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Split Bill: Day Helesic's SURGE <font size=2>by Tonya Lockyer</font> Mar 30, 2007

Out of the darkness comes the electric sound of static buzz. The lights slowly fade up on three women, dressed in variations of grey, moving in unison. The dancers face us, repeating a simple walking pattern—urgent but moving nowhere. It is as if they are caught inside the limitations of space and their shared obsessive task. Gradually they add to their repeating steps a skyward gesture of the arm. Over the next thirty minutes, we will see this gesture again and again—an almost desperate grasping upward.
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Theatre Replacement: Sexual Practices in Seattle Mar 22, 2007

Maiko from Theatre Replacement posted the story of their attempts to get into the US in time for the show here at OtB. Click here and scroll down to read the post. Posted by Tania

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12 Minutes Max: Black Rose Movement & Northwest Dance Syndrome Mar 13, 2007

Black Rose Movement Ok, next up is a dance group called Black Rose Movement, but I don't remember the name of their piece... Matt, do you remember what it was called? Matt? Well... this one is sort of a duet between two office workers competing with in the corporate system. And I think there's a third corporate boss person who pushes them around, and finally breaks them apart. I guess it doesn't really matter what it's called. We liked these dancers. It's gonna be great. Northwest Dance Syndrome Now that's a cool name. But that's not all it takes for me to like modern dance.

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Le Vu Long/Higher Together: Stories of Us Mar 9, 2007

Welcome to our blog for Le Vu Long/Higher Together: Stories of Us! Read the reviews of our four patron bloggers below or click on the Comments button to read the comments of other and post your own thoughts.
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Le Vu Long: Worth the wait- Stories Of Ourselves <font size=2>by Jason Plourde</font> Mar 9, 2007

Since I am an ASL interpreter, a gay man, and a director of an arts organization (that could be the start of a joke) I feel like the textbook target audience for Together Higher: a dance troupe of Deaf artists who employ themes of HIV and queer identity. I’ve been anticipating this performance since I found out about it last year, and I wasn’t disappointed. The opening night performance of Stories Of Us was extremely enjoyable, beautiful to watch, and very thought-provoking.
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Notes from a dinner conversation with Long and Lan Mar 9, 2007

Lane Czaplinski's notes from a dinner conversation with Le Vu Long and Luu Thi Thu Lan at Ray’s Boathouse on March 6, 2007: Long’s wife Lan lived and studied dance in the Ukraine for 10 years. After the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, Lan was stranded in Kiev 80km away for two months while other foreigners from richer nations were evacuated. When she became pregnant approximately 6 years ago, Long feared that his child would be born with a disability, specifically deafness.
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Le Vu Long: Together Higher/Stories of Us <font size=2>by Tikka Sears</font> Mar 9, 2007

The slow flicker of the bare light bulb, a firefly lost in a night breeze, the buzz of the music, slowly lights and music synchronize. Were these symbols? Signals? A language I did not understand? My impatient mind, a million miles a minute, was asking isn’t something going to happen, why isn’t something happening? At first I was upset by the domination of the sound elements. I thought why emphasize the music for a company of deaf dancers if they themselves cannot experience it? If the music only plays for the audience and not for the performer I am somehow less interested.
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Le Vu Long review <font size=2>by Van Diep</font> Mar 9, 2007

I’m Vietnamese American. My father is rabidly anti-communtist. I grew up with two Vietnamese cousins who are deaf. I work at an arts organization that is Audio-based. Is any of that important? Not really. The New York Times’ preview of this show discussed the lack of Vietnamese American community support for Stories of Us. Interesting. When I first saw this show in the OTB catalogue, I wondered,  “What’s this doing in Seattle? ” After all, Seattle’s Vietnamese American community are mostly refugees from South Vietnam.
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