March 24-25 || claire barrera + Noelle Stiles

new work by claire barrera & Noelle Stiles
An Alembic Artist Double Bill
March 24 & 25, Friday and Saturday at 8pm
Performance Works NW || 4625 SE 67th Ave.

Tickets $12 in advance or $15 at the door
Arts for All tickets available by emailing

PWNW presents Fifth Sun by claire barrera and This one is by Noelle Stiles, works developed during their 2016 Alembic Artist Residency at Performance Works.

In Fifth Sun, claire barrera finds all times present at all times. With collaborator/performers, Muffie Connelly and Anna Vo.

This one is—a work in progress by Noelle Stiles—expresses concepts explored in residency such as family intimacy, generational cycles of misogyny, and perseverance.

Photos by Chelsea Petrakis

claire barrera is an artist, activist, educator and writer.  Her current projects include an upcoming anthology of the zine When Language Runs Dry with Meredith Butner, and the performance installation The Corresponding Distance, with maya dalinsky.

Anna Vo is a musician, writer, social justice educator, zine writer and illustrator. They also give massages, tell fortunes, and make goofy jokes.
They/theirs, ACAB, APOC.

As a dance artist, Noelle Stiles is interested in how and where experience is held in the body. This interest provides a framework for extracting the corporeal language that both intimately connects and individuates us. Her deep commitment to the arts, dance, and experimental performance is expressed through a range of professional practice. Noelle has performed and presented work at venues such as the Time-Based Art Festival, On The Boards, PWNW, and Dance New Amsterdam. In 2010, she merged her work as a graphic designer with her work in dance to co-instigate the dance publication, FRONT with Tahni Holt, Danielle Ross, and Robert Tyree. She has performed in marketing, education, curatorial, and development capacities for organizations such as the Wexner Center for the Arts, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, The Governor’s School of NC, and PSU’s College of the Arts. In addition to being an independent dance artist, Noelle works as a graphic designer and creative consultant under the moniker Crystal Visions Studio.

Sound: Justine Highsmith is a choreographer, dancer, writer, and sound artist from Berkeley, CA. Her performances and scores explore interpersonal relationships and emergent meaning through group integration, movement as a relational form, and what our bodies excavate in a space. In 2015, she received a PICA Precipice Fund along with six other Portland-based sound artists to install an immersive sonic environment at Cathedral Park, St. Johns. She is currently choreographing a performance and vocal score entitled, Liquid Space: An Unnatural Disaster for her BFA thesis at PNCA.



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