1. “As a woman portraying a seductive male dancer, she is hauntingly accurate. Ms. Jocson’s androgynous beauty, paired with the control she uses to undulate her torso or to spin forward on a knee, is stunning; even while grinding on the floor, she never forsakes her taut, calculated tension.” —New York Times

    From pole dancing to macho dancing, choreographer Eisa Jocson investigates labour and representations of the dancing body in the service industry and exposes gender formation, seduction politics, and Filipino social mobility.

    In this evening of two works, Death of the Pole Dancer interrogates the way we look at what we think we see. The audience is propositioned to reflect on what they are witnessing: a woman during the act of pole dancing. The performance renegotiates notions of voyeurism and restraint, vulnerability and violence, sexuality and power. Macho Dancer is a solo work of a woman performing a “macho dance,” a distinctly Filipino phenomenon of young men in nightclubs performing for male and female clientele. It is an economically motivated language of seduction that uses notions of masculinity as body capital.

    September 13, 2014
    Bodyvox Dance Center
    Time-Based Art Festival 2014
    Portland Institute for Contemporary Art

    Video by Larry Moiola

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  2. Toshiki Okada, founder of the theatrical company chelfitsch talks about his project Ground and Floor which showed for three consecutive nights during PICA's TBA:14 Festival. Followed by an audience Q&A.

    September 21st, 2014
    Imago Theater
    Time-Based Arts Festival 2014
    Portland Institute of Contemporary Art

    Video by Eric Nordstrom

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  3. In Ground and Floor, chelfitsch Theater Company and revered playwright Toshiki Okada take the audience on an in-depth exploration into theater and the dream-like realms of fiction. Influenced by the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake and the resulting impacts on Japanese society, Ground and Floor is a narrative of the dead and the living that is played out on t he stage of a "Japan in the not-too-distant future." With inspiration also taken from the ancient Japanese theater tradition of Noh, Ground and Floor pivots on the female character as she attempts to confront the dramatic silence around her. Ground and Floor is a moving metaphor for contemporary Japan and with an original score by Tokyo Musicians Sangatsu, it is an experience of stand-out musical theater singular only to chelfitsch Theater Company.

    September 19th - 21st, 2014
    Imago Theater
    Time-Based Arts Festival 2014
    Portland Institute For Contemporary Art

    Video by Eric Nordstrom

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  4. September 19, 2014
    2014 Time-Based Arts Festival
    Portland Institute of Contemporary Art

    Video by Annalise Reinhardt

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  5. “[Arca’s latest work] &&&&&, It’s a reinforcement of the beat-heavy chill he’s famous for, but also a total breakthrough for his creativity, breaking songs down to their sexiest and weirdest parts, like a David Lynch film for electronic music culture”. - Alex Frank, Fader

    Arca is a Venezuelan producer, artist, mixing engineer and DJ now based in Brooklyn, New York. Fresh off of his latest work &&&&&, audio-visual collaborations with Jesse Kanda at MoMA PS1 and producing projects with Kanye West, Arca will set THE WORKS ablaze with his off the grid structures and sound mutations of club music.

    September 18, 2014
    THE WORKS at Fashion Tech
    2014 Time-Based Art Festival
    Portland Institute for Contemporary Art

    Video by Andre Middleton

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