Performance Lab

Performance Lab

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. 

Previous Performance Labs

Apr 24: Performance Lab: pal·imp·sest 
Co-curated by Curatorial Administrator Charles Smith and artists Ryan Vinson-Jacobs and Victoria Vinson-Jacobs, this Performance Lab includes short works by Heidi Biggs, Meg Ess, Dora Gaskill (PDX), and Julia Bruk. 7 pm in the Merrill Theater. MORE INFO

Feb 27, 2019 in the Studio Theater at 7 pm
This performance lab will feature new and in-progess works by Harmony Wolfe, peter kohring, Tommer Peterson, and Smitty Buckler. Before the performances begin, we will host a short Q&A with the artists about their pieces and processes.

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, Dakota Camacho, and HATLO. Learn more

Sep 20: Performance Lab: In the Round
Featuring Meredith Pellon, Naomi Macalalad Bragin, WAREHAUS dance collective, and Hope Goldman. Learn more


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