In this second iteration of PICA’s new Field Guide program, we will explore, experience, and discuss concepts and forms in contemporary dance through a work-in-progress showing of This is how we disappear, a new collaborative piece by Portland-based dance company bobbevy, premiering at this fall’s TBA Festival. Join guest Field Guide faculty Noelle Stiles (choreographer and TBA:10 alum) for a casual, guided workshop and conversation about how we experience dance as an audience.

Open to anyone interested in learning more about contemporary dance process and performance, this Field Guide session will use a range of techniques to explore some of the physical practices, formal elements, and thematic concepts that shape the piece; view a work-in-progress performance with the artists; and look to some of the choreographer’s broader influences to move from this work into a presentation and discussion about some of the artists who have helped shape contemporary dance today. We will use this session as a point of departure to better understand artistic process and make connections to the dance field more broadly. Rather than flattening, narrowing, or defining the experience of the work, we will use it to make space for our own discoveries, leaving some mystery and open-endedness intact.

  • Workshop: 5:00 PM
  • Work-in-Progress Showing: 7:00 PM
  • Post-Show Download over dinner and wine: 8:00 PM

Field Guide is a new, ongoing, public engagement series at PICA designed to help audiences feel more comfortable with and informed about contemporary dance performance. Through facilitated workshops with faculty experts, focused exploration of an artist’s work, new social connections, and equal emphasis on physical movement, presentation, and conversation, anyone curious about dance performance is welcome. No prior dance experience required.

* “The title of this session comes from Robert Rauschenberg in reference to his work with choreographer Trisha Brown. Rauschenberg expressed envy of dance’s collaborative processes. To me, it spoke to a fundamental characteristic of dance for engaging audience and some to the exploration of physics/philosophy that Suniti is working with in This is how we disappear.” –Noelle Stiles