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Press Play Events - JAW 2016

Posted 05 July 2016

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Press Play performances are dynamic pieces hand-selected for JAW to animate the building and engage audience members before every featured reading. Ranging from a gentle morning yoga session to a performance of Indonesian gamelan music, this year's performances are not to be missed!


Saturday July 30th

LifeStretch© Yoga With Hygeia Healing, 10:45 a.m., Ellyn Bye Studio

Astoria Conversation with Chris Coleman, 2:45 p.m., Ellyn Bye Studio

Music from Okaidja, 3:15 p.m., Main and Mezzanine Lobbies

Shaking the Tree site specific performance, 7:10 p.m & 7:40 p.m., Ellyn Bye Studio Lobby

Sunday July 31st

Theatre Vertigo reading, 2:30 p.m., Ellyn Bye Studio Lobby

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre site specific performance, 3:40 p.m., Main and Mezzanine Lobbies

Music from Venerable Showers of Beauty, 7 p.m., Main and Mezzanine Lobbies


*All Press Play performances are free and open to the public!



Hygeia Healing’s LifeStretch©
Saturday | 10:45 a.m. | Ellyn Bye Studio

Start off the first day of JAW by engaging your body with some gentle stretching. Hygeia Healing offers LifeStretch© as a complete, full-body, mobility stretch class. Techniques used in LifeStretch© add mobility to joints to quickly gain increased range of motion. LifeStretch© helps provide a more efficient posture, greater mobility and functional activities of daily living - so you can enjoy JAW with renewed energy and vitality! www.hygeiahealingonline.com



Astoria conversation with Chris Coleman
Saturday | 2:45 p.m. | Ellyn Bye Studio

Join Artistic Director Chris Coleman for a behind-the-scenes look at his creative process of adapting Peter Stark’s Astoria for the stage in advance of its world premiere at PCS in January 2017.




Okaidja
Saturday | 3:15 p.m. | Main and Mezzanine Lobbies

Okaidja’s unique artistic vision has led him to combine his native rhythms with unforeseen pairings of musical flavors. His sound is a spicy fusion of spirited Ghanaian music with diverse cross-cultural influences. He is a dynamic vocalist, a gifted multi-instrumentalist and an exultant dancer. For this performance, Okaidja will perform with a large ensemble of his favorite musicians to create an unforgettable experience. www.okaidja.com



Shaking the Tree Theatre
Saturday | 7:10 p.m. & 7:40 p.m. | Ellyn Bye Studio Lobby

Experience the story of Orpheus and Eurydice like never before, with Shaking the Tree's immersive, site-specific rendition for JAW. Founded in 2003, Shaking the Tree uses innovative ways to inhabit space, creating a heightened surrounding that allows audiences to experience a deeper, more active connection to the work. www.shaking-the-tree.com



Theatre Vertigo
Sunday | 2:30 p.m. | Ellyn Bye Studio

Theatre Vertigo presents a selection of readings from their upcoming production of Carnivora, a horror-inspired play by local playwright Matthew B Zrebski. Following the reading, members of the company will discuss working with a playwright through the commissioning and production process. www.theatrevertigo.org



Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest
Sunday | 3:40 p.m. | Main and Mezzanine Lobbies

Since its inception in 2010 Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest (HDDT/NW) has been creating captivating storytelling through site-specific dance choreography in Portland, Oregon and the surrounding metropolitan areas. For their JAW performance, they will animate the Main and Mezzanine lobbies with a transformative journey. Performers with HDDT/NW are Portland residents, while the various annual productions draw upon the talents of nationally recognized choreographers and artistic directors including Heidi Duckler and Carla Mann. www.heididuckler.org/northwest


Venerable Showers of Beauty Sunday | 7:00 p.m. | Main and Mezzanine Lobbies

Venerable Showers of Beauty seeks to foster artistic exchanges between Java and the Portland community through residencies, workshops and performances by studying and playing Javanese gamelan music and related art forms such as wayang shadow puppetry and dance, and to share the richness of the exchange with the diverse audiences in the Northwest. www.vsbgamelan.org



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