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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May 1, 2020

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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...

November 14, 2017


I hadn’t been to see a full on ballet production since I was a child. I had watched countless youTube videos of Swan Lake including the black and white swan pas de deux & the infamous 32 foutte turns, I had seen the movie Black Swan, and I had just finished a l...

June 3, 2015

This year BETA Dance Festival held their 2nd Annual local choreographic showcase.  The program presented a wide range from the dance community including both student and professional work.  There were entirely too many works in the program to fairly discuss e...

May 20, 2015

ARTEL is an event where the worlds of visual and performance art exist side by side.  It is a chance to share audiences, to expose viewers to something new, and to stumble upon unexpected experiences.  ARTEL 2015 showcased more performances than any previous ARTEL even...

March 6, 2015

Simply Three and Epik Dance Company are a match made in a theatrical Utopia.  Both groups present a clear historical understanding of their form, but are able to entertain audiences by including elements of pop culture, and exposing their inner stooge (referring to the...

February 28, 2015

I sat, waiting for change, and waiting for stillness, and right when I eased into the comfort of passing time, change or stillness arrived.  This was the road I traveled during Inkyung Lee’s work, “waiting for a passenger/ ship go to sea.”

The dancers worked their bodie...

February 15, 2015

Over Valentine’s Day weekend, Scorpius Dance Theatre presented “David and Lisa: An Unusual Love Story.” This performance was marketed as a “must see on your Valentine’s Day weekend” event, giving me the impression that I would be seeing a romantic love story about how...

November 16, 2014

“Now that is the kind of dance that I can get into,” is what I heard the couple behind me say as they exited “Underland: White Nightmare II,” presented this weekend by Halo Movement Collective.  The twisted take on Alice and Wonderland did not disappoint.

The set w...

October 15, 2014

“The Bad and the Beautiful” was a fitting title for Center Dance Ensemble‘s season opener at the Herberger Theater Center this weekend. The work in the show ranged all the way from the organically beautiful work of guest choreographer Diane McNeal Hunt, to the archaica...

July 20, 2014

Scorpius Dance Theatre presented Intimate at the Actors Theatre in downtown Phoenix. The evening presented intricate, emotional, and athletic choreography.  The talent of these dancers is always impressive, but I am especially impressed by their ability to produce a sh...

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