1. An Atrocity Exhibition in Two Parts, with prolog (1983/2013)


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    Honoring 30 years of making dance, I made a version in 2013 of my very first piece, a 1983 work titled "An Atrocity Exhibition in Two Parts"–made completely from memory, as I had no documentation. The structures and methods of making that I recalled provided a skeleton for creating new material. Plus I added a prolog which involved channeling a bid-calling lesson I stole from youtube, plus poses copied from photo reproductions in art books. NOTE: The photos in the latter section presented as old-fashioned slides are of course from our time, as opposed to the images I used in1983. For legibility purposes, videographer Karl Lind has overlaid digital images over the projected images, which were not able to be captured clearly in the video documentation. conception & choreography: Linda Austin performance: Linda Austin & Todd Ayoung original sound score, Part 2: Seth Nehil text: from J.G. Ballard’s An Atrocity Exhibition lighting by Jeff Forbes videography by Karl Lind Titles for the short, timed, dances: David Abel, Linda Austin, Anna Daedalus, Janet Frame, Maryrose Larkin, Clarice Lispector, Robert Tomlinson & James Yeary

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    • Nov. 14 (2014) || Cabaret Boris & Natasha at Performance Works NW


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      http://pwnw-pdx.org Cabaret Boris & Natasha returns with a assemblage of unruly, unconventional entertainment, salon-style, by some of Portland’s most inventive performing artists. Featuring a reprise of “Hummingbird,” PWNW Artistic Director Linda Austin‘s new solo, warmly received at Northwest New Works in Seattle earlier this year, the Cabaret also presents a duet with Jen Hackworth by promising new movement artist Claire Barrera, dance by the most accomplished Linda K. Johnson, and soulful sounds by Fatha Green. No Cabaret is complete without a dance by the most famous (un)talented batch of untrained male (non)dancers in the universe: The Boris & Natasha Dancers, directed by Linda Austin. For this Cabaret the B.A.N.D. are Michael Chambers, Darren McCarthy, Jesse Mejia & Tyler Ribenbark. All of this wondrousness is emcee’d with outlandish entr’acte interventions by the Greatest Entertainers Ever (David Weinberg + Reid Urban). When: Nov. 14 & 15, Friday and Saturday at 8pm Where: Performance Works NW 4625 SE 67th Ave., Portland, OR Tickets: $12-20 sliding scale at the door or HERE. ARTIST BIOS Linda Austin is co-founder (with Jeff Forbes) and director of Performance Works NorthWest in Portland, OR. Austin has performed in New York, Mexico City, Seattle and Portland, at venues such as Danspace Project, PS 122, Movement Research at Judson Church, the Kitchen, On the Boards and PICA’s TBA Festival. Awards include Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Oregon Arts Commission and, most recently in 2014, the prestigious RACC Performing Arts Fellowship. Her work has also been supported by project grants from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the Regional Arts & Culture Council and the Calligram Fund for New Work through PICA. claire barrera is a movement-based performer and artist based in Portland, OR. In the recent past she participated in CORPUS, a mentorship forum led by Linda K. Johnson, created a group work that was presented at FLOCK space, and performed inBeast by Jen Hackworth for Dance + Festival. She co-edits the zines When Language Runs Dry and Reclaiming the Sacred Feminine. Child of the Sun Justin Leon Johnson, aka ‘Fatha Green’, is a bold messenger of truth, love, strength, freedom, and perseverance—a truly gifted soulful singer/songwriter/performer with the heart of a child and a spirit that could light up a black hole. He is a very empathic spirit and quite obviously born to entertain. Enjoy Yo Self!!! Linda K. Johnson is a native Oregonian. She has been actively teaching, creating, choreographing, performing, manifesting, and mentoring in this community and in this region for a very long time. She is an artist, an educator, a mother, a wife, a gardener, an instigator, a collaborator, a friend, and a teacher of the Alexander Technique. Her 1999 site-based work – The View from Here, will be included in a soon-to-be published monograph about landscape, feminism and hybrid creative practice. The Greatest Entertainers Ever (Reid Urban + David Weinberg): Who farted?? Was it God? Jay Leno? Europe? The Internet? Michael Jackson? The Aliens? Conceptual Art? Isis? A Joke? Barack Obama? Silence? Jar Jar Binks? The Human Body?.. Anyhow, prepare to suspend your disbelief for the Greatest Entertainers Ever! GEE is J and Jay, two twins born on the stage and destined for stardom of unfathomable proportions! While their history and sudden rise to fame remains a mystery, what is known is that these goons have seemingly mastered every last form of entertainment whatsoever. Opera? Magic? Dance? Slapstick? Mime? Ventriloquism? Psychic Readings? Sandwiches?! Is there nothing they don’t do?! Thank you!!! As this season’s Boris & Natasha Dancers, Michael Chambers, Darren McCarthy, Jesse Mejia, & Tyler Rivenbark join the 55 BN Dancer alums who, since 2002, have enthralled audiences with their enthusiastically awkward performances of dance movement, prop-wrangling, fake stunts, vocalizing and whatever else gets thrown in the pot. Linda Austin directs.

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      • Hummingbird at NW New Works (2014)


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        Choreography & Performance: Linda Austin Composer: Juniana Lanning

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        • 10th Foreman Fest / 2012: The Boris & Natasha Dancers


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          The Boris & Natasha Dancers are a revolving gang of non-trained male dancers directed by Linda Austin. On this occasion, they are performing as part of the 10th and Final Richard Foreman Mini-Festival at Performance Works NorthWest. M.C. Kaj-anne Pepper Dancers: Bill Boese, Jeff Diteman, Steve Knox, J.C. Schlechter, and James Yeary

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          • Nest


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            Ten Tiny Dances at South Waterfront (2008)

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            • Three Trick Pony at TBA:13 (excerpt)


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              --> see the full version at https://vimeo.com/76453115 choreographer & performer: Linda Austin set pieces designed & fabricated by David Eckard music composed by Doug Theriault video: Karl Lind --> see the full version at https://vimeo.com/76453115 September 2013 Time Based Arts Festival || Portland Institute for Contemporary Art http://pica.org/

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              • Three Trick Pony by Linda Austin + David Eckard


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                Three Trick Pony is an intimate face-off between performer Linda Austin and a sculptural installation by David Eckard. As Austin passes through the interactive environment, the objects echo, interrupt, and amplify her gestures. This skin-to-skin collision highlights the impressibility of both body and sculpture, a shuttling back and forth of cause and effect that blurs the nominal separation between body and outside world. The development of Three Trick Pony was supported in part by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s SEED grant program. http://pwnw-pdx.org/2013/09/25/three-trick-pony-press-and-photo-links/

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                • The Tuning Project- Feb. 29, 2008


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                  In 2008, PWNW hosted 10 days of dance research, performance and workshops, all centered around a visit by Tuning Score innovator and award-winning dance-maker Lisa Nelson. Nelson was joined by long-time collaborator and Contact Improvisation founder Steve Paxton, plus a slew of other movement artists and teachers from the Portland area and around the country, curated by Karen Nelson. The Tuning Group: Linda Austin, Ray Chung, John Dixon, Mary Ganzon, Tom Giebink, Nōra Hajōs, Bryce Kasson, Karen Nelson, Lisa Nelson, Steve Paxton, Matthew Shyka & Jeff Forbes on lights. When Lisa calls "Begin Bridge," this was an invitation for the audience to enter.

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                  • Three Trick Pony (short excerpt)


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                    Choreography & Performance: Linda Austin Set Design & Fabrication: David Eckard Music: Doug Theriault Premiering Sept, 15, 16, & 18, 2014 at the TBA Festival in Portland, OR.

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                    • Linda Austin Dance - A Head of Time


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                      Imago Theater, Portland OR, March 2012 Camera Operator and edit - Karl Lind

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