MAR 13-15 || Alembic Artists Showcase

Performance Works NW’s Alembic Resident Artist Cohort #7 is catherine ross, Maggie Heath, and Sarah Brahim. Since June 2019 the residents have had 100 hours of studio time as research in their performance-based practices. In 4 performances over the weekend of March 13-15, 2020 our artists will share their process. Come witness this work!

March 13-15, 2020
Friday*-Sunday at 8pm
Sunday Matinee* at 2pm
LIMITED SEATING: Advance ticket purchase advised
Tickets $12-25,
Arts for All: info here

Yes, the show goes on this weekend. But we ask that you stay home if unwell and that attendees use hand sanitizer upon entrance. Thank you!

*A reception will follow the Friday night performance, and a post-performance talk-back with Linda K. Johnson at the Sunday Matinee.

Made possible in part with funding from the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition


Photo: Tari Gunstone

body of land/back to dust by Sarah Brahim with collaborator Yaara Valey

catherine_ross_performance.mario gallucci
Photo: mario gallucci

feedback by catherine ross

static echoes or rather the restless looping of mutable fragments in or out of order as in trauma or love or longing for rest or perhaps the pure chaos of matter as it touches time which gives no fucks.

Last Date of Contact by Maggie Heath

Version 2
Photo: Maggie Heath

While constructing and reforming the stage, Maggie Heath recounts and tries to make sense of a family story that took place over 40 years ago. She considers what should matter most in learning and telling the story – the truth of what happened? Or the questions imprinted on the family’s memory.


Sarah Brahim’s art practice centers expression through the body. Brahim attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and in 2016, she graduated from the London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS) with a BA Honours degree in contemporary dance. Brahim performs, choreographs, and directs movement across the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Her performances and film works touch on themes of culture, loss, identity, borders, race, migration, transnational experience, body in landscape, and the imprint places leave within us.

Maggie Heath is a Portland based installation artist whose work is heavily influenced by the intersection of performance and visual art. She holds a BFA from Portland State University. Her work has been presented in Portland, Minneapolis, and Seattle. In the past four years Heath has worked with dancers and performance artists to create prop design and recently started within with Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble. This Alembic Residency Performance is her first attempt at creating a public performance.

catherine ross is a sound artist, choreographer and performer born in the high mountain desert of idaho, usa, whose works exist at the intersection of movement, sound, text + technology. centered around concepts of labor, contemporary disembodiment + new technologies, catherine creates immersive performance works in which data is sourced as a raw material for interpretation.

since becoming active in portland oregon, catherine has performed with artists such as experimental theatre creator + technologist andrew schneider TBA 2018, choreographer bouchra ouigzen TBA 2017 + local artist mk guth at reed college 2017. catherine has presented original performance + sound work at the time based arts festival 2018, SIX experimental sound festival 2017, ov project space, place gallery + more.

catherine holds a BFA in intermedia from the pacific northwest college of art 2018 + has served as artist-in-residence with performance group physical education 2016 | 17, the center of contemporary art + culture 2017, + the national oceanic + atmospheric administration 2018 | 19 in their art+science initiative – in which catherine choreographed and produced a multi-media performance with the pacific dance ensemble in newport, oregon

Create a website or blog at