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Press Play: Announcing the incredible -and free! - performances that will enhance JAW 2014

Posted by Claudie Fisher | 03 July 2014

Here's a look at the incredible performances we've hand selected to enhance the 2014 JAW festival.

From professional pole dancing, to a marionette troupe and Portland's newest physical theater company, we have lots of great performances lined up to make the Big Weekend memorable.

And don't forget to stop by the Armory Galleries! Work by Featured Artist Aaron Underhill will be on exhibit during JAW.

PRESS PLAY SCHEDULE: jULY 25-26, 3-8 p.m.

Friday, July 25, 2014

3 - 4 p.m. | Vera Katz Sliver Park 
CONFLUENCE by Tracy Cameron Francis

3:15 p.m. & 3:45 p.m. | Various Locations
Hook Line & Sinker by Push Leg

3:30 p.m. | Main Lobby
Ecdysiast: A Pole Dance Company

JAW Staged Reading: Keys to the Kingdom, 4:00 p.m., Main Stage

7:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. | Ellyn Bye Studio Lobby
They Come in Threes by Cast Iron Carousel Marionette Troupe

7:15 p.m. & 7:55 p.m. | Armory Café
Wisdom Arts Academy

JAW Staged Reading: db, 8:00 p.m., Main Stage


Saturday, July 26, 2014

3:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. | Ellyn Bye Studio Lobby
They Come in Threes by Cast Iron Carousel Marionette Troupe

JAW Staged Reading: The Royal Society of Antartica, 4:00 p.m., Main Stage

7 - 8 p.m. | Vera Katz Silver Park
CONFLUENCE by Tracy Cameron Francis

7:15 p.m. & 7:45 p.m. | Various Locations
Hook Line & Sinker by Push Leg

7:30 p.m. | Main Lobby
Ecdysiast: A Pole Dance Company

JAW Staged Reading: A Life, 8:00 p.m., Main Stage




Ecdysiast: A Pole Dance Company
July 25, 3:30 p.m. | July 26, 7:30 p.m.


Ecdysiast is a professional pole dance company committed to the growth and development of students, professional dancers, the aerial community and its audiences. The studio offers classes, workshops, private lessons and training. Ecdysiast is an active part of the international pole community and participates in the making of artists and enthusiasts.



Hook, Line & Sinker from Push Leg, Portland's newest physical theater company
July 25, 3:15 p.m. & 3:45 p.m. | July 26, 7:15 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.


Three is a magic number ... Join Push Leg for PART 1 of our investigation into the principle of three. Three is everywhere: in comedy, rhetoric, science, and mythology. Hook, Line & Sinker is our take on three, an inventive concoction of new work presented in three parts. Each part unique in style and content, but connected by the theme of three. Get it? Let's recap -  THREE short pieces, PART 1 now, 2 and 3 coming soon. Ready, set, go!



Wisdom Arts Academy
July 25, 7:15 to 7:55 p.m. 



Music from Wisdom Arts Academy, featuring students playing traditional Chinese Instruments curated by Chinese scholar – Dr. Jiyu Yang.




CONFLUENCE by Tracy Cameron Francis
A coming together - a gathering point - a merging.
July 25, 
7:10 p.m. & 7:40 p.m. | July 26, 3:10 p.m. & 3:40 p.m. 


A new site-specific performance piece. How has our environment shaped our history? And how has our history shaped our environment? A celebration of Oregon’s natural beauty exploring the dichotomy between our dependence on and our destruction of nature. How can we come together so that the next generation can live in harmony with the environment we leave behind? Created by Tracy Cameron Francis with original music by Ryan Anthony Francis.



They Come In Threes with CastIron Carousel Marionette Troupe
July 25, 
7:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. | July 26, 3:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. 


A story about the confluence of superstition and science in the unforgiving vacuum of space from a local marionette troupe with a dark flavor and a twisted sense of style.  The CastIron Carousel tells stories about things that clang, steam, whistle and go bump in the night–tales to horrify and fascinate with beauty, tragedy and a wry sense of humor.



Featured Artist Aaron Underhill
| On Exhibit in the Armory Galleries

Artist Statement: As a child digging through generations of junk, left behind in one of my families old farm houses, vacant for decades, I came across a 1953 Montgomery Wards mail order catalog. Thick as a bible, tattered and torn, somehow worth saving, I take my trash home. I packed it around through awkward adolescence into adulthood, through hoarding and purging it continued to stand the test of time. Eventually however, the time came to let go. This is when I started cutting, an effort to simultaneously salvage and dispose. After five years, I’m still working on getting rid of this thing. But in the process it’s inspired me, excited me, and taken me back to a place long gone.





All JAW performances are free and open to the public. No reservations are required! 



JAW is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust: Oregonians sustaining, developing and participating in our arts, heritage and humanities. Additional support is provided by the Regional Arts & Culture Council/Work for Art and the Oregon Arts Commision.

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