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  • Green Shows begin at OSF

  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Green Show performances are at times outlandish, proper, over the top and elegantly modest. "It's like an enormous four-month mix tape," says Claudia Alick, producer of the shows. "And it's always choosing between good and good."
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    • 2012 Green Show schedule
      A diverse lineup of artists will present pre-show performances on the courtyard bricks at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival at 7:15 p.m. every night except Mondays through Aug. 5; and 6:45 p.m. Aug. ...
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      2012 Green Show schedule
      A diverse lineup of artists will present pre-show performances on the courtyard bricks at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival at 7:15 p.m. every night except Mondays through Aug. 5; and 6:45 p.m. Aug. 7 through Oct. 14. The shows last a little over a half-hour and are free.

      JUNE

      June 5 — Federico Behncke: Santo y Seña, a fusion of percussion and Latin-flavored electronic music.

      June 6 — Random Sound: New rock music homegrown in Southern Oregon.

      June 7 — Tianjin New Generation Peking Opera Troupe: Love tragedy from an ancient Chinese folktale.

      June 8 — A Mused Collective: "French Toast," a whimsical journey of love and loss told through modern dance.

      June 9 — A Mused Collective: "Unquenchable," music, daring dance movement and emotion.

      June 10 — East-West Virtuosi: Chamber music trio presents the music of George Crumb.

      June 12 — Rogue Valley Harmonizers: A cappella performances of popular hits in a lighthearted show.

      June 13 — Jill and Daryl Hoops: Physical comedy, stilt dancing, accordion and saxophone.

      June 14 — On Ensemble: Taiko drumming infused with hip-hop, rock and electronica.

      June 15 — The Wildwood Consort: Renaissance and baroque music performed on period instruments.

      June 16 — Dirty Cello: Cellist and guitarist perform gypsy, blues, jazz and folk.

      June 17 — The Curtain Climbers Aerial Dance Company: Aerial dance performed on silks, trapeze, ropes and lyra hoops.

      June 19 — Meidoko: Contemporary taiko with sultry jazz and earthy alternative-rock influences.

      June 20 — Raining Jane: All-female, Los Angeles-based acoustic indie-rock band.

      June 21 — Dana and Susan Robinson: Folk, Americana and string band music from Asheville, N.C.

      June 22 — Siskiyou Violins. An award-winning ensemble of young violinists.

      June 23 — Tye Austin: Solo guitarist performs standard repertoire, jazz chord-melody and original compositions.

      June 24 — Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra: Award-winning youth chamber orchestra.

      June 26 — Eth-Noh-Tec: "Dragon Tales," Chinese tales and myths come alive on the stage.

      June 27 — Ronnie Malley: "The Oud, Ziryab and Andalusia," musical storytelling by a member of the White Snake music ensemble.

      June 28 — Eth-Noh-Tec: "Dragon Tales," Chinese tales and myths come alive on the stage.

      June 29 — Elizabethan Music and Dance Festival with the Newcastle English Country Dancers: Authentic, costumed Elizabethan music and dance.

      June 30 — Elizabethan Music and Dance Festival with Sue Carney: "Music of Shakespeare's Time," featuring a look inside the world of early instruments.

      JULY

      July 1 — Elizabethan Music and Dance Festival with the Newcastle English Country Dancers: Authentic, costumed Elizabethan music and dance.

      July 3 — American University of Iraq-Sulaimani Shakespeare Company: A daring troupe of student Shakespeareans from Iraq.

      July 4 — The Jazz Men: The 17-piece ensemble performs big band, jazz and swing from the 1930s-1950s.

      July 5 — American University of Iraq-Sulaimani Shakespeare Company: A daring troupe of student Shakespeareans from Iraq.

      July 6 — White Snake Ensemble: Musicians from OSF's "The White Snake" present classical world music.

      July 7 — American University of Iraq-Sulaimani Shakespeare Company: A daring troupe of student Shakespeareans from Iraq.

      July 8 — American University of Iraq-Sulaimani Shakespeare Company: A daring troupe of student Shakespeareans from Iraq.

      July 10 — Jill and Daryl Hoops: Physical comedy, stilt dancing, accordion and saxophone.

      July 11 — René y Grant: "Unplugged," Andalucian/flamenco rock.

      July 12 — Sarah Jane Nelson's Musical Cabaret with Darcy Danielson: Musical cabaret theater with accompanist Darcy Danielson.

      July 13 — Sean Forbes: Hip-hop lyrics and rap in American Sign Language.

      July 14 — Magic Morgan and Liliana: Illusions, balloon sculptures, stunts with live animals seemingly impossible tricks — all with a sense of humor.

      July 15 — Sean Forbes: Hip-hop lyrics and rap in American Sign Language.

      July 17 — Sarah Jane Nelson's Back Porch Blues with Hawkeye Herman,

      July 18 — BROTHER: A Celtic tribal celebration.

      July 19 — Sarah Jane Nelson's Back Porch Blues with Hawkeye Herman

      July 20 — René y Grant: "Unplugged," Andalucian/flamenco rock.

      July 21 — "WINGS Performing Arts presents Mississippi Music": Young performers celebrate the rich heritage of Mississippi music.

      July 22 — Dancing People Company: Contemporary choreography.

      July 24 — Dance Kaleidoscope: "Romeo and Juliet Fantasy," a dramatic retelling, in dance and music.

      July 25 — Dance Kaleidoscope: "Super Soul — Celebrating Motown."

      July 26 — Dance Kaleidoscope: "Romeo and Juliet Fantasy," a dramatic retelling, in dance and music.

      July 27 — Living History Lectures: "Learning Among the Oak Groves."

      July 28 — Dance Kaleidoscope: "Super Soul — Celebrating Motown."

      July 29 — Living History Lectures: "From the Streets of Shakespeare."

      July 31 — Deathrow Tull: Acoustic soul, funk, rock, hip-hop and improvisation.

      AUGUST

      Aug. 1 — Living History Lectures: "At the Court of Elizabeth."

      Aug. 2 — Deathrow Tull's "Smokin D'bate": Lincoln Douglas debate meets hip-hop.

      Aug. 3 — NANDA: Ninja acrobaticalist theater.

      Aug. 4 — Deathrow Tull's "Smokin D'bate": Lincoln Douglas debate meets hip-hop.

      Aug. 5 — NANDA: ninja acrobaticalist theater.

      Aug. 7 — Phoenix and Four Directions: Multicultural musical celebration of peace, unity and hope.

      Aug. 8 — Rogue Valley Harmonizers: A cappella performances of popular hits in a lighthearted show.

      Aug. 9 — Ka Pi'o O Ke Anuenue: Hawaiian hula in the ancient (kahiko) and modern ('auana) styles.

      Aug. 10 — Cornflower: All-live, all-vocal, world-funk, beatboxing, one-man jam band.

      Aug. 11 — Mitsuki Dazai: Japanese koto music from traditional to contemporary.

      Aug. 12 — Ballet Folklórico Ritmo Alegre: Dances and music celebrating the Mexican folk tradition.

      Aug. 14 — Britt Festival's String Quartet Academy: 32 string students from across the U.S. who are studying with premiere faculty.

      Aug. 15 — Darol Anger's Republic of Strings, a contemporary string band led by the legendary violinist from the Turtle Island String Quartet and the David Grisman Quintet.

      Aug. 16 — Renegade Rose Morris: Non-traditional English Morris dance troupe.

      Aug. 17 — Ashland Danceworks: Young dancers from Ashland perform hip-hop, jazz and contemporary styles.

      Aug. 18 — Renegade Rose Morris: Non-traditional English Morris dance troupe.

      Aug. 19 — Sue Carney's "Alta California," with the Terra Nova Consort.

      Aug. 21 — Sue Carney's "Alta California," with the Terra Nova Consort.

      Aug. 22 — ¡Aparato!: Traditional and contemporary Latin American and Spanish music.

      Aug. 23 — Nicole Klaymoon's Embodiment Project: Hip-hop dance theater.

      Aug. 24 — Sue Carney's "Alta California," with the Terra Nova Consort.

      Aug. 25 — Nicole Klaymoon's Embodiment Project: Hip-hop dance theater.

      Aug. 26 — Misner & Smith: Original Americana music with intricate harmonies and story-filled lyrics.

      Aug. 28 — Impro Theatre's "Shakespeare UnScripted": Improvised plays triggered by audience suggestions and made up on the spot.

      Aug. 29 — Trine: World rhythms woven with classical elements.

      Aug. 30 — Impro Theatre's "Sondheim UnScripted": Improvised plays triggered by audience suggestions and made up on the spot.

      Aug. 31 — Phoenix and Four Directions: Multicultural musical celebration of peace, unity, and hope.

      SEPTEMBER

      Sept. 1 — Impro Theatre's "Sondheim UnScripted": Improvised plays triggered by audience suggestions and made up on the spot.

      Sept. 2 — Impro Theatre's "Shakespeare UnScripted": Improvised plays triggered by audience suggestions and made up on the spot.

      Sept. 4 — Federico Behncke presents "SANTO Y SEÑA": Percussion and electronic music fused with South American influences.

      Sept. 5 — Meidoko: Contemporary taiko with jazz and alternative-rock influences.

      Sept. 6 — Greta Oglesby: Former OSF company member sings blues and jazz.

      Sept. 7 — Ashland Danceworks: Young dancers from Ashland perform hip-hop, jazz and contemporary styles.

      Sept. 8 — Rogue Valley Gospel Group, gospel songs from traditional to contemporary, with some original works.

      Sept. 9 — Random Sound: New rock music, homegrown in Southern Oregon.

      Sept. 11 — "Jesse Baldwin Presents": Popular songs performed by OSF company members for a philanthropic cause.

      Sept. 12 — G. Val and Friends: "4 love of Country... and Folk."

      Sept. 13 — Wild Rose Garland Dancers, traditional English garland dancers from Portland.

      Sept. 14 — La Famille Léger, dance music from French Canada.

      Sept. 15 — Wild Rose Garland Dancers, traditional English garland dancers from Portland.

      Sept. 16 — La Famille Léger, dance music from French Canada.

      Sept. 18 — USAF Golden West Winds Quintet.

      Sept. 19 — Trine World, rhythms woven with classical elements.

      Sept. 20 — UNIVERSES, internationally renowned poetry theater music ensemble.

      Sept. 21 — Monique Holt, Asian folktales and Shakespeare sonnets performed in artistic sign language.

      Sept. 22 — Hand in Hand Drummers, contemporary and folkloric songs from Africa, Cuba, Haiti and Brazil.

      Sept. 23 — Monique Holt, Asian folktales and Shakespeare sonnets performed in artistic sign language.

      Sept. 25 — Jesse Baldwin Presents, popular songs performed by OSF company members for a philanthropic cause.

      Sept. 26 — Jill and Daryl Hoops, physical comedy, stilt dancing, accordion and saxophone.

      Sept. 27 — Phoenix and Four Directions, multicultural musical celebration of peace, unity and hope.

      Sept. 28 — The Family Carr Family band, folk melodies from the Celtic lands.

      Sept. 29 — Rogue Valley Gospel Group.

      Sept. 30 — kites & crows, Ashland-based indie folk band.

      OCTOBER

      Oct. 2 — Hamfist Cowboy, "Folkblast!"

      Oct. 3 — Full Circle Souljahs, hip-hop dance theater.

      Oct. 4 — UNIVERSES, internationally renowned poetry theater music ensemble.

      Oct. 5 — Culturefest! Las Colibrí followed by Full Circle Souljahs.

      Oct. 6 — Culturefest! Omar Offendum followed by Las Colibrí.

      Oct. 7 — Culturefest! Full Circle Souljahs followed by Omar Offendum.

      Oct. 9 — G. Val and Friends, "4 Love of Country... and Folk."

      Oct. 10 — Geisslers Hofcomoedianten, "The Astronomical Clock and the Gambler": A Baroque-flavored, multilingual show of satirical sketches on stilts.

      Oct. 11 — PROJECT Trio, high-octane chamber music.

      Oct. 12 — Seraphim Dance Theatre, dance performance art with live music.

      Oct. 13 — The Mud Bay Jugglers, theater, physical comedy, dance and juggling.

      Oct. 14 — Seraphim Dance Theatre, dance performance art with live music.
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Green Show performances are at times outlandish, proper, over the top and elegantly modest.
    "It's like an enormous four-month mix tape," says Claudia Alick, producer of the shows. "And it's always choosing between good and good."
    Balance is key, she says, as is keeping the performances immersed in the conversation of what's happening at the festival and around the globe.
    "I try to find performances that will have some resonance with what the nation's zeitgeist is," Alick says, who has been in charge of the Green Show since 2008.
    Entering its 59th season of wooing theatergoers and passers-by before the festival's summer outdoor shows begin, the Green Show has evolved more in the last four years than during its first 55.
    It began in 1953 as an Elizabethan-era dancing troupe seeing festivalgoers into the theater, Alick says. About a decade later, the show switched to a more conventional style of rotating through a handful of music-and-dance performances inspired by that year's Elizabethan Stage productions.
    This year, there are about 66 acts filling 117 slots in the Green Show. Crowds have swollen from 200 to 300 before 2008 to sometimes more than 800 since Alick started diversifying the programs.
    "At first I was actually frightened. I thought, 'This is a really hard job.' It's a gigantic number of days to fill," Alick says. "Then I realized we have so much excellence in our community, and I recognized that our community is not just Ashland."
    The Green Show historically has been rooted in the community by providing its audiences with entertainment based in the Rogue Valley. That tradition is still its foundation, Alick says, who is on a never-ending hunt for local, regional, national and international acts to fill the bill.
    "We try to put something different on the stage every single day," she says. "And we almost pull it off 100 percent every year."
    This year's Green Show will begin Tuesday, June 5, and run through Oct. 14. Performances last about 35 minutes.
    Dirty Cello, a cellist and guitarist who fuse classical playing with blues and folk, is one of this year's performances Alick is itching to see.
    "I have some artists who have been working for two years to get a slot," she said. "The Ashland audience is a huge draw. I have never had an artist say they don't want to come back."
    Sean Forbes, a deaf Detroit-based rapper, and Vaneza Calderon, from La Puente, Calif., who headed last season's "Measure for Measure" mariachi band, Las Colibri, also will perform in 2012.
    Perhaps the most triumphant booking was by an acting troupe from University Iraq Sulaimani — the first to perform Shakespeare publicly in Iraq, Alick says. The group will perform in early July.
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