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August 24, 2010 13:00 ET Debuts Two New Contemporary Performance Films Available for High-Quality Online Viewing

Performances by Radiohole and Morgan Thorson | Low Are Part of New Service Offering an Innovative Way to Watch Contemporary Performance Art Around the Globe

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - August 24, 2010) -, a website offering an intriguing selection of full-length high-definition contemporary performance films, today announced the release of two new installments. Acclaimed performances Whatever, Heaven Allows by troupe Radiohole, and Heaven, by Minneapolis-based rising choreographer Morgan Thorson cult-favorite indie band Low, can now be viewed online at via a paid streaming subscription or downloadable video purchase.'s first-of-its kind viewing service introduces a brand new way to capture, view and archive contemporary performance art, enabling anyone to watch high-quality videos of some of the world's most innovative artists regardless of geographic location or other barriers.

"Stage performances are typically filmed by a stationary back of the house camera, which doesn't capture the performance's energy and gives poor quality results," said Lane Czaplinski, artistic director for, which launched in January 2010. "What does is totally different, marrying contemporary technology with contemporary performances. We record live audience performances with multiple high-definition cameras, the footage is edited by a filmmaker in conjunction with the artist, then we release the full-length performance online where it is easily viewed." provides a better opportunity for artists to share their work on a global platform, and for audiences to understand, appreciate and want to participate in performance art. Currently there are nine provocative performances on the site, including the two new ones:

  • Radiohole - Whatever, Heaven Allows
    Run time 80 min, filmed at Performance Space 122 in NYC
    A star-spangled American meta-melodrama inspired by film director Douglas Sirk's 1950s potboilers and Milton's epic Paradise Lost. The heroine is an all-American "Eve" who must save her home from an evil-doer while struggling to find fulfillment in a lasting relationship.

  • Morgan Thorson | Low - Heaven
    Run time 65 min, filmed at On the Boards in Seattle
    Exploring the emotional and physical manifestations of ecstasy, the performance borrows from multiple faiths to find inspiration for the movement and soundtrack. Thorson's choreographic style and Low's compositions are highly influenced by poses and movements drawn from religious rituals.

All performances available on are by leading artists in contemporary theater, music and dance. Performances are filmed using four high-definition cameras, and a sound crew, which allows for multiple viewpoints in playback. The filmmaker, Matt Daniels of Seattle, and OtB staff then work closely with artists to bring the performances to life on the screen while maintaining the integrity of the original piece. Once online, the artists also receive 50-percent of all profits for their films.

" is the best opportunity we've ever had for high quality documentation of one of our shows," said Eric Dyer of Radiohole. "Documenting live work is problematic, if not impossible but with the team and resources was able to put into this we feel like it's the best possible documentation we could hope for. It's a way for people to experience the work that we can get behind and a great opportunity for us to reach audiences we otherwise wouldn't." plans to launch approximately one new performance each month. To view the films, visitors can register for an account online, then download and purchase a video, or stream videos via pay-per-view or an unlimited monthly subscription. For more information, please visit

About is an online site that provides high-quality performance art films viewable through streaming video or by download. The innovative service was created by On the Boards, a non-profit arts organization based in Seattle. Launched in January 2010, this first-of-its-kind site brings contemporary performance to a wider public by filming top caliber performances with multiple high-definition cameras, then editing and delivering them online as feature-length performance films. The service allows visitors to rent, download or purchase an unlimited annual viewing subscription. Visit for more information.

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