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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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...

April 12, 2018

Robert Frost said, "Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words." The same can be said of dance. When an emotion has found its expression and the expression has found its music, it is dance. This definition of dance was on display at...

March 14, 2018

In a rehearsal for Eleanor, Jordan Daniel’s warms up with the five dancers who embody his
choreography. He directs the movement with phrases like,

“Let your spine echo throughout the body.”
“Search for pleasure.”
“Start from the floor and find your connective through l...

January 16, 2018

When I arrived at the Crescent Ballroom this past Saturday night, I couldn't help but impatiently crane my neck towards the entrance as I waited in the line extending past the patio and around the building in an effort to see and hear for myself the performances that w...

December 30, 2017

On experiencing the second sold-out performance of ‘Eggshells and Honey’: Before it begins the rooftop crowd gathers energy— stark shadows sparking on frigid concrete, a dry chill rides the air. Talk turns to eggshells, how paying for calcium supplements is a waste of...

November 27, 2017

Gratitude: the first word that comes to mind when I think of Bill T. Jones.  I am grateful for the legacy of his work, for the Master that he is, for the poise of his choreography, for his philosophy as a thinker, for the multiracial/multinational/multicultural space o...

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...

November 10, 2017

Rooted in ballet tradition, Lisa Starry's “A Vampire Tale” infects the Valley with a contemporary take on narrative ensemble work. But the heteronormativity is stuck in the past. 

A 14-year Valley dance tradition, Lisa Starry's “A Vampire Tale”, promises narra...

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