PHOENIX DANCE OBSERVER

THE OBSERVER MANIFESTO:

The Observer is a collection of written observations from live performances in metro-Phoenix.  This site is for a wide variety of performance events, whether dance, theatre, drag, etc. The intention is to promote local performances and the artists behind them, generate a dialogue amongst artists and appreciators of the arts, and develop a stronger and more supportive creative community in Phoenix. The Observer is open to curated observations from the public. If you would like to share your review, or if you would like a reviewer to attend your event, please contact us! INFO@NUEBOX.ORG

The views expressed by the authors are theirs alone and do not reflect the views, positions, or opinions of [nueBOX] or [nueBOX] staff.

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"Art in the backyard" nourishes community

May 12, 2017

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October 27, 2019

The Scene:

Moving through the parking lot of a dark strip mall on the outskirts of a campus town. You know the kind: angular buildings of nearly identical business fronts, blinds drawn against being forgotten to a bygone era. Two people are unloading something out of a...

October 8, 2019

Let Your Lady Out, like other productions by Leanne Schmidt and Marlene Strang AKA The Ladies, doesn’t give the audience a chance to be passive observers. The Ladies, on their journey of self-embetterment, bring viewers along the path towards a brighter future with the...

September 9, 2019

This is part 2 of a condensed transcript (edited by Dienae Hunter) of a conversation between Sofia Dotta and Dienae Hunter about their reflections on BlakTinx Dance Festival Phoenix 2019. In this part of our conversation we cover Solace, Mi Triste Palomar, One, Trepidi...

September 8, 2019

This is part 1 of a condensed transcript (edited by Dienae Hunter) of a conversation between Sofia Dotta and Dienae Hunter about their reflections on BlakTinx Dance Festival Phoenix 2019. In this part of our conversation we cover Connection Within Our Bodies, Danza Ran...

August 18, 2019

Upstairs at the Armory the [nueBOX] studio is a soft-lit sunset fuchsia glow. A handful of people
are lounging on the floor, against the walls in pairs and trios— Entering, it feels as though the
speculation has already commenced and we are the query. Strange Intimacy....

March 2, 2019

"Who orders fast food in floor-length fur? Jordan Daniels does. From the moment they enter the dining room, this ensemble cast commands, seduces, dizzies, and teases." Read the rest of Ada McCartney's review of Julie Akerly's "Love. Laugh. Fork....

September 15, 2018

This piece reflects on Mierda., a Dance MFA Thesis Performance by Jordan Klitzke, which premiered Thursday, September 6, 2018 in the Nelson Fine Arts Center at Arizona State University. Mierda was created with support from the School of Film, Dance, and Theatre at ASU...

September 1, 2018

The second annual BlakTina Dance Festival occurred in Phoenix on Aug 24-25, 2018 at Phoenix Center for the Arts. About the festival: "BlakTina Dance Festival is a dance concert that showcases and celebrates the powerful, dynamic work of Black and Latinx dance makers. O...

May 22, 2018

Entering the Icehouse for the first performance of "Rooted in Nothingness" felt like coming home. There was a pile of bodies lying in the ultimate cuddle puddle, there was music that built energy and served as a conduit of rhythms between conversations, and this giant...

April 14, 2018

Author's Note: This poem was created using found text from audience member's written responses to the Goddess Rising, choreographed by Sara Malan-McDonald, which premiered on March 31st. Immediately after the performance ended, I invited audience members to respond in...

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