NW New Works 2016 Artist: Megan Murphy Jun 1, 2016

by Erin


photo by Adam Weintraub

Artist Megan Murphy is a longtime OtB alumni with many performances on our stage under her prolific belt. She helms a new dance/film project incorporating themes of balance, falling, and the part of you that just might jump – complete with live Foley sound, JS Bach, and lots of humor. Murphy brings a stellar cast of familiar faces to the stage, including dancer Marisa Niederhauser, 16/17 OtB artist Ezra Dickinson, and her son, Charlie (last seen in Murphy/Lachow's 2014 The Man Who Could Forget Anything). 

Megan Murphy performs on the mainstage in the second weekend of the Festival. 


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NW New Works 2016 Artist: Janusphere Dance Company Jun 1, 2016

by Erin


photo by Kathee Miller

Janusphere Dance Company is a Eugene, Oregon-based company helmed in part by director and choreographer Darion Smith. The company makes its Festival debut with Object, a multimedia dance work which explores the physical and cultural connections between people and objects.The dancers in Object illustrate a collection of stories while interacting with a monolithic set piece and exploring themes central to the human experience.

Janusphere Dance Company performs on the mainstage in the second week of the Festival.
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NW New Works 2016 Artist: Kyle Loven May 31, 2016

by Erin


photo by Tyler Korth

Performance/visual artist Kyle Loven branches out from his beautifully intimate puppetry shows with a surreal, dreamlike landscape inspired by natural history dioramas and night terrors. Loven focuses on mind-body connections in his exploration of dance and movement, coming together with the help of a half-gorgeous, half-scary Arctic creature. 

Kyle Loven performs in the studio theater the second week of the Festival.
Learn more about Kyle Loven here. 



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NW New Works 2016 Artist: Shontina Vernon May 31, 2016

by Erin


photo courtesy Shontina Vernon

Writer/performer/musician/playwright Shontina Vernon makes her debut at the NW New Works Festival with a conceptual experience in movement and music exploring the politics of the black female body and the way it occupies literal and poetic space. Her Black Body Politic challenges ideas of what it means for black women to self-define and intentionally take up space in an environment that always seeks to marginalize and make them invisible. 

Shontina Vernon performs in the studio in the second week of the Festival.
Learn more about Shontina Vernon here. 



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NW New Works 2016 Artist: Gary Hill May 31, 2016

by Erin


photo courtesy Gary Hill

Pioneering video artist Gary Hill makes his Festival debut with a visually mesmerizing piece incorporating 300 watt light flashes, remote control vehicles, virtual reality, and an attempt to reconcile with the progress of time. Gary Hill is known internationally for his work in art, performance, sculpture, electronic art, and new media art.

Gary Hill performs in the studio in the second weekend of the Festival.
Learn more about Gary Hill here. 





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NW New Works 2016 Artist: Peter Dee May 31, 2016

by Erin


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.


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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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