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TeenTix Arts News Roundup: May Edition

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) is partnering with TeenTix to publish a bi-monthly round-up of arts and cultural events. The partnership supports and provides additional outlets for teen expressions in media. TeenTix programs create a place for teens to process, interpret, reflect, and think critically about the content they engage with through professional journalism and podcasting, and in-school arts criticism training. TeenTix and ARTS support and uplift youth voices in media to empower students while fostering future writers and content creators. Read more work by youth at

Take a peek at some of their recent features below: 

The Hidden Wonders of LAIKA’s “Hidden Worlds” 

A review of Hidden Worlds: The Films of LAIKA at Museum of Pop Culture 
By Teen Writer Raika Roy Choudhury 

Coraline’s Other World House Exterior, Coraline (2009). Photo credit: Joseph Bondi.

“MoPOP’s Hidden Worlds serves as a wonderful introduction to stop motion and other creative processes in the popular animation studio LAIKA’s films. LAIKA is an Oregon-based studio behind the famous films Coraline, ParaNorman, Kubo and the Two Strings, Missing Link, and BoxTrolls, all of which were nominated for Oscars and PGA Awards. Beyond their critical acclaim, LAIKA is also known for specializing in standalone films and bringing hand-curated artistry back into our increasingly digital media space. Their films are bold and distinctive whilst also aesthetic and thought-provoking, widening the appreciation for animation. It only makes sense for this accomplished studio to be celebrated with a museum exhibit.” 

A Swamp-Sculpted Gallery 

A review of Thick as Mud at Henry Art Gallery 
By Teen Writer Daphne Bunker   

Candice Lin, Swamp Fat [detail], 2021. Scagliola, ceramic, clay, earth, mortar, lard infused with custom scent. Courtesy of the artist and François Ghebaly Gallery. Commissioned by Prospect New Orleans for P.5. Installation view of Thick as Mud, 2023, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle. Photo: Jonathan Vanderweit, courtesy of the Henry. 

“The first room of Thick as Mud at the Henry Art Gallery, bathed in terracotta-tinged light, is unfurnished except for its display: snakeskin latticework stretched over two picnic chairs. Rain sounds splatter from speakers in the ceiling, and occasional thunderclaps echo. The descriptions on the wall label the chairs as Sitting Shiva and the overhead audio as Tropical Storm, both by artist Sasha Wortzel. Sitting Shiva is Wortzel’s meditation on endings and beginnings in the South Florida Everglades, where the invasive Baurmese Python has devastated local populations, and the installation sets the tone for the exhibit, establishing a pattern of thoughtful examination of historical and environmental themes conveyed through intricate artistic techniques.” 

“Fires of Varanasi: Dance of the Eternal Pilgrim”: Through the Eyes of an Inexperienced Viewer 

A review of Ragamala Dance Company at the Meany Center for the Performing Arts 
By Teen Writer Josephine Bishop 

Ragamala Dance Company at the Meany Center for the Performing Arts. Photo credit: Steven Pisano. 

“The curtain rose to reveal an unlit stage. Fifteen bells hung at varied lengths from the ceiling, and three shallow pools of water were dispersed, mimicking the famous Ganges River. A dancer silently pushed out candles into the water, unhurriedly lighting the stage with a serene atmosphere. This opening set the mood for Ragamala Dance Company’s phenomenal performance.” 

“Sámi Film Festival”: An Exploration of the Sámi Female Experience 

A review of Sámi Film Festival at National Nordic Museum 
By Teen Writer Olivia Lee 

Sire and the Last Summer (2022). Photo courtesy of IMDb © 1990-2023 by, Inc. 

“The Sámi Film Festival is an exciting showcase of female-focused films at the Seattle Nordic Museum. As this is TeenTix’s first act of new partnership with the Seattle Nordic Museum, this is a very special event! Honoring the work of Sámi female directors, the films reflect on difficult topics like sexual assault and violence against Indigenous women. Through an intriguing selection of nine documentary and fictional films, there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy at the Sámi Film Festival.” 

“A Thousand Splendid Suns” Shines at Seattle Opera 

A review of A Thousand Splendid Suns at Seattle Opera 
By Teen Writer Olivia Qi 

The Seattle Opera’s production of A Thousand Splendid Suns, photo by Sunny Martini 

“A pressing story of love during harsh times, A Thousand Splendid Suns is finally ready for its world premiere at Seattle Opera. The work, commissioned by Seattle Opera in 2015, is written by Seattle-born composer Sheila Silver and librettist Stephen Kitsakos. Based on Khaled Hosseini’s book of the same name, the opera is an epic tale set in Afghanistan from 1974 to 2001. Suns is unforgettably intense, a gripping story brought to life by heart-wrenching music.” 

“Metamorphoses”: An Endless Battle for Justice 

A review of Metamorphoses at Seattle Repertory Theatre 
Written by Teen Writer Elle Vonada 

Nike Imoru, Meme García, and Kjerstine Rose Anderson in Metamorphoses (2023) at Seattle Rep. Photo by Nate Watters. 

“Before one’s eyes, actors morph into polarizing characters written by an ancient Roman author. Seattle Rep’s compelling performance of Metamorphoses brings Ovid’s stories into the 21st century, giving reason to why humanity has chosen to preserve his literature. The production’s impact is enhanced by expert stagecraft, made most powerful because of how the 2,000-year-old fiction remains relevant to modern society. One would expect humanity to have evolved somewhat in the years since then, but this show reveals that the more things change, the more they remain the same.” 

Read more arts and culture reviews on the TeenTix blog and stay tuned for more roundups coming soon.