2017 Spring Events

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!

 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 17 (Fri) at 8pm
Baroque Dance Project
Alice Sheu, clavier and Julie Iwasa, dance


In this innovative program, local claviériste Alice Sheu collaborates with baroque dancer Julie Iwasa to create a dialog between music and dance with Jean-Philippe Rameau and J. S. Bach’s keyboard suites.

True to the spirit of the baroque “stylized dances”, Iwasa choreographed the dance movements using dance manuals published by French and German baroque dance masters. Sheu’s interpretation of the dance suites at the keyboard is expressive and full of life, and according to Iwasa, “makes me want to dance”.  Click Here to learn more about this collaboration.
Youtube Alice Sheu

Suggested donation: $15

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.

ONE NIGHT ONLY: April 15 at 8pm
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.

Friday-Sunday May 12-14, 2017
8pm sharp (doors open 7:45pm)
Admission: $10 (not suitable for children or pets)


ParaTheatrical ReSearch PDX in association with E.V.E. (Experimental Vocal Ensemble) presents “BARDOVILLE“, a paratheatrical performance ritual. Designed & directed by Antero Alli. Musical direction by Sylvi Alli.

BARDOVILLE follows a drunken poet on a roll, churning out a steady stream of poems that accidentally unleash a crowd of characters from his Unconscious – with lives and agendas all their own.  Text by Charles Bukowski.

ParaTheatrical ReSearch is dedicated to the insurrection of the poetic imagination through physical theatre accompanied by live music, song, poetry, and film. Antero Alli, artistic director.

E.V.E. is a women’s ensemble devoted to the exploration of a range of musical influences through vocal experimentation and improvisation. Sylvi Alli, musical director.

Antero and Sylvi, bios: http://www.paratheatrical.com/identity.html

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

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