March 14-23 ║ Linda Austin ║ Ordinary Devotions

photo by Ian Douglas

Linda Austin ║ Ordinary Devotions

Thurs-Sat March 14-16 at 8pm
Sun March 17 at 5pm
Wed-Sat March 20-23 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 20 is Pay What You Will
Advance tickets HERE
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Linda Austin lying prone, belly an cassete boxes, a few inches off the ground
photo by Jeff Forbes

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. 

Austin has found an apt collaborator in composer and sound artist Juniana Lanning, who has beem collecting, digitally manipulating, and adding to sounds drawn from the dancer’s deployment of objects as well as other real-world phenomena—a process mirroring Austin’s own attentiveness to the life of the material world. Kelly Rauer, whose practices also include movement and photogrpahy, is creating video interventions that enhance elements of the space’s architecture as well as bringing a rushing sensation of the outside world into the studio/theater.

Ordinary Devotions was created and developed with the support of a 2018 residency at the Ucross Foundation, made possible in part by an Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant; as well as opportunities to try out material through the Movement Research at Judson Church series and Physical Education’s Say When Mini-Festival. The March 2019 performances at PWNW take place with the support of an Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship as well as funding from the Autzen Foundation and the James R. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.

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?

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