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endless ocean endless sky

Posted by Rick | April 23rd, 2008 | Filed under Design, Personal Reflection, Who We Are

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It’s kind of a given that the people working at Nau have a passion for the outdoors: skiers, bikers, surfers, climbers and paddlers abound in our ranks, and when our team clocks out at the end of the day, many run (literally) from town to do something fresh and physical. But it came as a happy surprise to me that so many of the people I work with have separate creative lives outside the office. Among my immediate coworkers I have found authors, illustrators, photographers, painters, filmmakers and dancers.

Six months ago, when Eugenie invited me to a performance she was part of called “Endless Ocean Endless Sky” (playing in Austin, TX this weekend), I didn’t quite know what to expect. Choreographed and produced by Tahni Holt, the website for the Portland production was mysterious and poetic. The story, it seemed, was a collection of vignettes 100 “moments” long. Since only ten audience members are allowed in the performance at a time, I made sure to reserve a spot early.

Suffice to say, the production was amazing and completely immersive. It takes place in an inflatable white space (described as both an iceberg and a plane) designed by architect Andrew Kudless. Without giving too much away, the environment, the sound design and the performers within transport you into a world of fragmented memories and half-forgotten dreams. As an audience member, you are intimately involved in the proceedings as the performers brush by and often lock eyes with you as they move through the space. More than anything Endless Ocean Endless Sky is about movement”moving bodies, moving walls, the movement of light”all coming together to move your imagination and unlock mysteries within yourself.

Endless Ocean Endless Sky takes place this weekend (April 25-27) in Austin, TX as part of the Fusebox performance festival. Details about the schedule can be found HERE.

8 Responses to “endless ocean endless sky”

  • April 23, 2008 at 12:28 pm | eugénie says

    Thanks for the plug, Rick. We’re definitely excited to take the show on the road. I don’t know anyone in Austin, but for those of you in Texas (is anyone who reads this blog in Texas??), I’d say go to Fusebox! The festival programming seems to be like a mini TBA Festival (www.pica.org), or a mini Edinburgh Fringe Fest (www.edfringe.com), only with a uniquely Texan flair. Should be interesting.

  • April 23, 2008 at 3:42 pm | tres_arboles says

    ain’t creativity cool?

  • April 24, 2008 at 11:12 am | Matty says

    Hey! I am DYING to work for you guys. I am a boxer, that does operas, runs. bikes, swims, does community service, golfs, active politically and with a graduate degree. Bring me in for an informational interview!

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