Nov. 14 & 15 || Cabaret Boris & Natasha

GEECabaret Boris & Natasha returns with a assemblage of unruly, unconventional entertainment, salon-style, by some of Portland’s most inventive performing artists.

Featuring a reprise of “Hummingbird,” PWNW Artistic Director Linda Austin‘s new solo, warmly received at Northwest New Works in Seattle earlier this year, the Cabaret also presents a duet with Jen Hackworth by promising new movement artist Claire Barrera, dance by the most accomplished Linda K. Johnson, and soulful sounds by Fatha Green. No Cabaret is complete without a dance by the most famous (un)talented batch of untrained male (non)dancers in the universe: The Boris & Natasha Dancers, directed by Linda Austin. For this Cabaret the B.A.N.D. are Michael Chambers, Darren McCarthy, Jesse Mejia & Tyler Ribenbark. All of this wondrousness is emcee’d with outlandish entr’acte interventions by the Greatest Entertainers Ever (David Weinberg + Reid Urban).

When: Nov. 14 & 15, Friday and Saturday at 8pm
Performance Works NW
4625 SE 67th Ave., Portland, OR
$12-20 sliding scale at the door or HERE.


Linda Austin is co-founder (with Jeff Forbes) and director of Performance Works NorthWest in Portland, OR. Austin has performed in New York, Mexico City, Seattle and Portland, at venues such as Danspace Project, PS 122, Movement Research at Judson Church, the Kitchen, On the Boards and PICA’s TBA Festival. Awards include Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Oregon Arts Commission and, most recently in 2014, the prestigious RACC Performing Arts Fellowship. Her work has also been supported by project grants from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the Regional Arts & Culture Council and the Calligram Fund for New Work through PICA.

claire barrera is a movement-based performer and artist based in Portland, OR. In the recent past she participated in CORPUS, a mentorship forum led by Linda K. Johnson, created a group work that was presented at FLOCK space, and performed inBeast by Jen Hackworth for Dance + Festival. She co-edits the zines When Language Runs Dry and Reclaiming the Sacred Feminine.

Child of the Sun Justin Leon Johnson, aka ‘Fatha Green’, is a bold messenger of truth, love, strength, freedom, and perseverance—a truly gifted soulful singer/songwriter/performer with the heart of a child and a spirit that could light up a black hole. He is a very empathic spirit and quite obviously born to entertain. Enjoy Yo Self!!!

Linda K. Johnson is a native Oregonian.  She has been actively teaching, creating, choreographing, performing, manifesting, and mentoring in this community and in this region for a very long time.  She is an artist, an educator, a mother, a wife, a gardener, an instigator, a collaborator, a friend, and a teacher of the Alexander Technique.  Her 1999 site-based work – The View from Here, will be included in a soon-to-be published monograph about landscape, feminism and hybrid creative practice.

The Greatest Entertainers Ever (Reid Urban + David Weinberg): 

Who farted?? Was it God? Jay Leno? Europe? The Internet? Michael Jackson? The Aliens? Conceptual Art? Isis? A Joke? Barack Obama? Silence? Jar Jar Binks? The Human Body?.. Anyhow, prepare to suspend your disbelief for the Greatest Entertainers Ever! GEE is J and Jay, two twins born on the stage and destined for stardom of unfathomable proportions! While their history and sudden rise to fame remains a mystery, what is known is that these goons have seemingly mastered every last form of entertainment whatsoever. Opera? Magic? Dance? Slapstick? Mime? Ventriloquism? Psychic Readings? Sandwiches?! Is there nothing they don’t do?! Thank you!!!

As this season’s Boris & Natasha Dancers, Michael Chambers, Darren McCarthy, Jesse Mejia, & Tyler Rivenbark join the 55 BN Dancer alums who, since 2002, have enthralled audiences with their enthusiastically awkward performances of dance movement, prop-wrangling, fake stunts, vocalizing and whatever else gets thrown in the pot. Linda Austin directs.

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