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Split Bill: Kidd Pivot/Crystal Pite and MovEnt/Day Helesic Mar 31, 2007

Welcome to our blog for the Dance Split Bill, featuring Kidd Pivot (a work by Crystal Pite) and MovEnt/Day Helesic.
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#100 from Outer Space (Split Bill) Mar 30, 2007

For the past two weeks or so, I've been watching the counter on our blog, eagerly awaiting the 100th post, that first milestone in a new blog's life. It's true that we've been actually blogging for several seasons now, but this season's new format feels like another beginning. I have secretly been hoping that I would have the chance to write that nominal 100th post, but didn't want to orchestrate a reason just for my own geeky satisfaction. Luckily, after watching the Split Bill show last night, I have a really amazing reason to post.

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Split Bill on the SLOG Mar 30, 2007

Brendan Kiley posted about last night's show on the Stranger's SLOG:

"There are surprises. There is tap dancing. There is intellectual and emotional content beneath strange, beautiful, can’t-stop-watching-it choreography. It’s theatrical and smart and fun." Read On.

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Split Bill review <font size=2>by Sean Ryan</font> Mar 30, 2007

First, I will say that Split Bills are a unique opportunity for us to catch two performances by two artists within our region; allowing audiences to travel to two different worlds and be mystified, stupefied, or even sometimes compromised. I remember being involved in Split Bill back in the day when there wasn’t a Northwest Artist Series. I remember the excitement; the opportunity for two artists, one who had been in the community for some time (Peggy Piacenza), the other, a group (VIA/ Tonya Lockyer) who had their first big debut in Seattle. The latter of which I was apart of.

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Split Bill: Day Helesic's SURGE <font size=2>by Tonya Lockyer</font> Mar 30, 2007

Out of the darkness comes the electric sound of static buzz. The lights slowly fade up on three women, dressed in variations of grey, moving in unison. The dancers face us, repeating a simple walking pattern—urgent but moving nowhere. It is as if they are caught inside the limitations of space and their shared obsessive task. Gradually they add to their repeating steps a skyward gesture of the arm. Over the next thirty minutes, we will see this gesture again and again—an almost desperate grasping upward.

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Theatre Replacement: Sexual Practices in Seattle Mar 22, 2007

Maiko from Theatre Replacement posted the story of their attempts to get into the US in time for the show here at OtB. Click here and scroll down to read the post.

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12 Minutes Max: Black Rose Movement & Northwest Dance Syndrome Mar 13, 2007

Black Rose Movement

Ok, next up is a dance group called Black Rose Movement, but I don't remember the name of their piece... Matt, do you remember what it was called?

Matt?

Well... this one is sort of a duet between two office workers competing with in the corporate system. And I think there's a third corporate boss person who pushes them around, and finally breaks them apart. I guess it doesn't really matter what it's called. We liked these dancers. It's gonna be great.

Northwest Dance Syndrome

Now that's a cool name. But that's not all it takes for me to like modern dance.

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Le Vu Long/Higher Together: Stories of Us Mar 9, 2007

Welcome to our blog for Le Vu Long/Higher Together: Stories of Us!

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Le Vu Long: Worth the wait- Stories Of Ourselves <font size=2>by Jason Plourde</font> Mar 9, 2007

Since I am an ASL interpreter, a gay man, and a director of an arts organization (that could be the start of a joke) I feel like the textbook target audience for Together Higher: a dance troupe of Deaf artists who employ themes of HIV and queer identity. I’ve been anticipating this performance since I found out about it last year, and I wasn’t disappointed. The opening night performance of Stories Of Us was extremely enjoyable, beautiful to watch, and very thought-provoking.

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Notes from a dinner conversation with Long and Lan Mar 9, 2007

Lane Czaplinski's notes from a dinner conversation with Le Vu Long and Luu Thi Thu Lan at Ray’s Boathouse on March 6, 2007:

Long’s wife Lan lived and studied dance in the Ukraine for 10 years. After the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, Lan was stranded in Kiev 80km away for two months while other foreigners from richer nations were evacuated. When she became pregnant approximately 6 years ago, Long feared that his child would be born with a disability, specifically deafness.

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