Above photo by Chelsea Petrakis.
PWNW || Linda Austin Dance is part of a very special March series of Social Hour events at Portland Center Stage, featuring local performance companies Hand2Mouth, Performance Works NW, PETE and Shaking the Tree.
Social Hour – Events that connect the community with Portland artists for casual happy hours at Portland Center Stage prior to a performance. All Thursdays in March from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. includes a beer or glass of wine on PCS! All Sundays in March from 1 to 2 p.m. includes a complimentary mimosa! Please enjoy $10 off select tickets to Stupid &?@#!*% Bird using promo code “SOCIAL”*
Detailed schedule of hosts and performances:
Hand2Mouth is a theatre ensemble committed to creating original work. Drawing from dance, music, theatre and design, Hand2Mouth strives to connect honestly with audiences and collaborators, blurring the line between performance and reality. We celebrate the raw, charged potential of the live encounter, and our methods and styles change to meet the demands of the work. Hand2Mouth performances push boundaries towards theatre that is bold and accessible. www.hand2mouththeatre.org
Social Hour Host on March 20 at 6:30 p.m. and March 24 at 6:30 p.m.
Guest performances on March 10 at 7:00 p.m. and March 13 at 1:30 p.m.
Performance Works NW
Performance Works NW founder/director Linda Austin’s first original performance was presented in 1983 by Danspace Project at the historic St. Mark’s Church in New York City. Since then her dance and performance works have been presented in New York, the Pacific Northwest and Mexico, with the support of NY Foundation for the Arts, the Oregon Arts Commission, and RACC. Returning to her native Oregon in 1999, Austin founded Performance Works NW as a platform for the creation of experimental performance. Austin’s own work brings each performer’s vulnerability and strength, awkwardness and elegance, into a web of relationships—intimate, playful, confrontational—with other bodies, objects, environment, sound and media. The resultant works are non-linear, poetic, often laced with humor, deploying movement that often disrupts what is considered “dancerly.” For “Surprise and Delight”, elements from Austin’s current project (Un)Made blend with imagery sparked by our confrontation with that stupid f***ing bird. https://pwnw-pdx.org/
Social Hour Host on March 3 at 6:30 p.m. and March 27 at 1:00 p.m.
Guest performances on March 17 at 7:00 p.m. and March 20 at 1:30 p.m.
PETE is an artist cooperative dedicated to creating new theatrical events that reify the relationship between audience and artist. The company is in the midst of an 18-month long process on work inspired by Melville’s Moby Dick. The Journey Play is the Whole Thing is a series of events, performances and experiences has that taken our audience on a journey to a drowned tavern at the bottom of the sea, a ship locked in arctic darkness and deep into the mind of the monomaniacal captain. Procedures for Saying No is our next installation and is inspired by Melleville’s Bartleby, the Scrivner. PETE will employ its unique multidisciplinary and immersive aesthetic to radically challenge the divide between work and leisure. We will ask what drives us to leave shore and give ourselves over to the fathomless deep. We will implicate the audience in the possibility of saying “no”. www.petensemble.org
Social Hour Host on March 6 at 1:00 p.m. and March 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Guest performances on March 24 at 7:00 p.m. and March 27 at 1:30 p.m.
Shaking the Tree
Shaking the Tree is an intrepid young theatre company that melds the boundaries of theatre and visual art by presenting audiences with thrilling and immersive theatrical experiences. Shaking the Tree uses innovative ways to inhabit space, creating a heightened surrounding that allows audiences to experience a deeper, more active connection to the work. We present theatrical productions, and teach drama classes at our beautiful warehouse in Southeast Portland. We have two exciting productions to share with audiences in 2016: A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (Opening April 2016), and HEAD. HANDS. FEET- Four Tales of Dismemberment (Opening October 2016). www.shaking-the-tree.com
Social Hour Host on March 10 at 6:30 p.m. and March 13 at 1:00 p.m.
Guest performances on March 3 at 7:00 p.m. and March 6 at 1:30 p.m.
*Promotional code valid on seating areas 1-3 only. Not valid on previously purchased tickets, student tickets or in combination with other discounts. Subject to availability.