For this winter session of Field Guide, we will depart from our normal live performance to view dance on video. Portland’s FRONT collective will delve into dance on screens, centered around a full-length screening of Heaven–a collaboration between choreographer Morgan Thorson and indie band Low produced in HD video by OntheBoards.tv. FRONT will facilitate pre- and post-screening presentation, conversation and participatory activity that examines what is lost and gained through a mediated encounter with live art. Together, we will embrace the rare opportunity to experience past performances and engage in the act of watching, re-watching, and reflecting as a group. Join us for this intimate, insightful evening over drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and discussion, and acquire useful concepts and tools for experiencing contemporary dance while connecting with others curious about art and performance.

Part of FRONT’s current Resource Room Residency at PICA. All are welcome. No dance education or experience required.

Field Guide to Dance is a new public engagement series at PICA that helps audiences feel more comfortable thinking and talking about contemporary dance performance. Through facilitated workshops with guest experts, focused exploration of an artist’s work, and equal emphasis on the social and educational, anyone curious about dance is welcome.