• Dance,  Theater

    Live! The Realest MC: Posture and Poise

    On the surface, Kyle Abraham's new dance work at On the Boards, Live! The Realest MC, seems to be about gay issues. It is a queer retelling of The Adventures of Pinocchio. The reality, however, is more complex. It is as much about how sex roles, gender and homosexuality are framed largely by the context of race as it is…

  • Dance

    Mark Haim’s X2: Remarks in passing

    I quite liked the first half of Mark Haim's X2 at On the Boards. It is an inventive use of space and time all linked by Louis Andriessen's music De Tijd (Time), inspired as much by the Confessions of St. Augustine (which form its text) as by Morton Feldman. I'm much less keen on the second piece.

  • Culture,  Dance,  Performing Arts,  Society,  Theater

    The Working Artist: Spotlight on The Cabiri

    The Cabiri unite teamwork, effort, sweat, and concentration to pursue their art and hone it to its finest. That the group are not regularly celebrated by Seattle's performing arts pundits, much less by Seattleites at large, strikes me as a miscarriage of justice. With their emphasis on creating spectacular shows for all ages of people, The Cabiri deserve a much…

  • Dance

    Joining disciplines with a Hyphen: Catherine Cabeen Company at Velocity

    One of the difficulties of assembling an accurate history of jazz is dealing with the subject of improvisation. Lacking a real system of notation, improvisation passes from teacher to student through direct practice alone and is difficult to reproduce. Dance also shares this problem. While there are various systems of notation for dance, these often narrow the range of expressive…

  • Dance

    BOOST Dance Festival: A Showcase of Seattle’s Diversity

    Dancers face the very same challenges as theater groups. Rehearsal space, performance space, support funding and so on. But quite unlike their counterparts in the theater, dancers tend to gather together out of necessity and fix their problems from within. Marlo Martin rose to a challenge in 2010 by starting the BOOST Dance Festival.

  • Dance

    In the Land of Make/Believe: tEEth Bring Their Magic to On the Boards

    Using the barest of elements in extraordinary combinations, Make/Believe produces visually and sonically striking imagery that grows and grows in intricacy, the way that music grows from the simplicity of a heartbeat, or language itself grows from scratches and dots on a Sumerian jar. Make/Believe is a succession of gorgeous images revolving around the idea of what it means to…

  • Dance

    Shen Wei Dance Arts brings Limited States to the UW

    Part of the brilliant UW World Series of Music and Dance, Shen Wei Dance Arts has been hailed as “startlingly imaginative performance for forward-looking audiences." Test the superlatives out for yourselves. It's been awhile since Shen Wei Dance Arts brought their Rite of Spring and the beautiful Folding to the Meany, so it is nice to have them back.