April 28 & 29 ✧ Appalachian Spring Break

SCOTTY HERON & BRENDAN CONNELLY play with the iconic, confused and clichéd relationship of choreographer and composer, glancing sideways at Martha Graham and Aaron Copland’s only collaboration and its sepia toned Americana. This “hilarious junkshop tribute to Martha Graham and Aaron Copeland…seems like mayhem, and then beauty asserts itself—classic and anarchic and enlivening at once, the perfect expression of vernal riot.”Read more

Feb. 26 & 27 || GHOSTS + Snake Talk || + workshops

A double bill of guest artists curated by Allie Hankins: GHOSTS by Asaf Aharonson & Ruairí Donovan (Berlin) and Snake Talk by Abby Crain, Maryanna Lachman and Mara Poliak (Oakland).

GHOSTS: “It’s about the bear.” “Which bear? The big bear? The star constellation? The homosexual archetype?” “No the bear that is waiting.”

Snake Talk: We ooze, leak, wander, tie ourselves in a knot, rip apart at the seams. We have forgotten the difference between kissing and eating.Read more

Dec. 3-6 || Alice Gosti || Protecting the herd

Performance Works NW presents as part of our Alembic Co-Production Series Alice Gosti’s Protecting the herd Dec. 3-5 Thursday-Saturday at 8pm Dec. 6 Sunday at 2pm Performance Works NW 4625 SE 67th Ave, Portland, OR Tickets: $12 in advance at http://herd.brownpapertickets.com or $15 at the door Protecting the herd is an immersive live performance by Italian-American choreographer Alice Gosti, in collaboration with Seattle composer Benjamin Marx. Protecting the herd is the sister performance to Alice’s How to become a Partisan, whichRead more

July 24 || Fun/Fuck

FUN/FUCK = 2 duets of the same score. Friday July 24 // TWO SHOWS!!! 8pm + 9pm $10 Performance Works Northwest // 4625 SE 67th Ave, Portland, OR 97206 tix available at door :: for reservations :: physsicall.eduucationn@gmail.com Takahiro Yamamoto & Lucy Yim are joined by Linda Austin & Karen Nelson in a night of exploring both the shape & power of Fun & Fuck. This improvised score came to be during a residency on Vashon Island, hosted by KarenRead more

June 26-28 || Rejoice: Diaspora Dance Theatre’s ICONS

Featuring choreography by Oluyinka Akinjiola, Uriah Boyd and Jamie Minkus Friday, June 26th at 7pm Saturday at June 27th 7pm Sunday June 28th at 5pm Performance Works NorthWest || 4625 SE 67th Ave. $12 in advance or $15 at the door http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1555218 Photo above by Matthew Yeoman. SEE MORE PHOTOS HERE. Icon 1) a person who is the object of extreme devotion  2) a visible representation of something abstract  3.) widely known and extremely talked about Rejoice: Diaspora Dance TheaterRead more