parking lot drive-in performances
An evening of drive-in performances in a Central Eastside parking lot.
What: Pavement: pop-up performances in a public parking lot
Who: Presented by Risk/Reward & Boom Arts
When: July 18 at 7pm and 9pm
Where: Central Eastside Parking Lot
Tickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/34673 – $15-$100
More Info: risk-reward.org www.boomarts.org
Local artists will engage with the community through short form site-specific performances in a parking lot in Central Eastside. Limited spaces will be available for standing/sitting, though most spaces will require a car to participate. These performances stand as a testament to our reemergence following self-isolation and public quarantine, enlivening our community with unexpected images and experiences.
With self-isolation and quarantine at the forefront of Portland’s mind, arts organizations across the country ask, “What does this mean for live performance?” Risk/Reward and Boom Arts answer the question with an evening of pop-up performances in a public parking lot.
Using drive-in movie theaters as inspiration, audience members will drive to a secret location in Central Eastside sent to them only hours before the show. Then, they will park their cars and witness the spectacle from the safety of their vehicle. XRAY.FM’s team of sound engineers will relay the sound directly into audience cars as artists perform throughout the parking lot, just like at a drive-in movie. Food will be available on site for pick up.
The show will feature short performances from a variety of local artists including dance artists: Suba Ganesan (Portland Creative Laureate), KT Kusmaul(Body Home Fat Dance), Oluyinka Akinjiola (Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater), Musicians: Kenji Bunch and Monica Ohuchi (Fear No Music), Portland Opera, and Amenta Abioto, theatre artist Gerrin Mitchell, and spoken word by Anya Pearson.
“Many of the artists and audiences I know in Portland crave live work. While we’ve been asked to expand outside of live performance, working in the digital sphere with Renée’s Queer Cabaret, and finding ways to engage without being in the same room, Risk/Reward is ready to get artists back in front of people while keeping safety and social distance in place,” says Katie Watkins, Risk/Reward’s Producing Artistic Director.
Pavement began in 2018 as “an evening of pop-up performances in public places.” In its original iteration in Portland’s NW neighborhood The Pearl, artists were placed in a four-block radius, and audiences gathered, then walked through the streets, catching performances in alleyways, on the crosswalks, in shop storefronts and doorways, and more. In an effort to dissuade crowds from gathering (2018’s event started with 30 people and ended at over 100), this year’s audiences will be asked to maintain distance by staying in their vehicles, though there will be a few standing/seated spaces for masked folks without cars, who will be able to listen to the radios via smartphone.
Tracy Cameron Francis curated the initial iteration of Pavement, and in her new role as Artistic Director of Boom Arts, partnership on this event was a no-brainer. “ While we had to postpone our inaugural outdoor performance festival Acting Out until Summer 2021, we are excited to do a mini version this summer as we find ways to safely bring artists and audiences together again. As an organization known for programming outside of the box, we are excited to continue to find creative ways to engage audiences and activate public spaces. ”
Tickets are available on Risk/Reward’s and Boom Art’s websites, and the exact Central Eastside location of the event will be sent out to ticket buyers midday on the day of the event. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to “Don’t Shoot Portland” to support the ongoing fight for racial justice in our city.
ARTIST NAME: Oluyinka Akinjiola
BIO: Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater seeks to diversify the contemporary dance landscape with untold stories and under-told perspectives from communities of color. Grounded in values from the African Diaspora and using our art as activism. Rejoice! celebrates and cultivates community through artistic engagement, performances, and dialogue, weaving our stories of hardship and triumph.
ARTIST NAME: KT Kusmaul and Mickey Pollizatto
BIO: KT Kusmaul and Mickey Pollizatto are collaborating again/still, finding a way to create and connect despite distance, masks, and lots of disinfectant. Recent collaborations include Weighted Bodies and Rip/Pull, which were presented by On The Boards, Risk/Reward, Performance Works NW and Echo Theater. KT is the founder and artistic director of Body Home Fat Dance, bringing performance and classes to empower and connect the fat community. Mickey is a musician, sound collaborator and dancer. They have worked intimately with many local artists exploring queerness through sound, movement and connection.
ARTIST NAME: Subashini Ganesan
BIO: Subashini Ganesan is an artist, arts administrator, and the Creative Laureate of Portland. As an artist, Ganesan founded Natya Leela Academy where she choreographs and performs potent and universally relevant expressions in Bharathatyam. Since 2008 has received multiple Regional Arts & Culture Council Grants. She often collaborates with local choreographers like Mike Barber (Founder, Ten Tiny Dances) and Michelle Fujii (UNIT SOUZOU). Her works are often showcased at local & regional festivals including PICA’s annual Time-Based Art Festival, Conduit’s Dance+, Ten Tiny Dances Beaverton, NW Folk Life Festival, & the Salem Library’s “World of Music.”
ARTIST NAME: Anya Pearson
BIO: Anya Pearson is an award-winning actress, playwright, poet, producer, and activist. She was the inaugural winner of the $10,000 Voice is a Muscle Grant from the Corporeal Voices Foundation, for her choreopoem, Made to Dance in Burning Buildings. Made to Dance in Burning Buildings was showcased at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater and received its World Premiere at Shaking The Tree Theatre where Anya was the Playwright-in-Residence for the 2018-2019 season. Anya runs a production company called Urban Haiku whose mission is to produce groundbreaking work that transcends the traditional boundaries of theatre while also serving as the catalyst for art and community action to combine for real social change. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, Linestorm Playwrights, Couch Film Collective, and a graduate of the William Esper Studio in New York City. www.anyapearson.com
ARTIST NAME: Fear No Music: Kenji Bunch and Monica Ohuchi
BIO: Fear No Music promotes music education through public performance of modern and contemporary classical music, and groundbreaking youth mentorship in composition. They work to promote living composers and to expose audiences to contemporary classical music being made both locally and globally. They also seek to educate and train the next generation of young composers in our community.
ARTIST NAME: Gerrin Mitchell
BIO: Gerrin Mitchell has worked with Portland Center Stage, Lakewood Performing Arts, Broadway Rose, Northwest Children’s Theatre, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Fuse Theatre, The August Wilson Red Door Project, Action/Adventure Theatre and Post5. He has also worked on numerous film, dance, drag and performance art projects throughout the city. Gerrin is a graduate of Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.
ARTIST NAME: Amenta Abioto
BIO: Amenta Abioto is a songwriter and producer from Memphis, TN and currently based in Portland, OR. In her one-woman performance, she builds vocal and instrumental loops from synth, drum machine, and kalimba creating atmospheric textures. Amenta surprises and tantalizes audiences with mind bending ideas while skipping vocally from soul-shaking gospel to smooth jazz. Her music is boldly mystical and soul-fired, and her raw live performances invoke elements of both theatrical and magical surprise.
Risk/Reward, founded in 2008, champions artists and audiences who push the boundaries of the performing arts. Risk/Reward’s primary activities are the 1) Festival of New Performance – an annual festival that supports the creative process as a launch point for short new works. 2) Presenting Series – bringing new full-length contemporary performances to Portland stages. 3) Risk/REWIND – making live events accessible online to audiences everywhere. 4) Dialogue Series – community events to expand the knowledge of and appreciation for adventurous performance work. Get more info and stay on top of happenings by visiting http://www.risk-reward.org
Boom Arts, based in Portland, Oregon, is a boutique presenter and producer of contemporary theatre and performance from around the world. Founded in 2012, Boom Arts has reached nearly 10,000 Portlanders with innovative presentations of vital and timely plays and multidisciplinary performances from countries like Japan, Egypt, Chile, Russia, Uganda, and the US. We’ve produced performances in theatres, galleries, public parks, living rooms, and other sites around the city. We’ve deepened the impact of our work through partnerships with local and regional arts and community organizations, colleges, and universities. Through performances and accompanying workshops, lectures, post-show discussions, community gatherings, and other events, Boom Arts is building cross-cultural bridges, sparking community conversations about important issues, connecting Portland performing artists with their national and international counterparts, and contributing to our city’s culture of compassion, curiosity, and creativity. www.boomarts.org
Our mission is to hold a microphone up to the best and most distinctive of Portland. To build a culturally relevant center for ideas, music, and creativity in service of a more open media and a more just community.
Our programming is a progressive blend of talk and music that amplifies the sounds and reflects the values of our city. XRAY.fm started broadcasting from East Portland at 91.1 mhz FM on March 15th, 2014. We now also broadcast at 107.1FM. xray.fm