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.
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.
Learn more about Allie Hankins.
Learn more about Rachael Dichter.
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.
Learn more about her...
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.
by Daemond Arrindell
Young Woman takes the stage,
steps from darkness into the light like creation was her idea
and she belongs right where she placed her body.
Young Woman speaks but the words don't belong to her.
Other women's words have climbed into her mouth.
The words were invited. They have her permission.
There is no tragedy here.
Young Woman shares the words that have climbed into her mouth with us.
They paint a picture but pieces are missing
her body fills in the blanks.
First her arm is a garden. Then her arm is a tomb.
There may be a tragedy here.
She does not give us the keys to whatever big bang came before her.
That blank has no arm.
Her voice unfolds the words like origami.
Young Woman unfolds into a garden.
Into a home.
Into a question unanswered.
Into a grown woman with a fault line.
A stiff wind blows her into our hearts.
We don't know what to do with her
by Gregory Laynor
Eleven Sentences for Employee of the Year
How old were you when you were eleven years old?
Employee of the Year, you are now three years old.
How old were you when you were three years old?
I was in an audience watching Employee of the Year.
How old were you when you had your first performance evaluation?
What do you see, on a scale of 1-10, in your favorite song or shadow?
On a scale of 1-10, what's your worst memory?
On a scale of 1-10, what's your most expensive memory?
What's your newest memory?
Somebody was telling me that the Employee of the Year performers used to drink ginger ale but now drink seltzer.
Gregory Laynor teaches art and language at University of Washington Bothell and has been writing The Making of Intermedia: John Cage to Yoko Ono, 1952 to 1972. His singing of Gertrude Stein's...