“New, now and next,” I’ll call this weekend. Risk/Reward is in its second weekend of new experimental works, Butoh performers Meshi Chavez and Stephanie Lanckton have gathered a strong faction of the dance community to perform and help them raise money for a trip to Berlin, and new choreographers are getting their toes wet in the process of making choreography and working with dancers at Northwest Dance Project. It’s the full spectrum.
Save the date for Fun/Fuck!, a new work by choreographers Takahiro Yamamoto & Lucy Yim, Linda Austin and Karen Nelson exploring the shape and power of those two words, fun and fuck, on Friday July 24, at Performance Works NorthWest.
Festival of New Performance
Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St.
Featuring eight artists in two weekends, Risk/Reward is interested in blurring the boundaries between independent theater, music, dance, and performance art, encouraging creative risks, experimentation and bold investigation. Expect the unexpected. We’re now in Week Two.
Week Two: Dani Tirrell, dance/Vogue, Seattle; Katie Piatt, improv comedy/performance art, Portland; Tim Smith-Stewart, theater, Seattle; Jessica Jobaris & General Magic, performance art/dance, Seattle.
Bröllin Voyagé!: An Evening of Performance, Libations and Fundraising
7pm, July 18
The Headwaters Theatre, 55 NE Farragut St. #9, Portland
Choreographers Meshi Chavez and Stephanie Lanckton, who are deep lovers and practitioners of the Butoh dance form, will be traveling across the pond to Germany where they will participate with master teachers of their craft at eX…it!, the 6th International Butoh Dance Exchange and Performance Festival.
As a fundraiser to raise money for their travel expenses, they will be throwing a raucous party, bringing together dancers, musicians, designers and creators. Featured performers will be Mizu Desierto, renowned Portland Butoh performer and Artistic Director of The Headwaters Theater and Water in the Desert; dancer/choreographer Tracy Broyles with composer Lisa DeGrace; Tahni Holt, choreographer and director of Flock and founder of Front, a newspaper devoted to the discussion of contemporary dance; and choreographer Jim McGinn with live musical performance by Joaquin Lopez.
Pretty Creatives Showing
Northwest Dance Project
7:30 pm, July 18
Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave.
Each year, Northwest Dance Project puts out a call looking for new, emerging choreographers in contemporary dance. Two choreographers are chosen, and they participate in a six-day residency and are given eighteen hours of rehearsal time to work with dancers in the Launch 10 program, a summer program consisting of pre-professional and professional dancers.
This year Yoshito Sakuraba and Banning Bouldin were chosen, and their new works for 38 dancers will debut at Lincoln Performance Hall this weekend.