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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August 15, 2017

I am in Tempe surrounded by local artists at the noisy, hot, and bustling Casey Moore’s. Sitting next to me is a big-faced, bigger-smiled man who just premiered a major work— his eyes are darting around and he’s laughing. The premiere, which took place on August 10th a...

July 31, 2017

As a woman of black and white ancestry, a musician, a wordsmith, I walked away from the BlakTina festival with a new understanding of dance, an art that allows its witnesses to experience the many shapes our human bodies can form. Dance positions the body as the medium...

The 4th annual Beta Dance Festival was hosted at Phoenix Center for the Arts on July 23rd-24th. Beta provides the opportunity for local dance artists to produce and perform their own original works. The event seeks to introduce dance supporters in the Phoenix area to n...

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...

March 30, 2016

“I remember when your mother gave me Anne of Green Gables. ‘Read it with a box of Kleenex,’ that’s what she told me.” I couldn’t help but think of this line from my favorite romantic comedy—You’ve Got Mail—when I was handed the program for CaZo Dance’s “Remember When…A...

November 19, 2015

Staged in the large backroom of the Crescent Ballroom, directed by Jessica Rajko,

'i'm not as think as you drunk i am' was a multi-phased exploration of drinking, movement and the impulses guiding our social choices. 

Opening the show, the four principle dancers start in...

August 9, 2015

On August 8th, 2015 Leanne Schmidt and Company premiered a brand new work, The Intimate Encounter of Yes and No. The work was shown at Phoenix Center for the Arts as a part of the [nueBOX] residency program. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the work that is bei...

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 30, 2015

In an upstairs room at the Phoenix Center for the Arts Jordan Daniels took his intimate audience on a circular journey through silver pants, gobo lights, stacks of vinyl records and Sam Cooke’s soulful funk. Early in the show Mr. Daniels quickly captivated his audience...

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