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OtB NW New Works Fact (opinion) List May 20, 2008

by Tania Kupczak

*viewer has opted to not fully describe the content and appearance of each piece, as there are many other worthy summaries on the blog list, and the assumption is that you already have a decent picture of them in your mind. rather, this fact (opinion) list is meant to provide another voice on top of those already heard. John and Anna Dixon - Level of Captivation: Stimulating - Level of Talent: Obvious - Level of Work Put Into Piece: Holy Crap - Level of Viewer Comfortability: Video Game - Biggest Viewer Con: Had no real point - Biggest Viewer Pro: These performers forced themselves to be present and open to immediacy, or else the piece would literally fail - One Sentence Description to Random Friend at Bar After the Show: "Dude, they gave us instructions and we told them what to do!" Juliet and Stephen - Level of Captivation: Heart-Melting - Level of Talent: Envy-Inducing - Level of Work Put Into Piece: Just Enough - Level of Viewer Comfortability: First Date (the good kind) - Biggest Viewer Con: Didn't use the set to its fullest extent - Biggest Viewer Pro: Finally, modern dance choreography that feels 100% necessary and connected to the action of the piece - One Sentence Description to Random Friend at Bar After the Show: "That was the most adorable thing I've ever seen onstage, and I don't mind if I sound gay saying it." Fever Theatre - Level of Captivation: Plummeting - Level of Talent: Questionable - Level of Work Put Into Piece: I'd believe 100 hours, I'd believe 5 hours - Level of Viewer Comfortability: Headache - Biggest Viewer Con: Every performer seemed like they were in a different show, and none of them knew quite what that was supposed to be - Biggest Viewer Pro: Happy to see subject matter about spiritual process and discovery rather than human drama - One Sentence Description to Random Friend at Bar After the Show: "I'm pretty sure they didn't really care whether we understood it or not" Waxie Moon - Level of Captivation: Intoxicating - Level of Talent: Unique - Level of Work Put Into Piece: He didn't work, he played - Level of Viewer Comfortability: As if I were drunk - Biggest Viewer Con: Waxie deserves more of a set/light/sound design - Biggest Viewer Pro: On the other hand, Waxie could've rocked the house with a stepstool and a roll of floss - One Sentence Description to Random Friend at Bar After the Show: "It was hotter and funnier than any female burlesque I've ever seen" Assemblage (headphone walking tour around Queen Anne) - Level of Captivation: Mildly Inspiring - Level of Talent: Potential- Level of Work Put Into Piece: Unclear - Level of Viewer Comfortability: Museum as a Kid - Biggest Viewer Con: Forgettable - Biggest Viewer Pro: This concept, even if they weren't the first to employ it, has serious potential here in Seattle, where every nook and cranny has character - One Sentence Description to Random Friend at Bar After the Show: "I hope they do this with every neighborhood in town" Danny Herter and the Invasive Species - Level of Captivation: Terror-Inducing - Level of Talent: - Loud and Clear - Level of Work Put Into Piece: Flooring - Level of Viewer Comfortability: Are you kidding? Comfortable? - Biggest Viewer Con: gave the audience about 6 inches to walk on, in terms of understanding the what and why of the piece - Biggest Viewer Pro: some incredible overlap in focus between groups of performers, and a large sense of ownership from each performer - One Sentence Description to Random Friend at Bar After the Show: "I wanted my mommy and had no idea why." "Awesome" - Level of Captivation: Induced Nervous Laughter - Level of Talent: The amount of good ideas behind the piece were more evident than the talent that employed them - Level of Work Put Into Piece: They didn't stress themselves, but they didn't stop til it was how they wanted it - Level of Viewer Comfortability: Secretly witnessing two strangers get in a fight - Biggest Viewer Con: Never blew my skirt all the way up, so to speak - Biggest Viewer Pro: The satire of modern dance and performance cliches was what we think but do not say out loud - One Sentence Description to Random Friend at Bar After the Show: "I hope I laughed when I was supposed to..." LAUNCH dance theatre - Level of Captivation: 10% Meandering, 90% Pulse-Pounding- Level of Talent: When i think about it...Inconsistent among performers. - Level of Work Put Into Piece: Indisputably Immense - Level of Viewer Comfortability: Your best friend spills their guts because they trust you and you alone to listen - Biggest Viewer Con: The dance element was rarely connected to the emotional content or "story" of the voiceover, music, and projection - Biggest Viewer Pro: An abstract multimedia piece actually hits you in the heart - One Sentence Description to Random Friend at Bar After the Show: "I felt really smart when I thought I knew what was going on." Hooliganship - Level of Captivation: Hahahahaha.......- Level of Talent: It doesn't matter! - Level of Work Put Into Piece: I have no idea whatsoever. - Level of Viewer Comfortability: Dreams I had when I was four years old - Biggest Viewer Con: I didn't get to watch it again the next day - Biggest Viewer Pro: Made me want to say "thank you!" - One Sentence Description to Random Friend at Bar After the Show: (a friend actually said this to me after the show) "I just want to put Hooliganship in my pocket and keep them with me all the time." Thanks OtB! See you next time! - Ben Rapson

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