Linda Austin & Ordinary Devotions
Dmae talks with award-winning veteran dance artistÂ Linda Austin about her newest original show Ordinary Devotions running March 14-23 at Performance Works Northwest. Austin says this experimental dance work honors the particularities of her 65-year old body and its hunger for tactility.
Linda Austin ‘s Ordinary Devotions
Thurs-Sat March 14-16 at 8pm
Sun March 17 at 5pm
Wed-Sat March 20-23 at 8pm
Doors open 30 min. before showtime
Performance Works NW | 4625 SE 67th Ave. | Portland, OR 97206
Seating is extremely limited: 28 tickets available per performance
$16 general admission, $12 seniors, students, limited income
Wednesday, March 20 is Pay What You Will
Advance ticketsÂ HERE
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Ordinary Devotions,Â created and performed by award-winning PWNW DirectorÂ Linda Austin, is a meditation-in-action on the ordinary/extraordinary life of the aging body and a tactile and tender apprehension of the world to hand. An intimate drama of gesture and sensation unfolds alongside a bracingly unorthodox use of objects: e.g. a white vinyl tarp, a twig, stones, a lamp worn on the body, cassette tapes, and multiple spools of thread. Throughout, task-like activity yields to poetically and emotionally-charged movement, text, and imageâ€”evoking vulnerability andÂ Â hints of mortality. Beauty, humor, a bit of rebellious â€œornerinessâ€, and awkwardness all find their place in the precarious world of this dance, itself situated within a larger world apprehensive aboutÂ its own survival.
Austin collaborates with composer and sound artist Juniana Lanning, who has been collecting, digitally manipulating, and adding to sounds drawn from the dancerâ€™s deployment of objects as well as other real-world phenomenaâ€”a process mirroring Austinâ€™s own attentiveness to the life of the material world. Kelly Rauer,whose practices also include movement and photography, is creating video interventions that enhance elements of the spaceâ€™s architecture as well as bringing a rushing sensation of the outside world into the studio/theater.