Writing

ABOUT THE WORK: Record of the Anthropocene Movement

ABOUT THE WORK: Record of the Anthropocene Movement

Photo: Karen Mason Blair 2016 (This photo was taken at Karin’s Seattle childhood property that was destroyed by landslides due to record rain in 1996.) In Harmony with the Tao, the sky is clear and spacious, the earth is solid and full, all creatures flourish together, content with the way they are, endlessly repeating themselves, endlessly renewed. When man interferes with the Tao, the sky ...[Read More]

ARTIST BIOS & PROGRAM NOTES: Record of the Anthropocene Movement

ARTIST BIOS & PROGRAM NOTES: Record of the Anthropocene Movement

Photo: Omar Willey and Karen Mason-Blair Design: Maris Antolin Record of the Anthropocene Movement World Premiere March 16 – 19, 2017 Taproot Theatre Company’s Isaac Studio Theatre Karin Stevens Dance presents their new work, Record of the Anthropocene Movement premiering March 16 – 19, 2017 Taproot Theatre Company’s Isaac Studio Theatre Record of the Anthropocene Movement is a collabo ...[Read More]

Post #3 (re)MOVE: Back Toward Again the (re)TURN Facing

Post #3 (re)MOVE: Back Toward Again the (re)TURN Facing

Photo by Karen Mason Blair (re)MOVE: Back Toward Again the (re)TURN Facing Performance dates: April 22-24, 2016 VIEW THE WORK HERE IN FOUR PARTS: Static Wide Shot 1 | 2 | 3 | 4   or  Edited Version by Vibe Vision 1 | 2 | 3 | 4   May we turn inwards and stumble upon our true roots in the intertwining biology of this exquisite planet. May nourishment and power pulse through these roots, and fie ...[Read More]

Post #2 (re)MOVE: Back Toward Again the (re)TURN Facing

Post #2 (re)MOVE: Back Toward Again the (re)TURN Facing

Photo-Karen Mason Blair (re)MOVE: Back Toward Again the (re)TURN Facing Performance dates: April 22-24, 2016 VIEW THE WORK HERE IN FOUR PARTS: Static Wide Shot 1 | 2 | 3 | 4   or  Edited Version by Vibe Vision 1 | 2 | 3 | 4   “The world is not a problem to be solved; it is a living being to which we belong. The world is part of our own self and we are part of its suffering wholeness. Until we ...[Read More]

POST #1 (re)MOVE: Back Toward Again the (re)TURN Facing

POST #1 (re)MOVE: Back Toward Again the (re)TURN Facing

VIEW THE WORK HERE IN FOUR PARTS: Static Wide Shot 1 | 2 | 3 | 4   or  Edited Version by Vibe Vision 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 An evening of dance and live music ventures into personal and feminist injustices of the earth and the female body, with original compositions by Michael Owcharuk, Nate Omdal and internationally-recognized, Wayne Horvitz. Full of turbulent exchanges, (re) MOVE: (re) TURN pulls from th ...[Read More]

KSD/SBQ October 2015 Program Note from Karin Stevens

Note from KSD Artistic Director Karin Stevens: Kimerer LaMothe states in Why We Dance, “To dance is to evolve.” There have been a few seasons in my life when I have withdrawn from dance to consider this statement. Am I evolving? Is dance my real vocation? After my first retreat, I began attending dance classes at the University of Washington. Hannah Wiley helped me transform the noise ...[Read More]

Reconciliatory Space

I was asked to write a letter in support for Amy O’Neal’s Opposing Forces and the accompanying documentary.  Amy asked me to consider how the work has impacted me personally as an artist and why I believe this work is important for the larger community.  I am glad she invited me to write this letter in support of an application to a grant funding source.  Taking the time to write this ...[Read More]

(Re)framing an insomniatic exploration in thought and poetry

“Those who have achieved an understanding of reality can describe the wonder of things, but those who are ignorant of reality miss the essence of things. When he reaches this invisible fountain, he can express it in all forms in which both appearances and essences move and vibrate.  Hence, the forms are given the breath of life and move with their own rhythm.” –Weng Fang-kang I have been try ...[Read More]

Stevens, Hutchinson, Koch share about their process working with the Sam Boshnack Q

Stevens, Hutchinson, Koch share about their process working with the Sam Boshnack Q

Stevens: My work in general is layered in spatial design, engaged with the music complexity, imaginative in concepts expressed abstractly, and densely packed with movement phrasing. I chose to work with the three final tracks from the album that were written in honor of Mt. St. Helen’s.  The three tracks are titled, Dormant, Exploding Syndrome, and Ashcloud.  I was drawn to the metaphors inherent ...[Read More]

Body of Knowledge

Body of Knowledge

“We are not a head on top of a stack of books.” – Bill Brower, retired Princeton Speech Professor Where might the mind come up against the indecision of knowing what is best for the self?  There is so much competing information far and wide that we can read in the search for balance and well-being in our body and body collective. What food is good or bad? To drug or not to drug? When is pain ...[Read More]