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Seattle Times reviews ALASKA Nov 9, 2009

Jean Lenihan had the following to say about Alaska:

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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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KUOW previews ALASKA Nov 5, 2009

Local dance guru Alice Kaderlan talks up Diana Szeinblum, Jiri Kylian (whose Petit Mort is having its Seattle premiere as part of Director's Choice @ PNB this weekend and next) and more. Go to KUOW's site to hear more about these and other dance happenings in Seattle this week and next.

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The SunBreak interviews Diana Szeinblum and previews ALASKA Nov 5, 2009

Here's how Jeremy Barker's preview of Diana Szeinblum's Alaska opens:

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OtB has entered the Twittersphere Nov 5, 2009

Are you on Twitter? OtB has just joined. Follow us for the latest in OtB related news. You'll know it's OtB when you see this little dancer: kaorisinglesmaller
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Learn about the future of OtB's former home - Washington Hall Nov 3, 2009

4Culture and Historic Seattle are hosting a couple info sessions on what's happening at Washington Hall. Here are the important details: Monday, November 9, 2009, 6 pm Saturday, November 14, 2009, 2 pm 153 – 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 More info at the awesome 4Culture blog.
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