Linda Austin receives FCA Cunningham Award

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, a nonprofit arts organization founded in 1963 by John Cage and Jasper Johns, has announced the recipients of its annual awards. Fourteen unrestricted grants of $40,000 each will be given to individual artists in the United States. Along with this cycle of grant awardees,  Linda Austin has been named winner of the second biennial Merce Cunningham Award; artist and activist Jimmie Durham,the Robert Rauschenberg Award; and poet Liz Waldner, the inaugural Dorothea Tanning Award. The Merce Cunningham AwardRead more

Feb. 20 || UnPresidented Acts

Along with other artists, citizens, and spaces around the country, PWNW joins the Bad and Nasty movement with a marathon evening of performance featuring acts of protest, resistance, resilience and community building by 25-30 artists. Artist slate—currently in formation—includes Anthony Hudson, Button Will, claire barrera, Kiel Moton, Linda Austin,Tamara Lynne, Tere Mathern). All funds raised go to support local social justice-oriented nonprofits. Read more

Feb. 10 & 11 || Cabaret Boris & Natasha

An assemblage of imaginative and unconventional entertainment, presented salon-style, by some of the most inventive performing artists from the region. This edition features a collaboration between dancers Mike Barber and Subashini Ganesan, work by Seattle’s Syniva Whitney/Gender Tender, music by oboist Catherine Lee, performance by Amber Whitehall, dance by Button Will, and as well as your favorite unpredictable, ever-revolving gang of untrained male dancers, The Boris & Natasha Dancers. AND… returning as our fabulous Emcees—The Greatest Entertainers Ever (Reid Urban & David Weinberg)Read more

January 29 || The Greater Circulation

“The Greater Circulation” (2005; 93 min. USA) is Antero Alli’s cinematic treatment of poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s epic lament, “Requiem For a Friend”, where an actress, a dancer, and a visual artist stage Rilke’s work as a paratheatrical performance in present time as the film intercuts to flashbacks of the poet composing his “Requiem” a hundred years earlier in the Hotel Biron, Paris. Filmmaker Q&A after the movie.Read more

RFP 2017 Alembic Resident Artist Program

2017 Alembic Resident Artist Program. Deadline: Feb. 11, 2017. Residency Period: April 1, 2016-Feb 28, 2017. PWNW || LAD invites artists working in original and contemporary time-based performance, whose work engages a strong movement, body or dance-based component, to apply for year 5 of our Alembic Resident Artist Program. Read more

We are standing with you, dancing with you, making art with you

The last bell rings for you: photo by Chelsea Petrakis Dear friend of Performance Works NorthWest & Linda Austin Dance, Last year at this time I wrote that we “tingle with excitement and confidence as we embark into another 15 years of avid experimentation in the live arts.” One year later, it is difficult, as we navigate a poisonous atmosphere where hate and disregard for human rights and has emerged from lurking in dark corners to flaunting themselves triumphantly, toRead more