performing arts

Community Recovery
7:23 am
Mon April 14, 2014

For Oso, Returning To Normalcy Means Chainmail And Jousting

Dame Richildis, aka Ann Shilling, has a quiet moment between rounds of jousting as the Seattle Knights perform on April 12, 2014, at Rhodes River Ranch in Oso.
KUOW Photo/Daniel Berman

Yellow ribbons are tied around each post you pass as you drive into the Rhodes River Ranch just outside of Oso, Wash., a town still recovering from the devastating mudslide on March 22.

Bonnie Rose does just about everything at the 200-acre ranch, which is spotted with horse stables, shoeing barns and a restaurant built to surround a large equestrian arena.

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Art Of Our City
1:45 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Exploring Seattle's Vices With Cabaret

The cast for the cabaret show "Seattle Vice," based on a book of the same name by Rick Anderson.
Credit Courtesy of ACT Theatre/John Cornicello

Seattle has a nice reputation. We are squeaky clean, we compost and recycle, and rumor has it we have more people trained in CPR than most cities our size in America.

But a new cabaret show at Seattle's ACT Theatre aims to show the shady past underneath that shiny image. Seattle is a port city, and like every port city, it has had its share of vice, corruption and not-niceness.

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Performing Arts
9:39 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Why Oscar Wilde Still Works: 'People Will Always Have Secrets!'

Kate Wisniewski, Connor Toms, Emily Grogan, and Kimberly King in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s 2014 production of “The Importance of Being Earnest.”
Credit Courtesy of Seattle Shakespeare Company/John Ulman

Oscar Wilde is one of those people: You've heard of him, even if you've never read his novels or seen one of his plays.

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Teatro Zinzanni
8:04 am
Thu March 6, 2014

If These Velvet Walls Could Talk

Teatro Zinzanni Founder Norm Langill
Courtesy of Teatro Zinzanni

Across from the Seattle Center on Mercer Street, there’s a white, pre-fabricated, nondescript building with a couple of flags outside. The exterior is really camouflage for a 100-year-old velvet tent imported from Belgium.

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Theater Premiere
9:35 am
Thu February 27, 2014

From Raised Eyebrows To Raised Curtains: Rachel Atkins Tackles Racial Identity

Actresses Kia Pierce and Marquicia Dominguez in Rachel Atkins' play, "Black Like Us."
Credit Courtesy of Annex Theatre/Shane Regan

When Rachel Atkins was 7, she and her sisters got a new stepfather. Atkins loved this man, but when she and her family went out in public, they raised a lot of eyebrows.

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Performing Arts
7:37 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Choreographer Uses Blackface To Confront Racial Attitudes Past And Present

Donald Byrd's "Minstrel Show, Revisited."
Credit Courtesy Spectrum Dance Theater/Nate Watters

When choreographer Donald Byrd first presented "The Minstrel Show" more than 20 years ago, he wasn't ready for the way audiences would react. He recalls one performance in La Jolla, California, when people started yelling at each other across the theater.

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Local Dance
7:30 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Choreographer Kate Wallich Spreads Her Wings With 'Super Eagle'

Kate Wallich and Andrew Bartee in "Super Eagle."
Velocity Dance Center/Jacob Rosen

When you ask Seattle dance insiders which young artists they've got their eyes on, 24-year-old Kate Wallich's name almost always rises to the top of the list.

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Seattle Theater
6:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

New Play At Seattle Rep Examines Themes Of Secrecy, Religious Orthodoxy

Samuel Hunter's "A Great Wilderness" will play at Seattle Repertory Theater.
Credit From Seattle Repertory Theater's Facebook page

Playwright Samuel B. Hunter was never a fundamentalist Christian, but his boyhood experience at a Christian school was the inspiration for his new play, "A Great Wilderness."

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Art Of Our City
7:26 am
Thu January 23, 2014

30-Year-Old Play Revived In Seattle To Combat AIDS Complacency

The lives of Mickey (Stephen Black), Ned (Greg Lyle-Netwon) and Felix (Andrew Russell) are forever affected by the scourge of AIDS in Strawberry Theatre Workshop's "The Normal Heart."
Courtesy of John Ulman

Stephen Black remembers the moment he decided to bring a play called "The Normal Heart" to Seattle.

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Dance
6:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Olivier Wevers: Making Dance On A Whim

Choreographer Olivier Wevers works with a dancer on one of his contemporary pieces.
Credit Courtesy of Bamberg Fine Art

Olivier Wevers remembers the first time he took a dance class; It ended badly. Wevers' mother found her very young son crying at the side of the dance studio.

"They gave me tights to wear," Wevers said. "I wanted a tutu."

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'Thrills, Chills And Daring'
6:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

A Circus Of Middle-Aged Women

Members of Vashon Island's 50 Sense Circus rehearse for a performance.
Credit From 50 Sense Circus' Facebook page.

You've probably seen a circus at some point in your life: maybe it was the traditional three-ring extravaganza, or perhaps a glitzy Cirque de Soleil performance with aerialists.

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Holiday Special
6:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

The Enlightened Message Of Scrooge

Flickr Photo/Stuart Anthony

Charles Dickens’ story “A Christmas Carol” is a holiday favorite. It was performed earlier this month in front of a live audience at Seattle’s Center for Spiritual Living under the title “The Enlightened Message of Scrooge.”

This show will air on KUOW December 23 at 9:00 p.m.

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Speech Performance
1:29 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Five Minutes Onstage At Ignite Seattle

A participant of one of the annual Ignite Seattle events.
Flickr Photo/Randy Stewart

What would you say if you had five minutes onstage and a captive audience?

That's the premise of Ignite Seattle, a regular worldwide event where presenters get five minutes and twenty PowerPoint slides to get a point across. Speakers at November’s event touched on a variety of topics, including living in two cities, superbugs, and little-known facts about "Hamlet."

Ignite Seattle 22 took place at Town Hall on November 20. The talk was moderated by Seattle Times columnist Monica Guzman.

Ballet
9:00 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Choreographer Crystal Pite Brings Work To PNB

Choreographer Crystal Pite at work at Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Credit Courtesy of Pacific Northwest Ballet/Copyright Lindsay Thomas

Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite might actually be better known in Europe than here on the North American continent. The Vancouver Island native trained in ballet and danced with Ballet British Columbia before moving to Europe to perform with legendary American choreographer William Forsythe.

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Theater
9:25 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Elizabeth Heffron Debuts "Bo-Nita," Her Latest One-Woman Show At Seattle Rep

Playwright Elizabeth Heffron
Credit Courtesy of Seattle Reperator Theatre/Nate Watters

It's been a busy year for Elizabeth Heffron. The Seattle playwright's new one-woman show "Bo-Nita" had its world premier at Seattle Repertory Theatre in late October.

Heffron is working on two other scripts she hopes will get full productions. "Portugal" is about a pair of tank farm workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The second play, "The Weatherman Project" is a collaboration with Kit Bakke, a former member of the Weather Underground.

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