Risk/Reward Afterparty: June 25th, 10:30pm, Ella St. Social Club
Performances by “avant-pop” rockers Iretsu and video/percussion maestros Deelay Ceelay.
Meet the Artmakers: Sunday June 26, 3-5pm, Artists Rep Lobby
Risk/Reward 2011 is supported in part by a grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, The Boeing Foundation, Widmer Bros Brewing, Nuvrei Bakery, Columbia Gorge Organics and Hand2Mouth.
Risk/Reward 2011 was curated by a panel of regional artists and administrators:
Alex Huebsch | Writer; Filmmaker; Associate Artist [Hand2Mouth Theatre]
Ben Waterhouse | Special Sections Editor, Theater [Willamette Week]
Dani Fecko | Associate Producer [PuSH Festival]
Jerry Tischleder | Risk/Reward Festival Director; Company Member [Hand2Mouth Theatre]
Julie Hammond | Company Member [Hand2Mouth Theatre]
Noel Plemmons | Dancer; Co-Director [P.O.V. Dance]; Fiscal Manager [White Bird Dance]
Noelle Stiles | Choregrapher; Dancer; Co-Director [Heavy Rotation]
Ruth Wikler-Luker | Curator & Producer [Boom Arts]
Sean Ryan | Dancer; Choreographer; Theatre Director; Regional Programs Coordinator [On The Boards]
Stephen Marc Beaudoin | Singer; Writer; Actor; Executive Director [PHAME Academy]
Tahni Holt | Choreographer; Dancer; Performer; Co-Director [Heavy Rotation]
bobbevy | Palace of Crystal
bobbey is a Portland based dance company directed by choreographer/dancer Suniti Dernovsek and visual artist David Stein. They create worlds that involve layers of kinesthetic, visual and aural textures. They have produced four evening length shows in addition to 17 smaller dances. bobbevy has been presented locally and nationally. The full-length production of Palace of Crystal will premiere in Portland, the end of September. bobbevy would like to thank the phenomenal artists involved in the creation of Palace of Crystal for their creative contributions, openness and time.
Jessica Jobaris & general magic | You’re the stuff that sets me free
Jessica Jobaris & general magic is a creative collective, directed by choreographer Jessica Jobaris, that nurtures risk, mystery, absurdity, sensation of the body, and emancipation through imagination. Her mission is to raise the importance of empathy for modern audiences and theatre, initiating fearless communication with each other and our ancestors (in both earthly biological forms and unearthly spiritual forms). Using everything between the hysteria of pop-culture to the austerity of ancient rituals, Jessica Jobaris & general magic inquires: How do we interact with life and each other; out of freedom, love or fear? How is this embodied in our relationship with our temporal sentient bodies? For Jessica, the play of opposing forces/duality, elements of chance and intentional chaos bring discovery, whether on stage, performing in nature, or on a city bench. Her use of film/animation, text, sound design, movement, props, and natural elements create a bewildering web of humor and voodoo. general magic plainly put is the magic of the mundane. It’s the first breath in the morning. It’s the possibility that the no big deal things are truly what keeps us going.
Kyle Loven | When You Point at the Moon
Kyle Loven is a Seattle-based artist. His image-driven work combines puppetry, projections, objects, and other arts forms with live actors. His original work (my dear Lewis, B, Crandal’s Bag) has been seen in Amsterdam, Taipei, New York, Minneapolis, Orlando, and Seattle. Kyle has received grants from the Jim Henson Foundation and other arts organizations. Watch for Blink, premiering in Seattle this fall.
Part & Parcel |By Guess & By God
Allie Hankins is the founder and artistic director of Part & Parcel, a newly established contemporary performance company that explores image-making and the codification of body language as a choreographic catalyst. A Seattle resident since 2008, Hankins has performed as a member of local companies Salt Horse (Corrie Befort, Beth Graczyk and Angelina Baldoz), Josephine’s Echopraxia (Marissa Niederhauser) and PB_TMOG (Paige Barnes), and was the movement designer for Implied Violence’s The Dorothy K.—with which she toured to New York’s New Island Festival and Austria’s Donau Festival. She has been the recipient of the Flight Deck Residency at Open Flight Studio, was recently awarded the ROOT Season Residency at Studio Current, and will be an Artist in Residence at the Meet Factory in Prague, CZ in the Spring of 2012. Hankins extends a special thanks to Studio Current and Vanessa DeWolf, whose gracious support largely facilitated the development of this work.
People Person | Same Difference
Triple threat writer/actor/solo performers Joe von Appen and Angela Fair combine forces as People Person, using the buddy system to see if they can talk their way out of humanity’s long dark night of the soul.Angela was a member of performance art barn burners House of Cunt and has created a name for herself with a distinct brand of psycho-sexual social satire, called “creepy” and “uncanny” by area critics. Joe has shared the stage with Reggie Watts and The Larry Sanders Show guest Tim Miller, and has toured his work along both coasts, opening for indie-rock darlings Starfucker and Why? To date, People Person has performed exclusively underground shows including a friend’s benefit, and an installation series at Disjecta.
Stephanie Simek & Zac Nelson | Ear to Mouth
Stephanie Simek is actively creating works in various media with an arching focus on empowerment and coexistence. In addition to her performances and installations, Stephanie designs a line of wearable accessories using unusual materials and forms. Her unique collection can be found in publications, exhibitions, and shops worldwide.
Zac Nelson has released over 13 albums of music on numerous labels in genres such as experimental, ambient, pop and avant progressive rock. He has shown his art consisting of large-scale abstract paintings and sculptures made with kombucha cultures, pig intestines, bull kelp, metal and moss in galleries along the west coast.
Portland Experimental Theater Lab | Wittgenstein’s Mistress
Rebecca Lingafelter (performer) is a performer and producer recently transplanted from New York to Portland. Credits include performances at Classic Stage Company, PS122, The Ontological Hysteric Incubator, HERE Arts Center, The Bushwick Starr, The Chocolate Factory, Judson Church, Target Margin Theatre, and The Metropolitan Opera. She has performed internationally in Korea, Germany, Italy, England and Hungary. She was co-artistic director of experimental theatre ensemble Performance Lab 115 from 2005-2010, and will be performing in PL115’s The Ring Cycle (Parts 1-4) at the Ontological Hysteric Theatre in April 2012. M.F.A, Acting, Columbia University.
Meiyin Wang (director) has developed new work for performance for the past ten years in the U.S. and in Singapore. Recent work include Reluctant (HERE, Joe’s Pub, Brava Theater in San Francisco), Talk Soon (Women’s Project), M4M – a radical adaptation of Measure for Measure (chashama), Cleansed (Columbia Stages), Scratch/Medea (CSV), Rehearsal Vanya (INTAR), Dead Letter Office (HERE, chashama). She has also developed work at The Public Theater, Royal Court Theatre, Segal Center, Classic Stage Company, INTAR, 2G and Barrow Group. In Singapore – Betrayal (National Premiere, Singapore Repertory Theatre), Postcards from Persephone (Best Director, Best Script finalist for the National Theater Awards). M.F.A, Directing, Columbia University. www.qualitymeats.org
Mark Valadez (composer/sound) is resident sound designer for Performance Lab 115. Selected credits include, The Verge (The Ontological Theater, NYC), Caucasian Chalk Circle – 2010 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Original Music (The Chocolate Factory/Mabou Mines, NYC), Artifacts of Consequence (The Wild Project), M4M (Chashama, NYC), Reluctant (Here Arts Center, NYC, Brava Theatre, SF), Dead Letter Office (Here Arts Center/Chashama, NYC) God’s Waiting Room (Fringe NYC, Hungary), Cleansed (Columbia Stages, NYC).