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

GET TICKETS The Merrill & Studio Theater

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.


NW New Works 2019 Festival Schedule 

Weds 06/12

THE MERRILL LOBBY
7–10 PM

OPENING NIGHT PARTY:
Hosted by Angel Baby Kill Kill
Featuring the GRIEF GIRLS and Sam I'Am
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
THE MERRILL THEATER
2:30-3:30 PM
PERFORMANCES:
Imana Gunawan
Body Home Fat Dance
Jenny May Peterson
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FOOD & DRINKS
3:30-7 PM
Featuring festival fare by Food Truck Alaskan Dumplings
THE STUDIO THEATER
4-5 PM
PERFORMANCES:
Mother Tongue
Leanna Keith
claire barrera
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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 Sarah Porkalob. 
Moderated by Rachel Cook, Artistic Director. 
FREE
THE STUDIO THEATER
2:30-3:30 PM

PERFORMANCES:
Mother Tongue
HATLO
Arson Nicki

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FOOD & DRINKS
3:30-7 PM
Featuring festival fare by El Cabrito
THE MERRILL THEATER
4-5 PM
PERFORMANCES:
Body Home Fat Dance
Jenny May Peterson
LanDforms
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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
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THE MERRILL LOBBY
9:30-11 PM

 

CLOSING PARTY:
With DJ Foot Foot
FREE

Read more: 

About the Artists 
 


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 for Thursday 06/13 

 

Box Office Info

Tickets can be purchased online at ontheboards.org 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.


About the Artists of NW New Works 2019 

KT Kusmaul founded Body Home Fat Dance in Portland, Oregon to increase connection, representation, and opportunity for movement within the fat community. KT creates radical gender-based drag, music video and dance within queer community.
  
Mother Tongue is a two headed art making machine created in 2015 by composer and musician Angelina Baldoz and multidimensional artist Katherine Cohen. Together they help run local arts organization Studio Current.

Sasha Petrenko is an artist, nomad and Artistic Director of The New Urban Naturalists, a pop-up ecological performance art collective. Their work utilizes sculpture, performance, live cinema and prose to draw parallels between ecology and human relationships.

claire barrera is a queer, Xicanx artist, educator and organizer based in Portland, Oregon. Through a combination of performed ritual, internal investigation and cultural research claire’s work examines the disorientation and transformation that can occur in liminal spaces.

Arson Nicki has been performing their unique style of drag up and down the west coast. They were recently featured as the November 2018 cover story in City Arts Magazine.
 
Dakota Camacho is a musician, performing artist & scholar whose work explores indigenous knowing, culture, language, and spirituality.
 
Imana Gunawan is a Seattle-based Texas-born Indonesian storyteller, choreographer, dancer and creative director. Her dance works have been produced by American Dance Guild, Velocity, Washington Ensemble Theater, and the AU Collective among others.

Naomi Macalalad Bragin is a street dancer, performance artist and educator. They are assistant professor at the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (UW Bothell) and teach courses at the crossroads of performance, critical race theory, gender and sexuality studies, and dance. 

Jenny May Peterson is a visual and dance artist who has been living and working in Seattle, WA for the past 11 years. They have danced with the Pat Graney Company and collaborated with Kaitlin McCarthy.

Under the moniker LanDforms, Leah Crosby’s and Danielle Doell’s productions span dance, theater, music, sculpture, and horticulture. LanDforms’ often funny, sometimes tragic, always unusual performances explore the absurdities of human relationships, nostalgia, and the intersections of power, control, and love.

A freelance flutist, improviser, and composer, Leanna Keith delights in creating sound experiences that make audiences laugh, cry, and say: “I didn’t know the flute could do that!” As a performer, she has played concerts throughout the United States, Italy, Argentina, and Canada. Leanna is co-founder of the arts organization Kin of the Moon. 

HATLO is a collaborative queer theater artist who creates and facilitates new performance. Their writing, directing, dramaturgy, and performance centers queer and trans people and narratives that disrupt dominant power structures with an aim to destroy white supremacist hetero-patriarchy.
 


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.


NW New Works Festival is produced by Charles Smith

NW New Works Festival Curatorial Intern: Eli Steffen

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

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