TBA Diary: Whispering Pines 10

Shana Moulton and Nick Hallet, Whispering Pines 10

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I caught a few episodes of Whispering Pines, multimedia wrangler Shana Moulton’s deranged New Age soap, when the artist visited Portland for 2008’s PDX Film Festival, so I knew what to expect, more or less, from Moulton’s appearance at the Works: she would don something unflattering to play Cynthia, an incessantly ailing schlemiel seeking spiritual breakthroughs in a dazzlingly bright and ...   More
Monday, September 12, 2011 CHRIS STAMM

TBA Diary: Jesse Sugarmann, Lido (The Pride is Back)

Jesse Sugarmann Lido or The Pride Is Back

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So it’s 4 o’clock in the afternoon, and we’re all gathered round to watch cars crash behind the high school. These same three cars crashed twice Saturday, and they will do it again in a few hours. I’m not sure what I had expected, exactly, but I know I had expected something else; I had been told that cars would be made to crash in slow motion, and had wanted perhaps a giant game of popcorn ...   More
Monday, September 12, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

TBA Diary: TBA Institute Class with Abraham.In.Motion


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Masters of extreme control and fearless abandon, Abraham.In.Motion’s dancers seem to spare no energy performing The Radio Show at PICA’s Time-Based Arts Festival. How to hone such powerful command of the body and stamina? Sunday morning’s TBA Institute class with Kyle Abraham and his company revealed some clues, combining cool aesthetics and rigor for a sweaty good time.  Initially ...   More
Monday, September 12, 2011 JULIE POTTER

TBA Diary: Abraham.In.Motion, The Radio Play

abraham.in.motion radio show

New York choreographer Kyle Abraham found a rich concept—African American radio station sounds from the 1970s forward, recalled from his Pittsburgh childhood—and used that music (from quiet storm soul to funk to pop to hip hop, along with some original electronica), talk show banter and even the between-the-stations static as you turn the dial (remember radio dials?) as inspiration for his sometimes ...   More
Monday, September 12, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL

TBA Diary: Ten Tiny Dances

ten tiny dances 2011

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TBA's annual late-night Ten Tiny Dances show didn’t get going till after 11 pm this year, but was worth the wait. This was a greatest hits show reprising earlier 10TD performances, all of which force the choreographers and dancers to use a small stage and a short time slot. Danielle Ross’ opening dance was further constrained by a virtual cage of bright green beams, and every time she touched one, ...   More
Monday, September 12, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL

TBA Diary: Taylor Mac, Comparison Is Violence

taylor mac comparison is violence

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Two things to know about Taylor Mac: yes, he is as absolutely fabulous as you’ve heard; and no, the faint of heart should not sit within easy reach of him. I caught Taylor’s uproarious cabaret last night, on the hottest night of the year, at Washington High School, where his latest performance event has been a conspicuous offering of this year’s Time-Based Art Festival. Entitled Comparison ...   More
Monday, September 12, 2011 Mead Hunter

TBA Diary: tEEth, Home Made

teeth home made

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It is a wonderful thing to be able to revisit a strong performance piece almost a year later, and to notice entirely different things in it. During my first viewing of Teeth’s moving dance piece Home Made, in November of last year, my overwhelming impression was of its harrowing nature, its demanding emotional seesaw that left one, at the end, entirely spent. I wasn’t alone in this: a pair of friends ...   More
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

TBA Diary: another take on tEEth's Home Made

teeth home made tba

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In the push-pull between hostility and tenderness, hostility dominates the stage for the majority of Home Made, a work by Portland-based company tEEth, under the direction of Angelle Herbert and Phillip Kraft. Inside the Mouth at Zoomtopia, stretched white fabric frames the space and expands across the floor with a raised and illuminated lump in the middle created by the bodies of Keely McIntyre and ...   More
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 JULIE POTTER

TBA Diary: Rude Mechs Don’t Pass the Talking Stick

rude mechs panel

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In conjunction with Rude Mechs’ run of The Method Gun at PICA’s Time-Based Arts festival, Austin’s Fusebox Festival director, Ron Berry, discussed process and group dynamics with two of the company directors, Lana Lesley and Thomas Graves. During the installment of the TBA Institute Tuesday afternoon at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, one thing became clear—consensus rules in this company ...   More
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 JULIE POTTER

TBA Diary: Rude Mechs, The Method Gun

TBA, Time-Based Art festival, Rude Mechs, PICA

rude mechs the method gun

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There’s a moment in The Method Gun in which a character is being interviewed for a television show. To the host’s consternation, the guest is of the irascible persuasion, and isn’t much interested in sticking to the subject. The funny thing about television, she tells her host (and I’m paraphrasing) is that you only see what the camera wants you to. In the theater, everything’s all around ...   More
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 Mead Hunter


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