2010 NWNW FEST 1st Weekend Jun 9, 2010

by Joe von Appen

Blogin. In most festival situations I find that after a certain density of work seen the pieces begin to speak to one another, they start to answer each other’s questions and echo each other’s sentiments. After the first weekend at the 2010 NWNW festival between the studio and the mainstage I saw three different solos of vastly different disciplines each have moments where the performer brandished a weapon. Now maybe I just like swords, knives and guns but it was a visual reminder of an effect I really appreciate, when art begins to overlap and expose a universality and connecting thread that bonds it all together. I don’t always like festivals but I like this effect and I fucking love the NWNW fest.

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Seattle Times: "Mischief and attitude in dance, theater pieces at OtB's Northwest New Works showcase" Jun 7, 2010

Michael Upchurch and Misha Berson teamed up to tackle the first weekend of NW New Works. Read their take on the performances. More reviews coming soon!

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NWNW - Weekend One Jun 6, 2010

by Shango Los

Attending the On the Boards 2010 NWNW Festival weekend #1 was a real thrill for me last night.   This Festival can always be counted on for some exciting and surprising performances.   One new twist this year was that in the weeks approaching the Festival, I was able to overhear the chatting between performers on Facebook as they went though their final changes, dress rehearsals and, most fun of all, good lucks and  “go get’em girls" in the last 24 hours.   As someone who is a  “professional audience member" like myself, I felt warmly and happily somehow included. Let’s get one thing off the table at the outset.   I do not consider my role on this blog as a critic at all.   I’ll leave that to the misanthropy of the local papers.   I am an artist’s booster. I am there, yes, to watch with the experienced eye I have developed over 10 years of attending and being engaged by performance but the  “critical" part was already taken care of by the OTB selection committee.   I am merely writing today to give a glimpse into some of the shows, help you reminisce if you were there and encourage you to go if you have been silly enough to not go already.   Tonight is your last opportunity to see these performances and last night was a sell-out for both stages.   Next weekend is 8 all new performers. And so we begin.

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Podfest #3 | Karn Junkinsmith | <i>STRIKE</i> Jun 6, 2010

VIDEO NO LONGER AVAILABLE STRIKE is a film poem of an Irish woman from Chicago dancing for vegetation. She is attacked by glass jars. It ends with an historical postcard image of a native woman with her papoose. It begins with pages from SONGS OF THE WORKERS. Here, dance is perceived as illegal by an unseen source, but it is also a rallying cry.

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Podfest #2 | Grace Carter | <i>still</i> Jun 5, 2010

VIDEO NO LONGER AVAILABLE Still employs a secret communication that can only be known to the protagonist. Order is desperately trying to be achieved as a litany of numbers is repeated, implying a formula or idea that she is attempting to resolve but is ultimately unsolvable.

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Podfest #1 | Acacia Marable | <i>3 Cowboy Acts</i> Jun 4, 2010

VIDEO NO LONGER AVAILABLE My alter ego is a cowboy. 3 Cowboy Acts is a short sampling of a much longer documentation of my attempts to learn exactly how to be a cowboy.

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Introducing our NWNW guest blogger Jun 4, 2010

Long-time patron and all-around great guy Shango Los will be coming to see all the showcases in the NW New Works Festival this weekend and next, and giving us his take on the performances. By way of introduction, here's a short bio: With a background in the visual arts, Shango Los was instantly enamored with contemporary dance after attending the first On the Boards performance by Japan’s Dumb Type in 1999.

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Here's what people are saying about NW New Works 2010 Jun 3, 2010

From the interwebs: The SunBreak previews all of weekend one: "smorgasbord of cutting-edge arts" The Stranger suggests the whole thing: "suck down shot after shot of new work by our local Big Brains" Daily Candy thinks it's

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Kazuo Ohno Jun 1, 2010

The art world loses another great today with the news that Butoh founder and OtB alum Kazuo Ohno has passed away. Many condolences to his family and loved ones. kazuo ohno [Kazuo Ohno tour poster from 1993. This and other posters from Ohno's appearances at OtB can be found around our building.]

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