photo by Ian Douglas
March 14-17 and 20-23 ║ Linda Austin ║ Ordinary Devotions
Linda Austin Dance
Thurs-Sat March 14-16 at 8pm
Sun March 17 at 5pm
Wed-Sat March 21-24 at 8pm
Doors open 30 min. before showtime
Performance Works NW | 4625 SE 67th Ave. | Portland, OR 97206
Seating is extremely limited: 28 tickets available per performance
$16 general admission, $12 seniors, students, limited income
Wednesday, March 14 is Pay What You Will
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Ordinary Devotions, created and performed by award-winning PWNW Director Linda Austin is a meditation-in-action on the ordinary/extraordinary life of the aging body and a tactile and tender apprehension of the world to hand. An intimate drama of gesture and sensation unfolds alongside a bracingly unorthodox use of objects: e.g. a white vinyl tarp, a twig, stones, a lamp worn on the body, cassette tapes, and multiple spools of thread. Throughout, task-like activity yields to poetically and emotionally-charged movement, text, and image evoking vulnerability and hints of mortality. Beauty, humor, a bit of rebellious “orneriness”, and awkwardness all find their place in the precarious world of this dance, itself situated within a larger world apprehensive about its own survival. Aural landscapes based on field recordings by Juniana Lanning also explore the transformative potential of material existence. Video by Kelly Rauer.
Ordinary Devotions was created with the support of a 2018 residency at the Ucross Foundation and a chance to try out material through the Movement Research at Judson Church series and Physical Education’s Say When Mini-Festival.
This work honors the particularities of my 65-year old body and its hunger for tactility, offering a sly provocation for audiences to experience the ephemeral materiality of their own bodies as well as the liveliness and glamour found in the ordinary. —Linda Austin
I don’t know
why I am here with you
what the hell
is this thing I am doing
how will you feel
when I am gone?