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locust / mockumentary: New Friends In Different Mediums <font size=2>by Adam Sekuler</font> Oct 20, 2006

In respect of full disclosure, I thought I should start by letting you know that I know Amy O'Neal. Not well necessarily, but I've worked with her on a small project earlier in the year. That might not mean much for some, but for a guy who's been in Seattle a mere eight months, knowing anyone at all means that they're a friend.

Now that I have that out of the way, I'll let you know what I witnessed, or rather experienced last night. locust's mockumentary is nothing short of expansive. That is, it's a show on the verge of overload.

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Pas par pas &ndash; Growth and growing pains for locust <font size=2>by Mike Keim</font> Oct 20, 2006

Mockumentary, the new show by locust, has excellent dancing and music hampered by video that does little to enhance the show. The dancing is good in solos and full cast sections, and sublime during the partner dancing. I went last night remembering part of their last show, convenience, in which Ellie Sandstrom did the craziest awesome foot-pattycake (is that the technical term?) with another dancer lying on her back, and I was excited to see more of this partner work. I was not disappointed. I think locust’s partner choreography is incredible; I could watch it all night.

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locust review Oct 20, 2006

I always appreciate when artists put themselves out on a limb. Locust’s opening night performance of  “Mockumentary ” multi-tasked several elements with dance, live sound, video, a story with characters, and the technical nightmare of syncing up 3 video screens and light cues. Amy O’Neal’s choreography is by far a strength. Her unique movement vocabulary, which blends modern and hip hop, is completely interesting an unpredictable. I love the contradiction that it is both grounded and light and beautiful and ugly.

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Genius Awards Oct 18, 2006

Come join The Stranger, OtB staff and friends, and the other 2006 Genius Award winners for a night of music, drinks and celebration at the Henry Art Gallery! The fete is this Saturday, Oct 21st and starts at 9pm, but don’t be afraid to check out the locust performance that evening and be fashionably late to the party ”¦

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Constanza Macras/Dorky Park: Back to the Present Oct 9, 2006

Welcome to our blog reviews for Constanza Macras/Dorky Park! Leave a comment and give us your thoughts on the show or rate the existing reviews by clicking on the stars to register your opinion.

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Constanza Macras/Dorky Park<font size=2> by Peggy Gannon</font> Oct 9, 2006

I know nothing about dance. Hell, I hardly know anything about anything except maybe theatre. But dance is not in my world view thus far. This is the year I am changing all that. I've done pretty good so far, thanks in whole to OtB. One thing I didn't know before was that dance isn't just dance anymore. I am beginning to know better.

In terms of energy expended left on stage, this show is second only to Forced Entertainment a year or so ago. But while Forced Entertainment had a dark-edged humor, Dorky Park's humor has a kid-like nerdy sweetness.

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Constanza Macras/Dorky Park Review <font size=2>by Stuart Smithers</font> Oct 7, 2006

The first thing you need to know is: if you miss Constanza Macras and Dorky Park, you will have really missed  ”¦ something. I’ve come to expect surprises at On the Boards performances, but this one was out of the box. The show doesn’t really fit into any handy category. It’s a delightful and hilarious romp through life, a web of chaotic energy that washes over the stage with dance, music, stuffed animals flying everywhere, mock personals, video shorts, and an inflatable lamb with a questionable destiny.

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Constanza Macras: Memory is fragile, garbage lasts forever<font size=2> by Kamla Hurst</font> Oct 7, 2006

Two immediate thoughts come to mind when I heard that the trash queen of Berlin was coming: Felix Ruckert and Munich. Berlin-based choreographer Ruckert was at On the Boards a few years ago, bringing a sexy, cool club experience that truly engaged audience members -- a friend of mine recently recalled being repeatedly bounced on by a dancer named Jose at an evening performance. This is a fond memory. And I think of Munich whenever I hear Berlin b/c not long ago my mother worked for an airline, which meant I could travel to places like Germany for pennies.

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Constanza Macras: On Dorky Park<font size=2> by Mark Boeker</font> Oct 7, 2006

This show was so hot there was a fire engine waiting outside immediately after leaving the theater...no serious. It was hot in that dorky vs. sexy way. The playfulness and inventiveness kept me enthralled throughout and even though, after a pitch-perfect first act, the wind left the sails a bit, there would be a change of scenario, like a rice-cake eating contest to Bon Jovi's "You Give Love A Bad Name" performed by the entire troupe, and I'd be focused right back in. Who knew dance could be so much fun?

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Constanza Macras/Dorky Park: Review in the New York Times Oct 6, 2006

"What distinguishes 'Back to the Present', apart from a personable, sexy cast, is the manic good humor of the entire enterprise...it's just exhilarating."
-The New York Times

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