For Mark Russell’s final year as Guest Artistic Director, he took TBA out into the world with happenings, tours, and civic projects alongside the lineup of stage shows and gallery installations. The performances were bookended by two outdoor Halprin-inspired projects: Anna Halprin’s Blank Placard Happening march on opening night, and a dance-and-music-filled tour of Lawrence Halprin’s string of urban plazas and fountains on the closing weekend. On stage, Antony & the Johnsons performed a mesmerizing set with the Oregon Symphony; enfant terrible choreographer Jérôme Bel shared his poignant duet Pichet Klunchun and Myself; and a gamut of visionary solo artists including Daniel Beatty, Tim Etchells, Lemon Anderson, Tiago Guedes, and Mike Daisey, made their voices heard.
Both our visual installations and our late-night program THE WORKS squatted in the developing Leftbank Project, a former creamery and a one-time jazz club at the head of the Broadway Bridge. Deelay Ceelay overwhelmed the room with an audio visual barrage of drums, loops, and synched projections; Neal Medlyn channeled Beyonce; and Brother and Sister lead a day-long scavenger hunt/rock concert. In the subterranean warren of rooms the visual artists of New Absurdists abandoned realism in favor of parody, with work including videos by Stanya Kahn & Harry Dodge, a custom wallpaper from Jeffry Mitchell, and a massive collaborative installation between Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin