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Constanza Macras/Dorky Park presents 'Back to the Present' at On the Boards
Constanza Macras/Dorky Park presents 'Back to the Present' at On the Boards
by E. Joyce Glasgow - SGN A&E Writer

Dorky Park
Oct. 6th - 8th, 2006
On the Boards


The young, international ensemble of Berlin based Dorky Park, with Argentinean choreographer, Constanza Macras, impressed me with their exuberance, commitment to their work and individual talent. At times, their wild and chaotic piece, "Back to the Present" was funny, in a quirky sort of way. However, I found this piece primarily to be an immature, sophomoric work of little substance. This company managed to pass two and one half hours in front of its audience with lots of chair flinging, lots of purposeful falling down (who knows why), throwing around of stuffed animals and other continual random actions, interspersed with some dancing, music and video clips. At one point, two performers continually spit masticated, saliva coated rice cake bits volcanically all over the front rows of the audience. Was this another random action or did I miss something here?

I feel that somehow the plain weirdness of this piece was mistaken for innovation and artfulness when chosen for programming at On the Boards. I have grown to expect great performances at On the Boards over the years. There are obviously hits and misses along the way, as there are everywhere in the art world. I know that there are some amazing performers out there whom we have not had a chance to see here in Seattle; artists whose work is innovative, fresh, mature, thoughtful, professional, cosmopolitan, sophisticated and inspiring. I'm hoping that attention, time, organization and money will be spent to bring some of these more substantial and virtuosic performers to On the Boards in the future.

For more information about upcoming events at On the Boards visit: www.ontheboards.org.

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