The best art for your buck in Portland, for the week of May 6th–May 12th 2019
FRIDAY, MAY 10TH @ 7:30PM
Bad! Bad! Bad!
@ New Expressive Works
810 SE Belmont
Returning to New Expressive Works, residency alumni Shaun Keylock premieres his first full-length production with his company of dancers. Continuing the company’s commitment to collaboration and radically subversive dance, Portland audiences will see four contemporary dance creations by three Northwest choreographers: Jordan MacIntosh-Hougham, Josie Moseley, and Shaun Keylock. Runs all weekend, May 10-12th.
Why we're excited: The official ticket page description of this show doesn't do justice to the darling photos we've been seeing on Instagram. Honestly, you really have to check out their blog to get a sense of the great vibes of this piece, but we love the rainbow wigs, the sense of humor, and are always down to check out an up-and-coming company with a strong point of view. We're into it!
SATURDAY, MAY 11TH @ 7:30
17 SE 8th Ave
"Pebble" is a study in missed connections, conflicting impulses and thwarted desires, and a prismatic exploration of loneliness and what it means to be an outsider - or an artist. Pebble yearns to be touched by another, but spends most of her days with jigsaw puzzles and a deck of cards. She flirts recklessly with the Medical Orderly and harbors distrust of Nurse Megan, who chirpily promises special treatments via loudspeaker bulletins until one day, a mysterious visitor comes to see her. In his presence, things begin to unravel, and buried emotions are given release through song, dance, and pills shared like snacks. Alternately hilarious and heartbreaking.
"Pebble" features a strong ensemble of veteran Imago performers - Danielle Vermette as the mercurial Pebble, Kyle Delamarter as the mysterious Nick, Jon Farley as the Medical Orderly and Megan Skye Hale as Nurse Megan. Run continues May 10th through May 25th.
Why we're excited: This show is the final installment of Imago's Next Wave Festival of original works by co-artistic directors Jerry Mouwad and Carol Triffle. We loved Leonard Cohen is Dead and To Fly Again—both shows were zany, and hilarious, playing with genre movie tropes and philosophy against visually arresting sets. Pebble sees Carol Triffle closing out the trio with an amazing cast in a piece that sounds weird, whimsical, and darkly funny. We can't wait!
BONUS: Mother's Day matinee tickets are BOGO! Take your mom after brunch and give her what you both REALLY want after an omelette bar and a few mimosas: a great time together in a dark room with no opportunity to talk about each other's choices. Yasssss!