2017 Alembic Artists

One of our favorite moments each year is the announcement of the latest cohort of PWNW’s Alembic Resident Artists, along with thanks to the panel and all the applicants. So here goes: Our 2017 Alembic Artists are Susanne Chi, Catherine Egan, and Matthew Fielder/Grind Group. Our deep thanks for a thoughtful and thorough panel process goes out to Subashini Ganesan, Maggie Heath, Danielle Ross and Stephanie Lavon Trotter. And of course we honor all the artists who stepped up andRead more

March 24-25 || claire barrera + Noelle Stiles

PWNW presents “This one is” by Noelle Stiles and “Fifth Sun” by claire barrera, works created during their 2016 Alembic Artist Residency at Performance Works.

“This one is”—a work in progress by Noelle Stiles that expresses concepts explored in residency such as family intimacy, generational cycles of misogyny, and perseverance.

In Fifth Sun, claire barrera, with collaborator/performers, Muffie Connelly and Anna Vo, finds all times present at all times.Read more

Linda Austin receives FCA Cunningham Award

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, a nonprofit arts organization founded in 1963 by John Cage and Jasper Johns, has announced the recipients of its annual awards. Fourteen unrestricted grants of $40,000 each will be given to individual artists in the United States. Along with this cycle of grant awardees,  Linda Austin has been named winner of the second biennial Merce Cunningham Award; artist and activist Jimmie Durham,the Robert Rauschenberg Award; and poet Liz Waldner, the inaugural Dorothea Tanning Award. The Merce Cunningham AwardRead more

Feb. 20 || UnPresidented Acts

Along with other artists, citizens, and spaces around the country, PWNW joins the Bad and Nasty movement with a marathon evening of performance featuring acts of protest, resistance, resilience and community building by 25-30 artists. Artist slate—currently in formation—includes Anthony Hudson, Button Will, claire barrera, Kiel Moton, Linda Austin,Tamara Lynne, Tere Mathern). All funds raised go to support local social justice-oriented nonprofits. Read more

Feb. 10 & 11 || Cabaret Boris & Natasha

An assemblage of imaginative and unconventional entertainment, presented salon-style, by some of the most inventive performing artists from the region. This edition features a collaboration between dancers Mike Barber and Subashini Ganesan, work by Seattle’s Syniva Whitney/Gender Tender, music by oboist Catherine Lee, performance by Amber Whitehall, dance by Button Will, and as well as your favorite unpredictable, ever-revolving gang of untrained male dancers, The Boris & Natasha Dancers. AND… returning as our fabulous Emcees—The Greatest Entertainers Ever (Reid Urban & David Weinberg)Read more

January 29 || The Greater Circulation

“The Greater Circulation” (2005; 93 min. USA) is Antero Alli’s cinematic treatment of poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s epic lament, “Requiem For a Friend”, where an actress, a dancer, and a visual artist stage Rilke’s work as a paratheatrical performance in present time as the film intercuts to flashbacks of the poet composing his “Requiem” a hundred years earlier in the Hotel Biron, Paris. Filmmaker Q&A after the movie.Read more