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 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 Dakota Camacho. 

Ancestral Lineages: Matao/CHamoru, Ilokano, European

Born and raised in Coast Salish Territory, Dakota Camacho creates activations of indigenous knowing, life ways, and spiritual connection. As a multi-disciplinary artist-researcher, the work spans the realms of ritual activation, performance art, installation, contemporary indigenous movement, traditional chant, culturally convergent music and ancestral responsibility.The work aims to proliferate inafa'maolek -- unifying human consciousness with the natural world, restoring balance with the elements, and living with life force.

Performance Lab:   A Performance Lab on dxʷdəwʔabš land
 Application Deadline: Sunday, March 15, 2020, 11:59pm
Clarification deadline: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 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, April 29, 2020, 7pm

 A Performance Lab on dxʷdəwʔabš land is an opportunity to reflect upon and explore the relationships we have to the land and waters of the Duwamish. We invite artists to listen to the words of Duwamish Longhouse Director, Jolene Haas, to reflect upon our own personal and familial relationships to land, ancestors, and heritage, but also to forced relocation, and ongoing attempted genocide. (link to page with recording https://www.ontheboards.org/special-events/a-performance-lab-on-dxwdwabs-land ) As we give our attention to the voices of living Duwamish people, we contemplate how our creative practices can generate resilience, healing, feelings of kinship, and expand our notion of responsibility to this place called Seattle. As we build space for our communities’ cultural/spiritual/creative practices, how do we help steward the land in a way that builds collective liberation?

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, April 28, 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, April 27.
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 Friday, March 20, 2020.
  Questions about the application process can be sent to curatorial@ontheboards.org

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