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A Dissent Jun 18, 2007

Jen Graves writes on the Stranger SLOG: "I can’t decide who was more of a letdown: SuttonBeresCuller, or the audience that laughed at and cheered their shallow, dull, adolescent, clichéd, dim-witted, feeble new work at the Northwest New Works Festival last night." Read More

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haikus for weekend two Jun 18, 2007

liminal performance group so poetical this thing that we call love it's pretty, i guess paige barnes and the grizzlies it's stunning to watch the body animated i want a beard now hand2mouth this american stands up for karaoke anytime, for real david schmader great storytelling is like a kite in midair that floats back to earth selfick nightmare of my dreams like tiny forest creatures rattling in my head kerry parker she's got legs / she knows how to use them - simple but strong elegance suttonberesculler an old man's dreamlife can be a little bit slow (lol

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blog the boards, weekend 2! Jun 18, 2007

Weekend 2 has been an extravaganza of words, dance and delight. I've been experiencing my own kind of performance art every night, right before 'Main Event' by pressing my ear up against the wall to listen to Hand 2 Mouth's 'Repeat After Me' and occasionally peeking through the tiny square window in the backstage door to see snippets of their show, from a backwards and unappealing angle. I hope I am not ruining the show for myself when I can see it from the front.

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NWNW = eclecticism itself. Jun 17, 2007

David Schmader's Litter is the most straightforward piece of the evening, though it is only the beginning of a longer piece. This autobiographical monologue starts with allusions to some horrible humiliation, takes a moment to analyze Allison Janney's ability to fall, then settles into a storytelling groove as David describes his early adolescence in El Paso, where he suppressed everything about himself that could reveal that he's gay, until he reaches a truly sad state.

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a stream of reflections on the 2007 nw new works festival... Jun 16, 2007

mainstage weekend 1 erin jorgensen's cool, haunting, luminous almost apocalyptic lullaby takes the edges off and strikes a pure note in a personal yet shared landscape of memory... maika misumi movement troupe's vivid, poetic formalism invokes ancient ritual through the bodies of beautiful, painted dancers accompanied by bold, thundering percussion... deborah wolf's arc angle. ah. seriously hot dancing. a virtuosic kinetic volcano.

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Studio Showcase - The Portland Invasion Jun 16, 2007

Two very different groups made the trip up from the Rose city for the second weekend of the festival. Liminal Performance Group presented a shortened version of The Theory of Love, a multi-media lecture opera which premiered in Portland last month. Two performers standing at lecterns speak and sometimes sing a text which draws on classic and romantic poetry. Two other mysterious performers illustrate mathematical equations of love on a giant notepad, while adding vocalizations.

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sweaty with anticipation: NWNW weekend 2 Jun 14, 2007

Do you feel that? It's my sweaty, clammy, glittery hand. Sweaty, clammy, and glittery with anticipation for Northwest New Works this weekend! I've been thanking On the Boards over and over again, and here I will thank them once more. It's been a fantastic experience to be a part of this festival; to have the physical and artistic space to present original and daring new work, and to see the most exciting performances from friends and new friends in the region.

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Dear NWNW Jun 14, 2007

Well, I wanted to blog with MP, but he told me  “I have my own voice. ” Then he totally showed me up by blogging in a timely manner and with some amazing haikus. But it’s not a competition. I have my own voice. And here it is. Dear Ginger Moloko, I love the idea of apocalyptic cabaret, making lists and changing outfits with every number, but all these fabulous details did not add up to much.

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NW New Works Review in the Seattle Weekly Jun 13, 2007

Sandra Kurtz writes about the festival: "Northwest New Works is On the Boards' annual crapshoot, and this year's edition pays off big—both with groups working beyond the conventional edge and others wringing changes on more familiar territory." Read More

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NWNW by Zoe, Part 1 Jun 13, 2007

First, I must say that the entire NWNW experience is a rather amazing opportunity for artists in the NW. The fact that OtB offers 18 artists 20 min., a free theater, tech and publicity and a ready made audience is so great and kind of unreal. I just have to recognize the amazing opportunity that NWNW's presents to all of us. Okay- this was the first time that I saw both shows on the same night. Maybe I have a bit of ADD or really can't sit for three hours through any kind of theater experience, but I was having a hard time paying attention towards the end of the night.

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