kolache
Saturated film reference, angsty jest, and "Can I understand this way of life?"
How much distraction do we need, want, desire, reject?
Community bound by food, families and history are bound by recipes, and Coley gave me a Psychedlia of being-ness.
Her howling made me happy and fed, and connected to. Next time, can we sing a long?

Allie Hankins + Rachhel Dichter
Mucho appreciation for a post modern-postmodernists-modernismists......I hunkered into what I perceived as ultimate feminism.. that is as subtle as it is NOT.  A silent scream in your eyes for an understanding, and developing that continues into a bravery.  The tempted presence in all of us...how do we take them in, and see back to them.  Mysterious, annoying, bewildering, heavy and painful....the politics of the...








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1,2,3,4 - NW New Works Performance Review: Week 1 Studio Theater Jun 11, 2016

by Victoria Jacobs

1.The southwest inspires extremes in a way the pacific northwest tends to mute them. In the high desert the summers scorch, the winters freeze, water is a scarcity until it flash floods, and life seems to hang on by a tenacious and ferocious patience. I remember walking past juniper scrubs that were over a thousand years old. I imagined living there but I felt like the extremes would push me to my edge and then past it. I wondered in the canyons how my European family had traveled there, determined to push into new places and find new homes, tenacious and ferocious enough to endure the edges of their edges and keep going into the void, looking for a place that would be their own.

I have wanted to say everything at once too. I have felt a too-much-ness of myself, an intensity of the world and my response to it, and have felt that no one would understand me unless I gave them all the layers of myself at once. I would make them work, the way I had made myself work, to penetrate...

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