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NY Times reviews Goebbels' "Stifter's Dinge" Dec 28, 2009

Earlier this month Heiner Goebbels presented the NY premiere of Stifter's Dinge at the Lincoln Center. In a review the NY Times cited a description of the piece:

...teasingly described in the program as a composition for five pianos with no pianists, a play with no actors, a performance without performers,  “one might say a no-man show. ”

Read the review and get another glimpse into Goebbels' work.

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Happy Holidays! Dec 22, 2009

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[Image from Bruno Beltrao | Grupo de Rua. Click on image for a larger version.]

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Seattle Met on Olivier Wevers and his supergroup Dec 21, 2009

Jean Lenihan has a feature in January's edition of Seattle Met that covers the upcoming premiere of 3Seasons by Olivier Wevers and his brand-new company, Whim W'Him. The story begins:

THE  “PRINCE ” HAS grown up. For the last 12 years, Olivier Wevers has been the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s most reliable dancer, carrying lead roles in story ballets and experimental works alike. He transitions easily between Cinderella’s Prince and  “the prince of abstract ”—hence the courtly nickname.

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Cassiber Dec 21, 2009

Before Heiner Goebbels became the composer titan that he is today, he was in an 80s avant rock band, Cassiber. Their Wikipedia article describes their style as  a blend of speed punk, free jazz and sampling using found audio.

According to  a Time Out critic they "play[ed] as if they only have a minute left to live."

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Ohad Naharin's advice to critics Dec 21, 2009

Earlier this month dance maven Ohad Naharin issued some advice to dance critics in an award acceptance speech. Since there was so much conversation during The A.W.A.R.D. Show! about the critical voice and lens, it seemed worth it to repost some of it here:

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THE SHIPMENT named in Time Out NY's top 10 theater of 2009 Dec 17, 2009

Time Out New York just released their editor and critic's picks for the best (and worst) theater of 2009. THE SHIPMENT, by Young Jean Lee's Theater Company, made the list of David Cote (editor). Congrats to the company for this nod!

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Vala DanceWear interviews Olivier Wevers Dec 15, 2009

Vala DanceWear just posted a 2 part interview with Olivier Wevers on their blog. In it he discusses his inspiration for starting the company and  how his life has changed as a result.

Start with Part 1 here.

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The A.W.A.R.D. Show! by the numbers Dec 15, 2009

3 after parties at the Sitting Room
10 utilikilt costumes
12 companies/choreographers
24 amazing volunteers (thanks all!)
24 bottles of champagne for Sunday night's toast
24 hours of tech time
48 performers on the stage
1,200+ attendees
$12,000 given away

Thanks again to all the choreographers, performers and  designers for all your hard work! And to The Joyce Theater, Neta Pulvermacher and The Boeing Company for helping bring this to Seattle!

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The A.W.A.R.D. Show! recap Dec 14, 2009

Here's what some local publications have written so far: Slog:

The whole point of The A.W.A.R.D. Show! is to bring in new audience members. It worked, despite—or maybe because of—the debate about whether the reality show/Final Four competition was "appropriate."

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THE A.W.A.R.D. SHOW! Dec 14, 2009

By Neta Pulvermacher: A Choreographer, Founder of the A.W.A.R.D Show! Series (2006) and Dance Conversations at the Flea (2003).

Ok... People (artists and audiences), Chill out! I am reading all those comments about the A.W.A.R.D. Show! Let me put my two cents into the discussion.... and, by the way... discussion/response/action/pro-action are actually the goals of this series... So thank you... for participating. It is Neta Pulvermacher here, the very dumb, super populist choreographer (ha, ha, ha if you only knew) who started this whole thing, with the idea that it may - if handled right - put to test some of the most hypocritical, yet, sacred cows in our improvished modern dance field and if done right - I was hoping that it will in-fact create new possibilities, attract new funding for individual artists, and will put the conversation back into the work itself. That is my dream. I want people to feel excited about the work itself. No it is not the only way. No, no, no!!!! There is NEVER ONE WAY TO DO SOMETHING! Never!

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