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On The Boards

Funded by: The Wallace Foundation, Dance USA’s Engaging Dance Audiences, National Endowment for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

Seattle-based On The Boards (OTB) introduces audiences to international contemporary dance, theater and music, and presents new work by Northwest performing artists in its 300-seat mainstage and 84-seat studio theaters. Founded by artists in 1978, OTB has a lauded history of commissions and premieres by leading voices in contemporary performance.

In 2010, On The Boards launched On The Boards TV. The purpose of the service is to commission filmed versions of six to eight of its performance projects each season and to make them widely available for viewing on digital platforms. On The Boards TV distinguishes itself by pairing artists with artists — filmmakers with performers — going beyond “documentation” of a performance to a creative partnership that yields a new artwork, the film. On The Boards also built and hosts the archived films on a subscription-based on-demand platform, sharing subscription revenue with the artists themselves.

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