TBA Diaries: Keith Hennessy and Circo Zero, Turbulence

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If you enjoy Champagne-soaked naked slip ‘n’ slide (as many do) you might enjoy Turbulence, by Keith Hennessy and Circo Zero. I say "might" because that’s just one part of this dance-theater piece, a supposedly optional part, and there are many more parts that compose its sprawling whole. It begins when you walk among the performers on the way to your seat, which you may not occupy for long: Turbulence ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 HEATHER WISNER

TBA Diaires: Brainstorm and Sahel Sounds, Global and Mobile Pop

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Walking into the world of TBA:12 for the first time was a rather disorienting. The beefy security guards seemed far too on edge for an arts festival. And the staff and volunteers carried the harried and exhausted look in their eyes that I remember seeing in the mirror during the first few months of my son’s life. Smile as they might, you could tell the late nights, and the care and feeding of this ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 ROBERT HAM

TBA Diaries: Big Art Group, The People—Portland

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Big Art Group's The People—Portland was the first official performance in the Time-Based Art festival—at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 6, at Washington High School—but it was not the first performance art piece of the day. Two hours earlier, at the city council meeting on fluoridation, a woman with a somewhat ill-favored look addressed the Portland city council as someone who was against ...   More
 
Friday, September 7, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

TBA Diaries: Miguel Gutierrez, Heavens What Have I Done

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If you have plans to see Heavens What Have I Done tonight or tomorrow, Miguel Gutierrez probably wants you to stop reading this. Gutierrez is an advocate of audience members entering performances blindly. He dislikes programs, and he dislikes papers about the “meaning” of his work. Does Gutierrez want to read a graduate student’s analysis of his performance? No. Like everyone else, he says, he’d ...   More
 
Saturday, September 8, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Nora Chipaumire, Miriam

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Miriam, a world premiere from Zimbabwean choreographer Nora Chipaumire, is dark. Not gloomy or sinister—no, this is a performance genuinely devoid of light. As a result, it can be difficult to make out what exactly is happening onstage, what Chipaumire and fellow dancer Okwui Okpokwasili are wearing, what sorts of props they’re handling. Occasional flashes of light break the darkness—one of the ...   More
 
Saturday, September 8, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Ten Tiny Dances

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The 10-year-old event Ten Tiny Dances at Washington High School at 8:30 pm this past Saturday, September 8, was this year as it always has been: inconsistent, often frustrating and spiked with ever-so-occasional moments of transcendent hilarity or beauty.The premise, for those unfamiliar: 10 different dancers or companies are invited to perform a short dance on a tiny 4-foot-by-4-foot stage. It's ...   More
 
Monday, September 10, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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