NW New Works blogged May 15, 2008

One of Annette Toutonghi's acting students posted this thoughtful response to the Mainstage show last weekend on her own blog, Acting Schmacting:
I went this last Saturday and saw part of the NW New Works Festival at On the Boards. There were four performances the night I went. The one I specifically went to see was Pants by Annette Toutonghi, who is one of my acting teachers, and some other people I don’t I can’t name, because I don’t have the program here with me.

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NW New Works | Week 1, Mainstage showcase May 15, 2008

Kicking off Week 1’s Mainstage Showcase was a quirky piece called Pants. It can best be described as a collection of vignettes, and while many were quite enjoyable, the overall presentation seemed a bit disjointed. That said, the opening piano solo (and other keyboard work) by Jose Gonzales was great, as was his dance duet with Peter Dylan O’Connor.

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NW New Works | Week 1, Studio showcase May 15, 2008

On the Boards’ 25th Anniversary NW New Works Festival got off to a great start with the opening weekend’s studio showcase. The show began with Faith Helma’s Undine, an intense and provocative solo performance inspired by Baron de la Motte Fouque’s 1811 text by the same name. With steampunk costuming by Harmony Arnold and set by Drew Foster as the backdrop, Helma embodies different aspects of Undine through spoken and sung text of her own creation.

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NW New Works | Press Review May 14, 2008

There's a write-up about the first weekend of the Festival in The Seattle Times:
The gems were hidden in the basement. Last weekend, nine venturesome new works from the Pacific Northwest were presented at On the Boards' 25th Anniversary NW New Works Festival. And while the mainstage offerings included striking moments, the more engaging work was in the smaller, bottom-floor Studio Theater. READ MORE

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NW New Works Artists Wanna Melt with You May 13, 2008

Sean Ryan, our intrepid Regional Programs Coordinator, got together with several of the artists in this year's NW New Works Festival to rock out to Prince and make this music video. Windows Media File [wmv] Edited by Morgan Dustako.

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Pictures from Weekend 1 of NW New Works Festival May 12, 2008

The amazing Tim Summers took some photos during the dress rehearsals for the first weekend of shows. Here's a sample of what he gave us:

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Press for NW New Works Festival May 12, 2008

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NW New Works Mainstage Show - Weekend 1 May 11, 2008

In this blog entry I review the first half of the mainstage presentation. Pants is one of the most enchanting pieces of the evening. Comprised of a series of minimalistic scenes, and a strong dosage of wry humor and simple play, the piece unfolds in a clean and deliberate fashion.In it, you will find real music, real dance, real video, real puppeteering, and real performance. There is a lot that passes in front of you during the course of the piece, yet there is never a sense of excess. Time and space seem ample and available.

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NW New Works | PodFest continues May 10, 2008

Here's the second video in our PodFest series. Adam Sekuler's stop-motion dance film with a super soundtrack by Spaghetti Western. [This video was only available for viewing during the festival.]

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NW New Works Studio show - 1st weekend May 10, 2008

It's opening night of the Northwest New Works Festival! The show was sold out, so buy your ticket in advance unless you want to sit on a cushion on the floor. Get there a little bit early... Nancy Guppy will feed you some cake. Buy a glass of wine, and find a seat. Start watching at the beginning. You will see Faith Helma, singing and sort of looping her voice through a microphone. There is some weird stuff on the stage including a rusty old barrel. Then enjoy Left Field Revival, with a great show about a journey to the core of the earth.

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