All events at PWNW || 4625 SE 67th Ave.|| Portland, OR 97206
unless otherwise specified
Find Advance Tickets to many events HERE

The Starred Events *** are available for Arts for All tickets!

August 5-Sept 12
Visiting PWNW Alembic Artist Margit Galanter

Once again the PWNW Alembic Program plays host to a Visiting Artist who will share a unique vision and practice, expanding and explicating her work with her current project Cave Forms.

Darkness, no creativity, togetherness, star-gazing, reciprocity, perceptual vibrancy, gathering, seeing and being scene, transducing, hermeticism, constellating, fecundity, channeling.

Click HERE for more information about how Margit and two collaborators Mara Poliak and Frances Rosario will be sharing with us.

Friday October 21st, 9pm-11pm
Pharmakon Wobble


No Ticket Price: $5 suggested donation
Pharmakon Wobble presents an unconventional evening of sound, image and movement. Arranged from philosophical and spiritual sources, both primitive and modern, from the traditional to the esoteric, Pharmakon Wobble is a work that examines the noumenous relationships between the human condition and its mythical paradox.

November 4-6 ***
Stephanie Lavon Trotter and Dora Gaskill
Obstacles and Victory Songs
A PWNW Alembic Co-Production)

November 4-6 at 8pm
Advance Tickets:

“Sight Shadow” is a performative installation by Stephanie Lavon Trotter. With collaborators Nancy Ellis and Dora Gaskill, Trotter enacts an operatic ritual, a show of light and darkness that illuminates the vulnerable spaces of individual bodies and sounds, where they unite and divide. 

Dora Gaskill has been exploring the symbolism and resonance of words that implicate the letter ‘S’—rearranging the furniture of inhabited constructs, stuffing herself into unstable structures, and excavating spaces for safety and sounds. “S-words” is an assemblage of relationships between movement, light, shadow, and vocalization with collaborators Deanna Carlson, Nancy Ellis, Emily Jones, Chelsea Petrakis, Stephanie Lavon Trotter, and Celeste Weber.

November 12-20 ***
the last bell rings for you
chapter 2 of Linda Austin’s dance triptych (Un)Made

Nov. 12 & 13, Saturday and Sunday
November 17-20, Thursday-Sunday
at Shaking the Tree Warehouse || 823 SE Grant

→plus November 16 special event (see below)
All performances at 8pm

Collaborating with some of Portland’s most compelling performers, Linda Austin has created a large ensemble performance score to be shared with people whose performing experience runs the gamut from zero to professional. Linda and collaborators have invited a diverse group of 15-20 additional participants to learn, do and find pleasure in a tender and richly patterned tapestry of group behaviors including singing, walking, bell-wringing, and yes, dancing. These citizen performers will learn the material in a series of workshop.rehearsals that begin a week before opening night!

with dancers claire barrera, Jin Camou, Nancy Ellis, Jen Hackworth, Allie Hankins, keyon gaskin, Danielle Ross, Noelle Stiles and Takahiro Yamamoto
and 15-18 community participants

composer John Berendzen
choreographer/director Linda Austin
visual elements by Morgan Ritter and Linda Austin
lighting designer Jeff Forbes

Relive all 12 episodes of the 2015 SOLO RELAY SERIES in a 6-channel video installation.
Plus drinks, snacks, a raffle and KARAOKE.
$5 added to advance ticket purchase or $10 at the door

December 2-4 at 8pm
A Turbulence of Muses

ParaTheatrical ReSearch is dedicated to the insurrection of the poetic imagination through its own distinct style of physical theatre accompanied by live music, song, poetic text, and film.  Antero Alli, artistic director and Sylvi Alli, musical director.

A TURBULENCE OF MUSES is a Symbolist play of chiefly nonverbal players representing diverse aspects of one entity, the poet ARTHUR RIMBAUD, undergoing a systematic derangement of all the senses towards the creation of poetry. 

December 9-11
Sascha Blocker
The Intimacy Project


Fri. Dec 9th:  7 pm and 9pm
Sat. Dec 10th: 7 pm and 9pm
Sun. Dec. 11th:  4pm and 7pm

Produced, Directed, Devised & Performed by Sasha Blocker
Sceneography & Creative Devising by Max Ward
Performed/Devised by: Camille Cettina, Jenny Ampersand, Beth Summers, Stephanie Woods, Clifton Holznagel, Jane Ferguson, Caitlin Fisher-Draeger, Joellen Sweeney, Jean Luc Boucherot & Laura Loy.

The Intimacy Project is a theatrical experience that blurs the line between audience members and performers to provoke moments of intimacy, whether that is sharing a secret, embracing a spontaneous dance party or holding hands with a stranger.

Dec. 15-17 at 7:30pm ***
Complicated Women
Katie Scherman | 2016 Alembic Resident Artist


“Complicated Women” featuring dancers Jess Zoller, Faith Morrison, and Katie, explores the collective experience of being a woman; through wonder, depth, and complexity.

Over the past two years, Katie has found herself constantly coming back to femininity in the studio; questioning and investigating how to translate the never ending self-dialogue. The work examines narcissism, vulnerability, obsession, grace, self sabotage, and power. Katie finds the conversation to be relevant and vital to her practice as an art maker and as a woman.

December 18 at 7pm
GIFTS: a film featuring 2015 PWNW Visiting Artist Clare Whistler
FREE or by donation

Join us for a film screening and reflection on gifts, a thoughtful way to rupture the focus on the material frenzy of the holidays. GIFTS is a 65 min. film by Nichola Bruce that focuses on artist Clare Whistler’s 10-year project based on the eight objects that were traditionally given in England, to welcome a new child into the world:  Egg, Coal, Evergreen, Salt, Candle, Bread,Coin and Silver.

Each symbolic gift has been the theme of a public event created by Clare in collaboration with leading artists, musicians, poets and documented from 2005-2015 by established filmmakers. GIFTS is an interpretation of the eight events, directed by Nichola Bruce. The film brings together English traditions of ritual and landscape. Financed by Gift Economy movement and Arts Council England

Jan. 29 at 7:30pm
The Greater Circulation
Film by Antero Alli


“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.

Movie site:

Excerpt from the film:

Feb. 10 & 11 at 8pm
Cabaret Boris & Natasha

PWNW presents an assemblage of unruly, unconventional entertainment, presented salon-style, by some of the most inventive performing artists from the region. This edition features work by Seattle’s Gender Tender, a collaboration between dancers Mike Barber and Subashini Ganesan, music by oboist Catherine Lee, performance by Amber Whitehall, dance by the fabulous Button Will and a short piece by your favorite unpredictable, ever-revolving gang of untrained male dancers, The Boris & Natasha Dancers. Emcees: The Greatest Entertainers Ever (Reid Urban & David Weinberg)

March 24 & 25 at 8pm
New work by Alembic Resident Artists claire barrera and Noelle Stiles

Noelle and claire share the results of their 2016 Alembic Residency.

New work by intrepid experimentalist Jin Camou


April 28-29 at 8pm
Appalachian Spring Break
a rare visit & performance by the inimitable Scotty Heron
with collaborator Brendan Connelly

Brendan Connelly & Scotty Heron in Appalachian Spring Break \ photo by Gil Birman

PWNW presents the first collaboration of composer/musician Brendan Connelly (Theater of a Two-headed Calf) and Bessie-winning choreographer/performance artist Scotty Heron – a staple of the downtown scene in the 80’s and 90’s. The two, both currently New Orleans-based, play with the iconic, confused and clichéd relationship of choreographer and composer, glancing sideways at Martha Graham and Aaron Copland’s only collaboration and its sepia-toned Americana. The lines of collaboration are gleefully blurred in this duet, where all movement, sound and light are generated and manipulated by the onstage duo. Contact microphones fill the stage and movements are often sound-generating: toe-shoes on an amplified piano bench; a reverbed water pail dragged across the stage; two dismantled clarinets; an adult diaper and a pair of toe-shoes; a bucket of water and a pile of guitar pedals. Ken Burns’ Civil War. A pop. A click. A slow entrance from the hanamichi. A flourish of eyelashes and then, the Finale.

AND…. in December 2017 (dates TBA) || a world, a world
Part 3 of Linda Austin’s (Un)Made trilogy



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