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A Brief Reflection On Week Two Jun 16, 2015

Lucy Lee Yim: You had me at “looped breakdown drum beats.” Andrew Hallenbeck: An interpretation of Sleeping Beauty that, ironically, Tchaikovsky probably would have loved (or at the very least appreciated). Bianco & Friedman: I think I love the hazmat-guy, too. Dani Tirrell: Poetic. Honest. MascallDance: Beautifully abstract. Adriana Hernandez: More, please. Tim Smith-Stewart: Finally, an existential crisis I can relate to.

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Vanessa goes to 2015 OtB Northwest New Works Festival Jun 16, 2015

Two perspectives of our current times.
One dark and with a sense of disconnection
The other light and full of grand scale hope

 

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Spectacular Performances at NWNW Jun 14, 2015

I’m not a critic but it suddenly came over to me that I should write something about the show – another spectacular night at On the Boards! I have been a long time fan of this amazing venue, which is no doubt the treasure in our community that has brought us so much freshness and art, apart from the mainstream media. I try to attend at least one or two evenings at NWNW each year, and I’m glad I did! The arts I’ve got from the theatre was definitely, beyond what I can see in any other theatres in Seattle. I would recommend it to anyone who hasn’t seen the show.

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Seattle Dances reviews Week One Festival highlights Jun 13, 2015

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"...riveting movement, intense emotionality" - The Seattle Times reviews Week One of the Festival Jun 10, 2015

Alice Kaderlan shines a light on her Week One festival favorites at The Seattle Times:

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A brief reflection on week one Jun 9, 2015

Violets on Smoke: First reaction, “oh, clever.” Then: “no, wait, this is great!” Faith Helma: I hate positive thinking, too. You can speak for me anytime. Failing, for the win. Markeith and Nancy: Self-referential, but not self-indulgent. Way to walk the line. LED: Barbarian Princess, indeed. Indeed. Clarke & Kamino: I always love movement in slow-motion. Seattle Irish Dance Company: I did not realize that I needed more Irish fiddle in my life. Now I know.

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A bit of blogging from Vanessa NW New Works Festival Weekend One Jun 9, 2015

I sit in my seat after passing, hugging, encountering so many friends and loved ones.  

I decide to let the program sit in my lap, perusing it only at the intermission. 

The curtain closes, there is a speech, the lights go out.

 

A ferocity that loses tenderness in momentum and velocity.  

A video screen blank with anticipation.

Sounds in the dark of feet and intricacy.  

Slippery moments that become too raucous.

 

Hints of a love story lost in a series of conventional dance constructions of solo, trio, duet and ensemble

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Ya gotta love the NWNW Festival Jun 7, 2015

Ya gotta love the NWNW Festival. Every bit of "you're kidding me!" shares the spotlight with virtuosity and finesse. Whatever instinct you have to drop a critique the size of a small building on to the performers collapses behind the truth that all these people are simply giving it a go.  And that deserves a level of respect that humbles any impulse to be overly critical. So I'll just be respectfully critical, more of a first responder on the scene of a fire.....enjoying and commenting on the chaos of the spectacle while trying to grasp important details.

 

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