Death, Lives and Audiotape: “Endings” at On the Boards, February 1-4

Posted on January 24, 2018, 9:12 pm
2 mins


On the Boards consistently brings in the most polarizing acts in Seattle, and this season has been even more polarizing than most. Dare I say that Tamara Saulwick: Endings is one performance that everyone can love?

Maybe you can’t please everyone, but Saulwick meditates on universal matters of life and death in a unique way. Everything about Endings bespeaks life’s fragility and brevity, but with reverence rather than fear. Sparse lights trembling in darkness; silence penetrated by quiet voices—Saulwick’s work provides firm and fertile ground for meditation because of its restraint, not in spite of it. It is a meditation not simply on the inevitable, but the possibility of joy that follows us all the way to the end.

Endings was was nominated for Best Contemporary Performance Work and won the award for Lighting and Realisation at the Melbourne’s 2016 Green Room Awards.

More About Tamara Saulwick: Endings From On the Boards:

Poised in the delicate space between concert and theatre, Endings is a meditation on cycles and the ending of things. The ordinary and the extraordinary cluster around death, dying, and the afterlife. The manifestation of these moments take form through the use of portable turntables, reel-to-reel tape players and live performance. This hybrid work is built in part from one-on-­one interviews; these stories, reflections, and voices are cut onto vinyl records and embedded within a richly textured electro-acoustic sound design that is extended through live singing. This performance features the songs and vocals of acclaimed singer/songwriter Paddy Mann (Grand Salvo). 

General admission advance tickets are $23. Tickets purchased the week of the performance are $30.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday Shows begin at 8pm at On the Boards. Sunday matinee performance begins at 5pm. Get tickets online.

Watch the trailer on Vimeo.

T.s. Flock is a writer and arts critic based in Seattle and co-founder of Vanguard Seattle.