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More ALASKA reviews Nov 11, 2009

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"Man oh man! Last night I was fortunate enough to see the last performance of Diane Szeinblum’s piece Alaska at On the Boards. At it’s most fervent moments, the piece cast a hypnotic spell over the audience."

- Seattle MetBlogs

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ArtDish reviews ALASKA Nov 9, 2009

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Seattle Times reviews ALASKA Nov 9, 2009

Jean Lenihan had the following to say about Alaska:

In the fearless, gale-force landscape of "Alaska," created by Argentinean choreographer Diana Szeinblum, bodies convulse and metamorphose in brutal phrases that read like symptom and remedy both. Like 90-proof dance theater, "Alaska" packs an amazing rush of raw, coursing energy into 60 minutes, all while playing subtly with the audience's need to assign meaning.

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Diana Szeinblum's Alaska Nov 6, 2009

Does a series of forceful, compelling moments amount to a show? Diana Szeinblum’s Alaska, performed by a quartet of untiring, impervious and inconsolable dancers, consists of a chain of incidents that compound subtly over the course of a quick hour. The result is not so much a play, as the director describes it, as an artwork that offers physical evidence of things that never happened. Early on in Alaska, I thought of Richard Maxwell, playwright and director of the New York City Players.

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Alaska Nov 6, 2009

I'm glad I didn't read anything about 'Alaska' before seeing it. I didn't know what to expect; I had no expectation or background or assumption. What I found was four people, not characters or dancers or performers, but people. They each felt the need to MOVE, vigorously and frantically. They moved with an incredible sense of control, and yet they all seemed out of control. There was no clear message, meaning, story, purpose, or throughline to what I saw onstage, even when the beautifully ethereal music (performed live) was added to the mix.

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Alaska choreographed by Diana Szeinblum Nov 6, 2009

If we examine the darkness in us, where does it go? Does it inflame it? Does it release? Does it spread it around? Although melancholy hangs in the air, the darkness in Alaska is beautiful as it passes out of the bodies of the four dancers in the work. There is pain and there is pleasure, but this organic work gives us time to look and to see the heartache as it escapes. Dancers repeat movement with such commitment and fire that emotion burns through the space.

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Diana Szeinblum | Alaska Nov 6, 2009

Did you see Alaska? Read patron and press reviews, click on the Comments button to read the comments of others and post your own thoughts.

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Interior Design Nov 6, 2009

Diana Szeinblum comes to Seattle with Alaska, a dance theater work that is as heavy as it is light, as aggressive as it is quiet, as mysterious as it is ordinary. It is a lot of contradictory things. It's perhaps an illumination of the fragmented spaces that are in everyone's minds, silent one moment and thunderous, another. It's a beautiful work that's a lot like walking into someone's lonely room unseen and seeing thoughts that you probably weren't supposed to read, watching moments unfold that you probably have no business knowing.

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