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Gregory Maqoma Co-Curator's Note - from STG's Vivian Phillips Oct 20, 2013


photo by John Hogg

For the better part of the past 6 years, I have waited for this moment.  From the very first time I saw Gregory Maqoma in Johannesburg, South Africa, I envisioned him performing at On the Boards in Seattle.  The vision is now a reality and the ability to partner with our friends at On the Boards is truly an honored milestone.  No smoke!

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Identity, Diversity, and Modernity in an Urban Cultural Cocktail Oct 18, 2013

Cultural identity, dressing like Prince, South African "bubblegum" pop, pros and cons of being a South African male dancer: choreographer/dancer/philosopher Gregory Maqoma talks about it all in this fascinating essay.

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Get to Know Gregory Maqoma with "Beautiful Me" Oct 17, 2013

Familiarize yourself with Maqoma's aesthetic with a clip of previous work Beautiful Me. Maqoma also speaks briefly about the state of art in Africa, the relations between his work and Spanish music, and skewed perceptions of Africa.

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Codified desperation in a high school gym. Oct 15, 2013

After attending The Quartet, I drove home with a friend and we talked about the show. Our discussions touched on vulnerability, narrative, hopelessness, and desire. The sparse and repetitious performance left room for a lot of self-reflection, and I was left questioning the worth and value in production.  What is pushing me to continue the never ending cycle of art production?  Is all the exhaustion worth it?

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Music Workshop with "Complete" from Gregory Maqoma/Vuyani Dance Theatre Oct 15, 2013

African Music Exploration and Demonstration
Based on the music from Exit/Exist by Gregory Maqoma/ Vuyani Dance Theatre

Presented by On the Boards, STG, and Northwest Folklife

Saturday, October 26, 2013 | 12:00-1:00pm
On the Boards, Studio Theater
$5 suggested donation at the door

RSVP to Sean@ontheboards.org

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Beautiful and Painful Oct 14, 2013

To say that I enjoyed watching the quartet, a minimalist ballet from Heather Kravas that ran at On the Boards this past weekend, is perhaps not fully accurate. I did enjoy the show, it's just that I also cringed, squirmed on the uncomfortable bleacher seating, craned my neck, plugged my ears, and nearly fell asleep. Though it did make an impression as I still found myself talking about the show two hours afterwards. Perhaps it is best said that it was both beautiful and painful, much like most things in life. 

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Heather Kravas Tortured Me & I Loved It. Oct 13, 2013

"The nail that sticks up will be hammered down" is a Korean proverb that ran through my mind while watching Heather Kravas', the quartet, last Thursday. It was unforgiving, unrelenting and punishing. I was anxious and tense the entire time. I wanted to cover my eyes frequently. I loved it. 

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