ABOUT ON THE BOARDS:  

On the Boards presents contemporary performance work that pushes its audiences' boundaries, provokes discussion, engages new ideas, and connects adventurous art to our community.

We fulfill our mission through a series of programs, which include presenting innovative artists from the Northwest and beyond through a curated season of new commissions and existing work; a lecture and studio visit series that brings curatorial voices to the PNW; and an annual festival of short performance, as well as a quarterly experimental performance series for local practitioners to show in-progress or short time-based works. 

Additionally we provide select local artists with residencies that include rehearsal space, development support, project management, dramaturgical and curatorial feedback, and advocacy in order to create new and exciting projects. Our publishing platform, OntheBoards.tv, is a one-of-a-kind portal that features HD performance films and contextual education material that deepens audiences understanding of the field of contemporary performance.

 Since its founding, On the Boards has hosted various series for local artists to showcase new works and works-in-progress. The name of these programs has evolved over time — from Choreography, Etc. to Second Sunday Series to 12 MINUTES MAX, a Performance Exhibition to Open Studio — but the idea has remained the same: a chance for artists to show their work, test a new idea out, be able to discuss their work with an audience, and receive feedback. The philosophy was to provide a unique opportunity for regional artists to experiment in an informal performance setting.
 Performance Lab is a quarterly series which will be co-curated by local artists and Charles Smith, the Producer of Performance Lab. Each series will have facilitated artist feedback along with an opportunity for each artist to discuss their performance with the audience. Additionally, this quarterly series will be presented in both the Merrill Theater and the Studio Theater.
This Performance Lab will be co-curated with HATLO.
 HATLO is a queer process babe, co-conspirator and wildcat who creates and facilitates new performance. They are a writer, director, performer, and dramaturg in collaborative relationships that develop unruly original performance experiments. Their performance and process work is a practice of love, survival and community that spans performance art, theater, dance, and community organizing. Recent and upcoming collaborations include: Markeith Wiley, Shontina Vernon, Timothy White Eagle, Brandon Simmons, stephanie lavon trotter & Fox Whitney/Gender Tender.


Performance Lab:  An Augur: Future Visions
 Application Deadline: Sunday, December 1, 2019, 11:59pm
 Clarification deadline: Monday, November 25, 2019 - If you have questions about the       application or need any help, please contact curatorial@ontheboards.org by this date. We cannot guarantee we will be able to respond to questions received after this date.
 Performances Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 7pm

 

In conversation with OtB's 19/20 season theme of In The Future's Wake, the title for this Performance Lab is An Augur: Future Visions. We are looking for experimental performance processes that are investigating the nature of time, signs or portents for our future, and thinking about where we will be in one year: the presidential inauguration in January 2021. Augury was a pre-Roman Empire practice of divining omens and messages from the gods through interpreting the flight of birds. What unexpected and curious movements are you as an artist exploring or discerning through your practice? 

While the presenting space for this lab is technically the Merrill stage, we are interested in artists thinking about non-traditional spaces in which to share work that engages the footprint of the Merrill space - the stairwells (please consider ADA accessibility), rehearsal room, wing space between the stage and shop, voms, or lobby. Not all ideas for alternate uses of the space will be able to be accommodated but we would like to work with artists to bring a variety of non-stage performing spaces to life for this evening of sharing work. 

Artists can apply with a specific proposal for either or both these ideas. If you have an idea you'd like to propose that doesn't fit either of these, please do still apply and let us know how your process might engage with work that is in conversation with the conditions described above.

Submission Guidelines:
 Proposed performances must be up to 10 mins in length.
 Artist will be responsible for their own stage set up and strike, which must take no more than 2 minutes each (this is not considered part of your performance time.)
 Artist must be available for one technical rehearsal on Tuesday, January 14, between 7pm - 9pm.
 Artist must be available for a brief talk back/feedback session following the performance.
 Artist must provide any sound or video file in advance of technical rehearsal by noon, Monday, January 15.
OtB will provide:
 Selected projects will receive an honorarium of $100, light/sound technical support, free rehearsal space at OtB, and a rehearsal visit with a member of the OtB curatorial team. The purpose of the rehearsal visit is to see how your work is developing and become more familiar with your practice.
 All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by Thursday, December 12, 2019.
 Questions about the application process can be sent to curatorial@ontheboards.org

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