TBA Diary: TBA Institute Class with Abraham.In.Motion

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Arts & Books
Masters of extreme control and fearless abandon, Abraham.In.Motion’s dancers seem to spare no energy performing The Radio Show at PICA’s Time-Based Arts Festival. How to hone such powerful command of the body and stamina? Sunday morning’s TBA Institute class with Kyle Abraham and his company revealed some clues, combining cool aesthetics and rigor for a sweaty good time.  Initially ...   More
 
Monday, September 12, 2011 JULIE POTTER

TBA Diary: Abraham.In.Motion, The Radio Play

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New York choreographer Kyle Abraham found a rich concept—African American radio station sounds from the 1970s forward, recalled from his Pittsburgh childhood—and used that music (from quiet storm soul to funk to pop to hip hop, along with some original electronica), talk show banter and even the between-the-stations static as you turn the dial (remember radio dials?) as inspiration for his sometimes ...   More
 
Monday, September 12, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL

TBA Diary: Ten Tiny Dances

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Arts & Books
TBA's annual late-night Ten Tiny Dances show didn’t get going till after 11 pm this year, but was worth the wait. This was a greatest hits show reprising earlier 10TD performances, all of which force the choreographers and dancers to use a small stage and a short time slot. Danielle Ross’ opening dance was further constrained by a virtual cage of bright green beams, and every time she touched one, ...   More
 
Monday, September 12, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL

TBA Diary: Taylor Mac, Comparison Is Violence

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Arts & Books
Two things to know about Taylor Mac: yes, he is as absolutely fabulous as you’ve heard; and no, the faint of heart should not sit within easy reach of him. I caught Taylor’s uproarious cabaret last night, on the hottest night of the year, at Washington High School, where his latest performance event has been a conspicuous offering of this year’s Time-Based Art Festival. Entitled Comparison ...   More
 
Monday, September 12, 2011 Mead Hunter

TBA Diary: tEEth, Home Made

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Arts & Books
It is a wonderful thing to be able to revisit a strong performance piece almost a year later, and to notice entirely different things in it. During my first viewing of Teeth’s moving dance piece Home Made, in November of last year, my overwhelming impression was of its harrowing nature, its demanding emotional seesaw that left one, at the end, entirely spent. I wasn’t alone in this: a pair of friends ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

TBA Diary: another take on tEEth's Home Made

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Arts & Books
In the push-pull between hostility and tenderness, hostility dominates the stage for the majority of Home Made, a work by Portland-based company tEEth, under the direction of Angelle Herbert and Phillip Kraft. Inside the Mouth at Zoomtopia, stretched white fabric frames the space and expands across the floor with a raised and illuminated lump in the middle created by the bodies of Keely McIntyre and ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 JULIE POTTER

TBA Diary: Rude Mechs Don’t Pass the Talking Stick

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Arts & Books
In conjunction with Rude Mechs’ run of The Method Gun at PICA’s Time-Based Arts festival, Austin’s Fusebox Festival director, Ron Berry, discussed process and group dynamics with two of the company directors, Lana Lesley and Thomas Graves. During the installment of the TBA Institute Tuesday afternoon at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, one thing became clear—consensus rules in this company ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 JULIE POTTER

TBA Diary: Rude Mechs, The Method Gun

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Arts & Books
There’s a moment in The Method Gun in which a character is being interviewed for a television show. To the host’s consternation, the guest is of the irascible persuasion, and isn’t much interested in sticking to the subject. The funny thing about television, she tells her host (and I’m paraphrasing) is that you only see what the camera wants you to. In the theater, everything’s all around ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 Mead Hunter

TBA Diary: Andrew Dinwiddie, Get Mad at Sin!

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Arts & Books
It didn't take long for things to get very awkward last night at the first performance of Get Mad at Sin!, actor Andrew Dinwiddie's uncannily faithful reenactment of a Jimmy Swaggart sermon, delivered in Van Buren, Ark. and released on vinyl in 1971 under the title The Ring of Fire: A Message for the Young People of Today.Let me back up a moment: Andrew Dinwidde is a New York actor, who has undertaken ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

TBA Diary: A Dramaturg's Take on tEEth's Home Made

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Arts & Books
It’s high time I saw a performance by tEEth, the wildly popular dance company reprising its critical success Home Made in this year’s TBA Fest. Judging from the mob scene at Zoomtopia on Monday evening, I’m the last guy in town to find out about the company’s powerful work, choreographed by co-artistic director Angelle Hebert. “Audience response is critical to the work,” Hebert said ...   More
 
Thursday, September 15, 2011 Mead Hunter

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