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Seattle Times previews Alaska Oct 30, 2009

Jean Lenihan previewed Alaska in this morning's Seattle Times:

Each autumn, when On the Boards' International Series begins, it's like Artistic Director Lane Czaplinski has stacked a woodshed full of distinctive, provocative performers that will fuel the mainstage theater with burning images to beat against the long, dark winter.

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Want to know more about Alaska? Oct 29, 2009

Alaska  has toured to cities like NYC, Portland and LA and has received a fair amount of coverage. Below are links and the first sentence or 2 of the reviews from previous tour stops. "Diana Szeinblum’s "Alaska" is a searing trek over emotionally scorched earth – not an uncommon journey in the world of dance theater, but one Szeinblum navigates with fearless zeal." -danceviewtimes

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12 Minutes Max and Olivier Wevers Oct 26, 2009

Jeremy at the SunBreak covered last night's 12 Minute Max:

12 Minutes Max, On the Boards' semi-monthly showcase of local performance talent, kicked off its new season last night with a program co-curated by Olivier Wevers (it plays again tonight at 7 p.m.; tickets $8). While there was plenty of great (and some not-so-great) work on display, overall the night felt like the latest installment of the rolling launch of Wever's anticipated new company, Whim W'Him, whose debut is at OtB this January...

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From the 12MM curators Oct 26, 2009

Wow -- last night's 12MM was totally awesome! All the performers were energized by the capacity crowd and we could tell from the enthusiastic applause that it was a crowd pleaser. As an extra bonus, during tonight's show the $12.00 for 12MM guest curator will be chosen right after intermission. The lottery is a great way to support 12MM and the winner will have the unique opportunity of experiencing first hand the process of curating a show. See you tonight -- come early.

- Michael and Chris Sannella, Curators

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When I think of dance theater... Oct 22, 2009

...I think of people/companies like (click the images for short videos from each):

Constanza Macras/Dorky Park
macras web

DV8 Physical Theatre
DV8's Cost of Living [film still]
[This also features Tanja Liedtke,

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congrats to compagnie marie chouinard! Oct 22, 2009

The 08/09 alums just won a Gemini Award (Canadian television awards) for "Best Performance in a Performing arts program or series." Their filmed version of bODY_rEMIX/gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS was broadcast through various networks, including Bravo, about a year ago.   Check out a clip from the show.

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Diana Szeinblum and Tonya Lockyer and "The Wicked Fairy of German Ballet" Oct 21, 2009

Local dancer/choreographer/OtB alum/smarty pants Tonya Lockyer just recorded a podcast for OtB in relation to Diana Szeinblum's Alaska. Here are some things I learned while listening to it:

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6 years of waiting Oct 21, 2009

We've made reference before to the fact that we've had our eye on Diana Szeinblum for 6 years. The first time she came to our attention was at a 2003 festival in Austin, TX.

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Contemporary Performance on OtB Oct 19, 2009

Contemporary Performance is, in their own words, a "resource for artists, scholars and audiences." Their site has news about the different happenings in the art world and highlights various artists, venues, festivals, media, etc. Earlier this month they did a quick profile of OtB and highlighted 3 performances in our 09/10 Season.

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Transition Oct 16, 2009

It's the easiest thing in the world to talk about how talented Reggie Watts is, so let's just get that out of the way up front: you really get the impression that he can do anything on stage. One of the early vignettes in 'Transition' consists of Watts delivering "an soliloquy" [sic] in the classical style, and not only is the piece hilarious and deft in its send up of the tropes of the genre's writing and performance styles, but it convinces you that Watts could almost certainly step on stage with any Shakespearean company and own the room with integrity.

Likewise with the numerous songs in the show. The lyrics bounce between brilliant and funny (with regular overlap between the two), and have wicked beats and hooks. With just his voice, loop machine and tiny keyboard, Watts can stand-in for a rap super-group, an opera company, a jazz combo, or a worldbeat music festival, and the listener is no worse off for it. Plus, he can dance. And I don't just mean like he can get down - which he can - I mean he is a really excellent mover.

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