Nov. 19-21 || Alembic #11–Revealed

Performance Works NorthWest presents
Revealed: Laughter, tears, and the dreams of clowns
#11 in PWNW’s Guest Artist-Curated Series, Alembic
WHAT: Three nights of dance, music and stories curated by guest artist Lisa DeGrace
WHEN: Nov. 19-21 8pm
WHERE: Performance Works NorthWest * 4625 SE 67th Ave., Portland
INFO: 503-777-1907
TICKETS: $10-$15 sliding scale; $8-$12 Fan Club members
Available in advance at or at the door. Box office opens at 7:30

“There is a story about the Greek gods. They were bored, so they invented human beings. But they were still bored, so they invented love. Then they weren’t bored any longer. So they decided to try love for themselves. And finally they invented laughter, so they could stand it.”
—from the movie Fear of Love (this quote is the singular saving grace of the movie)

photo of LIsa DeGrace by Nathan Gwirtz

What is funny? What is tragic? Why is it that most tragic things are also pretty funny, when they are not happening to you or the people that you love?

Revealed explores laughter and its not-so-distant-cousin, tears. And also probably frustration. And anxiety. And maybe a dash of love too. Through dance, music, and stories, this Alembic explores the place where we learn about ourselves by laughing at someone else.

Performances include:

• Fancy, a new dance work by Tracy Broyles, featuring Tracy Broyles, Jenn Gierada, and Lisa DeGrace, with live music by Adrian.

• Blogger and Podcast Producer Sarah Hoopes, reading from her teenage diaries, with comments as her adult self.

• The Dream Life of Clowns, a collaborative slide-show-soundscape-story by Meshi Chavez and Lisa DeGrace.

• Audience surveys and very-scientific-studies

Curator Lisa DeGrace is a clown and has trained with master teacher Sue Morrison in the “Pochinko” method of clowning. She is also a musician and composer, and sang with the Dahoo Chorus and the 5-woman singing group Emily Post. Lisa wrote and performed a one-woman clown show, Flying Iron, featuring a clown “trapped by choice” in a 30-foot wide dress with a 40-pound hoop skirt, and is now working on the sequel, Six and a Half.

photo of Tracy Broyles by Daniel Addy

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