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Momenting Phase is probably my favorite phase of Blood Ensembles’ process.

Zack Hewell brought in this moment. "Zack dances with dress"

Zack Hewell brought in this moment. “Zack dances with dress”

Our Ensemble gets to come into a room and put ideas up on theirfeet. Ideas that we had in the spur of a moment, images we’ve seen in dreams, vaguely thought of concepts that we desperately need to see translated to an audience.

 The Ensemble comes in with their “homework.”  As an actor, you learn how to specifically ask questions of your Moment Director to get their vision represented accurately… questions like, “do you want me to walk in this straight line neutrally or do I have a sad feeling about walking towards the unknown?” To which, your Moment Director will respond, “I hadn’t thought about it. I think sad… but sad AND hopeful because I want that unknown to be something the audience looks forward to.”

In that room, everyone is a director, an actor,  a writer and a designer.

Here's a piece of Brittni's "3 eras" moment with Timmy, Jesse and Zack.

Here’s a piece of Brittni’s “3 eras” moment with Timmy, Jesse and Zack.

For Barn Show, we learned a lot during our Momenting Phase. We learned that Moments constructed in the barn felt much different than moments constructed in various rehearsal spaces in Seattle. We learned that the walls of the barn were talking to us through these moments… we realized that moments that spoke to us seemed to be “of the barn” somehow. It feels as though when everyone agrees on a moment, that moment seems to be a part of the wood that constructed the barn, part of the foundations holding it up, part of the memories that any building can hold. It feels like we’re dancing in Dumbldore’s pensieve of memories and when we create, we pull out a few… and somehow? We know when we’ve got one.

It feels magical.

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Blood Ensemble’s ‘The Barn Show’ will immerse the audience in a world of American Magical Realism.

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Our next piece is a new, immersive piece titled ‘Barn Show’. This new show will open on Friday, July 11th and run through to Saturday, August 2nd.

Unlike traditional theatre productions, Barn Show will actually take place in and around a barn that was built at the turn of the last century in Marysville, Washington. This ‘on location’ site-specific show will reveal the secrets the barn has witnessed over the last hundred years. Those in attendance won’t simply watch the action unfold, but will be fully immersed in it as they will be able to see, feel and smell the barn and its environment, making Barn Show a totally new, devised experience.

“The story of family that owns the barn was so inspiring to us that we couldn’t say no to this project. When we saw the barn and heard that the property was being purchased by WalMart, we knew  we had to give it one last send off.” said Adria LaMorticella, company member of Blood Ensemble.

“This show is quite unique in that we’re producing it on location in an old barn,” said Emily Harvey, Co-Artistic Director, Blood Ensemble. “This show will be a sort of a ‘if walls could talk’ experience. When you see this barn, questions like ‘what happened in this place?’ and ‘what could have happened here?’ immediately pop into your head. We will be adding aspects of magical realism and American folktales to really capture the audience’s attention, plus food will be provided, making it a great night out.”

Blood Ensemble will be using Kickstarter for a  crowdfunding campaign, which will pave the way for this unique event. Donations will be used to transport Seattle audience members and provide a community dinner at each performance. Barn Show is conceived by the small, but reputable Blood Ensemble, and created by the Barn Show Company.

Barn Show Company includes: Dayo Anderson, Megan Jackson, Emily Harvey, Zack Hewell, Adria LaMorticella, Timmy Keener, Jesse Parce, Brittni Thoreson, Jake Vice, Max Kirchner and Carrie Cates.

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Barn Show Fundraising Kickoff!

What’s up with Blood Ensemble these days? Let us tell you all about it!

Join us for a kick off party to help up raise a little moolah for our next show because it’s gonna be a big one. Our summer show will place in a BARN in Marysville and will be a unique all inclusive event. The barn’s true history is an amazing one and has inspired us to create a show to celebrate the barn before the owners leave to avoid the impending WalMart which is moving in across the street.

So come hang out and drink and snack and shmooze and chill and dance and be merry and we’ll tell you the story! We will be asking a $5 suggested donation at the door and there will of course other opportunities for you to donate if you feel so inclined. Get in on the buy in poker table, listen to some kick ass live music, and get stoked about our new show along with us!

Oh yeah. And it’s cowboy themed. Duh.


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Salon: Our Bi-monthly discussion series

Check out the Upcoming Events page for the date of our next Salon!
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” -so says Socrates. Theatre is an examination and exploration of the world around us. But since art is the product of inspiration, what happens when we aren’t inspired? It’s easy to conclude that all the great plays have been written, all the beststories have told, and all the good themes have been thoroughly investigated. And THIS is why we have a salon. We have a salon to spark our imaginations and feed off the enthusiasm of other artistically minded people. This, in turn, inspires us to examine the world with renewed incentive.
In other words, a salon is a gathering of people to discuss theatre who want to inspire each other. With a loose topic pertaining to theatre, perhaps “Halloween,” a discussion begins. It may linger for a while or move freely to another subject.  Hilarious anecdotes will be told and confusing performances will be discussed but several times throughout the night someone will exclaim something like, “Holy crap, that made me realize how awesome it would be to make a musical version of ____” A salon is also a great place to get a feedback about something you’ve had brewing in the back of your mind for a long time.
But even if you aren’t trying write the next big play, talking about theatre with a group of creative, intelligent, and of course extremely good-looking people is inspiring none the less. And everyone is invited! Whether you have seen it all or new to the theatre scene, you are equally encouraged to come! The more people we have of different experience levels, interests, age, etc, the more interesting, hilarious and experimental the conversations become! Make Socrates proud and explore your life. Make it worth living! Salons are not to be missed. No preparation necessary. Inspiration will simply come!


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UnStuck: Cultivating Collective Creation in Performance

In the spirit of collaboration and inspired by Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People’s And lose the name of action March 6 – 9, 2014, On the Boards Ambassador Team 4 has invited Seattle’s Blood Ensemble to host a workshop on developing a creative, democratic dialogue for the creation of new work for artists of different genres.

All artists and artisans who are interested in exploring performance are welcome.

Saturday, March 1 | 11am – 4pm | @ OtB | Free
RSVP: sean@ontheboards.org
Limit 20 – water and snacks provided

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
UnStuck is a workshop devoted to inspiring collective creation within artists from different mediums. Culled from Blood Ensemble’s training with Tectonic Theatre Project (Laramie Project, 33 Variations), UnStuck utilizes Moment Work, a platform where artists from all mediums can truly collaborate and facilitate a democratic dialogue in the creation of new work.

Participating artists will learn a structure for non-linear creation that begins from a non-traditional starting point and mines the collective genius of various artists in different mediums through a method of moment making using various physical, magical and emotional elements. This method encourages participants to actively engage with these elements enfranchising performing artists, writers, directors, designers, and visual artists to collaborate in compelling modes of image work and storytelling that stretches their creative capacity. This workshop will stimulate collaborators to engage in discovery through a single image that resonates with a through line pertinent to any particular project.

Participating artists should bring their own journal and wear comfortable clothes to move in – no jeans, patterns, or bulky clothing.

Blood Ensemble (BE) is an experimental theatre company based in Seattle. Previous shows include Blood/Sailing (created with local heavy metal band Smooth Sailing) and Nevermore, 30 Hours: Don’t Grow Up It’s a Trap and most recently The Saga of Baba Yaga ( for Ghost Light Theatricals Battle of the Bards). Using Moment Work in conjunction with a background in experimental forms BE strives to give audiences an experience that makes theatre essential.  We want to make this work accessible for all artists. Teaching moment work is like opening a door that most artists have walked by every day of their career and shoving them over the threshold. bloodensemble.org


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Theatre Prom: The Safari

Blood Ensemble invites you to explore your animal nature on July 12th at 8:00PM for Blood Ensemble Prom 2013: The Safari!!!  Help raise funds for the theatre company that loves you back and get wild!  Tour the dance floor (if you dare) with your guide DJ Nathan Cox, cool off at the beer and wine filled watering hole, and get up close with the animals at the photo booth.  And don’t leave home without your furs and feathers because there WILL be a costume contest!

Tickets bought online are $12 for general admission and $17 for upgraded tickets (includes coat check, a picture at the photo booth, and a beer) and will be $15 and $20 at the door.

Please join us!!!

GET TICKETS HERE