Presented in association with Bumbershoot

This Labor Day weekend, Performance Space 122 delivers a live bento box teeming with a delectable assortment of technology-infused multimedia, mind-bending dance, inflammatory theatre and addictive live art to Bumbershoot, Seattle’s premiere music and performing arts festival.

Sample bites from five of NYC’s vanguard of genre-defying artists. Come hungry.

Witness Relocation
The Panic Show


“A dance-theater anarchist’s Utopia” – Performing Arts
Journal

Witness Relocation combines dance & theater with the energy
of a rock-show.
The Panic Show attacks mass hysteria, hyper-ventilation,
stress, fight or flight, self help techniques, not to mention “Panic Room”,
that mess of a film starring Jodie Foster.
This wild ride includes dances,
dark confessions, confetti, and real time performance tasks that will whip both
the audience and performers into a lather.
Co-commissioned by
Dance New Amsterdam.

Reggie Watts / Tommy Smith – RADIO PLAY

“Nakedly entertaining! Wouldn’t it be strange if this is what the
future of theatre looks like?”- Variety

“Sharp, wry and elusive … moves seamlessly from skits to songs to
off-kilter stand-up.” – New York Times

Join sonic auteurs REGGIE WATTS & TOMMY
SMITH for RADIO PLAY.
Modelled after radio programs of yesteryear, RADIO PLAY
gathers a group of actors, musicians and sound-effects artists to create a
surreal sonic entertainment.
Songs, stories and soundscapes collide in a
comedic mash-up of non-temporal quasi-political pop-cultural tropes.
Performed in the dark!

REGGIE WATTS (performer) and TOMMY SMITH
(director) create absurd experimental comedic theatricals for modern
performance spaces.

LeeSaar The Company – GEISHA

“LeeSaar’s dances always require
unwavering attention, they are powerful.”
– The New York Times

“This is the kind of work that could awaken a love
for modern dance.” Oregon Arts & Culture

A feminine woman and a virile man are locked in a seething
and sensual duet interwoven with a surreal concert performance by an
over-the-top Celine Dion-esque diva .
Navigating a world that is alternately
disturbing and seductive, intimate and extroverted, ultimately Geisha opens the
door to an intensely voyeuristic and hypnotic experience.

31 Down radio theatre & JAPANTHER – THE
SCREAM CONTEST


Japanther is “A New York-based band whose music conveys what I would call springing life”- Art Forum

31 Down provides “mind-shattering spiritual enlightenment” – Time Out New York

A startlingly cathartic installation of alt-punk proportions: 31 Down challenges you to The Scream Contest, with music written by punk band Japanther and performed live by the duo Breelah (featuring members of TacocaT). Sign up to read a short radio theatre scene ending with a blood curdling scream provided by YOU. Like a sideshow at a county fair where people test their strength by pounding a hammer and ringing a bell, The Scream Contest rewards the best set of lungs. The winner of each day is decided by the SCREAM-o-METER and receives a mystery prize.

The 39th annual Bumbershoot: Seattle’s Music and Arts Festival, Presented by Samsung Mobile will showcase a wide range of arts over Labor Day Weekend (September 5 – 7). The Festival stretches across the 74-acre Seattle Center, located beneath the city’s iconic Space Needle, and programs 20 indoor and unique outdoor venues. This progressive Festival features a comprehensive arts program including live music, comedy, visual and literary arts, theatre, dance, film, and urban crafts.

Single day-specific and three-day Festival passes are available NOW at bumbershoot.org, and Ticketmaster outlets. Single day-specific tickets are $50; three-day passes are $120. For more ticket information visit bumbershoot.org/tickets.htm.

Photos by: Justin Bernhaut, Jules Hil, Rachel Roberts, Jay Ryan

Sept 5 and 6, 2009
Saturday and Sunday at 6pm
The Seattle Center
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