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NW New Works 2017: PETE (Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble) May 31, 2017

NW New Works 2017: PETE

 

Want to pack a lot of art into one evening? OtB’s NW New Works gives you the opportunity to see short versions of longer experimental or in-progress projects.

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NW New Works 2017: Katie Piatt May 30, 2017

NW New Works 2017: Katie Piatt

 

HELLO SUMMER! And hello to the 34th NW New Works festival! We're excited to showcase 16 artists and companies from around the region in OtB's annual festival of new and in-progress performance works. This week and next we'll be posting more about the artists and performers that are part of this year's line-up.

 

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Cubism points to a new dimension in TESSERACT May 19, 2017

Tesseract invites us to move beyond two dimensional shapes into new dimensions and mysteries. Of course, the director, Charles Atlas, is there to assist you with the 'seeing,' with 3-D glasses. The experience is separated into two distinct segments. The movement, however, is continuously mediated, superimposed and purposely broken up by images and patterns.

In the first segment the movie collapses and expands space, with the movement serving as only a reference.

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Villanelle for Valerie: A Response to ‘The People’s Republic of Valerie’ May 6, 2017

At some point we’ll wake up scattered to our being
Struggling to know as we circulate what’s real
Nurse says our thoughts reflect the things we’re seeing

Questioning the truth to which we cling
We float in space but rarely constellate each other
At some point we’ll wake up scattered to our being

We seek refuge in the unknown when grieving
I used to wonder who would guide my fate
Nurse says our thoughts reflect the things we’re seeing

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An open letter to artists about changes at OtB May 5, 2017

Hi. You’re great and we love you. Seriously, we do. We want to make sure you’re in the loop on recent changes at OtB. We’ve got the road map of a smart strategic plan, the hardest working staff in show business, and board leadership that cares deeply about us.

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What is Happening Now: The People’s Republic of Valerie May 5, 2017

Yesterday was a day. The U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of the glibly named American Health Care Act, which, if approved by the Senate, would push back the Obama administration’s expansion of Medicaid and weaken protections for people with preexisting conditions, raising costs based on health history. For some healthcare companies, preexisting conditions include pregnancy and domestic violence. 

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Free write inspired by The People's Republic of Valerie May 5, 2017

in the dark present, one of the 7 calls out to us
and speaks of steps forward and an elegant gown
and as the brightness chases the darkness into the past
we see there is no dress

no pomp or circumstance or ceremony
just the being
just the being
just the being
an echoed reminder that every moment is unfolding
with us at centerstage, there is only right now
just the being
just the being
just the being

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Ambassador Note on The People's Republic of Valerie: Kristen Kosmas May 5, 2017

“…The desire of the moth for the star,
Of the night for the morrow,
The devotion to something afar
From the sphere of our sorrow?…”

– P.B. Shelley

 

Kristen Kosmas, spoke to me with a candor that I found deeply endearing. She spoke to me of sadness and shock at what she has seen recently. She spoke of human conflicts, announcements of bombings and escalating violence, impending destruction of habitat, the epidemic of banal assertion of power by state actors. Yet, through it all what was striking, was her intuition of hope and possibility. 

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