The 19/20 Season

The 19/20
40th Anniversary Season:  
In the Future's Wake: Rituals, Ceremonies, and Happenings 


Examine the uncertainties of our collective present, even as they invite us to envision possible tomorrows.

The 19/20 Season: In the Future's Wake: Rituals, Ceremonies, and Happenings

Aug 1–4 Morgan Thorson: Still Life
Sept 19–22 Ligia Lewis: Water Will (in Melody) 
Oct 9  Bryce Dessner: Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)
Oct 10–13 Autumn Knight: M_ _ _ ER
Dec 5–8 Ahamefule J. Oluo: SUSAN
Dec 19–20 Taylor Mac: Holiday Sauce 
Jan 23–26 Jaha Koo: Cuckoo
Feb 20–23 Solo: A Festival of Dance
Mar 19–22 Timothy White Eagle: The Violet Symphony
Apr 9­–12 Markeith Wiley: Working (Undecided Title) 
May 7–10 Tina Satter/Half Straddle: Is This A Room: Reality Winner Verbatim Transcription
Jun 4–7 Takahiro Yamamoto: Direct Path to Detour


Curatorial Statement

19/20 Season: In the Future's Wake: Rituals, Ceremonies, and Happenings

In the Future’s Wake: Rituals, Ceremonies, and Happenings  brings together artists who are thinking about the rituals, ceremonies, movements, and happenings that we collectively need for our future.  The loss, trauma, frustration, and lack of belief in the stability of our government that we have  experienced  make communal connection and celebration even more necessary.  This season is  a  proposition, a series of questions, and an investigation into elements  that  rupture our emotional and physical thresholds and create a process for future recovery through ritual gatherings.  

This  season’s title is taken from Christina Sharpe’s  book,  In the Wake:  On Blackness and Being,  published in 2016.  On the Boards began a curatorial reading group this year and read portions of the book while thinking about the artists  included in this season. Sharpe describes the wake as a particular visual phenomenon that you see in the sky after an airplane or in the water after a ship passes—a trace left behind. The wake is a physic space in which you can think about being awake, consciousness, grief, and your memory of individuals.     

This season we invite you to join in the ritual of coming together; watch, witness, experience, and feel the many moments of live art.  

— Rachel Cook, Artistic Director

Our local partners this season include Base, Seattle Theatre Group (STG), and the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas. National and international partners include International Festival of Performance and Ideas, Toronto; Performance Space New York; Portland Institute for Contemporary Art; PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Vancouver; REDCAT, Los Angeles; and Under the Radar Festival, NYC.   

Note: Performances are subject to change. 

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