Pure Surface

DanceWatch Weekly: Interview with “Interview with a Zombie”

An interview with the Jim McGinn, choreographer for "Interview with a Zombie," Galaxy Dance Festival, Butoh and a bomb, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre NW and more.

Are you afraid of zombies but really like dance? If that’s you, take a friend for support to Interview with a Zombie, opening Friday night, by Portland choreographer Jim McGinn. McGinn describes the show as “a peek into some possible future of post-human adaptation to changing environmental and biological landscapes.” Interview with a Zombie probes our response to pervading uncertainty by asking questions such as: what are the neo-neurobiologies that we shall soon inhabit? From artificial intelligence to supplemental mobility, how are we preparing for our survival? Who are the untouchables in our lives, and what possible paths of redemption are acceptable? Join in this dance as we create some strange new religion for our future.”

McGinn is the artistic director of Top Shake Dance and has been a staple in the Portland dance community for more than 20 years. He has performed with Linda Austin, Catherine Egan, Keith V. Goodman, Linda K. Johnson, Carla Mann, Mary Oslund, and Tere Mathern, and has created many works of his own.

At this point I should describe McGinn’s previous work to you, but that feels like an impossibility. I don’t see him continuing with a constant choreographic thread of an idea from one piece to another. Instead I see brand new ideas emerging in every new work that require a new environment to exist in and a new way of moving the body through it. Interview with a Zombie is no different. All I can say is, expect the unexpected.

To help suss out the meaning behind Interview with a Zombie and get a deeper look into McGinn’s creative process, I interviewed him via email. That conversation unfolds below.

Also happening this weekend is the Galaxy Dance Festival, an annual, multi-day festival produced by Polaris Dance Theatre that features a wide selection of free dance classes and performances by a variety of dance companies from around the Northwest. It’s outside, at Director Park in downtown Portland.

Performances this week

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Jim McGinn in “Interview with a Zombie.” Photo courtesy of Top Shape Dance.

Interview with a Zombie
Top Shake Dance directed by Jim McGinn
Featuring Kelly Koltiska, Celeste Olivares, Dustin Ordway, and Rachel Slater
August 5-12
New Expressive Works, 810 S.E. Belmont St.


Art transports us out of ourselves, allowing space for our imaginations, curiosity and connection with the larger world. With the daily barrage of horrible news, we need that right now. Look at the dance offerings this weekend as a prescription for the soul. Dancing (and witnessing dance) is healing, and offers new perspectives helping us disconnect from the daily grind. This weekend is full of experimentation and live music, trips back in time to visit artists no longer with us, and emerging choreographers and aspiring dancers. It is a full weekend. Full of talent, heart and energy to pull us through.


Dance Weekly: Past and future lenses

Keith Hennessy dances himself to death, a new dance film festival is born, Kyle Abraham is in town and audiences now need their passports.

Over the weekend I saw choreographer/performance artists Keith Hennessy perform “Bear/Skin” presented by PICA, and Oregon Ballet Theatre perform James Canfield’s “Romeo and Juliet.” It may seem like an odd pairing, but they were perfect together, each filling in where the other was incomplete, at least for me.

Before he performed, Hennessy “explained” his dance by reading a short essay he had written. Some of the points he touched on: Democracy is founded on slavery, misogyny and genocide; modernism is deeply rooted in racist cultural appropriation; and action films are a bridge between our cop-killing desires and the narrative of “The Rite of Spring,” which exposes gendered roles of the female as sacrificial and the male as protector. I suppose all of those are debatable propositions.

Hennessy danced the “chosen one’s” dance to the death from “The Rite of Spring” while wearing a man-sized teddy bear costume strapped to his back after telling us that once upon a time you could get money for killing American Indians, different amounts for men, women and children. And when they ran out of Native Americans, the bounty changed to grizzly bears until the bears ran out. For me, all of this was an extraordinary lens to view “Romeo and Juliet” through, and at some point during “Romeo and Juliet” I thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if ballet audiences went to see Hennessy and Hennessy audience went to see the ballet?”

Arts Watcher Martha Ullman West had a wildly different experience seeing “Romeo and Juliet” and talks about it in her review.


Dance Weekly: ‘Edge Effects’ to ‘Romeo and Juliet’

The return of James Canfield and his 'Romeo and Juliet,' a new Tere Mathern dance, and much more

This week’s schedule covers the full spectrum of dance from Bay Area dancer and performance artist Keith Hennessy to ballet choreographer James Canfield’s Romeo and Juliet for Oregon Ballet Theatre and everything in between, and I mean everything—which is a good thing.

On Saturday I sat in on a rehearsal for “Edge Effects,” a new dance choreographed by long-time Portland choreographer and artistic director of Conduit Dance, Tere Mathern.

The piece was made over a two-year period with several previous iterations, in collaboration with electronic sound composer Roland Ventura Toledo, filmmaker Sophia Wright Emigh, lighting designer Robin Greenwood, along with five dancers—Lyra Butler-Denman, Vanessa Vogel, Dar VeJon Jones, Lena Traenkenschuh, and Sara Parker. It takes time to make a dance.

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Edge Effects by Tere Mathern. Photo by Sophia Wright Emigh.

The dance references the idea of an “ecotone—a zone where one ecosystem meets another as when the meadow meets the forest, the water meets the land, or where one body meets another,” said Mathern via our email conversation.

Taking the concepts of edges, transitions and transformations and relating them to human nature, culture and society, Mathern rendered them into movement, through the choreographic process.

The movement, mixed with seven short films that capture the magical aspects of nature up close, added to the atmospheric sounds created by Toledo, creates a three dimensional, experiential, enterable atmosphere, illuminating aspects of nature and relationships you did not know existed.

This concept has stayed with me since Saturday, and I find myself looking around for those moments and places where different environments meet and feeling secret pleasure in discovering them.

“Edge Effects” promises to be an a impactful, contemplative, sensorial experience.

Edge Effects by Tere Mathern. Photo by Sophia Wright Emigh.

Edge Effects by Tere Mathern. Photo by Sophia Wright Emigh.

Edge Effects
A collaboration of dance, film and sound
Choreographed by Tere Mathern
February 25-28
Studio2, 810 SE Belmont St

Regarding the New Wave of African American Choreographer and Their Gesture of Interweaving (Lecture)
6:30 pm February 25
Reed College, PAB Performance Lab, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
Visiting dance scholar Dr. Christina Rosa from Tufts University Department of Drama and Dance will present a lecture based on her research on the intersection of embodiment, knowledge production, and processes of identification. Her most recent publication Brazilian Bodies and Their Choreographies of Identification (Palgrave McMillan), examines how aesthetic principles cultivated across the black Atlantic contributed to the construction of Brazil as an imagined community. Rosa, a native of Brazil who migrated to the US in 1996, is able to draw on her duel living experiences in her research.

GHOSTS + Snake Talk
Asaf Aharonson & Ruairí Donovan (Berlin) and Abby Crain (Oakland)
Presented by Performance Works NorthWest, Alembic Co-Production Series
Curated by Allie Hankins
February 26-27
Performance Works NW, 4625 SE 67th Ave.
“GHOSTS” by Asaf Aharonson & Ruairí Donovan of Berlin, draws on the work of theorist Michael Hardt, veiling and unveiling the complex intimacy between lovers, exploring concepts of confidentiality, indecency, travel, erottica, pornography and friendship asking the question “how can love be the central, constitutive mode and motor of politics.”

“Snake Talk,” created and performed by Abby Crain, Maryanna Lachman and Mara Poliak, with lighting design by Elizabeth Ardent and sound design by Samuel Hertz, explores femininity, calling it “slippery and undefinable within an aesthetic terrain of discomfort, excess and distortion. We are dense, opulent, dazzling, awkward, seductive, repulsive, terrifying. We ooze, leak, wander, tie ourselves in a knot, rip apart at the seams. We have forgotten the difference between kissing and eating.”

Workshop with Abby Crain will be held at Flock on Thursday, February 25, and with Asaf Aharonson & Ruairí Donovan on Saturday, February 27.

James Canfield

Romeo and Juliet
James Canfield/Sergei Prokofiev
Oregon Ballet Theatre
February 27-March 5
Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St
Young love, underage sex, teen suicide and Crips vs. Bloods family rivalry are how choreographer and former OBT Artistic Director James Canfield defines his Romeo and Juliet in his interview with Arts Watcher Marty Hughley for Artslandia.

What’s different about Canfield’s version is his investment in the development of the characters and their relationships with each other, giving the work dimension and depth.

And of course there is always beautiful dancing, chiffon and Prokofiev, performed every night by the live OBT orchestra.

Pure Surface
Featuring Renee Sills, Sam Pirnak and Christopher Rose
7 pm, February 28
Valentine’s, 232 SW Ankeny St
Curated by Stacey Tran and Danielle Ross, Pure Surface is a performance series interested in encouraging cross-disciplinary practice and performance by bringing together movement, text and film in the spirit of improvised collaboration. Each month a new group of artists is brought together in the intimate, open-air setting of Valentine’s, and performance is made. This month’s artists are movement artist Renee Sills, video/interdisciplinary artist Sam Pirnak and writer Christopher Rose, who explore the intersection of the Filipino and Black Diasporas.

Nrityotsava 2016
Kalakendra benefit concert
4 pm, February 28
Lake Oswego High School, 2501 Country Club Rd
Kalakendra, the society for the performing arts of India, is a Portland organization with the mission to introduce, promote, and enhance awareness of the various performing arts of the Indian subcontinent through concerts, classical dances, recitals, and lecture-demonstrations.This benefit concert will feature performances by 11 Indian dance groups from Portland and California.

NOTHING TO LOSE; A Dance Party Fundraiser for Physical Education
ft pop-up performances all night long.
8 pm, March 2
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St
Physical Education is comprised of dance and performance artists Keyon Gaskin, Allie Hankins, Lucy Lee Yim and Takahiro Yamamoto. PE’s mission is to provide immersive methods of engaging with dance and performance through reading groups, lectures, curated performances, aerobic/movement classes and dance parties.

The featured performers at the fundraiser are Ruth Nelson, William Jay, Holland Andrews, Jin Camou, Julia Calabrese, Danielle Ross, Stacey Tran and Physical Education; Keyon Gaskin, Allie Hankins, Lucy Yim, and Taka Yamamoto with DJ’s Daniela Karina, Rap Class and Allan Wilson with visuals by Jodie Cavalier.

Keith Hennessy courtesy of PICA.

Keith Hennessy courtesy of PICA.

Keith Hennessy: PSU MFA Studio Lectures Series
7 pm, March 3
Portland State University, Lincoln Hall Room 75
Bear/Skin (Performance)
Keith Hennessy
Presented by PICA
March 4-5
Studio 2, 810 SE Belmont St
Bear/Skin is a “dance that is politically motivated by the tension between killer cops and virgin sacrifice, between indigenous culture and modernist appropriation. It has (almost) nothing to do with gay bears and everything to do with The Rite of Spring, teddy bear shamanism, the reconstruction of ritual bear dances, action movies, suicide economics, and the poetry of springtime.”

Hennessy is a San Francisco-based dancer, choreographer, and performance artist regarded as a pioneer of queer and AIDS-themed expressionist dance. Hennessy is known for nonlinear performance collages that combine dance, speaking, singing, and physical and visual imagery, and for improvised performances that often undermine the performer-observer barrier.

If you are interested in furthering your Hennessy experience, he will be teaching a workshop on March 12th from 1-5pm, at University of Washington’s Dance Department’s Meany Hall. Check out the Velocity Dance’s website for more information.

Later in March

March 10-12, Kyle Abraham presented by WhiteBird.
March 13, Dance Film Day, an afternoon of dance films and discussion, co-presented by dance artists and writer Jamuna Chiarini, and Performance Works NW.
March 14, workshop and lecture demonstration with Kyle Abraham at Reed College presented by WhiteBird.

Last week I traveled through Rome, Milan and Venice surrounded by jaw-dropping, centuries old architecture and art. To be rich during the Renaissance meant to be a great supporter of the arts and because of that, art flourished and did it ever. Without support, artists cannot make art. This week in Portland dance, support abounds and creative ideas are flourishing.

Courtesy of 11: Dance Co.

Courtesy of 11: Dance Co. Photo by Jake Kaempf.

Preview: Library At The End Of The World
11: Dance Co
7 pm November 11
Alberta Abbey, 126 NE Alberta St.
11: Dance Co, Portland’s newest dance company and school, will open a rehearsal of “Library At The End Of The World,” a reflection on humanity, to the public for a sneak peek tonight. The show in its entirety will run from December 5-20th at CoHo Productions theater.

Judy Dunaway

Judy Dunaway

Judy Dunaway and Linda Austin
7:30 pm November 12
Performance Works NorthWest, 4625 SE 67th Ave.
Judy Dunaway and Linda Austin, friends from NYC’s experimental music scene of the late 1980s/90s will reunite for a special double bill. Dunaway amplifies and plays latex balloons as musical instruments, using a variety of shapes and sizes of balloon instruments. She pushes the extremes of both pitch range and artistic limits. Austin’s new solo version of her 2012 ensemble work “A head of time,” accompanied by sound artist Seth Nehil, will form her piece using movement, text, video and objects, examining loss, mortality, and time.

it’s really hard: Alembic Artists Showcase
The 2015 Alembic Artists are Nancy Ellis, Dora Gaskill, Stephanie Trotter
November 13-14
Performance Works NorthWest, 4625 SE 67th Ave.
The Alembic Artists showcase produced by Performance Works NorthWest will share the results of the 2015 Alembic Artist residencies of Nancy Ellis, Dora Gaskill and Stephanie Lavon Trotter.

“Ellis performs Mid Me, an investigation of her present, inspired by poetry and pink camouflage lingerie. Mid Me follows Nancy’s NANCY in her series of performer self-portraits. Gaskill will share Sooner Than Already There, an attempt to cancel out the most stubborn of her conditioned roles by dancing, writing, and lighting herself out of existence. Trotter is reclaiming the word Opera. She will present a short Opera in three acts that strives to understand Gender, Voice, and the presentations of oneself.”

Marginal Evidence. Courtesy of Katherine Longstreth.

Marginal Evidence. Courtesy of Katherine Longstreth.

Marginal Evidence (an interactive experience of dance-making)
Closing Conversation with Linda Austin, Linda K. Johnson and Anne Mueller on dance making
5 pm November 14
Katherine Longstreth
White Box, 24 NW 1st Ave.
Marginal Evidence is a visual art installation about the intimate act of choreography. Dance is ephemeral and when it is gone, what is left? How do we know it existed? What is the evidence left behind? Using the approach of a forensic investigator, Longstreth reveals the private process of dance making and exposes the inner life of archival materials. You can read Martha Ullman West’s review here.

Dance Wire: Refinery
4:30 pm November 14
Echo Theater Company, 1515 37th Ave.
Dance Wire is a service organization dedicated to promoting and supporting all genres of dance and dancers in the greater Portland area. Refinery is a Dance Wire program created to give opportunities to Dance Wire members to show works in progress and receive feedback from peers in an informal setting. In it’s second year, the Refinery will show the work of Connie Moore, Top Shake Dance, Petra Delarocha of Echo Theater and more.

Pure Surface
Intisar Abioto, Rachael Jensen, and Anita Spaeth
6 pm November 15
Valentine’s, 232 SW Ankeny St.
Curated by Stacey Tran and Danielle Ross, Pure Surface is a performance series interested in encouraging cross-disciplinary practice and performance by bringing together movement, text and film in the spirit of improvised collaboration. Each month a new group of artists is brought together in the intimate, open-air setting of Valentine’s and performance is made. This month’s artists are movement artist Intisar Abioto, writer Rachael Jensen and filmmaker Anita Spaeth.

Ballet BC dancer Scott Fowler. Photo by Michael Slobodian.

Ballet BC dancer Scott Fowler. Photo by Michael Slobodian.

Ballet BC

White Bird
7:30 pm November 18
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway
Under the artistic direction of Emily Molnar, this Canadian contemporary dance company is known for its broad thinking and collaborative nature. This concert will present works by choreographers Stijn Celis, Crystal Pite, and Cayetano Soto. Awe by Belgian-born Celis in collaboration with Vancouver’s male vocal ensemble Chor Leoni, was inspired by Leonard Cohen’s poem “Wandering Heart.” Solo Echo by Pite, a Vancouver BC-based choreographer, will explore themes of acceptance and loss inspired by “Lines for Winter” by Mark Strand set to music by Johannes Brahms. And Twenty Eight Thousand Waves by Soto is a piece inspired by the resiliency of human life.

Dance weekend: Telling our stories

'Waking the Green Sound', Dancing Over 50, Automal, Khecari, 'Breathing Under Water', Pure Surface

I am writing this week’s dance listing from the beautiful garden isle of Kauai; I am here on vacation with my family. I mention this because here on this ancient island, dance is the keeper of the culture and traditions of the native people. Without it, there would be no way to fully tell their stories. I often struggle with trying to make sense of what I am seeing in contemporary dance, but in this context, it is much clearer to me. Dance is simply a physical embodiment of our past, present and future. Without it we cannot tell the stories of our people.

Wobbly Dance's "Waking the Green Trees"

Wobbly Dance’s “Waking the Green Trees”

Waking the Green Sound: a dance film for the trees
Wobbly Dance
11 am -9 pm September 3, screenings every half hour starting at 11 am
Artists reception, 5–9 pm
Cameo, 2809 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Out of a desire to connect with nature on a deeper level, co-artistic directors of Wobbly Dance, Yulia Arakelyan and Erik Ferguson, created a fantasy film world in which the performers transform and move dreamlike between uniquely different worlds.  The original music score was composed by experimental musicians Sweetmeat, and other guest artists include Grant Miller, cinematographer Ian Lucero, and photographer Kamala Kingsley.

Wobbly Dance is a Portland based dance company that focuses on broadening the definition of art and beauty by presenting performing artists with and without disabilities.

Earlier this year, Art Watches Brett Campbell interviewed Arakelyan and Ferguson about Waking the Green Sound.

Kate Rafter's Automal

Kate Rafter’s Automal

Automal@RAW Portland BOLD
6 pm September 3
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St.
In 2009 fledgling fashion designer Heidi Luerra created RAW in an attempt to put her name out in the world, connect with other artists, and provide a platform to promote artists of different mediums on and offline.

Every month RAW pops up in a different city as a one-night-only, circus-like event, spotlighting the local talent in that particular city. This month that city is Portland and the dance company featured is Automal. Directed by Kate Rafter, Automal will perform three pieces, The Agony of Saint Moth, Tír fo Thuinn (Land Under the Waves) excerpt, and a new work by guest choreographer Matt Cichon.

The Dancing Over 50 Project Benefit
Stance on Dance, Emmaly Wiederholt
7:30 pm September 4
Bodyvox, 1201 NW 17th Ave.
The Dance Over 50 Project curated by Stance on Dance blogger Emmaly Wiederhold in collaboration with photographer Gregory Bartning “aims to challenge popular perceptions around dance as a youth-oriented pursuit, to educate young people about what it means to pursue an art over a lifetime, to inspire other people over the age of 50 to kick off their shoes and take to the dance floor, to remind people that there is grace and beauty in a body of any age, and to pay homage to these older dancers who are leading by example.”

The dance artists covered in the interviews span the entire West Coast from Los Angeles to Seattle and include some great Portland dance artists: Linda Austin, Tere Mathern, Gregg Bielemeier, Jamey Hampton and Mike Barber.

Wiederholt is hosting a fundraising party to support the publication of these stories in a bound, printed book, to share with the world.


Chicago-based Khecari/Photo by William Frederking

Chicago-based Khecari/Photo by William Frederking


Orders from the Horse: Works in Progress
7:30 pm September 4
The Headwaters Theatre, 55 NE Farragut St.
A Chicago-based contemporary dance company directed by Julia Rae Antonick and Jonathan Meyer, Khecari will present a works in progress showing of their new piece, Orders from the Horse. The dance focuses on the idea of surrender in improvisation while performing. “Performers negotiate a landscape pocked with dips, rises, and eddies; falling in, through, or past each other’s wake as they move.” Sound score by Joe St. Charles, with lighting by Rachel Levy and Jonathan Meyer.

On Saturday, September 5, Khecari will teach a workshop in Somatics in Dance Improvisation from 11 am-2 pm at The Headwaters Theater.

Breathing Under Water
Directed by Shannon Mockli
September 4-5
Studio 2 @Zoomtopia, 810 SE Belmont, Studio 2
Shannon Mockli, Associate Professor of Dance at University of Oregon, brings us choreography and film from fellow artists in Eugene, inspired by the concepts of submergence and breath.

Featured choreographers, performers and filmmakers include Mockli, Margo Van Ummersen, Sarah Ebert, Katie Scherman, Jessica Zoller, Kim Ames, Avante Grady, Meg Orion, Dakota Bouher, Mariah Melson, Brad Garner and Mary Fitzgerald.

Olive Durif is in this month's Pure Surface.

Olive Durif is in this month’s Pure Surface.

Pure Surface
Olivia Durif, James Gendron, Chaz Stobbs
6 pm September 6
Valentine’s, 232 SW Ankeny St.
Curated by Stacey Tran and Danielle Ross, Pure Surface is a performance series interested in encouraging cross-disciplinary practice and performance by bringing together movement, text and film in the spirit of improvised collaboration. Each month a new group of artists is brought together in the intimate, open-air setting of Valentine’s and performance is made. This month’s artists are movement artist Olivia Durif, writer James Gendron and filmmaker Chaz Stobbs.

Weekend Dance: They’re even dancing in trees

While AWOL Dance heads to the forest, lots of other dance action stays in town

This week in Portland dance news, Ching Ching Wong of Northwest Dance Project received the Princess Grace Award. She is the fourth dancer in the company to receive it. The Princess Grace Award was created by Prince Rainier III of Monaco to honor his wife, Princess Grace Kelly. The Foundation’s mission is to identify and assist emerging talent in theater, dance, and film by awarding grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships.

We congratulate our new honoree, and we think this is a good week to look for other worthy and amazing local dancers all over our beautiful city.

Galaxy Dance Festival
Polaris Dance Theatre
August 6-8
Simon & Helen Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave
Polaris Dance Theatre, founded in 2002 under the artistic direction of Robert Guitron, is newly installed in its brand new home at 1826 NW 18th Ave. Polaris is a contemporary dance company that focuses on accessibility through community performances, classes and outreach.

In its 3rd year, the Galaxy Dance Festival is one of those programs, bringing together a large swathe of Portland’s dance community with classes and performances at Director Park. The featured dance companies that will perform during the three day festival: Polaris Dance Theatre, Polaris Junior Company, Pacific University, Northwest Conservatory of Dance, Automal, Pendulum Aerial Arts, The Skylark Tappers & PDX Dance Collective, The Circus Project, 3rd Shift Dance, WHYTEBERG and NW Fusion Dance Company.

AWOL Dance Collective will hit the trees this weekend.

AWOL Dance Collective will hit the trees this weekend.

Art in the Dark
AWOL: Dance Collective
August 7-16
Under the Trees at Mary S Young Park, West Linn
Awol’s Art in the Dark, is an annual happening in the forest, suspended from trees. This year’s event will recreate a fantastical, Old World circus performance that includes lions, poodles, mimes, clowns, strongmen, a ringmaster and, of course, beautiful dancing aerialists.

This will also be Emily Running’s last performance with Awol. Running has performed with Awol for seven years and is the mastermind behind Dance Wire, a webpage dedicated to uniting the Portland dance community online, and she is a co-director of Conduit Dance.

Summer Works
Moxie Contemporary Ballet
11:30 am August 7 at Bite of Oregon; 7 pm  August 7 at Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave.
Moxie ballet is the newest dance company on the Portland block. Directed by Gina Canland, this contemporary ballet company and school rages against the “ballet body,” opening it’s door to dancers of all body types, mixing rigorous ballet classes with cross training.

The company’s first summer intensive concludes with two shows in one day, an abbreviated version at The Bite of Oregon, and a full-length performance at Lincoln Hall. Students will perform dances choreographed by guest faculty—Drew Jacoby, Doug Baum, Marie Zvosec, Katie Scherman, Michele Oliva, Jourdan Epstein—and expect an appearance by Moxie Contemporary Ballet.

Moxie Contemporary Ballet's Emily Schultz/Photo by Lindsay Hille

Moxie Contemporary Ballet’s Emily Schultz/Photo by Lindsay Hille

(Un)Made Solo Relay, Grand Finale
Linda Austin, Claire Barrera, Danielle Ross, Noelle Stiles and Taka Yamamoto
August 7-8
Performance Works NW, 4625 SE 67th Ave.
It’s Grand Finale time! After a six-month adventure that began in March with a solo created and performed by Linda Austin who then passed it down to six other performers like a game of telephone in relay fashion, is now ready for its final stages where it will be witnessed and performed by a group of movers and then performed again by Linda Austin herself.

Pure Surface
Julia Calabrese, Patricia No, Eileen Isagon Skyers
6 pm August 9
Valentine’s, 232 SW Ankeny St
Curated by Stacey Tran and Danielle Ross, Pure Surface is a performance series interested in encouraging cross-disciplinary practice and performance by bringing together movement, text and film in the spirit of improvised collaboration. Each month a new group of artists is brought together in the intimate, open air setting of Valentine’s and performance is made. This month’s artists are movement artist Julia Calabrese, writer by Patricia No and filmmaker Eileen Isagon Skyers.

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