Project Description

The Collision Series: Fundraiser for FRONT

Curator: FRONT: A newspaper devoted to contemporary dance
August 11th, 2013 – August 12th, 2013

The Collision Series is an extension of FRONT’s experiments in dance and performance. FRONT has assembled an exceptional and unpredictable group of 6 dancers and asked Nate Query (Decemberists/Black Prarie) to assemble the musicians to come together and improvise a 4-hour durational performance. This year we blur the lines of who is audience and who is performer. We invite audience to participate as much or as little as they like. In true experimental form, FRONT produces the potential for performance and then gets out of the way, leaving behind very few ground rules. The performers are left to their own devices in the run-up to the show. They can strategize as a group or not communicate at all, organize restrictions collectively, individually, or go forth in bold blindness. This is not your average improvisational set, we have brought some of Portland’s most intriguing performing artists together under daring and distinct circumstances, presenting impressive quantities of talent pushed off balance. What transpires is anyone’s guess, but it promises to be a spectacular collision.

Blankets, picnics, families and all are welcome. Four hours of performance, of picnics, of community on a stunning summer day drifting into dusk.

We are ignited by the ways in which contemporary dance performance is emerging in current discourse. We publicly engage, observe and shape these conversations. FRONT was initiated as a platform for contemporary dance performance, giving voice to many different opinions and playing with modes of distribution. FRONT is: Tahni Holt, Danielle Ross, Noelle Stiles, and Robert Tyree. We are choreographers, dancers, and contributors to contemporary dance performance, who are based out of Portland, OR. We are unencumbered by sponsorship or corporate strictures. We rely on the old-school tactics of the newspaper infused with new, current, future energy of dance theory and practices in the field. FRONT acts as a performance in which the form stays the same but the format is ever shifting to directly meet the needs it instigates. It is an experiment.