Since its founding, On the Boards has hosted various performance series that allow local artists to share new works and works-in-progress. The name of these programs evolved over time — from Choreography, Etc. to Second Sunday Series, to 12 MINUTES MAX, a Performance Exhibition to Open Studio — but the idea remained the same: a series of experimental performances, collectively organized for audience members, and a community of artists who want to participate in the process of creating art.
What began as a dance program has shifted to include theater, music, film, installations, and much more. In the 18/19 Season OtB is relaunching this program and titling it Performance Lab, a quarterly series co-curated by local artists and Charles Smith, Director of Program Management. Each installment includes facilitated artist feedback along with an opportunity for each artist to discuss their performance with the audience. Additionally, Performance Labs are presented in both the Merrill Theater and the newly refreshed Studio Theater.
Upcoming Performance Labs
Previous Performance Labs
Dec 15: Performance Lab: Five Intervals
Co-curated by artist Syniva Whitney and Charles Smith, Director of Program Management. Featuring KT Kusmaul / Body Home Fat Dance (Portland), Jordan MacIntosh-Hougham, Jesse Belle-Jones, Dåkot-ta Alcantara-Camacho, and HATLO. Learn more