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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Revealing through the cracks: Responses to Breaking Ground part 2

February 11, 2020

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February 11, 2020

I’m a little in my head after “white onion.” Watching a powerpoint in a dark and crowded room must have tricked my subconscious into thinking I’m back in a college lecture hall, because my eyes are getting heavy and I’ve smothered a yawn or two. The stage darkens and a...

February 3, 2020

Dance artists are supposed to be good at eviscerating our souls for emotional catharsis. Movement is a universal language, and dance gets at the emotions that words can’t, and at some point, we’ve all reposted that Martha Graham quote where she declares dance “the hidd...

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...

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...

May 12, 2017

Art in the Backyard is Gina Jurek’s capstone project for Arizona State University’s undergraduate dance program. Her work explores the subject of female development through dance, visual arts, music and film.

Performed by Mac Allen, Jordan Barton, Raji Ganesan, Bre...

May 11, 2017

I am in the very first row of seats at the Tempe Center for the Arts on Friday night for the 2016 Breaking Ground festival of contemporary dance and film. The girl sitting one seat away from me might be eleven years old. It is the first piece of the night, and together...

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