Linda Austin, co-founder & director of Performance Works NorthWest in Portland, Oregon, has been making dance and performance since 1983. Her poetic, unconventionally witty, and rigorously conceived works exploit both the powers and limits of the body, bringing its vulnerabilities, strengths, and the lucky accidents of its beauty into a web of relationships—intimate, playful, confrontational—with other bodies, objects, environment, sound and visual media. She 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. Austin’s most recent project was A head of time, an evening-length work for 8 performers and 300 blankets that churned up movement, sound, video, and text in its probing of internal and external time.
“Stop Making Sense: Linda Austin’s ‘A Head of Time’,” Bob Hicks, Oregon Arts Watch, March 26, 2011.