Jun 8 - 10, 2018

Studio & Merrill Theaters

Welcome to Weekend 1 of the 2018 NW New Works Festival! Since 1983, NWNW has celebrated the dynamic arts community of the Pacific NW and served as a platform for new art from a wide range of performance disciplines. This year, 16 companies/individual artists working across dance, theater, music, performance, and film were selected from Washington, Oregon, and Alberta. These artists will showcase their new and in-progress performance works (all under 20 minutes) over the course of 2 weekends, on 2 stages. 

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See the Weekend 2 showcases →

NWNW Ticket Packages

Save when you purchase tickets to more than one showcase!

1 showcase: $16
2 showcases: $22
3 showcases: $27
4 showcases: $34

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

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Studio Theater
Fri, Jun 8 at 8 pm | Sat-Sun, Jun 9-10 at 5 pm 


Smitty Buckler: The Most Popular Unpopular (Performance/Dance | Seattle)
Casting a spell to transmute physical pain and memory into motion to gain a cathartic sense of self and loss of identity. 

Allie Hankins: Invisible Touch (Dance/Performance | Portland)
An absurdist and recursive lecture comprised of five shimmies, five tools of manipulation, some surprising sentimentality, and one very charming orator.

Susan Lieu: 140 Pounds (Theater | Seattle)
The true story of a daughter’s quest to know her deceased mother and the plastic surgeon who killed her.

“Majinn” Mike O’Neal: Your Thoughts, My Reality (Dance | Tacoma)
An internal dialogue about people’s opinion of who I am versus the multiple truths and realities I live day to day.

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NW New Works 2018: Showcase 2

Merrill Theater
Sat–Sun, Jun 9-10 at 8 pm    

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Kiana Harris: AJE IJO Dance Film Series Installment 3: 'Rivers of Nine' (Dance Film | Seattle)
Interrogates the western gender binary and elicits elements of spiritual cosmologies of black & African diasporic people [of all genders] that emerge from the Yoruba divine consciousness, Ifa and the Orisa (deities) that comprise it.

The Horse in Motion: The Great Noise (Music/Theater | Seattle)
Witch, please. Pop music, 17th century Sweden, and phallic puppets come together for an unexpected twist on the history we know well: The Witch Hunt.

Elby Brosch: Falling Short (Dance | Seattle)
A transman’s playfully tragic exploration of 90s masculinity, the failing veneer of perfected manhood. Who is the man I was never supposed to be?

Angel Alviar-Langley “Moonyeka”: In The White Frame (Performance/Dance | Seattle)
In The White Frame explores how mixed people grapple with white framing* in “post racial” America.
*Joe R. Feagin’s theory The White Racial Frame as interpreted by Sharon H. Chang in Raising Mixed Race

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NW New Works Festival 2018 is supported by 4Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

On the Boards’ 17/18 season is supported by the Boeing Company, Garneau-Nicon Family Foundation, Microsoft, The Tulalip Tribe, and ArtsFund. 


NWNW Festival is produced by Charles Smith, Director of Program Management.