Alembic Artists Program

Performance Works NW’s Alembic Resident Artist Cohort #8 is Maura Campbell-Balkits, maximiliano, Marissa Rae Niederhauser, Hannah Krafcik + Emily Jones. Since their residency began in June 2020, our Alembic Artists have shown up for their practice throughout the pandemic and are ready to share in-person performances with a masked, limited audience during the month of July. Beginning July 9th, every weekend through July, PWNW will present one of our Alembic Artists’ work-in-progress performances.

Mo’s Playtime by Maura Campbell-Balkits
Friday & Saturday July 9 & 10 at 8pm
Both nights will be live streamed.
Tickets $0-30
Limited audience capacity for in-person events. Reserve tickets, no ticket sales at door.
Tickets and streaming link will be available June 25th. Please check back then!

Mo’s Playtime

performed and written by Maura Campbell-Balkits

Foley sounds performed by Neal Campbell-Balkits / Sound and music by Kasey Shun / Video version edited by Maura Campbell-Balkits / Audio description and captioning by Cheryl Green / 

An absurdist slapstick work-in-progress featuring Mo, a silent clown character, tasked with creating a performance for other humans to laugh at. Set in motion by sound, lights, props, and comedic expectation, Mo finds herself in a performative cycle of achievement and failure, tension and release, fast and slow, connection and disconnection, and so on and so forth.

Maura Campbell-Balkits is a white lady performance artist that blends her background in art, theatre, film and comedy to create one big, weird artist practice. Her work aims to deconstruct and disrupt mediated performance styles of white women. Exaggerating some tropes while eliminating others, she builds performances that are both entertaining and slightly terrifying.