DanceWatch Weekly: It’s TBA time!

Punch this week's dance ticket with a host of provocative choices from the Time-Based Art festival

TBA: 17 is here! TBA, or Time-Based Art, is the Portland Institute For Contemporary Art’s yearly festival of performances, workshops, artist talks, visual art exhibitions, music performances, and after-hours parties. PICA’s 11-day festival, which spreads out to venues across the city, is inherently interdisciplinary and features local, national and international artists coming from as far away as Singapore, Morocco, and France.

It’s an exciting rush of nonstop activity from morning to night, and offers a mind-altering, opinion-changing, heart-opening extravaganza of the senses. Ready-set-go!

Below I have highlighted just the dance-centric TBA events, because that’s what we do here at DanceWatch. For the full festival schedule go to PICA’s website.

Performances this week

Will Rawls in I make me [sic]. Photo courtesy of the Portland Institute For Contemporary Art.

I make me [sic] (TBA:17)
Will Rawls
September 8-9
PICA at Hancock, 15 N.E. Hancock St
In this West Coast Premiere, Brooklyn-based writer, choreographer, and performer Will Rawls will perform I make me [sic], a nonlinear, live composition that uses movement, objects, sound, and text to address “issues of authorship, memory, race and subjectivity as intersecting monuments in need of constant undoing.”

Pepper Pepper and friends in Critical Mascara. Photo courtesy of the Portland Institute For Contemporary Art.

Critical Mascara: The 5th and Final Showcase (TBA:17)
Performances by Pepper Pepper, House of Ada, House of Flora, DJ Spf666, and DJ madison moore
10:30 pm September 9
PICA at Hancock, 15 N.E. Hancock St
In this fifth and final “Post-Realness Drag Extravaganza,” Critical Mascara will cruise on out “to new utopias not in competition but in celebration,” by highlighting artists culled from the last four years of Critical Mascara showcases. Special guests include House of Ada, House of Flora, Carla Rossi, Grace Towers, Pepper Pepper (of course) and more. Critical Mascara, a container for queer identity politics, will wind down honoring its history and challenges “and will learn to re-apply our mascara in new ways, because change is not only needed, it’s critical.”

Dohee Lee in MU/巫. Photo courtesy of the Portland Institute For Contemporary Art.

MU/巫 (TBA:17)
Dohee Lee Puri Arts
September 8-9
Portland’5, Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway
Born in Korea on Jeju Island but calling Oakland, CA, home since 1998, dancer, singer, and drummer Dohee Lee combines her physical talents with wireless technology, creating ritualized theatrical performances that integrate sound, film, and animation. Her one-woman solo MU/巫, based in Korean shamanism, explores myth as the thread that “connects us to our lands, nature, history, belief systems, and to each other.”

Takahiro Yamamoto’s Direct Path to Detour, Single Focus. Photo courtesy of the Portland Institute For Contemporary Art.

Direct Path To Detour, Single Focus (World Premiere) (TBA:17)
Takahiro Yamamoto
September 8-16
PICA at West End, 415 S.W. 10th Ave, Suite 300
Direct Path To Detour, Single Focus, a solo by Portland dance artist Taka Yamamoto, the third installment of a trilogy work, will be performed in the round accompanied by live electronic sound design by sound artist sidony o’neal. It will explore dance as a fully embodied physical and mental experience that contains value systems, social pressures, expectations, and the embodied personal experiences of the performers and their multiple societies of birth, residence, upbringing, and religion. Some of these things we can clearly articulate, others we can’t. But we definitely carry them all with us, all the time.

Yamamoto, originally from Shizuoka, Japan, holds an MFA in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art and works in live performance, sculpture, and photography. He is one-quarter of the Portland-based group Physical Education with Allie Hankins, keyon gaskin, and Lu Yim.

Rejoice! Community Ensemble Dance Workshop + Performance, Bend
Hosted by Scale House
7:00 pm September 9
Cascades Theatrical Company, 148 N.W. Greenwood Ave, Bend
Directed by artistic director Oluyinka Akinjiola, Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theatre is a Portland based contemporary dance company that “weaves together dance, storytelling, and live music illustrating rich histories and making social commentary through movements of the African Diaspora and contemporary dance forms.”

Corbeaux by Bouchra Ouizguen. Photo courtesy of the Portland Institute For Contemporary Art.

Corbeaux (US Premiere) (TBA:17)
Bouchra Ouizguen
September 9-10
PICA at Hancock, 15 N.E. Hancock St.
Drawing inspiration from Persian literature of the 9th and 12th centuries, Corbeaux (meaning crow or raven in French) by Moroccan choreographer Bouchra Ouizguen utilizes powerful images of women in black, raw emotions, and ritualized movement to express the culture and personas of the Marrakech region.

Bouchra Ouizguen is a Moroccan dancer and choreographer from Ouarzazate. She lives and works in Marrakech, where she has been committed to developing the contemporary dance scene since 1998.

keyon gaskin and sidony o’neal in Dead Thoroughbred. Photo courtesy of the Portland Institute For Contemporary Art.

Dead Thoroughbred (World Premiere) (TBA:17)
keyon gaskin and sidony o’neal
September 11-13
PICA at Hancock Annex, 20 NE San Rafael St

The description below is quoted from PICA’s website.

DT is peri-conceptual, dis-experimental, and a-nihilist.
DT is a blackened performance that is never not happening.
DT is après-queer and post-ratchet.
DT is anti anti-capital capital.
DT is heavy evasion– worthless.
DT is useless currency devoid of value and wide in circulation.
DT has null intention and null extension.
DT is dead frivolous af.
DT is detrital presence; an exhaustion of lack.
DT is at least sidony o’neal and
keyon gaskin.
keyon gaskin prefers not to contextualize their art with their credentials.
sidony o’neal was born and raised in South Sacramento, CA.

Thank you For Coming: Play by Faye Driscoll. Photo courtesy of the Portland Institute For Contemporary Art.

Thank You For Coming: Play (West Coast Premiere) (TBA:17)
Faye Driscoll
September 12-14
Imago Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth Ave.
In the second installment of her Thank You for Coming series, New York choreographer Faye Driscoll uses a collage of gesture, image, voice, and persona “to explore human reliance on stories to relate to one another and form identities as individuals and citizens.” Driscoll is a Bessie Award-winning choreographer and director “whose work is rooted in an obsession with the problem of being ‘somebody’ in a world of other ‘somebodies’.”

Bunny by Luke George and Daniel Kok. Photo courtesy of the Portland Institute For Contemporary Art.

Bunny (TBA:17)
Luke George and Daniel Kok
September 14-17
Portland’5, Brunish Hall, 1111 S.W. Broadway
Contemporary dance artists George and Kok “explore boundaries of desire, trust, consent and communion between artist and audience” using ropes and knots, sometimes as a metaphor and sometimes knot. “Bunny is a nickname given to the person being tied in rope bondage. In this work, we ask ourselves this question: What if everyone (in the theatre) is a Bunny?”

Upcoming Performances

September 16-October 1, Billy Elliot The Musical, presented by The Hasson Company, Portland’5
September 16, ADAPt Dance Celebration 1v1 Open Styles (do it your way) dance battle, Hosted by GAAN and ADAPT
September 21, Lessons in Drag with Lawhore Vagistan, Kareem Khubchandani, presented by Reed College Performing Arts
September 22, Carlyn Hudson Presents: Solos, and Not-Solos…(But Mostly Solos)
September 22, Critical Engagement Series: Wayne Bund / Feyonce, Flock
September 29-30, Diphylleia Grayi (Skeleton Flower) + Matriarch, Degenerate Art Ensemble and Mizu Desierto, presented by Mizu Desierto and Water In The Desert
September 29-30, Episode III, jin camou, Julia Calabrese, Mary Sutton, Leah Brown, a PWNW Alembic Co-Production

October 5-7, Complexions, presented by White Bird
October 6-8, Mowgli – The Jungle Book Ballet, Eugene Ballet Company, Eugene
October 7, Dance Of The Hummingbirds, Jayanthi Raman and dancers
October 7-14, Rhapsody In Blue (World Premiere), choreography by Nicolo Fonte, performed by Oregon Ballet Theatre
October 12-14, Paul Taylor Dance Company, presented by White Bird
October 13-14, The Northwest Screendance Exposition, directed by John Watson, presented by the University of Oregon Department of Dance, Eugene
October 19-21, Wen Wei Wang (World Premiere), Luca Signoretti (World Premiere), At Some Hour You Return by Jirí Pokorný, NW Dance Project
OCT 20-22, Abominable, Taylor A. Eggån and Daniel Addy
October 20-22, Uprise, Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater
October 22, Le Corsaire, Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema Live from Moscow
October 26, Cocktail Hour: The Show, choreography by Marilyn Klaus, presented by Seacoast Entertainment Association
October 26-28, Dancenorth Australia, presented by White Bird
October 27-29, Nous, on va danser, Nancy Ellis
October 31, Opus Cactus, MOMIX, Eugene

November 3-5, Converge, PDX Contemporary Ballet
November 9-12, When We, Allie Hankins & Rachael Dichter, a PWNW Alembic Co-Production
November 15, The Hip Hop Nutcracker Featuring MC Kurtis Blow, Decadancetheatre
November 16-18, L-E-V, presented by White Bird
November 24-26, The Enchanted Toyshop by John Clifford, Tourbillon by Anne Mueller, performed by the PSU Orchestra and The Portland Ballet
November 26, The Taming Of The Shrew, Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema Live from Moscow
November 30-December 9, Lexicon (world premiere), BodyVox

December 7-9, Bolero, Ihsan Rustem, NW Dance Project
December 9-24, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Oregon Ballet Theatre
December 13-17, a world, a world (work-in-progress), Linda Austin Dance, PWNW
December 17, The Nutcracker, Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema Live from Moscow
December 22-24, The Nutcracker with Orchestra Next, Eugene Ballet Company, Eugene

January 18-28, Fertile Ground Festival of New Work/Groovin’ Greenhouse
January 25-27, Rennie Harris Puremovement, presented by White Bird

February 1-10, The skinner|kirk DANCE ENSEMBLE, presented by BodyVox
February 4, The Lady Of The Camellias, Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema Live from Moscow
February 17-18, Pink Martini, Eugene Ballet Company, Eugene
February 21, Mark Morris Dance Group, presented by White Bird
February 23-25, Configure, PDX Contemporary Ballet
February 24-March 4, Alice (in wonderland), choreography by Septime Webre, performed by Oregon Ballet Theatre

March 1-3, Urban Bush Women, presented by White Bird
March 4, The Flames Of Paris, Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema Live from Moscow
March 8-10, Jessica Lang Dance, presented by White Bird
March 14, Compañia Jesús Carmona, presented by White Bird
March 15-17, World Premiere’s by Sarah Slipper and Cayetano Soto, NW Dance Project
March 22-24, To Have It All, choreography by Katie Scherman, presented by BodyVox

April 5-7, Stephen Petronio Company, presented by White Bird
April 8, Giselle, Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema Live from Moscow
April 12-14, Contact Dance Film Festival, presented by BodyVox and Northwest Film Center
Apr 14-25, Peer Gynt with Orchestra Next, Eugene Ballet Company, Eugene
April 12-21, Man/Woman, choreography by Mikhail Fokine, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Nicolo Fonte, James Canfield, Jiří Kylián, performed by Oregon Ballet Theatre
April 24-25, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, presented by White Bird
April 24-25, The Wind and the Wild, BodyVox and Chamber Music Northwest

May 4-5, Current/Classic, The Portland Ballet
May 10-19, Rain & Roses (world premiere), BodyVox
May 11-13, Compose, PDX Contemporary Ballet
May 16, Ballet Hispȧnico, presented by White Bird
May 23-June 3, Closer, original works by the dancers of Oregon Ballet Theatre

June 8-10, Up Close, The Portland Ballet
June 10, Coppelia, Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema Live from Moscow
June 14-16, World Premiere – Ihsan Rustem, MemoryHouse – Sarah Slipper, NW Dance Project


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