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HERE/NOW exists to increase and diffuse knowledge
involving the intersection of Dance and Music.

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INSTALLMENT 13
DATE: TBD
LOCATION: Open Flight Studio (OFS) 4205 University Way NE / 98105
SEATING: 730-8pm
SHOW: 8-945pm
ENTRY: $8 suggested donation
BEVERAGES: inspired selection of healthy cans and bottles
MERCHANDISE: packaged DVDs of past installments

(Please read Legal Notice at bottom of right column prior to attending. Thanks!)

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Post-performance Interviews: Installment 12

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To view a higher quality version of this video, please visit our HERE/NOWtv channel.

The Post-performance Interviews video journal series is based exclusively on asking participants and audience members to "say a few words about your experience at HERE/NOW". Honest, insightful, gracious and at times humorous, the thoughts captured on-camera never fail to engage.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Installment 12 (3/10/12)

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Pictured above standing (l to r) are Ezra Dickinson, Adrienne Russell (AKA Pavonine), Milvia Berenice Pacheco Salvatierra, Ben Blankenship, Alan Sutherland, Kane Mathis, Michael Sauder (AKA Geist) and Barry Alavi (AKA Behrooz) and sitting (l to r) are Marc Kenison (AKA Waxie Moon), Kevin Nortness, Jackie An (AKA circadies), Tracy Broyles, Emma Klein, Christin Call, Chris Stover and Sean Tomerlin.

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In no specificalistical order:

1. There seem to be two different kinds of Celebration: celebration of the spirit/body and celebration of the intellect/mind. They were both present. And they were both appreciated for what they are capable of accomplishing.
2. Wow... three years. Wild.
3. It appears to be impossible to separate on any objectively discernible level a participant-viewed series of improvisations from each of those participant's subsequent contributions. Therefore, it could be argued that only the first duet is "original" in this regard, and that the mere act of viewing the duets fuels the event's generative nature... the participants, therefore, having no way of avoiding this meta-dialog.
4. Does the above also apply to anyone's observations regardless of spacetime? In other words, when you are witnessing something, there is also someone witnessing you witness it... you are WHAT is being observed from their perspective.
5. Does the above include this sentence's inherent doubt?
6. If there was ever any sense of disbelief that during HERE/NOW strange coincidences really do have the propensity to occur... appearing to almost be the rule and not the exception: a very pregnant Dancer (Milvia) was paired with a very pregnant instrument (Kane's kora). And life was very beautiful for 8 minutes.
7. It was another packed house... thank you, Seattle, for choosing to spend your evening with us. Your support is inspiring to the participants. We literally couldn't do it without you.
8. I'm delighted to officially announce that after much research, we have concluded that no adult OR child has ever been bored at HERE/NOW. Repetitive just-below-the-surface explorations given participant diversity and a fully in-the-moment production?
9. Intensity Award goes to Alan Sutherland.
10. Instead of imagining what it would be like if two wildly different people performed together, it actually happens. This never ceases to enthrall me to no end. Whereas most of spacetime is reliant on the "what if x and y..." paradigm, HERE/NOW is only reliant on the "when x and y..." with x being any given Dancer and y being any given Musician.
11. If you really could watch a flower grow, I think it would feel a lot like watching a HERE/NOW duet.
12. Random Thought of the Night: why are some people afraid of Real, while others consciously bathe in it?
13. Quiet works well at OFS. Loud works well at OFS.
14. Wow... three years. Damn. It just hit me again. That's a lot of collective risk being taken.
15. Prepare for the act of coming face-to-face with the unexpected and you will be fine.
16. When given lemons, make lemonade. This doesn't mean you have to set up a website and hire a sales manager, though.
17. I feel as if I have experienced more decent, high-quality, risk-positive artistic exploration at HERE/NOW then I have at most non-improvised works. With the perception that there is nothing to lose, do we automatically risk more, give more?
18. Does improvisation constitute a pro-active, zero-thought mode of consciousness? And, therefore, does that mode then serve to strengthen our sense of both internal and external Trust?
19. Codification leads to standardization. Standardization leads to horizontal access. Horizontal access leads to inclusivity.
20. As usual: I laughed, I cried, I thought, I felt... I was inspired. What more could anyone want from an art-based event?
21. Cue substantial applause x 8, please.
22. Dance and Music... two sides of the same proverbial coin. Spend wisely.

~ Christopher

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The evening's duets in chronological order:

1. Emma Klein (D) + Jackie An (AKA circadies) (M)
2. Alan Sutherland (D) + Kevin Nortness (M)
3. Sean Tomerlin (D) + Chris Stover (M)
4. Christin Call (D) + Ben Blankenship (M)

INTERMISSION

5. Marc Kenison (AKA Waxie Moon) (D) + Michael Sauder (AKA Geist) (M)
6. Milvia Berenice Pacheco Salvatierra (D) + Kane Mathis (M)
7. Ezra Dickinson (D) + Adrienne Russell (AKA Pavonine) (M)
8. Tracy Broyles (D) + Barry Alavi (AKA Behrooz) (M)

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If you attended this installment, please take a minute and share your thoughts. What did you feel was the most engaging moment of the evening? Whose duet resonated with you the most? How did you hear about HERE/NOW and why did you feel as if you wanted to attend? Were you familiar with any of the participants? Did the evening serve as a catalyst for discussion amongst friends?

Thanks!

Christopher & Paige
Creative Directors | Curators

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

DVD - Installment 11 - NOW AVAILABLE!

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If you have a friend or family member who is a fan of Dance or Music you should consider gifting them one or more of the HERE/NOW DVDs. They serve as living proof that very, very good things have the propensity to occur when one Dancer and one Musician are randomly paired and given eight minutes to improvise together, and also as an ever-expanding historical archive documenting the region's Dance and Music communities.

They are respectably packaged and authored and come with complete program concept information, contact/credit information, outtakes, Post-performance Interviews (starting with Installment 10) a group portrait with the names of all sixteen participants and, of course, all eight improvised duets titled and chapterized making it easy to jump to specific performances or view the entire evening in chronological order. They also feature the evenings' printed programs (starting with Installment 3) highlighting who was paired with whom. One part bio, one part interview, the printed programs are uniquely insightful and a direct reflection of the working goals of HERE/NOW.

We've tried very hard to make sure the DVDs have features that resonate with fans of Dance and Music and we're always trying to invent ways to make them even more engaging. We've also tried very hard to make sure that our asking price ($16 + shipping costs if applicable) is reasonable, affordable and fair. (Note: all DVDs receive free shipping if being mailed to a destination within the continental US.)

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thanks!

Christopher & Paige
Creative Directors | Curators

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Post-performance Interviews: Installment 11

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To view a higher quality version of this video, please visit our HERE/NOWtv channel.

The Post-performance Interviews video journal series is based exclusively on asking participants and audience members to "say a few words about your experience at HERE/NOW". Honest, insightful, gracious and at times humorous, the thoughts captured on-camera never fail to engage.

Friday, December 16, 2011

HERE/NOW: Installment 11 review on SeattleDances blogsite

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Seattle-based choreographer, dancer, Pilates instructor, poet, painter, candlestick maker and Coriolis Dance Collective co-founder, Christin Call (pictured above), was in the audience on Saturday evening. Read her thoughts regarding Installment 11 on the SeattleDances blogsite.

Thanks!

Christopher & Paige
Creative Directors | Curators