NW New Works 2016 Artist: Mallery Avidon & Jeff Aaron Bryant May 31, 2016

by Erin

photo by Ásta Bennie Hostetter

Playwright Mallery Avidon joins forces with composer Jeff Aaron Bryant and director Caitlyn Sullivan in a brand-new pop opera about being in love in the digital age, featuring design by Asta Bennie Hostetter and music from beloved band Pollens. 

Mallery Avidon and Jeff Aaron Bryant's work will be performed on the mainstage in week 1 of the Festival.
Learn more about Mallery Avidon.
Learn more about Jeff Aaron Bryant.
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NW New Works 2016 Artist: Sleep Nod May 31, 2016

by Erin


photo by Tim Summers

Sleep Nod is a dance project creating original works of performance and dance-film, helmed by choreographer and artist Dylan Ward. The new work, Sophia, features four talented dancers moving around themes of magic, an ancient, gnostic myth, and its possible author.

Sleep Nod perform Sophia on the mainstage in the first week of the Festival. 
Learn more about Sleep Nod here.



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NW New Works 2016 Artist: Au Collective May 27, 2016

by Erin


Photo by Tim Summers

Au Collective is a group of dance artists of color, women artists, and queer artists. As a whole they are dedicated to highlighting the varying voices and perspectives of all the artists in the collective, aiming to create dance art that crosses barriers of race, sex, and class. The new dance work created for the Festival takes inspiration from fictional stories created by members of the collective, which become modern mythological tales of animals, superhumans, and other creatures.

Au Collective performs on the mainstage in the first weekend of the Festival.
Learn more about Au Collective here. ...

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NW New Works 2016 Artist: Vanessa Goodman May 27, 2016

by Erin


photo by Ben Didier

Vanessa Goodman is a Vancouver BC-based dance artist who creates independently as Action at a Distance and works extensively as a performer and dancer. In her NWNW Festival debut she creates a solo, Container – a direct reference to her body as a container of identity and an inherited cultural past. 

Vanessa Goodman performs on the mainstage the first week of the Festival. 
Learn more about Goodman's work here.



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NW New Works 2016 Artist: Allie Hankins & Rachael Dichter May 24, 2016

by Erin


photo by Chani Bockwinkel

Performers/artists Allie Hankins and Rachael Dichter join forces in an uncomfortable, hilarious, and provocative new collaboration exploring sex, power dynamics, the inversion of the audience/performer gaze, and much more. Queerness meets hetero meets celibacy meets sex work in a crude, funny, and surreal duo performance.

Hankins and Dichter perform in the Studio Theater in the first week of the Festival. 

Learn more about Allie Hankins.
Learn more about Rachael Dichter.



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NW New Works 2016 Artist: Britt Karhoff May 24, 2016

by Erin


photo by David Stern Levitt

Britt Karhoff is a dance artist and performer based in Seattle. She is well-known in the Seattle dance scene as a performer and has performed with Alice Gosti TO|GET|HER, zoe | juniper, Anna Conner + Co., Shannon Stewart, PE|Mo, and more. Karhoff branches out in this iteration of the Festival with an intimate and physically taxing  feminist reconciling inspired by the mixed messages women receive on reaching fulfillment.

Britt Karhoff performs in the Studio Theater in Weekend 1 of the Festival.

Learn more about her work here. 

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NW New Works 2016 Artist: Paris When it Sizzles! May 24, 2016

by Erin


photo by Coley Mixan

Paris When it Sizzles! is the brainchild/band name of artist Coley Mixan, a multimedia artist and queer rock musician based in Seattle. Her work incorporates video, pie, cake, still images, original songs, GIFS, clay sculptures and more in an exploration of the theater of everyday existence. 

Mixan's debut at the NW New Works Festival revplves around kolaches - soft, misshapen pastries of yeasted dough with a divot in their center (typically filled with secrets and poppy seeds).

Check out Paris When it Sizzles in the Studio Theater during the first weekend of the Festival.

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NW New Works 2016 Artist: ilvs strauss May 24, 2016

by Erin


photo by Tim Summers

ilvs strauss is a Seattle-based performance artist, writer, and mover. strauss works across genres, through film, dance, sound, text and more. Recent projects have investigated red sea cucumbers, womanhood, and the color teal. For the 2016 Festival, strauss branches out to work with a team of female dancers, employing her signature off-the-cuff movement style, conversational super- and sub- text, sonic and visual repetition, and the help of the band Daft Punk.

Catch strauss' new work in Week One in the Studio Theater.

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