Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Next Step” 2013

Jun 24, 13 Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Next Step” 2013

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PNB had its 31st annual Next Step showcase earlier this month. The showcase is a vital opportunity for students to perform before an audience and for members of the corps and staff at PNB to practice (or begin) their work as choreographers. Coming from a company so driven by classical fare, and the works of Balanchine in particular,...

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Northwest New Works 2013: Week Two, Main Stage

Jun 21, 13 Northwest New Works 2013: Week Two, Main Stage

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On the Boards wrapped their New Works Festival for 2013 on Sunday. The festival presents unique challenges to the artists, organizers and audiences. For the artists, courage is required as these works are experimental or partially completed, but expectations remain high. The organizers must then sequence and arrange four highly...

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Primer: Saint Genet’s “Paradisiacal Rites” at On the Boards

May 15, 13 Primer: Saint Genet’s “Paradisiacal Rites” at On the Boards

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The North American premier of Saint Genet’s “Paradisiacal Rites” is tomorrow night at On the Boards. Saint Genet is the new aesthetic phase of Implied Violence, still led by Ryan Mitchell. The performance troupe has shown internationally and been accepted to prestigious residencies, including the Watermill Center....

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Underbelly is Overbloated, but Promising

Oct 06, 12 Underbelly is Overbloated, but Promising

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I am a great fan of Degenerate Art Ensemble’s work, so it does not pain me to say that their latest work needs some retooling because in it I can see the seed of something bigger and better. Underbelly, which premiered last night, is a site-specific performance staged in the eponymous underbelly of the Seattle Center. It is...

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Dance Dance Convolution: The Connections of Noh, Kabuki, and Butoh

Nov 04, 11 Dance Dance Convolution: The Connections of Noh, Kabuki, and Butoh

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The first time that I saw kabuki live was at the venerable Kabuki-Za in Tokyo. I was quite excited and eager to absorb everything that I could, though I had no hopes of understanding the highly stylized singing. I looked around and noticed that I was among the youngest attendees and saw no other Caucasian faces in the audience:...

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Dance Dance Convolution – Page 2

Nov 04, 11 Dance Dance Convolution – Page 2

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Noh Country for Old Men Noh may have been mostly for entertainment from the beginning, but it had a pervasive morality that came with the ritual dance and song and religious myth from which it borrowed. Noh plays often have no story let alone a specific lesson, but there is always a prayer. The prayer itself is the heart of...

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