“Delicate, wide-eyed girls with mouths that never open are about the only thing you will never find in Amy O’Neal’s dances. Onstage in her first big solo show last fall, when Big Boi and Verdi came together to make sweet musical love, she cranked up the volume, threw up her arms, and shoved her tongue right out of her mouth. A few minutes later, she was on the highest possible clear-plastic stilettos, dancing like ballet’s Cinderella, until she stripped off a layer, grabbed a mic, sang a shrewd version of “Money Changes Everything,” and did an elaborate pole dance that resulted in a seated position with her heels clicking together like Dorothy’s, little neon lights inside the heels flashing with each click. Appearing on giant projection screens throughout the performance were statements and questions she’d written about cultural sampling, sex, gender, power, history, and her influences. She’d published an essay while booty popping.”
Read more about Amy O and other Performance Finalists Zoe Scofield and Pat Graney
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photo by Kelly O
Artist Trust Fellowships are awarded to Washington State artists of exceptional talent, demonstrated ability, professional achievement and continuing dedication to an artistic discipline. Selected by independent panelists from over 400 applications, Amy O was one of 18 artists awarded a 2013 Fellowship.
Other 2013 Fellowship Recipients include: Emerging Fields & Cross-disciplinary Arts: Robb Kunz; SuttonBeresCuller. Traditional & Folk Arts: David Boxley; Sharon Glenn; Delbert Miller; Oleksandra Pryveda. Visual Arts: Leo Berk; Chris Crites; Michelle Forsyth; Ronald Hall; Jeremy Mangan; Richard Martinez; Amie McNeel; Saya Moriyasu; Preston Singletary. Performing Arts: Etienne Cakpo; Amy O’Neal.
Congratulations Amy O and all you fine artists of Washington State!
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photo by Gabriel Bienczycki
Each year, the Golden Ear Awards recognize and celebrate the outstanding achievements of the previous year in Seattle jazz. In the process, Seattle jazz fans and performers can take stock of and show gratitude for the region’s vibrant jazz ecology. The awards are determined by a combination of nominations and popular vote. Samantha Boshnack Quintet is nominated under the Alternative Jazz Group.
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Tis the season for the annual Mayor’s Arts Awards…Frank would like to wish HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Freehold Theatre, and the other recipients of this year’s award.
Your contributions to our community are invaluable – thanks for working so diligently to put something on the positive side of the scale.
Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio engages people from all walks of life in cultivating audacity of spirit through the practice of theater. A creative haven since 1991, Freehold is a thriving collective of artists, teachers and students collaborating to explore both the mind and the heart. Through education, experimentation and performance, Freehold works toward a theater practice that illuminates the human condition and serves the full, diverse spectrum of the theater community. Freehold provides a place that nurtures risk in all aspects of the practice. Freehold is a laboratory for working professionals, a studio for emerging artists, and above all, a destination where anyone with an inquisitive spirit can join in the celebration of the inherent risk of being human.