Keith Hennessy/Circo Zero Performance

Turbulence Open Rehearsal

A working rehearsal and open session for examining the content and context of Hennessy’s TBA:12 work-in-progress performance….

New Expressive Works

Keith Hennessy


Through dance, dialogue, and action, Hennessy references the images and shamanic practice of the mythic artist Joseph Beuys….

New Expressive Works

Low Lives 4


Linda Hutchins, Future Death Toll, Austin Adkins, and Robert Tyree perform live for a steaming online international performance festival….

PICA at West End

Dance Truck

Revelers will be treated to intermittent dance performances by local and visiting artists, empty truck beds for makeshift dance floors, and specials on Southern treats like mint juleps and boiled peanuts….

THE WORKS at Washington High School

Mike Daisey

All the Hours in the Day

A live, 24-hour monologue that spans the globe, weaving together stories from every time zone into an electric road movie for our time. …

Washington High School

Tiny TBA

Tiny TBA is a mini-festival within a festival that refuses to draw the line between kids and adults. Bring your families for open gallery hours and take part in activities led by TBA Festival artists and community volunteers….

THE WORKS at Washington High School

Rachid Ouramdane

World Fair

World Fair blends movement and video to present the body as a bank able to record, erase, or register different ingredients of modern reality and national identity….

PORTLAND’5: Winningstad Theatre


A performance showcase featuring work by the most exciting Portland and New York artists, including Luciana Achugar, Oregon Painting Society, Woolly Mammoth Comes to Dinner, and more….

THE WORKS at Washington High School

zoe | juniper

A Crack in Everything

A meditation on the moments that divide people’s lives into linear experiences of time, played out through 3-D animation, atmospheric lighting, and compelling choreography….

PSU: Lincoln Recital Hall

Dean & Britta

13 Most Beautiful... Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests

A live, cinematic concert of songs scored by Dean & Britta for 13 of Andy Warhol’s famous black and white Screen Tests….

Washington High School


NEW MUSICS invites Portland’s most exciting sound scientists and pop adventurers to collaborate with some of the city’s under-sung traditional music ensembles. …

THE WORKS at Washington High School

Sarah Dougher

Fin de Siècle: Three plays by Leslie Scalapino, with music for five voices and small ensemble

Three experimental poem-plays by the late Leslie Scalapino, staged with a small ensemble of instruments and singers….

Washington High School

Offsite Dance Project


Three dynamic Japanese choreographers (Yoko Higashino, Yukio Suzuki, and Ho Ho-Do) dance in the Central Eastside Industrial District, under bridges, off of loading docks, and in newly-developing buildings….

Olympic Mills Commerce Center

Kyle Abraham

Live! The Realest MC

A solo dance that tweaks Pinocchio’s plight to be a “real boy,” to explore gender roles in the black community and societal perspectives of the black masculinity through hip hop and celebrity culture. …

Washington High School

Andrew Dinwiddie

Get Mad at Sin !

A carpet-pacing, pulpit-pounding performance reanimating an out-of-print vinyl record of a sermon by the evangelist Jimmy Swaggart….

Washington High School Revival Tent

Experimental 1/2 Hour

Experimental 1/2 Hour, a biweekly cable access program produced by Eva Aguila & Brock Fansler, presents a night of video and live multimedia music performances produced for stage and television….

THE WORKS at Washington High School

Shana Moulton & Nick Hallett

Whispering Pines 10

Comic, contemplative, and surreal, Whispering Pines 10 is a one-act, live-performance, video opera featuring Moulton’s alter ego, Cynthia….

THE WORKS at Washington High School

Ten Tiny Dances

Ten Tiny Dances presents its 25th performance! For this special event, producer Mike Barber brings you a lineup of hits from the past nine years of tiny dances, joined by visiting main stage artists from TBA….

THE WORKS at Washington High School


Home Made

A male and female duo explore the fine balance between tenderness and hostility, where playfulness becomes manipulation and exploration shades into aggression….

New Expressive Works

zoe | juniper

A Crack in Everything Installed

A live performance and video installation that invites the audience deeper into the world of the company’s dance….

PSU: Lincoln Recital Hall

Rude Mechs

The Method Gun

A play about the ecstasy and excesses of performing, the dangers of public intimacy, and the incompatibility of truth on stage and sanity in real life….

Imago Theatre

Taylor Mac

Comparison Is Violence or The Ziggy Stardust Meets Tiny Tim Songbook

Mac arrives in a flourish of sequins with his newest show, in which he dissects the darker side of comparison with songs from Bowie and Tiny Tim….

Washington High School

Kyle Abraham

The Radio Show

The loss of a community radio station and the impact of Alzheimer’s on a family, seen through contemporary choreography and classic soul and hip hop recordings….

PORTLAND’5: Winningstad Theatre

Shantala Shivalingappa


A program of four solo dances, including collaborations with renowned choreographers Pina Bausch and Ushio Amagatsu; as well as works by Savitry Nair and Shivalingappa….

PSU: Lincoln Performance Hall

Claire Fontaine

U.S.A. (burnt/unburnt)

Exhibition Open:

Claire Fontaine is a Paris-based collective artist, founded in 2004. After lifting her name from a popular brand of school notebooks, Claire Fontaine declared herself a “readymade artist” and began to elaborate a version of neo-conceptual art that often looks like other people’s work….

THE WORKS at Washington High School


Songs in Wartime

Exhibition Open:

The United States has over 700 military bases on foreign soil in sovereign countries where we have no declaration of war. This project unites musicians, researchers and music-lovers to gather covers by American musicians of songs that originate from each of these places….

THE WORKS at Washington High School

Whoop Dee Doo

Exhibition Open:

An all-ages, anything-goes variety show, Whoop Dee Doo enlists wildly diverse participants and collaborates with a wild range of performers—from science teachers and Celtic bagpipers to clogging troupes, drill teams and drag queens—all for an audience of wide-eyed children. …

THE WORKS at Washington High School


Time-Based Art Festival

This September, PICA takes over Portland with an all-hours happening of contemporary performance and visual art….

Various Locations

TBA:11 ON STAGE Preview

TBA Artistic Director Cathy Edwards will provide the inside scoop on the ON STAGE artists and performances of this year’s Festival….

Washington High School

Low Lives 3

An exhibition of international performance transmitted live via the internet at venues around the world….

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)

Khaela Maricich (The Blow) and Melissa Dyne

Artist Lecture

Performance artist/pop musician Khaela Maricich and installation/conceptual artist Melissa Dyne present a lecture about their current collaboration, a music-based performance piece….

The Cleaners at Ace Hotel


With acoustic guitars and digital effects, the duo creates live improvised songs respond to the sonic influences of the local area…

Imago Theatre

Danielle Kelly and Noelle Stiles


A soft-sculpture environment provides the set for a dance performance exploring human engagement and synthetic experience….

Blanket Project Space

Mike Daisey


A one night event looks at the exhaustion, euphoria and madness that underlies Daisey’s dream of a 24-hour monologue…

THE WORKS at Washington High School

Offsite Dance Project

On Thirteenth, Featuring Yukio Suzuki and Zan Yamashita

New Japanese choreographers explore and illuminate the hidden subtext of the overlooked urban landscape….

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)

John Jasperse Company

Truth, Revised Histories, Wishful Thinking, and Flat Out Lies

The fluid boundaries of theatrical reality are exposed in a dance that bounces between sincere and ironic, seductive and violent….

PSU: Lincoln Performance Hall

Emily Johnson / Catalyst

The Thank-you Bar

Dance, storytelling, live multi-layered music and visual image merge to explore displacement, personal history and igloo myth….

Imago Theatre

Radoslaw Rychcik/Stefan Zeromski Theatre

In the Solitude of Cotton Fields

Based on the play by the late Bernard-Marie Koltès, an encounter of a Dealer and a Client is staged with the swagger of a punk concert….

PORTLAND’5: Winningstad Theatre

Nature Theater of Oklahoma

Romeo and Juliet

Fabricated and piecemeal personal memories of Romeo and Juliet collide to form the script for this Shakespearean adaptation….

THE WORKS at Washington High School

Gare St. Lazare Players

The Beckett Trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnamable

A 3 hour tour de force performance by Conor Lovett of Samuel Beckett’s opus trio of novels….

THE WORKS at Washington High School

Maria Hassabi


Hassabi moves beyond rhythm, ideal postures and coherence to physically collage hundreds of images of female identity…

Imago Theatre

Gare St. Lazare Players

First Love

Conor Lovett embodies the dark comedy of Samuel Beckett’s early short story, about a man’s first, and perhaps only, love….

Bodyvox Dance Center

Mike Daisey


Daisey returns to TBA with the story of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, a real-life Willy Wonka whose obsessions have shaped our age. …

THE WORKS at Washington High School

Dayna Hanson

Gloria's Cause

Iconic and not-so-iconic moments of the American Revolution in a dance-driven rock musical inspired by Schoolhouse Rock….

PORTLAND’5: Winningstad Theatre

The Wooster Group


Controlled by the audience, this 360-degree interactive war takes on a new narrative scope with each choice to look or turn away….

PORTLAND’5: Brunish Hall

Rufus Wainwright

In Concert with the Oregon Symphony, Conducted by Carlos Kalmar, with Guest Soprano Janis Kelly

In this symphonic collaboration, Wainwright will share pop songs, Berlioz and his opera, Prima Donna….

PORTLAND’5: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall


Eighth Annual Time-Based Art Festival

Join us September 9-19, 2010 in Portland, Oregon for a ten-day happening of contemporary performance, dance, music, and new media, with an additional month of visual arts installations….

Various Locations

Philip Glass

Creativity and Collaboration: An Evening with Philip Glass

An animated exploration of how artistic collaboration across genres has influenced his work and career. The evening will feature film clips, live piano selections, and lively discussion….

Portland Art Museum: Kridel Ballroom

Diana Szeinblum and Lucas Condro

Work-in-Progress Showing

Argentine artists Diana Szeinblum and Lucas Condro are in Portland for two weeks to develop new choreographic work  and offer workshops for Northwest Dance artists. Please join us for an informal showing on the last day of their residency in Portland. …

THE WORKS at Washington High School

Tarek Halaby Lecture/Performance

An attempt to understand my socio-political disposition through artistic research...

Halaby looks into the varying and matching points between collective and personal stories inside the choreographic creative processes….

PORTLAND’5: Winningstad Theatre

Raimund Hoghe

Boléro Variations (USA Premiere)

Variations pieces together different performances of the bolero: from Eydie Gormé to Maria Callas, Benny Goodman to Tchaikovsky. …

PORTLAND’5: Newmark Theater

Erik Friedlander

Block Ice & Propane

A highly personal multimedia work with solo cello compositions at the core and based on recollections of childhood family car vacations….

PORTLAND’5: Winningstad Theatre

Amyo / tinyrage


Two dancers encounter 50 people in a series of dreamlike meetings but manage to miss each other while environments and people constantly change….

THE WORKS at Washington High School

Pan Pan Theatre

The Crumb Trail

A deconstructed Hansel and Gretel, this wickedly funny multimedia theater piece blends the imaginary, subconscious, and real….

PORTLAND’5: Winningstad Theatre

Back to Back Theatre

small metal objects

Set against the shifting backdrop of a city, the audience is wired via headphones to an intensely personal drama that unfolds somewhere in the crowd….

Pioneer Courthouse Square

Daniel Barrow

Everytime I See Your Picture I Cry

Overhead projection combines with video, music, and live narration to tell the story of a garbage man with a vision to create an independent phone book….

Northwest Film Center: Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium



Dancers sing and musicians dance in this feverishly physical dissection of cause and effect….

THE WORKS at Washington High School

Meg Stuart Workshop

Improvisation as Strategy

In this master class, participants will explore techniques and strategies for developing material through improvisation….


Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People

Last Meadow (World Premiere)

Mining movement and text from James Dean Last Meadow creates a non-narrative collage of an America where the jig is up and the dream has died….

PORTLAND’5: Winningstad Theatre

Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company


Subversive, sharp, and irreverent, THE SHIPMENT distorts stereotypes, and unsettles the audience’s certainties about race relations….

Portland Center Stage: Gerding Theater at the Armory, Main Stage


Time-Based Art is Happening 09:03:09 - 09:13:09

PICA’s seventh annual convergence of contemporary performance, dance, music, new media and visual arts projects in Portland, Oregon, USA….

Various Locations

Mike Daisey

THE LAST CARGO CULT: A Workshop of a New Monologue

TBA:08 alumni Mike Daisey (If You See Something Say Something, Monopoly!) returns to Portland for a one-night-only workshop of his new monologue, The Last Cargo Cult….

Wieden+Kennedy: Atrium


Entertainment: North American Tour 2009

$1 from every ticket sold will be donated to PICA! Fischerspooner’s live shows combines elements from the worlds of art, fashion, theatre and music….

Wonder Ballroom

Holcombe Waller and the Healers

Into the Dark Unknown: The Hope Chest

Backed by his acoustic ensemble “The Healers,” singer songwriter Holcombe Waller presents a theatrical performance of his original folk songs….

Imago Theatre

Ethan Rose

OAKS, co-presented by PICA and Holocene

Strap on your skates for a special concert at the historic Oaks Park Roller Rink by Portland composer and musician Ethan Rose….

Oaks Park

Cartune Xprez

2008 DVD Release Party



Cloud Eye Control

Under Polaris, with a special opening set by Janet Pants

Weaving seamlessly between performance, animation and theatre, Under Polaris is a multi-media quest through expansive arctic landscapes, mythical creatures and the ethereal Aurora Borealis….



BIG 3rd Episode (happy/end)

Superamas dig under the surface of representation to expose the power of desire for happiness and at the same time its total vanity….

PSU: Lincoln Recital Hall