photo by Tim Summers
Performance artist Peter Dee presents a solo comedy centered on gay hookup culture and the alternate realities created with technology. The hero takes us on an uncomfortable and hilarious journey through the supposedly anonymous world of Grindr, complete with alter-egos, amazing props, and other surprises.
In his other life, Dee works as a professional theatrical costumer, and has worked with many regional theatres, including the 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Opera, Book-It Theatre, Cornish Opera, Intiman Theatre, and Teatro Zinzanni.
Peter Dee performs in the studio in the second week of the Festival.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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