PERFORMANCE CLUB: TBA:12 has hit the road, but Portland’s still here. Wanna watch the dust settle? After 10 days waking up for the Time-Based Arts festival—bombing red lights on my bike to get less late for 10 a.m. workshops (or noon chats)—these past mornings have been sluggish. More heartbroken than hung-over, but admittedly a bit […]Read more "Postscript (TBA:12)"
PERFORMANCE CLUB: For 10 days each of the last 10 Septembers, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time-Based Arts Festival has run rampant in a city often peripheral to considerations of contemporary performance. TBA’s two nonstop 90-hour weeks draw a lot of committed people to get haggard and timely together; a break in Portland’s avowedly […]Read more "Time in Portland (TBA:12)"
Backstage at On the Boards, the other artists in the first weekend Studio Showcase of the Northwest New Works Festival were playing word games I could never figure out – something involving a lot of guesses and maybe a bus. What’s “crotch” in French? I think they settled on “entrecuisse”. I couldn’t join in, which […]Read more "On the Boards:NWNW + H2M:Risk/Reward // 2012"
Earlier in the day –before The Göteborg Ballet’s All-Nordic Program– my academic director told me I looked like a Russian sailor. Making great use of office flattery, he added, “It’s a good spring look.” That was nice of him. Honestly, I had thought about my sweater a lot that day. I often buy sweaters at […]Read more "The Göteborg Ballet: All-Nordic Program"
LOVE FIRE immediately declares how it intends to relate to its audience: brashly. There’s a man, a woman, a greatest hits collection of classical waltz music and a title I can’t read without a smirk. waltz – What does it make you think of? Probably something vaguely historic. There’s most likely traditional male and female […]Read more "Yasmeen Godder: Love Fire"
You’d have to be in a really bad mood not to have a good time at Dark Matters, Crystal Pite’s widely-toured work for her Kidd Pivot company. It’s entertaining, spectacular and deftly constructed. The first hour flies by and flings you into intermission, while the second act plays with aspects of performance distinct from the […]Read more "KIDD PIVOT: DARK MATTERS"
15-20% of the audience walked out of a dance performance I was at recently. We were in a theatre with no back exit and a stage that ran level with the front row – like Portland’s Imago Theatre. Each person that left had to walk past everyone else in the audience and cross a couple […]Read more "!!!!!!!!!!!!!……….(TBA:11)"