FRONT provides a print-based representation of Portland dance artists while fostering conversations between local creators and national and international peers in the field of contemporary dance. The publication serves as a design-forward visual object as much as a collection of critical writing on dance. On November 22, FRONT released the fourth edition of its annual newsprint publication dedicated to contemporary dance, the production and printing of which was supported by a Precipice Fund grant.

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ED4: BUOY focuses on dance practices and processes untethered from performance presentation and emphasizes conversations between West Coast dance makers. The newly released publication pays homage to two champions of the social potential surrounding performance: Performance Works NorthWest (PDX) and AUNTS (NYC). A brand new section, Notes from the Field presents a trove of artifacts from the creative lives of contemporary dance makers. From Houston, Rachel Cook of DiverseWorks delves into her curatorial vantage in a commissioned essay, while FRONT offers a glimpse into its recent Resource Room Residency at PICA.

 Hosted by Ristretto Roasters on Couch, the release party for ED4: BUOY was attended by friends from Portland’s arts communities as well as passersby and members of the media new to FRONT. Since the release, FRONT has mailed BUOY to contributors across the US and abroad and sent out a number of mail orders—notably for archival purposes in the libraries of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. In the coming months, FRONT will participate in the Publication Fair via Publication Studio (12/14, Ace Cleaners) and have on-site presence at the American Realness festival and bookstore (1/8-1/18/15, Abrons Art Center, NYC).

FRONT ED4: BUOY FEATURES WRITING FROM:

LINDA AUSTIN/PERFORMANCE WORKS NORTHWEST (PDX)

ALLIE HANKINS (PDX)

KAJ-ANNE PEPPER (PDX)

LAURA/LARRY ARRINGTON (SF)

AUNTS (NYC)

CHRISTINE BONANSEA (SF)

RACHEL COOK (HOUSTON)

JESSE HEWIT (SF)

MONIQUE JENKINSON (SF)

SIRIOL JOYNER (ABERYSTWYTH)

HANA VAN DER KOLK (LA)

TAISHA PAGGETT (LA)

QUEEN SHMOOQUAN (SEA)

KATE WALLICH (SEA)

 

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