NW New Works 2019 Jun 12, 2019 to Jun 16, 2019

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Welcome to the 36th annual NW New Works Festival! 

Since 1983, the NW New Works Festival (NWNW) has celebrated the dynamic arts community of the Pacific Northwest, showcasing established and emerging artists from a wide range of performance disciplines. Over its 36 years, NW New Works has become a touchstone for some of the most innovative emergent performance in our region. 

This year, the festival highlights works responding to the myriad upheavals currently affecting the Pacific Northwest, presenting twelve new and/or in-progress multidisciplinary performance works over the course of a single weekend. Curated by a panel of peer artists and administrators from across the region, the festival provides participating artists rehearsal time, an honorarium, documentation, and the opportunity to present work at On the Boards.

Alongside the performances, the 2019 NW New Works Festival also includes panel discussions, food trucks, and opening and closing-night parties celebrating 36 years of Northwest new work.

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Find out more about the artists of NW New Works 2019 


NW New Works 2019 Festival Schedule 

Weds 06/12

THE MERRILL LOBBY
7–10 PM

OPENING NIGHT PARTY & DRAG SHOW:
Hosted by Angel Baby Kill Kill Kill
Featuring the GRIEF GIRLS, Sam I'Am, and Rosa Marchita 
Music by JOY MA
FREE
Thurs 06/13

THE STUDIO THEATER
7–8 PM

PERFORMANCES:
claire barrera
HATLO
Leanna Keith  
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THE MERRILL THEATER
8:30–9:30 PM 
PERFORMANCES:
Imana Gunawan
LanDforms
Sasha Petrenko

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Fri 06/14 THE MERRILL LOBBY
5:30–7 PM
FUBAR HAPPY HOUR
THE MERRILL THEATER
7–8 PM

PERFORMANCES:
Naomi Macalalad Bragin
Body Home Fat Dance
Jenny May Peterson

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THE STUDIO THEATER
8:30–9:30 PM

PERFORMANCES
Arson Nicki 
Dakota Camacho
Mother Tongue

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Sat 06/15

THE MERRILL LOBBY
12:30–1:30 PM
PANCAKES & PANELS:
Embodied Utopias: Queer Performance Strategies
With Naomi Macalad Bragin, Fox Whitney, fabían romero. 
Moderated by Eli Steffen.
FREE
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THE MERRILL THEATER
2:30-3:30 PM
PERFORMANCES:
Imana Gunawan
Body Home Fat Dance
Jenny May Peterson
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THE STUDIO THEATER
4-5 PM
PERFORMANCES:
Mother Tongue
Leanna Keith
claire barrera

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FOOD & DRINKS
3:30-7 PM
Featuring festival fare by Food Truck Alaskan Dumplings
THE MERRILL THEATER
5-6:30 PM
PANEL: Too Much or Not Enough 
Markeith Wiley
Dani Tirrell
Laura Aschoff
HATLO
FREE
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THE MERRILL THEATER
7-8 PM
PERFORMANCES:
LanDforms
Naomi Macalalad Bragin
Sasha Petrenko
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THE STUDIO THEATER
8:30-9:30 PM
PERFORMANCES:
Dakota Camacho
HATLO
Arson Nicki

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Sun 06/16

THE MERRILL LOBBY
12:30–1:30 PM
PANCAKES & PANELS:
Feast of Feats: Forms and Functions of Festivals
With Juan Franco, Jekeva Phillips, and Sara Porkalob. 
Moderated by Rachel Cook.
FREE
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THE STUDIO THEATER
2:30-3:30 PM
PERFORMANCES:
Mother Tongue
HATLO
Arson Nicki
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THE MERRILL THEATER
4-5 PM
PERFORMANCES:
Body Home Fat Dance
Jenny May Peterson
LanDforms

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FOOD & DRINKS
3:30-7 PM
Featuring festival fare by El Cabrito
THE STUDIO THEATER
7-8 PM
PERFORMANCES:
claire barrera
Dakota Camacho
Leanna Keith
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THE MERRILL THEATER
8:30-9:30 PM

PERFORMANCES:
Imana Gunawan
Naomi Macalalad Bragin

Sasha Petrenko/The New Urban Naturalists

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THE MERRILL LOBBY
9:30–11 PM

CLOSING NIGHT PARTY
With DJ Foot Foot
FREE


NOTE: Performances in the Studio Theater will take place throughout the space, and audiences may be required to move throughout the space as the works unfold. Seating will be available for audience members who are not comfortable standing or sitting on the floor for the duration of each performance. 

Find out more: 

About the Artists & Performances
About the Panels 
About the Curatorial Panel 


Tickets

Ticket packages: Create your own 2-show package or see all 12 NWNW artists with a Day Pass

If available, single tickets and packages can be purchased online until one hour before each performance.

Single performance: $15
2-Show Package: $25 for any two performances
Day Pass (see all 12 NWNW artists): $40 

Purchase a Multi-Show Package →
Purchase Single Tickets 

 

Box Office Info

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 206-217-9886, x1019 (Tue-Fri, 12-4 pm).

If available, individual tickets and showcase packages can be purchased online until one hour before each showcase. 

Walk-up tickets are available for purchase at the Roy Street Box Office kiosk, opening one hour before scheduled showtimes. 


Northwest New Works is the wet eel of the performance landscape in the Pacific Northwest. It serves so many functions for so many different people it can be hard to say what it is. Throughout this year we have wrestled with what this festival does in the world and what forms best support that work. At the heart of this exploration is a deeper question, what is contemporary performance? To what extent is it a distinct genre and to what extent is it an amalgamation of or catch all for other performance genres? We hope this year’s festival is a chance for audiences and artists to gather in celebration and community to engage in important conversations.  

–Eli Steffen, 2019 NW New Works Associate Producer


Artists of NW New Works 2019: 

Body Home Fat Dance: Weighted Bodies FIND OUT MORE
Mother Tongue: ADLFDA FIND OUT MORE
Sasha Petrenko/The New Urban Naturalists: Forest-time: Transmissions from a Future Forest FIND OUT MORE
claire barrera: sugar FIND OUT MORE
Arson Nicki: One More Time FIND OUT MORE
Dakota Camacho: -|- Tåno’ Dxʷdəwʔabš -|-:-|- MALI’E -|- FIND OUT MORE 
Imana Gunawan: vestiges, to those who couldn’t hold on FIND OUT MORE
Naomi Macalalad Bragin: Little Brown Language FIND OUT MORE
Jenny May Peterson: ANVIL FIND OUT MORE
LanDforms: The Garden of Expectations FIND OUT MORE
Leanna Keith: Finding the InBetween FIND OUT MORE
HATLO: what mountains end FIND OUT MORE


About the Panels 

EMBODIED UTOPIAS: QUEER PERFORMANCE STRATEGIES
Sat, Jun 15, 12:30–1:30 pm
Merrill Lobby
 
Three Northwest artists will explore their use of queer theories and aesthetic practices as techniques for utopian world building. What does it mean to imagine a better world in the present reality of mass violence and suffering? How do queer ideas and ways of knowing inform what is possible in art and the larger world? How have and do queer artists utilize uniquely queer ways of knowing, being, and doing in order to generate their art? What are practical ways of applying these strategies in art-making and life?  
Panelists: Naomi Macalalad Bragin, Fox Whitney, and Fabi Romero
Moderator: Eli Steffen 

PANEL: TOO MUCH OR NOT ENOUGH? 
Sat, Jun 15, 5:00 - 6:30 pm 
Merrill Lobby 

In this no holds barred conversation, choreographer and OtB Artist-in-Residence Markeith Wiley will wrestle with the stick issues surrounding audience participation, safe spaces, and consent in contemporary performance.  Leading a panel of art-makers and collaborators, including Dani Tirrell, Laura Aschoff, and Hatlo, Wiley will ask how far is too far and can we afford not to go there. 

FEAST OF FEATS: FORMS AND FUNCTIONS OF FESTIVALS IN CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE
Sun, Jun 16, 12:30–1:30 pm
Merrill Lobby 

A performer, a curator, and an audience member walk into a bar… is it a festival? This panel discussion will explore the relevancy of the festival within the modern performance landscape. Why do institutions and curators continue to put on festivals? How do these motivations serve or hinder artists and their creative explorations? And what do festivals offer to audiences? These questions will be asked with a special focus on the Pacific Northwest. Finally, this conversation will reimagine the festival form, asking if there are alternative structures that could better serve artists and audiences alike. Panelists: Juan Franco, Jekeva Phillips, and 
Sara Porkalob
Moderator: Rachel Cook


About the Curatorial Panel 

“It was a pleasure and privilege to contribute to this year's NWNW jury process. I am continually impressed with the range, strength, commitment, and cultural relevance of contemporary performance projects and practices developing in the Pacific Northwest, and the innovative ways in which artists' communities are supporting each other. Serving on this jury was informative and educational, and as a curator, it renewed my excitement for the cultural work being made in our region, and its potential for political inquiry, aesthetic experimentation, and social impact.”

Roya Amirsoleymani, NWNW 2019 Jury Curator 

Cheryl Delostrinos is a Filipino American born and raised in Seattle. She is one of the co-founders of Au Collective and is the Out of School Time Manager at Arts Corps. Delostrinos has presented many works for festivals and events in Seattle, Portland, and New York. Delostrinos has devoted her life to creating and fostering art spaces that are accessible to marginalized communities.

Elisheba Johnson is a multi-media artist and poet who has dedicated her career in the arts to creating space for emerging and POC artists to create and showcase their work. Johnson was the owner of Faire Gallery Café, a multi-use art space. Since 2013 Johnson has worked at the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture as a public art project manager and works on capacity building initiatives.  Johnson is also a founding member of COLLECT, a monthly curated art tour to inspire a new generation of art collectors.

Kristina Lee Podesva is the Editor & Publisher of B R U N A Press + Archive, a space for uncommon cultural conversations in art and literature in Bellingham, Washington. Alternately, an artist, writer, editor, and publisher, she works between text, images, and institution making. 

Markeith Wiley is a multi-dimensional art maker, who creates out of necessity. As of late this anti-social extrovert dabbles in dance, sound, theater, a combo of all three or none of the above. When not in the studio you can find Markeith at Rainier Dance Center in Rainier Beach or on Capitol Hill as a managing artist director at Studio Current or choreographing with both Seattle Children’s Theatre & 5th Avenue Theatre. In the evenings Wiley hosts a DJ event at Vermillion Art Gallery & Bar with fellow music enthusiast Alice Gosti.

Roya Amirsoleymani is an arts administrator, educator, and Artistic Director & Curator of Public Engagement with the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA). Roya's work with PICA and in the field centers issues of access, equity, and inclusion for contemporary and experimental art and its institutions. She is a founding member of Arts Workers for Equity (AWE) and is on faculty in the Art & Social Practice MFA Program at Portland State University.

Eli Steffen is this year's NW New Works Associate Producer. Eli (they/them) is a Seattle based performer and curator focusing on the intersections of community, culture, and identity. Eli has curated a number of performances and festivals in Seattle and New York, including co-curating the Special Effects Festival at the Wild Project. Eli’s most recent performance WAR Belly, an interactive drag performance exploring male socialization and violence, was presented by Gay City Art in 2018. That same year Eli present WAR at the Northwest New Works Festival and Portland’s Risk/Reward Festival. As the Curatorial Intern for the NW New Works Festival 2019 they helped to restructure the internship program as well as developing the festival’s auxiliary programming. In September, Eli will be moving to Amsterdam to pursue a graduate degree from DAS Theater. Eli also facilitates workshops in developing effective creative practices. Find out more at www.elisteffen.com


NW New Works Festival is produced by Charles Smith and Associate Producer Eli Steffen. 

NWNW 2019 is supported by the The National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works, 4Culture, and Arts Fund. 

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