Current Season 2018
Held at The Old Church Concert Hall1422 SW 11th Avenue Portland, OR 97201
JUNE 12TH :: I AM A SURVIVOR
EMPOWERING SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND THEIR ALLIES
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7pm program, 6:30pm doors
PRODUCED BY URBAN HAIKU
Screenings of socially conscious art, a talk by the artist Anya Pearson, and a panel discussion which ask the question: HOW DO WE HEAL FROM TRAUMA?
Anya Pearson is an award-winning actress, playwright, poet, producer and activist living and working in Portland.
Anya is the author of the choreopoem, Made to Dance in Burning Buildings, which is a fusion of poetry, theatre, and violent and visceral contemporary dance which explores PTSD and trauma. The showcase production of Made to Dance in Burning Buildings recently played to a sold-out house at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater in New York City. NY Theatre Critic, Anthony J. Piccione, called it a “standout.” The World Premiere of Made to Dance in Burning Buildings will take place at Shaking the Tree Theatre in Portland in February 2019. She is also producing a documentary, which follows the development of the play as well as her passionate quest to empower other survivors. The documentary will also feature the stories of other survivors.
MAY 8TH :: NATIVE PERSPECTIVES ON ARTS, CULTURE AND JUSTICE
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7pm program, 6:30pm doors
Programmed by the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, seven Native American artists share their perspectives through their art. The first half of the program will focus on the individual artists through film, art, performance and stories.
Topics in the panel discussion include an exploration on how the artists’ work address issues around visibility, identity, essentialism and stereotype. The discussion will also focus on how the artists’ work addresses justice issues that affect Native communities locally.
Cassandra Frost, Actress, Member of The Cheyenne River Sioux of South Dakota
Anthony Hudson, Multidisciplinary/Performer, Grand Ronde
LaRonn Katchia, Filmmaker, Tribal member Warm Springs Indian Reservation
Jacqueline Keeler, Writer, Navajo/Yankton Dakota Sioux
Brenda Mallory, Visual/Textile, Member of the Cherokee Nation
Isacc Trimble, Film producer, Flute maker, Apache/Yaqui
Shirod Younker, Traditional/Multidisciplina y, Coquille & Coos
APRIL 10TH :: VISIBLY INVISIBLE: HONORING OUR UNSUNG SHEROES
7pm, Doors 6:30pm
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Empowerment through the Arts – Dance, theater, fashion, storytelling, song and self-care on the path to healing and self actualization. We honor the journey, and explore the complex roles Black Women play within their immediate communities and the world at large.