Archive for February, 2012

At ‘Giselle,’ the view from on high

Monday, February 27th, 2012

By Bob Hicks
Seeking to rise above the weather under which he’s been submerged these past several days, Mr. Scatter elevated to the balcony of Keller Auditorium on Saturday evening so he could take in the grand sweep of Oregon Ballet Theatre’s new Giselle. The air was a little giddy up there – or maybe it [...]

Link: Pander in war, Wilis on the loose

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

By Bob Hicks
I just posted this story, Pander transported: memories of a time of war, on Oregon Arts Watch. It’s a look at Dutch-born Portland artist Henk Pander’s remarkable series of paintings and drawings at the Oregon Jewish Museum based on his childhood memories of World War II in his hometown of Haarlem. An excerpt:
“Even [...]

Link: The Scatters, beautiful and beastly

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

By Bob Hicks
Through a series of  coincidences too complicated to describe, Mr. and Mrs. Scatter spent Valentine’s Day evening at the opening performance of the latest touring version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Mr. Scatter then wrote his impressions of the production for The Oregonian; you can read them here.
It may come as no [...]

Link: a little theater, cradle to grave

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

By Bob Hicks
I’ve posted Teen to twilight: a theater weekend for the ages at Oregon Arts Watch. It recounts my adventures at the theater over the weekend, when I caught the Jason Robert Brown teen musical 13 at Staged! Musical Theatre, the theater-games comedy Circle Mirror Transformation at Artists Rep, and Jose Rivera’s memory-play Boleros [...]

Link: Opera warhorses into the fray

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

By Bob Hicks
Today I posted this story, Song of the warhorses: charge of the Butterfly brigade, on Oregon Arts Watch. Somehow, it seemed, a disconnect was going on. Audiences and critics alike were loving Portland Opera’s current production of Madame Butterfly. Yet there were grumblings in the land: Why this steady diet of warhorses, also [...]

Link: Skinner/Kirk and Moseley

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

By Bob Hicks
I’ve just posted this story at Oregon Arts Watch on last night’s opening show of Skinner/Kirk Dance Ensemble’s run at BodyVox Dance Center. Four good dances, including Josie Moseley’s splendid new Flying Over Emptiness. Pictured above: Eric Skinner and Daniel Kirk in Moseley’s new dance, a tribute to fellow choreographer Mary Oslund. Photo: [...]

Scatter update: Deemer’s hyperdrama, Mothers of God, women with whips

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

By Bob Hicks
With Mrs. Scatter on the road eating fresh pineapple and downing margaritas with childhood friends, Mr. Scatter and the offspring have been batching it the last few days.
While that’s led to a somewhat more relaxed sense of structure (oh, my goodness: is it midnight already?), the basics have been covered: boys showered, sheets [...]

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