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"astonishing" - reviews from the audience Oct 11, 2013

"the quartet" illustration by Edwin Fotheringham

"Ms. Kravas' creations conspired to undo any normal possibility of remembering exactly what happened last night."

"The music shifted the viscosity of the air creating an illusion of the performers hovering slightly off the ground the whole time. Heather's work made me hopeful for the future of dance..."

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"simultaneously simple and complex" - The Seattle Times reviews "the quartet" Oct 11, 2013

"Heather Kravas’ dance-work the quartet is, in part, about making you wait.

Cool, concise and sometimes fascinating, it’s minimalist fare that keeps its viewers guessing.

Those endlessly repeated movements … is there an off-kilter pattern emerging from them? That long-held pose … is it a statement unto itself or the start of something?"

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The late quartets Oct 11, 2013

Invocation arrests. Prayer states. Chant repeats. All are spiritual. The spirit is the theme. The body is the means.

There are the instruments. Two violins: one redhead, decorative yet brittle--the Stradivarius; one brunette, leaner more aggressive--the Guarneri. The viola: taller, more lush, as refined as a Maggini. The cello: the only masculine voice in the fray, supportive but never virtuoso; not classical like an Amati, but modern yet folksy--more of a David Burgess.

There is form. Allegro. Adagio. Scherzo. Allegro.

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IDEAS BEHIND THE QUARTET: CHEERLEADING ROUTINES + DAFT PUNK Oct 8, 2013

More inspiration from choreographer Heather Kravas:

1. The Daft Punk Tron soundtrack

2. "This, or pretty much any high school cheerleading routine" - HK

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HEATHER KRAVAS IN ARTFORUM Oct 8, 2013

"The Green Surround." Photo by Jason Starckie

In 2011 Heather Kravas' The Green Surround was named as one of the year's best dance performances (alongside work by Sarah Michelson, Yvonne Rainer and Wim Wenders). The Green Surround cleverly explored eroticization, group mentality, social conventions and perfectionism.

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Kravas dancer Liz Santoro wins Bessie Award Oct 8, 2013

 Liz Santoro in "We Do Our Best". Photo by Ryutaro Mishima

Congratulations to Paris/NY choreographer and Kravas performer Liz Santoro, 2013 Bessie Award winner.

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HEATHER KRAVAS INTERVIEW Oct 7, 2013

Extreme cheerleading, group forms, repetition & Jerzy Grotowski: An interview with choreographer Heather Kravas & OtB Communications Director Erin Jorgensen

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EJ: So you guys went to the University of Washington to get lessons from the cheerleaders?

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IDEAS BEHIND "THE QUARTET": MACHINE DANCE, MOSCOW BALLET SCHOOL Oct 6, 2013

More inspiration for the making of the quartet: Machine Dance, Moscow Ballet School, 1931. Photo by Margaret Bourke-White.

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