NW New Works 2017: Linda Austin Dance Jun 15, 2017
This weekend in the final Studio Theater Showcase for NW New Works 2017:
Sandbags, headphones, a moveable stair unit, and five dancers who channel and splice shards of movement and text in a performative interrogation of the borders of the self. The third chapter in a body of work titled (Un)Made, the full-length version of 'a world, a world', premiering in 2018, features an environment saturated with image and language that will gradually empty out, transformed into a spacious and meditative landscape.
Linda Austin, director of Performance Works NW in Portland, Oregon, deploys movement, sound, objects, text, and visuals to create non-linear, poetic works laced with an eccentric wit, teetering on the edge between the immediately apprehensible and resolutely mysterious. Austin has presented at venues and festivals such as Danspace Project, Performance Space 122, On the Boards' NW New Works, the Risk/Reward Festival of New Performance, and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art's TBA Festival. She is the recipient of the 2017 Foundation for the Contemporary Arts Merce Cunningham Award and RACC’s 2014 Fellowship in Performing Arts, along with fellowships from the Oregon Arts Commission and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Come see Linda Austin along with Ella Mahler, Julie Hammond, and Mother Tongue in the NWNW Showcase! (Note tickets are going REAL fast for the Studio Shows, so get yours soon!)
Photos: Jeff Forbes